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Getting a new device to try can be a little intimidating at first, whether you’re new to the realm of smart home technology or you’re just uneasy with the setup process. You might put off installing your equipment for weeks if you add the ambiguous box instructions. We hope that our installation instructions for the Ring doorbell will help you get over the hurdle.
The best video doorbells may have a similar appearance, but they differ amongst brands. Depending on whether a model is battery-powered or wireless, or the surface you wish to mount it on, installation details can vary even within the Ring range. While we’ve made every effort to cover everything in this tutorial, you can find out more by reading our page on video doorbell functionality.
Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up your new smart doorbell, whether you’re a renter trying to cause the least amount of disruption or a homeowner seeking a more long-term fix.
1. Get prepared
Get acquainted with your doorbell’s contents before opening it up; they probably comprise the primary device, a charging cord, screws and other fittings, and a small screwdriver. The specifics may vary depending on the model you own, but they will all be comparable.
To avoid rushing later, we advise setting things up beforehand and selecting a good location for your doorbell outside.
2. Power your doorbell
Thankfully, you won’t need to mess with any wiring at this point if your Ring doorbell is a battery-powered one. As an alternative, you will need to wait a little time while the internal battery charges. You can charge the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) by plugging the charger into the connector on the back, and the Ring Doorbells 3 and 4 may be charged by pressing the release on the battery pack.
A small light should be on top of the device that turns green once the battery has been fully charged.
How do you know if your doorbell is battery-powered?
All Ring doorbells have the option to be hardwired, but if you prefer a battery-powered model, you have the following options:
- Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)
- Ring Video Doorbell 3
- Ring Video Doorbell 4
These doorbells have rechargeable batteries inside and can be operated wirelessly. The 3rd and 4th Gen doorbells have a removable pack that may be released and reinserted as needed, whereas the 2nd Gen device must be completely removed from the door for charging.
If your Ring is hardwired
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Ring Video Doorbell Wired(opens in new tab) must be hardwired.
You should first turn off the power to your doorbell for safety if you’re replacing an existing wired bell. The wiring on your previous doorbell can then be carefully disconnected. Note: Read the small print of your chosen model to see if you need an additional transformer to replace an old doorbell.
What if you don’t have existing doorbell wiring?
With its plug-in adapter, Ring enables you to “hardwire” your doorbell from the ground up. This operates using a standard indoor outlet with a wire leading to the doorbell. If not, you can make a call for expert installation.
3. Download the Ring app
The Ring app is where all the action happens, and you should ensure you’re set up before mounting your device. You will find the app in your phone’s store.
Once downloaded, you will need to create an account. This account can host any Ring products, so you won’t need to re-register if you add a security camera or chime from the brand later.
Speaking of the chime, Ring sells these separately, so if you don’t want to rely on your phone to tell you when someone’s at the door, you may consider the Ring Chime Pro. This can be easily added to your account and linked to your doorbell.
Once your account is ready, select the ‘Set Up a Device’ option, followed by ‘Doorbells’. The app will then direct you to scan the QR code on the front of the device (sometimes underneath the faceplate if you’re having trouble spotting it).
Scan the code with your smartphone camera, and you should be taken to the next stage. Enable location tracking (required for some features), so your account knows where you are and customize your device’s name.
4. Connect your doorbell to your home WiFi
There is an orange button on the back of your doorbell. Push this and the light on the front should start spinning. Once it is, tap ‘Continue’ in the app. It will then ask to join your home WiFi network or, if you are an Android user, this step is automatic. Input your password.
And you should be ready to go!
5. Mount your doorbell
It is recommended that you put your new doorbell about 1.2m from the ground, but you should use your own judgment based on things such as the length of your driveway or whether your front door has steps leading up to it.
Put the mounting bracket in your chosen position and mark where the screws will go. There is also a level tool included to get things perfectly aligned. If you are mounting to brick, concrete or stucco, you can use the plastic anchors and drill bit included in the box, though you won’t need the anchors for a wooden surface.
Then use the screws to secure the mount to the wall at the same points you marked initially. There’s a tab on the mount that you can use to slot the Ring doorbell into place before using the smaller screw to make sure it doesn’t budge.
These security screws may look slightly different depending on your model, but they essentially function to keep the faceplate in place.
If your Ring doorbell is hardwired
Before attaching the mount or device, ensure you have fed the existing doorbell wires through the holes in the bracket. After securing the mount to the wall, connect these wires to the screws on the back of the Ring doorbell. Then you can follow the steps above.
Read our guide to Ring Video Doorbell Pro vs Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2(opens in new tab) if you’re struggling to choose between wired models.
Don’t want to (or can’t) drill holes?
There are other entirely reversible ways to mount your Ring doorbell if you’re a renter and don’t want to drill holes into the exterior of your home. The secret is to purchase high-quality mounting tape that won’t break easily and fast wear out. Although we have had success with this approach, there is no assurance that you will get the same outcomes. Therefore, mounting it the conventional way is advised for your own safety.