Ring Spotlight Cam (1st Generation) mounted on a wall outside lighting up a dark night.

Setting Up Spotlight Cam Wired (1st Gen) In Your Ring App

Setting up your Ring Spotlight Cam (1st Gen) for Wired use in the Ring app is simple. Simply scroll down for a step-by-step guide. 

Step One - Download the Ring App

To download the Ring app:

  • On your mobile device, go to the
    (for iOS devices) or the
    (for Android devices).
  • Search for “Ring.”
  • Download and install the Ring app on your mobile device.

Or visit ring.com/app on your mobile device.

Step Two - Create or Log in to Your Account

If this is your first Ring product, you will be asked to set up an account.

To set up an account:

  • Open the Ring app.
  • Select “Create Account.”
  • Follow the in-app instructions to create a new account.

If you already have another Ring device installed, simply open the Ring app.

Step Three - Tap “Set Up a Device”

Tap “Set Up a Device” then select “Security Cams.”

Step Four - Scan the QR code on your Ring device

You can scan the QR code on your Ring device or product packaging via the Ring app.

  1. Tap the
    three lines (≡)
    on the left side of your Dashboard in the
    Ring app
  2. Tap
    Set up a Device
    and select
    Security Cameras.
  3. Tap
    I’m Ready to Scan
  4. Point your smartphone’s camera at the QR code on your Ring device or product packaging.
  5. Center the code in the phone camera’s view at the bottom half of the screen.
  6. When the code is recognized, a green square will appear and a pop-up with your device image detected.

If you experience issues scanning the QR code, please follow these steps:

  • Move your camera closer or further from the QR code to help it focus.
  • Once your camera finds focus, hold it steady for a few seconds.
  • If your camera won’t focus, clean your camera lens, move to a well-lit area, and try again.

If you continue to experience issues, please follow these additional steps:

  1. Tap
    Other Options
    below the scanner.
  2. Select
    Can’t Scan the QR code
  3. Confirm by selecting
    Enter code manually
    (this corresponds to PIN code digits underneath the QR code).
  4. Find your device in the list.
  5. Enter your five digit PIN which can be found below the QR code.

Step Five - Specify Your Location

If this is your first time setting up a Ring device, you will receive a request from your phone informing you that the Ring app wishes to use your phone’s location services to pinpoint your location. Allowing the app to do so will assist with inputting your address.

Enter your address information into the app, then confirm it.

If you have established a location previously, you can select it from the list of your locations.

Note: Without a specific location, certain features of your Spotlight Cam will not work properly.

Tap here to learn more about Ring devices and your address.

Step Six - Name Your Device

Select a specific name for your Spotlight Cam to distinguish it from other Ring devices on your account. You can choose one of the default names that are suggested, or you can enter your own by selecting “Custom…” at the bottom of the list.

Step Seven - Plug in Your Spotlight Cam

Plug your Spotlight Cam Wired into a power outlet near your wifi router. This helps ensure a good connection to your wifi network during setup.

Step Eight - Put your Spotlight Cam into Setup Mode

Press and release the button on the top of your Spotlight Cam. When the light on the bottom of your Spotlight Cam is blinking white, tap “Continue” in your Ring app.

Step Nine - Connect to Your Ring Device

iOS: Tap “Join” when the Ring app asks to join the Ring wifi network.

Android: Your device should automatically connect to the Ring wifi network.

If your device does not automatically connect to the Ring wifi network, or if you chose to continue without scanning in step four, please follow the steps below:

  • Press the home button on your phone to leave the Ring app.
  • Navigate to the
    app, then tap
    • On Android, you may need to navigate to
  • Select the Ring wifi network from the list of available networks. The network will appear as either:
    • Ring-
      followed by the last six digits of the MAC ID.
    • Ring Setup
      followed by the last two digits of the MAC ID.
  • Once connected, close your “Settings” app and return to the Ring app.

Step Ten - Connect Your Spotlight Cam to Your Wifi

Be sure you have your wifi password ready.

  • Select your wifi network
    • If you have more than one wifi network, select the network closest to where you will be installing your Spotlight Cam.
  • Enter your wifi password and press

Note: After connecting to your wifi network, your Spotlight Cam may update its internal software. While performing an update, the light on the bottom of your device will flash white. When the white light stops flashing, you can tap “Continue” in the Ring app and begin using your Spotlight Cam.

Step Eleven - Test Your Device

Once your Spotlight Cam has completed its update and setup, configure your Spotlight Cam’s motion zones, then open Live View to test your camera.

Last updated 7 months ago