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How to Reduce Backup Internet Data Usage with Camera Settings

If you use Alarm Pro at a location without an internet connection, you may want to manage the amount of Backup Internet cellular data used by your Ring cameras.

Each time your camera records a video and saves it to your Ring account, it uses data. The amount of data your cameras use depends on a number of factors, including:

  1. The number of cameras.
  2. The direction your cameras are facing (eg. high-traffic or quiet area).
  3. How frequently they are triggered.
  4. Your camera settings.
  5. The length of your video recordings.

The following is a list of suggested settings you can adjust to reduce the amount of data used by your cameras. Please note that these settings will not limit the amount of data used, but they can help reduce the number of motion events that trigger video recordings.


By adding your cameras to Mode Settings, you can choose to turn off recordings when the system is in Disarmed Mode. You can also customize Home and Away Mode to only record on some cameras, if needed. By changing your modes as you come and go, you’ll reduce the number of recordings throughout the day.

To change Mode Settings:

  1. Open the
    Ring app.
  2. Tap
    menu (≡)
    on the top left side of your dashboard.
  3. Tap
  4. Tap on the name of a camera.
  5. Tap
    Mode Settings,
    then set the camera to turn on and off recording in each mode.

We recommend turning off recording in Disarmed Mode.

Linked Devices

The more cameras that are linked to Alarm triggers, the more data is used. To reduce the amount of data used, use cameras as linked devices sparingly. Tap to learn more about Linked Devices.

Motion Settings

Adjusting the motion sensitivity for Ring cameras can help reduce the number of times motion is detected, and reduce the number of videos recorded, saving data. To change motion sensitivity, check the Motion Settings for each camera.

Smart Alerts

You can adjust your Smart Alert settings to use less data by choosing Person as the only motion detection that will trigger a recording. Using Other Motion or other settings will result in more data usage.

Advanced Settings

There are advanced settings that can be used to reduce the amount of data your system uses.

  1. Turn on
    Advanced Motion Detection
     to create a
    Custom Motion Detection Zone.
  2. Navigate to the main motion settings screen in the Ring app, then choose
    Edit Motion Zones
    and select only the areas where your camera should detect motion. This will eliminate unwanted motion detection from people passing by or other movement.

Motion Frequency

Set your Motion Frequency settings to Regularly or Periodically to create a delay from the time the camera detects motion, allowing it to wait until it detects motion a second time. This will confirm the movement and the need for a camera recording, and reduce the number of accidental recording triggers as well as extra long video recordings, both of which will use data.

Power Settings

There are several Power Setting options to help reduce your data usage by reducing the amount of motion detection and number and length of unnecessary recorded videos.

Ring Edge

Ring Edge gives you local video storage for select cameras with optional encryption. By locally processing Smart Alerts and storing videos using Ring Alarm Pro and a MicroSD card, you can reduce the amount of LTE data your Alarm Pro is using. Each time you watch a saved videos via the Ring app, it will use LTE data, so keep this in mind.

Last updated 8 months ago