Why My Blink Camera Not Detecting Motion?

Security cameras are becoming popular in many households. Blink makes inexpensive and simple-to-use outdoor and interior cameras. You may have peace of mind knowing that your family and house are safe.

The issue with the Blink Camera Not Detecting Motion might be caused by a number of factors. Many customers have complained that the Blink camera has stopped working or that the motion detection is not working properly.

When there is an issue with the system, the Blink camera will display the error message on the screen. On the internet, it may display the message “Camera Busy” or “Thumbnail Failed.”

When your sync module is unable to communicate with the camera, this message is generated. It is unable to communicate with the core module and so cannot operate properly.

To fix this, bring the Sync Module up to the camera. Ascertain that the camera has a good internet connection. Replace the alkaline batteries with new ones. Improve the sensitivity of the motion detection sensor

How Can I Have My Blink Camera Detect Motion?

Blink cameras are intended to activate when motion is detected. This motion is then captured and replayed. Here are some probable explanations for why your Blink Camera isn’t detecting motion.

If battery-saving limitations are activated, the Blink Camera will not detect motion. These constraints will slow down the camera’s reaction time or lead it to stop working entirely. Navigate to the Blink app settings and select Battery > Power > Disable Battery Saving.

Once you have disabled the Battery saving option, go back to the Battery setting and this time select ‘Power’ > ‘Blink App’ > ‘No Restrictions’. This will disable all battery-saving options in the app and on the camera.

If the blink camera not detection motion after this above method then you need to read more.

Other reasons

There are numerous ways to resolve this issue and restore the camera’s functionality. The first thing you may do is use the Route This option to scan the network. The default option may be found in your app.

When you start the procedure, the system will diagnose the system and gather the necessary data. The blink agents will use this information to assess your wireless network and the cause of the problem message.

Follow these steps one by one and see if it resolves the issue.

Checking Wi-Fi connectivity is essential

Bring the camera up to the sync module. In the camera’s Wi-Fi settings, check the signal strength. The system must have three bars of signal.

If it is less than three, it indicates that the network is insufficient and may result in delayed connectivity. The “Camera to Sync Module” is also malfunctioning, producing difficulty with the motion detection system.

Restore the power in the modem

There is a possibility that the system has a connectivity issue or that the program has frozen due to an unexpected power outage.

Most network problems can be resolved by resetting your router. You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Unplug your router and modem. If they have batteries, remove those, too.
  2. Wait 30 seconds.
  3. Plug them both back in.
  4. Wait up to five minutes for your Wi-Fi connection to come back online.

The restoration procedure may take some time, but once completed, the software malfunction or frozen problem should be gone.

Battery replacement

The camera, like the above, is powered by different sources of electricity given by batteries. With the batteries, repeat the method outlined above.

  • Remove the camera’s batteries.
  • Leave it alone for 30 seconds
  • Replace the batteries in the camera and test it again to see whether it reacts properly.

Connect the camera using the USB cable

The micro USB cord may also be used to power the camera. Assume there is an issue with the power connection. The camera may be unable to obtain the necessary charge from the batteries or power cord.

The micro USB connection connector is located on the camera. Connect the USB cord to the camera. After removing the batteries from the camera, proceed with this method. Check to see if the camera works correctly with the USB cord attached.

Software Update

A software update might cause your Blink Camera trouble for two reasons. The standard firmware update is number one.

The departing program crashes during the firmware upgrade, creating a pause in the downloading process. In this case, your existing application will contain half of the new file, while the other half is still processing.

The new program overlaps the existing one, and the software displays an error warning while running. In rare cases, the Blink camera will cease operating entirely.

As a result, before starting the firmware update, double-check your internet connection and power supply.

Restarting the camera and Sync Module will assist in removing these issues. Simply unhook the module from its power supply and remove the camera’s batteries. Allow the camera and module to rest for 10 seconds before resuming power. Connect to Wi-Fi again, and the update will resume.

If the above methods still hold your Blink Camera Not Detecting Motion then we have to check one by one each setting and I hope after checking each set you will find the issue and resolve it.

