Red is bad. Green is good.
That’s usually the case for most gadgets’ indicator lights.
Except with Blink cameras.
Because a green flashing light could also mean trouble.
But fret not.
It’s a pretty common issue.
And one with very simple but effective solutions.
Continue reading to find out:
- 9 quick ways to fix a Blink camera’s flashing green light.
- The most common reasons why Blink cameras may flash green.
- A device that you can use to resolve your Blink camera’s flashing green light issue.
- And a lot more…
Why is my Blink camera flashing green?
Your blink camera is flashing green because of network connection issues. Your home WiFi’s likely unstable. Or there’s a service interruption on Blink’s end. If it’s a WiFi issue, you may try to reset your router to fix it. And if it’s an outage, you’ll just have to wait for Blink to resolve it.
Blink camera flashing green: 9 fixes
#1: Check if Blink’s servers are down
A flashing green light usually means there’s a problem with the camera’s connection.
And to be more precise, it means your Blink camera’s struggling to connect to Blink’s servers.
So what’s actually causing it?
Well, there are 2 possibilities:
- The Blink servers are down.
- Your Blink camera’s WiFi connection is unstable.
So before diving into the fixes, it’s important to figure out the cause.
First, try to verify whether the problem’s on Blink’s end. Check if they’re actually experiencing service interruptions.
“How do I do that?”
Simple. Just visit Down Detector’s page for Blink. You’ll find real-time outage reports for Blink on that website.
“What should I do after confirming that Blink’s servers are down?”
The best thing to do is wait for Blink’s engineers to fix the issue.
Tech giant Amazon is the owner of Blink. So you can rest assured that they have the finest technicians working on the issue.
Outages generally don’t last more than a day. So your camera should be up and running soon enough.
#2: Power cycle your Blink camera
Now, if Blink’s servers aren’t actually down…
Then the issue’s likely on your end.
But before going through various network-related fixes…
It’s always a good practice to perform a power cycle, first and foremost. In other words, try restarting your Blink camera.
Because you never know if it’s just a camera glitch that’s causing the flashing green light issue.
Besides, it only takes a few seconds to restart Blink cameras. And it’s an effective fix. Whether a Blink camera’s flashing red or green.
Now, the process of power cycling a Blink Mini differs from outdoor Blink cameras. But don’t worry.
I’ll walk you through the steps for both.
How to power cycle a Blink Mini camera
- Unplug the camera from the outlet.
- Wait for about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Reconnect the camera to its power source.
How to power cycle a Blink outdoor camera
- Unmount the camera from its location.
- Remove the battery cover and take out the batteries.
- Unplug the Sync Module from the outlet.
- Wait for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Plug the Sync Module back into its power source.
- Place the batteries back in the camera.
After power cycling, wait for the camera to reconnect to WiFi. And then check if it’s still blinking green.
If it is, proceed to the next fix.
#3: Restart your modem and router
I did mention that unstable WiFi’s a common cause of the flashing green light.
So you should try to verify if that’s the case.
A quick way to check your WiFi’s stability is by browsing the web.
On your phone or laptop, launch a web browser. And try to open any web page. Check if the pages and media files are loading properly.
Furthermore, you can also check your WiFi’s download and upload speed via Speedtest.
Now, if you’re having trouble browsing the web. And your internet speed’s slower than usual…
Then at least you’d be able to confirm that it’s a problem with your home WiFi.
So what should you do, then?
Restart your modem and router. It’s the easiest and among the most effective fixes for slow WiFi.
Just disconnect both devices from the outlet. And after about half a minute, plug them back in.
Then check the router’s indicator lights. Ensure that they’re green and steady.
And then go back to your camera. See if it’s still flashing green.
#4: Move your router closer to your Blink camera
I understand this fix may be difficult for some. Depending on your home setup.
But if you can, try to move the router closer to the Blink camera.
Move it as close as you possibly can. Mainly because distance also matters when it comes to Blink cameras’ WiFi signal.
Then, check the Blink app if your camera’s now getting a good signal. Here’s how:
Step #1: Launch the Blink app from your smartphone.
Step #2: Open the Camera Settings by tapping the icon with 3 lines. You’ll find it beside your camera’s nickname.
