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Arming and Disarming Your Ring Devices with Alexa

Conveniently arm and disarm your Ring Alarm, doorbells and cameras with voice commands for Alexa and a compatible Echo device.¹

How to arm and disarm your Ring Alarm with Alexa

The use of this feature requires a Ring Protect subscription. Ring Protect plan subscribers have Modes automatically enabled for Alarm. Ring doorbells and cameras require users to enable Modes manually.

First, open the Alexa app and enable the Ring Alexa skill.

If you're new to Alexa, install the Alexa app on your mobile device first.

  1. Check if your device is already set up.
  2. Tap
    Try Discovery Again
    .
  3. Ask, "
    Alexa, discover my devices
    ".
  4. Choose the option to get help connecting or contact customer service.
  5. Tap
    Skills & Games
    on the main menu.
  6. On the next screen, search for Ring in the search box. After you've found it, tap
    Enable
    .
  7. Next, Alexa will ask you to sign into your Ring account. This will link your Ring account to your Alexa account.
  8. After you sign in, Alexa will look for devices to connect. All of your Ring devices should appear and connect to Alexa automatically. If you don't want a particular device to connect, tap
    Forget
    .
  9. Your device should now appear as
    Ring
     in the Alexa app.

Next, set a passcode with which to disarm your device.

  1. In the Alexa app, tap
    Devices
    and then
    All Devices
    to view the list of your devices.
  2. Select the device that you want to arm and disarm using your voice.
  3. Under
    Settings
    , toggle on
    Disarm by Voice
    .
  4. You will be prompted to setup a
    4-digit passcode.

After your passcode is set up, try the following commands.

  • Once your Ring account is linked to Alexa, arm the Alarm by saying: “
    Alexa, arm Ring.
  • Once armed, Alexa will respond with: “
    Ring is armed in home/away mode.
  • To check the status of your Alarm, say: “
    Alexa, is Ring armed?
  • To disarm your Ring Alarm, say: “
    Alexa, disarm Ring.
    ” Alexa will then ask for your four-digit voice code. Once that's said, your Ring Alarm will disarm.

How to arm Ring Alarm using an Alexa Routine

This feature requires a Ring Protect subscription.

  1. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap
    More
    in the bottom right corner.
  3. Tap
    Routines
    , then tap the plus sign in the top right corner to create a
    New Routine.
  4. On the next screen, tap
    Enter Routine Name.
  5. Type out a new
    Routine Name
    (example: "
    Arm Ring Alarm
    ") and then tap
    Next
    .
  6. Tap
    When This Happens
    and then tap
    Voice.
  7. Type out the phrase you’d like to use (example: "
    Alexa, goodnight
    "), and then tap
    Next
    .
  8. Tap
    Action
    in the top right corner, then tap
    Add Action.
  9. Test the routine by tapping the
    play button icon
    next to the routine name, or try using the
    Alexa phrase
    you chose for the routine (example:
    "
    Alexa, goodnight
    ”).
    • Arming or disarming the Alarm will be registered as an event in the History screen in your Ring and Alexa apps.

How to arm and disarm your doorbells or cameras with Alexa

Note: Ring Alarm is required to use Alexa to arm and disarm devices like Video Doorbells and Security Cameras using voice commands.

First, enable Mode settings for your Ring doorbell or camera:

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

Next, open the Alexa app and enable the Ring Alexa skill.

If you're new to Alexa, install the Alexa app on your mobile device first.

  1. Check if your device is already set up.
  2. Tap
    Try Discovery Again
    .
  3. Ask, "
    Alexa, discover my devices.
    "
  4. Choose the option to get help connecting or contact customer service.
  5. Tap
    Skills & Games
    on the main menu.
  6. On the next screen, search for Ring in the search box. After you've found it, tap
    Enable
    .
  7. Next, Alexa will ask you to sign into your Ring account. This will link your Ring account to your Alexa account.
  8. After you sign in, Alexa will look for devices to connect. All of your Ring devices should appear and connect to Alexa automatically. If you don't want a particular device to connect, tap
    Forget
    .
  9. Your device should now appear as
    Ring
     in the Alexa app.

After the Ring Alexa skill is enabled, try the following commands.

  • Say "
    Alexa, arm Ring
    " or "
    Alexa, disarm Ring
    " to change the Mode for your doorbell or camera. When disarming, you must say your voice passcode.
  • You can also say "
    Alexa, I'm leaving
    " or "
    Alexa, I'm home
    ".

Learn more about using Modes.

¹
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.