A Ring Alarm Contact Sensor protecting a sliding glass door inside a modern home

Using Open Door Arming with Ring Alarm

Keep an eye on family and personal belongings outside your home while you arm your Ring Alarm System from inside with Open Door Arming. It gives you and your family the option to arm your Ring Alarm System while your door is open without accidentally triggering the Alarm Base Station siren or bypassing other open sensors by mistake.

What is Open Door Arming?

Open Door Arming allows Main Door sensors to stay open when entering Away Mode. Unlike other sensors, you will not be asked to bypass your Main Door if it is open while arming.

How does Open Door Arming work?

Open Door Arming allows you to arm Away Mode while your Main Door sensor is open. Once the Exit Delay has ended, the Keypad’s Exit Delay countdown will let you know exactly how much time is left before the Ring Alarm System siren starts to sound and an Exit Error is initiated.

If the door isn’t closed before the Exit Delay countdown ends, the door will begin to arm. There will be a brief Entry Delay, using the Entry Delay time set in Away Mode Settings, then the Ring Alarm System siren will sound and initiate an Exit Error.

Learn more about Exit Error.

Neighbors with a Ring Protect Pro subscription, and are enrolled in 24/7 Alarm Professional Monitoring, will receive an automated call and have the opportunity to request or opt out of emergency response being requested for dispatch. After the Alarm is disarmed, you can use your system as normal. Neighbors without a Ring Protect Pro subscription and are not enrolled in 24/7 Alarm Professional Monitoring will not receive an automated call and will need to disarm their Alarm from the Keypad to restore the system to normal.

Open Door Arming and Exit Delay

When setup correctly, Open Door Arming and Exit Delay work together to help keep your home secure while providing much needed flexibility your home security system. To make sure Open Door Arming and Exit Delay are working at their best it’s important to keep a few things in mind:

  • If an Exit Delay for Away Mode is set to zero seconds, you won’t be able to turn on Open Door Arming. You will be asked if you would like bypass all sensors, including Main Doors that previously had Open Door Arming turned on.
  • If a Mode Schedule attempts to arm the affected Main Door, an Exit Error will be triggered.

Turning on Open Door Arming²

Turning Open Door Arming on in the Ring app without a subscription is quick, easy, and can be changed at any time. Tap the Open Door Arming toggle when installing a new sensor or change the setting on one you’ve already connected by following these steps.

  1. Open the Ring app.
  2. Tap the
    menu (☰)
  3. Tap
    from the menu.
  4. Select the
    Main Door Contact Sensor.
  5. Flip the
    Open Door Arming
    toggle switch to turn on.
  6. Click
    to complete setup.

Frequently asked questions

Can I Turn On Open Door Arming on additional Main Doors, Secondary Doors, and Windows?

No. Open Door Arming is only available to sensors that support Main Door placement and can only be turned on for one Main Door sensor at a time. To change the placement of a sensor, navigate to Device settings in the Ring app and select the sensor your would like to update. Tap Placement settings and select Main Door.

Learn more about Ring Alarm Contact Sensor Setup and Use.

Can I access Open Door Arming without a subscription?

Yes! Open Door Arming is available to neighbors without a subscription. However, access to supporting features like remotely arming and disarming in-app, automated calls and requesting emergency response will only be available to neighbors with a Ring Protect Pro subscription and to those who enroll in 24/7 Alarm Professional Monitoring.¹

What are the differences between Contact Sensors and Retrofit Alarm Kit Zones?

Ring Alarm Contact Sensor (1st Gen), Contact Sensor (2nd Gen), and Outdoor Contact Sensor wirelessly monitor your doors and windows and can tell when they are left open. These wireless sensors work independently of one another allowing you to open one sensor without triggering another sensor in your home.

Learn more about Outdoor Contact Sensors.

Retrofit Alarm Kit zones work by taking existing wired contact sensors from a conventional alarm system and connecting them to your Ring Alarm System. When one of these individually wired sensors within a zone is opened, the entire zone is considered to be open. If the system is set to Away Mode, the Alarm siren will be triggered.

Learn more about Retrofit Alarm Kits.

I have a Retrofit Alarm Kit. Can I still turn on Open Door Arming?

Open Door Arming is available for Retrofit Alarm Kit zones with Main Door placement.

Learn more about Retrofit Alarm Kits zones.

¹ A compatible Ring Protect subscription is required to enroll in the Ring Alarm professional monitoring service. Professional monitoring service is available only within the U.S. (all 50 states, but not U.S. territories) and in Canada (excluding Quebec). Ring does not own its own professional monitoring center. Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for a business or commercially zoned address. See Ring alarm licenses at: ring.com/licenses. Additional permit or false alarm fees may apply depending on your local jurisdiction. Additional charges may apply in areas that require permits or guard response service for alarm verification.
Ring Alarm and all Ring Alarm accessories require a subscription for digital notifications, in-app features, digital arming/disarming, and integration with other Ring, Echo, and third party products. Subscription sold separately. View ring.com/protect-plans for pricing and details.
Last updated 5 months ago