If you own a Ring Doorbell, you know that it’s a great way to see who’s at the door and to keep an eye on your home when you’re not there.
However, you may have noticed that the Ring Doorbell has a tendency to turn on your TV. This can be annoying, but there is a way to prevent it from happening.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to stop your Ring Doorbell from turning on your TV.
Do you have an device such as a Ring Video or Arlo Audio Doorbell camera that works with Alexa announcements? If so, be sure to check the settings to make sure it’s set up the way you want.
You can choose which Alexa devices make announcements or show a live view. Examples of devices that support Alexa announcements are Amazon’s Echo Dot or Echo Show, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or an Alexa built-in Smart TV.
To check your announcement settings, open the Alexa app on your smart phone and tap Devices.
Select Cameras. Top Tip Depending on the number of devices you have connected to Alexa, you may need to scroll across at the top to locate the Cameras category.
Choose the camera to check its announcement settings.
The first announcement settings to check are Motion & Doorbell Press.
If you do not want your Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Alexa built-in Smart TV to turn on, ensure that the toggle next to Motion & Doorbell Press is turned off.
This will prevent Alexa from announcing i.e. turning on your TV to show a live view, when someone has rung your Ring Doorbell or if motion was detected.
If, like me, you want Alexa Echo devices to still announce if my doorbell camera is pressed but not turn on my Fire TV Sticks to live view, tap the toggle next to Doorbell Press Announcements.
Next, above the toggle, select Announcement Devices.
Tick your Echo devices and untick your your Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Alexa built-in Smart TV. If you have any other devices that support live view deselect those too.
If you are interested in displaying a live view of your camera on your TV (not just Doorbell cameras), read our recent tutorial.
To prevent your Ring Doorbell from turning on your TV, you can adjust its announcement settings in the Alexa app.
First, check the Motion & Doorbell Press settings and make sure they’re turned off. This will stop Alexa from announcing when someone has rung your doorbell or motion is detected.
Next, go to Announcement Devices and uncheck your Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Alexa built-in Smart TV. This will prevent the live view from turning on your TV.
You can still choose to have Echo devices announce when someone has rung your doorbell by keeping the Doorbell Press Announcements toggle turned on.
By following these steps, you should be able to stop your Ring Doorbell from turning on your TV. Do you have any other tips or tricks? Share them with us in the comments below.