Camera Placement

Blink Cameras may be used both indoors and outdoors. However, an exterior camera should never be installed inside, staring out a window or other glass surface. Heat transfer from the window and glass will impair the camera’s ability to detect motion.

Motion Detection Range

The motion detection range of the Blink Camera is 20 feet. The camera has a 110-degree field of vision and can detect face characteristics from a distance of 30 feet. When mounting the camera, use Live View to find the appropriate range of motion for your area.

Above 30 feet, the Blink Camera can scan and display face characteristics, but at 32 feet, the details are less apparent. Although an individual may be identified, the caption is not of great quality.

Arm Your Blink System

You have installed your camera in the perfect location. You have checked and double-checked the field of view. You are now ready to try it out. And still not detecting any motion detection.

If your Blink Camera isn’t recording motion, make sure it’s turned on. This setting is what enables the camera to record motion and send notifications. Go to the Blink app and press on the running man symbol, then pick ‘Armed.’

The Blink Camera detects heat signatures of things in its path using Passive Infrared. If an item or another electrical equipment interferes with this signal, the camera will be unable to detect and record motion properly.

Motion Detection Setting

This might apply to your Blink Camera. If your camera isn’t detecting motion, turn on the motion detection feature and other settings.

  1. Turn on the motion detection feature

There are two ways to enable the motion detection feature on a Blink camera. The first option is on the home screen, where each camera’s widget has a running man symbol at the upper right. If motion detection is enabled for that camera, the symbol will be blue; otherwise, click it.

The second option is on the camera’s settings page. You can get to this page by clicking the icon with three horizontal sliders right by the running man icon for the camera.

Once you’re in the Camera Settings menu, the Enable Motion Detection toggle will be one of the first options you see. Toggle it to the on position.

  1. Change Your Activity Zones

If you don’t have enough zones active, your camera may miss an open door or an intruder. The Camera Settings menu allows you to alter your Activity Zones. When you click the grid icon, a new screen will appear.

Each rectangle on the Activity Zone screen may be clicked to enable or disable its activity zone.

  1. Camera’s Sensitivity

If your Blink camera is activating too frequently or seldom, you can increase the sensitivity.

The sensitivity slider is located on the Camera Settings page, just below the retrigger time.

The default setting is five. I wouldn’t recommend going to ten right soon. Instead, go with six or seven. Any higher, and you’ll have a lot of false alerts throughout the day.

  1. Turn on Motion Recording

Ensure that your blink camera recording is turned on, you can find this setting on the Camera Settings page, at the bottom of the Motion Detection menu.

When everything else fails, a hard reset of your Blink camera can frequently resolve issues.

You can also see the blink Troubleshooting topic where you can see other related issues and how to fix them in detail.

Resetting a Blink Mini

reset button

The Blink Mini reset button is positioned at the bottom of the device’s camera part, near where the camera connects to the stand.

You’ll need to push it with a thin, non-sharp item (I suggest the blunt end of a toothpick). Hold down the button for 5 seconds, or until the red light is replaced by green and blue lights.

During the reset procedure, the red light should go out immediately. If it takes more than 1-2 minutes, contact Blink support..

Resetting a Blink Outdoor, Indoor, XT, or XT2

To access the reset button on any of these Blink cameras, you must first remove the rear cover. The reset button is located on the top-right of the device, between the batteries.

Press the button for at least 5 seconds with a blunt, thin object (such as the back end of a toothpick). When the camera lights begin to flash, the reset operation is complete, and you may release the button.

Note: When the reset is complete, press and hold the sync button on the module to re-sync the blink camera.


We hope you were able to resolve the issue you were having with your blink camera not detecting motion.

Blink camera motion detection is a well-known feature, and if you are still unable to resolve this issue, please contact blink help.

You might want to see this:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my Blink Camera Not Detecting Motion Far Away?

  •  Motion detection is disabled.
  • In the Blink camera settings, the camera is not armed.
  • ·         Low sensitivity settings are another factor.
  • ·         Wrong IR settings, activation of activity zones
  • ·         Exceeding the maximum possible range.

Why is my blink camera so dark at night?

For night vision, the Blink Outdoor cameras have an infrared illumination. This converts the image to black and white. By heading to the camera settings, you may off the IR illumination.


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