A flashing red light on any electronic device is rarely good.
That’s why I panicked for a bit when I saw it on my Blink camera.
As it turns out…
The issue wasn’t as serious as I thought.
Moreover, it’s something anyone can fix in an instant.
Continue reading to find out:
- 7 effective ways to fix a Blink camera’s flashing red light.
- 3 of the most common reasons why a Blink camera would flash red.
- An external device that can help fix a Blink camera’s red light problem.
- And a lot more…
Why is my Blink camera flashing red?
Your Blink camera is flashing red because it got disconnected from the WiFi. It can be due to an internet outage or service interruption. It can also be because the camera’s too far from the router. Also, a Blink camera will flash red if the batteries are failing. And whenever it detects motions.
Blink camera flashing red: 7 fixes
There are 3 possible reasons why your Blink camera’s flashing red:
- Failing batteries.
- Motion detection.
- Loss of network connection.
And you know what’s great about Blink cameras?
You can easily diagnose the problem by focusing on how the light flashes.
For instance, if the camera detected some movement…
It’ll just make a quick red flash one time. And it won’t repeat unless it detects another motion.
You don’t need to fix this type of red flash.
That’s because it’s a standard camera behavior.
Now, if you’re seeing a quick red flash that’s happening every 3 seconds…
It means your camera got disconnected from the internet.
On the other hand, if it’s 5 or 6 red flashes after the recording light goes out…
It means the camera’s batteries are failing.
The fixes you’ll find below are for internet and battery-related problems.
So let’s get started.
#1: Power cycle your modem and router
So I just mentioned that WiFi disconnection usually causes a Blink camera to flash red.
However, there could be several reasons for that. Including:
- The camera’s too far from the router.
- Internet outages or service interruptions.
- A glitch in the camera or System Module.
The first thing to check is if there’s actually a problem with your home WiFi.
You can easily do that by using the internet on your other devices. Such as your phone or laptop.
If even your other devices are struggling to connect to the internet…
Then it’s best to power cycle or restart your router and modem.
It’s the easiest fix to an unstable network connection.
Just unplug both devices from the outlet. And then, after 30 seconds, plug them back in.
Afterward, wait for about a minute or 2. Give your Blink camera time to re-establish connection with your home WiFi.
Then check if your camera’s still flashing red.
#2: Restart your Blink camera
Now, if there’s no issue with your home WiFi, yet the Blink camera lost connection…
It’s likely due to a glitch on the camera.
And one way to resolve it is by restarting.
Now the way to do it will depend on the model.
For instance, restarting a Blink Mini differs from other cameras with Sync Modules.
But don’t worry. I’ll provide the various steps to restart.
How to restart a Blink Mini camera
- Unplug the camera from its power source.
- Wait for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Plug the camera back into the outlet.
How to restart a Blink camera with a Sync Module
- Unmount the camera from its location.
- Remove the battery cover.
- Take out the batteries.
- Unplug the Sync Module from the outlet.
- Wait for about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Place the batteries back into the camera.
- Plug the Sync Module back into the outlet.
#3: Move your router closer to the camera
In some cases, the loss of internet connection’s due to distance.
Your camera may simply be too far from the router.
Ideally, the distance should be within 100 feet.
And it actually doesn’t matter if there are walls or partitions between the router and the camera.
What matters is if the devices are close enough to each other.
Now, I understand it may be difficult to adjust the distance. And it all depends on your overall home setup.
So if you can’t move your router closer…
You may consider using a WiFi Extender.
As the name suggests, this device extends the coverage of your router. So it can definitely help boost your Blink camera’s WiFi signal.
Just set up the WiFi Extender in between the router and the Blink camera’s location.
And ensure that the extender’s SSID and password are the same as your home WiFi.
Otherwise, your Blink camera may struggle to connect to it.
For a detailed guide on how to use a WiFi Extender with a Blink camera, watch this video below:
#4: Reset the camera’s WiFi connection
Another way to fix your Blink camera’s internet is by resetting its WiFi connection.
Basically, your camera will have to forget your home WiFi. And then reconnect.
Again, the process differs with a Blink Mini and Sync Module-connected cameras.
But ensure that you have a pin with you. You’re going to need it for the reset process.
