How To Turn Off Your Ring Camera


If you own the Ring Doorbell or the Ring Stick Up Cam, then you are probably aware of your options to utilize the Ring Cloud Cam as a surveillance option. 

If you don’t already have your camera in use as a security camera, then you might be wondering how to turn off ring camera recording so that it doesn’t keep recording when it isn’t needed anymore. 

If so, then this article will help guide you through the process of turning off your Ring Camera and give you some reasons why it would be useful to turn off the recorder on occasion!


There are a few reasons you might want to turn off your Ring camera. Maybe you’re concerned about privacy, or maybe you just want to save battery life. Whatever the reason, it’s easy to do. Here’s how: 

  • Go to the Devices tab in the Ring app and select the camera you want to disable. 
  • Tap on the device name and then scroll down to find the toggle switch next to Camera. 
  • Tap on the switch to turn off your camera. 

It will now be grayed out in the list of devices. 4. If you ever need to enable your camera again, simply follow steps one through three and tap on the same toggle switch again. 5. Now that you know how to easily turn off your Ring cameras, don’t forget that they’ll automatically shut off after 30 seconds if there is no motion detected!

We recommend leaving your cameras enabled unless you have good reason not to. Plus, shutting them off can potentially reduce battery life. 

If you ever need to re-enable your camera, just flip the switch back on as described above. When Ring senses no motion for 30 seconds, it turns itself off—so don’t worry about forgetting to turn the cameras back on; they’ll take care of themselves. 

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Keep in mind, though, that disabling your camera reduces its functionality. You won’t receive notifications when someone rings your doorbell or triggers an event while you’re away from home. Additionally, any time lapses will be paused until the camera is turned back on.

What you need to know about turning off your camera

In today’s age of technology, it’s important to be aware of the security risks that come with having a camera in your home. While the Ring doorbell camera can be a great security measure, there are situations where you may want to turn it off. Here’s what you need to know about how to turn off your Ring camera, and why you should do it when necessary. – Turning off your Ring Doorbell camera can help to ensure the safety of children and pets who may not realize they’re being recorded at all times. 

To turn off your Ring Doorbell camera: go into Settings on the App; under Notifications, click Turn Camera On/Off; then tap Turn Camera Off. From now on, your video will only record if someone presses the button or triggers motion detection from their smartphone. 

You can also set up rules to exclude certain areas from recording altogether by drawing zones on the map. These settings take effect immediately, so make sure to have them set before you start recording! If you find yourself needing to turn your camera back on for any reason, simply follow these steps again- but this time hit Turn Camera On.

If you are having problems with connectivity

There are a few things you can do to try and fix the issue: 

  1. Check your internet connection and make sure it is strong. 
  2. Try restarting your router. 
  3. If you have another device, see if you can connect to the internet with that. 
  4. If none of those work, contact customer support. 
  5. In the meantime, you can turn off your camera by pressing the off button on the back of the device. If you find yourself not wanting to use your camera at all, slide the switch down until it says OFF. We recommend doing this when you’re not home or when you don’t want people to be able to monitor what’s happening in your house without permission. 

Plus, now you won’t get alerts every time someone rings your doorbell! The best part about turning off your camera is that you’ll no longer receive notifications for events like somebody ringing your doorbell.

For security reasons

It’s important to know how to turn off your Ring camera for a variety of reasons. First, if you’re selling your home, you’ll want to disable the camera so that potential buyers aren’t being spied on. Second, if you’re going on vacation, you’ll want to make sure that your camera is turned off so that burglars can’t use it to scope out your home. 

Third, if you’re in a personal situation and would prefer not to be recorded (maybe with your significant other or while doing something embarrassing), then you’ll need to turn off the camera. 

Lastly, there are some people who are concerned about government surveillance and choose not to have any cameras at all in their homes for this reason. 

Regardless of why you’re turning off your camera, here’s how: open up the app on your phone; scroll down to ‘Live View’; tap ‘Disable Live View’; and then hit ‘Submit’. That’s it! As long as you haven’t been hacked, nobody will be able to spy on you when they come into your house. If you’ve had your camera hacked, then I recommend deleting the app from your phone and contacting customer service immediately.