Step #3: Scroll down and click the Update button. This will give you your camera’s latest signal reading.
Step #4: Check the WiFi to Camera and Camera to Sync Module signals.
A good signal would be at least 3 bars. If less, keep moving your router closer. Until your camera eventually improves its signal.
#5: Disconnect other devices from your WiFi
Your Blink camera will also flash green if your home router has a high usage rate.
In other words, there are too many devices connected. Or trying to connect to your home WiFi.
But how many actually are too many?
Well, the number will vary depending on your internet service provider. And the plan you’re subscribed to.
But ideally, you should only connect up to 15 devices at a time.
And if you’re internet’s slow, the number should be even lower.
So try to disconnect your other home devices from the WiFi. At least those that you aren’t really using at the moment.
And see if that boosts your Blink camera’s signal. Its light should stop flashing as soon as it has a better WiFi connection.
#6: Delete and re-add the camera in the Blink app
Another easy fix for the flashing green light is to delete the camera in the Blink app. And then re-add it afterward.
In a way, this is also an alternative method of resetting a Blink camera’s network connection.
And for many users, this was how they resolved the blinking green light problem.
How to delete a Blink camera from the app
- Click the Settings icon next to the camera you’ll be deleting.
- Navigate to the bottom and click Delete Camera.
- Click Delete again to confirm your selection.
“But what if my camera’s offline?”
Not a problem. You should still be able to remove it easily. Just refer to the guide below.
How to delete an offline Blink camera from the app
- From the home screen, look for the camera to delete.
- Click the Camera Offline button.
- Tap the Delete button.
- Tap Delete again to proceed.
Note: Are you trying to delete a Blink Mini? If so, you’ll also have to unplug it from the outlet right after removing it from the app.
Now that you’ve deleted the camera…
Don’t rush to add it back in just yet. Immediately re-adding might cause the app to glitch.
It’s better to close the Blink app first. And wait for about 3 to 5 minutes.
Afterward, you may go ahead and re-add the camera.
How to re-add a camera to the Blink app
- Re-launch the Blink app from your phone.
- If you’re adding a Blink mini, plug it back into the outlet.
- On the app’s home screen, click Add Device.
- From the list, select your camera’s model.
- Scan the camera’s QR code. You’ll see it on the back.
- Wait for the message confirming that the camera has been added.
- Click Done.
For a visual guide on adding a camera to the app, you may check out this video:
#7: Use a WiFi extender to boost your router’s signal
Since a flashing green light’s a network problem, using a WiFi extender can also fix it.
This device is especially helpful if you can’t move your router close to the camera.
Set it up directly between the router and the camera for the best results.
Furthermore, you should also pay attention to your extender’s SSID.
SSID, or service set identifier, is your extender’s WiFi name. And it should match your home WiFi’s name. Otherwise, your Blink camera won’t be able to connect to it.
You may refer to your WiFi extender’s manual on how to change the SSID.
#8: Factory reset your Blink camera
Is your Blink camera still flashing green even after trying all the fixes?
If so, then consider performing a factory reset.
As for the location of the reset button…
Blink Mini has a built-in one. You can find it at the bottom of the device.
As for outdoor Blink cameras, you’ll have to reset the Sync Module instead. And its reset button’s on its lower back portion.
And for both cameras, you’d need to use a pin or something similar to reset.
Note: Avoid using a sharp object like a needle or a thumb tack. It may damage the camera’s reset button.
How to reset a Blink Mini camera
- Ensure that you plug the camera into the outlet first.
- Using a pin, press and hold the reset button.
- Wait for the lights to start flashing.
- Release the button.
How to reset a Sync Module
- With a pin, press and hold the device’s reset button.
- Wait until the lights flash red.
- Release the reset button.
- Wait for the lights to turn green and blue.
#9: Contact Blink’s customer support team
Is your Blink camera still not working?
If so, you should get in touch with Blink’s support team.
You may call them via this toll-free number: 1-781-332-5465. Their customer service center operates 24/7.
If you prefer to send them a message, you may do so through this page.
Also, take note. Blink’s customer support agents may ask you to install RouteThis on your smartphone.
Just download and install it before contacting Blink. And they’ll guide you on how to use it.