You’ll also need to use the Blink Home Monitor app for this. This is the app that you used during your camera’s initial setup.
While Blink cameras also work with SmartThings, you can’t reset the WiFi from there.
How to reset the WiFi connection on a Blink Mini camera
Step #1: Launch the Blink Home Monitor app on your phone.
Step #2: Tap the Settings icon. It’s the one with 3 horizontal lines.
Step #3: Select Change WiFi.
Step #4: Press and hold the Blink Mini’s Reset button using a pin. You can find it at the bottom of the camera.
Don’t release the button until you see a red and blue light flashing.
Step #5: Wait for the red light to turn steady green. The blue light should keep flashing.
Step #6: Select Discover Device.
Step #7: Click Join. Your Blink Mini should start searching for nearby WiFi networks.
Step #8: Select your home WiFi network. And type in your password.
Step #9: Click the Join button again. Your Blink mini should now have a WiFi connection again.
How to reset the WiFi connection on Blink cameras with Sync Modules
Step #1: Open the Blink Home Monitor app on your phone.
Step #2: Tap the gear icon to launch the Settings menu.
Step #3: Look for your camera system under System Settings and tap it.
Step #4: Select System Module.
Step #5: Select Change WiFi Network.
Step #6: Press and hold the System Module’s Reset button. You can find it on the right side of the device.
Step #7: Wait for the lights to turn steady green and blinking blue.
Step #8: Select Discover Device and then tap Join.
Step #9: Select your home WiFi from the list. Enter your password and tap Join again.
#5: Delete your Blink camera from the app and re-add it
In addition to resetting the WiFi connection…
You may also delete your Blink camera from the Blink Home Monitor app to fix the red light issue. And then re-add it.
Note: If you’re deleting a Blink Mini, ensure that you unplug it first from the outlet.
How to delete a Blink camera from the system
- Open the Blink Home Monitor app.
- Tap the Settings icon next to the camera you want to delete.
- Scroll down and tap the Delete Camera button.
- Tap Delete to confirm.
After deleting, wait for about 3 to 5 minutes. And then go ahead and re-add the camera.
If it’s a Blink Mini, see to it that you plug it back in.
How to re-add a Blink camera to the system
- From the app’s home screen, select Add Device.
- Select the camera model from the list.
- Scan the camera’s QR code. You can find it at the back.
- Wait until you see a “Camera added” message.
- Click Done.
#6: Replace the camera batteries
Failing or defective batteries can also cause a flashing red light.
The batteries on a Blink camera can generally last up to 2 years.
So if you’ve been using your camera for that long, you should replace the batteries.
Also, you may check the battery status via the Blink Home Monitor app. Here’s how:
- From the app’s home screen, tap the Settings icon beside a camera.
- Select Camera Settings.
- Check the battery status under Monitoring.
You’ll see a Needs Replacement status if the batteries are really failing.
Blink’s official website actually recommends using AA Energizer non-rechargeable batteries.
So it’s best if you can get those.
But other 1.5 volt Lithium batteries should also work with your camera.
#7: Contact Blink for support
Is your Blink camera still flashing red?
If so, you should contact Blink’s support team.
You may call them at 1-781-332-5465. They’re actually open 24/7.
But just a heads up.
For network-related issues such as a flashing red light…
Blink recommends that you download the RouteThis app first.
“What’s that app for?”
It’s an app that can analyze your network connection. You may then relay the results to Blink’s tech support team when you call them.
The app’s available on Google Play Store and App Store.
Once you’ve downloaded it, here’s how to use it to check your network connection:
Step #1: Ensure that your phone’s connected to the same WiFi your camera uses.
Step #2: Launch the RouteThat app from your phone.
Step #3: Click the Begin button.
Step #4: The app will ask permission to access your location. You may click either Allow Once or Allow While Using the App.
Step #5: Enter BLNK. Ensure that you capitalize all letters.
Step #6: The app should begin scanning and analyzing your network. It should take about 2 minutes. Wait for it to finish.
You may then contact Blink’s support while leaving the app open. You can discuss the results with an agent.
They may also ask you to forward the results via email. They’ll provide you with instructions on how to do it.