 Afterward, you should go through the manual process of disabling live view. Here’s what you do: go to your settings menu; select Privacy and Security; then click on ‘device administrator’ under user details. Finally, find the Ring video doorbell under device administrators and toggle it off. Then back out of your phone’s Settings menu. 

Disabling live view manually takes about 10 minutes to complete but is worth the peace of mind and privacy you get from having a secure home without any eyes spying on you. Once you’re done, restart your app and check in with yourself once every week or two to make sure everything is still disabled. 

The great thing about this process is that, even if you were hacked before, after completing these steps your system will be protected again. So don’t forget to check in! No matter how often you think about checking in, just set a reminder for yourself like Every Friday or Every Wednesday. 

The key is consistency because if you don’t monitor your system regularly, someone could easily hack into it. If that does happen and you realize your camera has been hacked, contact customer service immediately. They’ll help fix the problem ASAP.

Do Ring Cameras Record All the Time?

No, your Ring camera only records when you enable it to do so. However, even when it’s not recording, the camera is still on and streaming live footage to the cloud. 

So, if you’re concerned about privacy, it’s important to know how to turn off your Ring camera. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Open the Ring app and go to the Devices tab.
  2. Select the device you want to disable. 3. Click the button in the top right corner of your screen that says Turn Device Off. 4. Click OK to confirm that you want to turn off your device. 5. Your Ring will now be disabled until you decide to reactivate it again!

Improving battery life

Many people don’t realize that their Ring cameras are eating up battery life, even when they’re not in use. By turning off your camera when you’re not using it, you can improve your battery life significantly. Plus, it’s a good idea to turn off your camera if you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time. Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Open the Ring app and go to the Devices tab. 2. Select the device you want to turn off (in this case, we’ll select our front door). 3. Click on Device Settings > Motion Settings > Turn On Alerts & Recording > Choose No alerts or recording 4. Next click on OK to confirm the change. 5. Finally, click on Turn On Alerts & Recording again and choose When Armed. 

You’ll also see that the feature is now highlighted in blue. That means it will only start sending notifications to your phone and saving footage once you arm the system by opening the Ring app or triggering motion sensors. 

Remember, though, if you’ve turned off alert notifications for your system then there won’t be any notifications at all about motion detected at home so make sure you have them turned back on! This same trick works with arming and disarming your system as well. If you set your Ring to Arm Away mode, which allows someone outside of the house to open doors without activating the alarm, but want to trigger an alarm remotely then follow these steps: 

  1. Go into the App menu and select Doorbell settings > Doorbell Arming Mode 2. Change it from Arm Away mode to Arm Stay mode.


If you’re not home during the day, there’s no need to have your camera on and recording all day long. By creating a motion schedule, you can ensure that your camera is only recording when you want it to. Plus, this can help conserve battery life. Set up a time for the camera to start recording at an hour before you typically get home from work or school, for example 5pm or 8am. 

Then set up another time for it to stop recording at an hour after you leave in the morning, for example 7am or 11pm. The motion sensor will automatically turn off your camera if there isn’t any activity in the room while it’s active so it will stop recording once both times are reached. 

So if you don’t want the camera to record while you’re home during the day, but would like it to record in the evening when there’s more activity around your house, make sure your Start Recording time is later than your Stop Recording time. 

For those of you who might be using your phone as a security system and live alone, you may want to extend the length of time between each changeover. If you’re going out of town, adjust these times accordingly so that your camera doesn’t stay on too long without interruption.


If you’re concerned about privacy and security, you might be wondering if turning off your WiFi will disable your Ring camera. The short answer is no, but there are some caveats. For one thing, not all cameras have a Wi-Fi connection; for another, it’s only possible to turn off the connection between the Ring and your router (the Hub), not the connection between the camera and the hub. 

In addition, even if you disconnect from your network, the camera will still show a live feed when plugged in with an Ethernet cable. Bottom line: It’s unlikely that turning off your WiFi will completely disable your Ring camera unless it also has an Ethernet port , so we recommend leaving it on. However, doing so does mean that anyone can connect to your camera without having physical access to it — which is why you should change its default password ASAP. But again, don’t worry too much about disabling your WiFi: Most burglars don’t target homes based on their Wi-Fi networks.

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