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Controlling Your Ring Devices with Modes

Use Modes* to control the behavior of your Security Cameras, Video Doorbells and Ring Alarm.

*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.

What are Modes?

Modes are settings in the Ring app that can control the behavior of all of your Ring devices. The idea is to configure your cameras and doorbells to protect your home in different ways, depending on your current needs. For instance, if you are staying in for the night you can set your indoor devices to 'Disarmed' and your outdoor devices to 'Home'. Your indoor movements won't trigger motion detection, while your doorbell and cameras outside will still alert you if motion is detected. Then, all of your devices, including Ring Alarm if you have one, will work as a single ecosystem with one tap of a button. 

Learn more about using Ring Alarm modes.

Three different modes are available to control the state of your home: Disarmed, Home and Away. Your system will start in Away Mode. 

  • Disarmed
    : Select Disarmed Mode when you’re at home and want the freedom to go in and out of your house easily. 
    • You can decide whether or not each of your cameras or doorbells detects motion.
      • For example, you can turn off the motion detectors on all of your front yard cameras to avoid getting alerts while you’re at home.   
    • For Ring Alarm users:
      When Disarmed Mode is selected, no Alarm sensors in your home will be armed and no alerts will be sent to the monitoring station¹, but the system will still be powered on and functioning. Fire and CO sensors¹ (if they are attached to the system) will still be monitored.
  • Home Mode
    : Select Home Mode when you want the outside cameras or doorbells of your house activated, but want to be able to move freely around the inside of your home.
    • You can decide whether or not each of your camera detects motion. 
    • For Ring Alarm users:
      In Home Mode, only certain sensors will be armed. You can control which sensors will be monitored¹ in Home mode by visiting Mode Settings in the Ring app. 
  • Away Mode:
    Select Away Mode to fully secure your house when you leave. You can set all of your cameras, both inside and out, to record your home in this mode.
    • You can decide whether or not each of your cameras or doorbells detects motion. 
    • For Ring Alarm users:
      When Away Mode is turned on, all of your sensors will be armed and an alert will be issued if any of them detect a security issue.
      • You can also control which sensors will be monitored¹ in Away mode by visiting Mode Settings in the Ring app.

Note: Each part of these settings is customizable depending on your needs and preferences. Each device also has mode controls that can be set individually, that can be accessed from the Device Dashboard.

How do I configure Modes?

There is a global control that lets you configure all of your devices at once. A Ring Protect subscription is required to use Modes.

How to activate Modes

  1. Tap the 
    menu (≡)
    .
  2. Tap 
    Settings
    .
  3. Tap 
    Modes and Automations
    .
  4. Tap 
    Modes
    .
  5. Tap 
    Enable Modes
    .
  6. Tap the mode you want to configure.
  7. Set how you want your devices to behave in that mode.

How to deactivate Modes

  1. Tap the 
    menu (≡)
    .
  2. Tap 
    Settings
    .
  3. Tap 
    Modes and Automations
    .
  4. Tap 
    Modes
    .
    1. You may have to scroll up to see the Disable Modes setting.
  5. Tap the red 
    Disable Modes
     button on the bottom of the screen.

How to adjust Modes for individual devices

  1. Tap the 
    menu (≡)
    .
  2. Tap 
    Settings
    .
  3. Tap
    Modes and Automations
    .
  4. Tap
    Modes
    .
  5. Tap which Mode (Disarmed, Home, Away).
  6. Select the device you want to adjust
    1. Customize device setting according to your home needs.

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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 commercial properties. See Ring Alarm licenses.​