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How to Set Up and Change Your Alarm Access Code

One of the most important pieces of information you'll need to use when working with your Alarm is your four-digit access code. This article will explain what an access code is, how to create one, change one, and give one to others when providing access to your Ring Alarm system.

What is an access code?

An access code is a unique four-digit number that's assigned to a particular individual and is used to arm and disarm the Alarm system from the Keypad. Individuals must enter their access code, then press Home, Away, or Disarm to change modes using the Keypad. Every individual granted access to the Alarm system, whether as an Owner or a Shared User, must have their own unique four-digit access code. 

Creating an Owner's access code

This is a two-step process:

  1. The Alarm Owner must first set up their Alarm Base Station.
     
  2. Once the Base Station is set up, the Owner must attach their devices to the Base Station – specifically their Keypad. To add your Keypad to your Base Station, simply plug in your keypad and it will automatically add itself to the Base Station. 

Once your Keypad is set up, you will be prompted to create a four-digit Owner's access code. You will need to enter your new access code twice before saving.

Setting up a Shared and Guest User's access code

Shared Users and Guest Users are invited to the Alarm system on behalf of the Owner. To add a Shared User, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Ring app.
  2. Tap the top 
    menu (≡)
    .
  3. Make sure you’re on the right Location setting, then tap 
    Settings
  4. Tap
    Shared Access
    .
  5. Tap
    Add User
    .
  6. Select the type of user you'd like to add. 

How to add a Shared User

  1. Enter the email address of the person you wish to extend an invitation to (each User must have a separate email address).
  2. Select
    Alarm Base Station
    .
  3. Enter a unique four-digit access code.
    • You will need to enter your new access code
      twice
      before saving.
  4. Tap
    Done
    .
  5. Tap
    Send Invite.

Once you send the invite:

  • If a User already has a Ring account, they will automatically show up as a Shared User.
  • If the potential Shared User does not have a Ring account, they will receive an invitation to create an account.

How to add a Guest User

  1. If adding a Guest User, enter their name.
  2. Tap
    Create Access Code.
  3. Enter a unique four-digit access code.
    • You will need to enter your new access code
      twice
      before saving.
  4. Tap
    Done
    .
    • Confirm Security System is selected by default.
  5. Tap
    Add Guest User.

Changing or resetting an access code

Although all Users can have access codes, an Owner is the only user who can edit or change an access code. To change or Reset an access code:

  1. Open the Ring app.
  2. Tap the top 
    menu (≡)
    .
  3. Make sure you’re on the right Location setting, then tap 
    Settings
  4. Tap
    Shared Access
    .
  5. Tap the User that you would like to change.
  6. Tap 
    Reset Access Code.
    • Enter a four-digit code, then re-enter the code.
  7. Tap
    Done.
  8. Tap
    Save
    .