How To Sneak Past Ring Doorbell? A Complete Guide!


Ring doorbells have provided parents and other household members with the convenience of setting up their own DIY home security system. The company has made it very user-friendly, which has various pros in terms of guarding the house and alerting its owners about any uninvited, sinister visitors. That is what a home security system is supposed to do, right?

But what if it’s late at night, and you’re trying to enter your house without your parents being alerted of your late arrival? What if it’s the middle of the day, and you’re trying to sneak some friends in during hours that you’re supposed to be studying or tending to your chores? What if you ordered something that your parents won’t approve of, and you’re trying to sneak that parcel inside? At such times, you might start wishing that you or your parents hadn’t installed this device to invade your own privacy- privacy that is already hard to enjoy in most households with protective and worrisome parents.

You may start wondering whether it’s possible for you to sneak past Ring doorbell without being detected, watched, or recorded. Well, keep reading to know what can be done to help you achieve this. First, let’s take a look at some basic things that you need to know about the Ring doorbell to understand better how to tackle such a situation with high chances of success.

Is there a motion sensor on a Ring doorbell?

Yes, there is a sensor on Ring doorbell that lets the device detect motion and alert you via the application on your phone or laptop. You can then access the video instantly, or if you have bought cloud storage, you can find the footage there.

How does motion detection work in Ring doorbell?

Motion detection in the Ring doorbell works by using a network of 3 linked PIR (passive infrared) sensors, which are heat sensors. PIR is the most common sensor found in Ring devices.

A passive infrared sensor detects motion by monitoring the presence of heat within a specific detection area. The sensor can differentiate a normal, irrelevant movement, such as the movement of any object or leaves, from that of a human being because human bodies possess more significant amounts of heat. Hence, when a person comes within the detection area, heat measurements monitored by the PIR sensor change. This change is registered as a movement by the device, sending out a signal to its servers to alert you of this movement.

Another motion sensor relies on camera-based motion detection. This sensor can be found in most Ring devices that operate with a camera. Detection via this sensor can be considered more flexible and reliable than the PIR sensor. This allows the device to overcome any false motions that the sensor may catch, such as the motion of traffic or a dog. A human detection system is employed here that uses analytics for the face and body-shape, making it more accurate in differentiating between human beings and other living or non-living things.

Can you jam a Ring doorbell?

Yes, you can jam a Ring doorbell. Just like any other security device, the Ring doorbell is not safe from jammers. You can use a wireless jammer to interrupt the signals from your Wi-Fi. This will interrupt the sending and receiving process of signals between the Ring device and its servers, creating a gap in video capture. However, if your Ring doorbell is non-wireless, you cannot jam it using a wireless jammer.

A wireless jammer operates by creating radio noise on 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency bands that make it difficult for your WiFi connection to function. This distortion, in turn, hampers your Ring device’s ability to send data to you via its servers successfully.

What is disarm mode on Ring doorbell?

Disarmed mode on Ring doorbell allows you to disable all sensors, cameras, and alarms-anything associated with the Ring application. When you enable this mode, your Ring doorbell will not be able to detect any motion or send any alerts to the monitoring system. The device will remain powered on, and fire sensors will be monitored in this mode, though.

This mode was initially introduced by Ring to be used at times when owners are at home and would like to enjoy the freedom of entering and exiting their house without being watched.

Can you sneak past Ring doorbell?

Yes, you can sneak past Ring doorbell. It is not a challenging task to fulfill; however, you will need to be careful and keep certain things in mind. Keep reading to see how to sneak past Ring doorbell successfully.

How to sneak past Ring doorbell?

There are several different things you can arrange or do to make yourself go undetected while sneaking past a Ring doorbell. Here’s how you can go about this:

Turn on ‘Disarmed Mode’ on Ring

Disarmed mode on Ring works similarly to the turning off of the ‘record motion‘ option. When you turn this mode on, all of your ring devices stop detecting any motion or sending any alerts via the Ring application. This mode will give you the freedom of entering and exiting your home without being caught on the Ring doorbell’s camera. Here’s how you can turn this mode on:

  • Open your Ring App.
  • You will see three lines on the top right corner. Tap that to open the menu.
  • Tap ‘Settings’.
  • Tap ‘Enable Modes’.
  • Choose the mode you wish to enable.

Once your purpose has been fulfilled, you might wish to turn this mode off before raising suspicion quickly. Follow the following steps to do so:

  • Open your Ring App.
  • You will see three lines on the top right corner. Tap that to open the menu.
  • Tap ‘Settings’.
  • You will see ‘Mode Settings’ on the ‘Modes’ page.
  • You will find the ‘Disable Modes’ function below ‘Shared User Access.’
  • Tap the red ‘Disable Modes’ button you see at the bottom of your screen.

Disable ‘Motion’ temporarily

You can use the ‘Motion Record Control’ feature of the Ring application to disable the recording of any motion entirely that is detected by a particular device for as long as you wish. Follow the following steps to disable motion temporarily on Ring doorbell:

  • Open your Ring App.
  • You will see three lines on the top left. Tap that.
  • Tap ‘Devices.’
  • Choose the device you wish to adjust. (You would opt for your Ring doorbell here)
  • Turn ‘Record Motion off on the device screen in front of you.

To re-enable motion recording, follow the same steps to turn motion recording back on for the chosen device.

Disable specific motion zones temporarily

This method will allow you to disable motion detection for certain motion zones only. This method can be exceptionally flexible as this has lesser chances of arousing suspicion than the previous method of disabling recording entirely for a device. In case you don’t want to take any chances in getting caught if someone decides to access the application at the time, coincidentally, this is a better option. Here’s how you can go about this:

  • Open your Ring App.
  • You will see three lines on the top left. Tap that.
  • Tap ‘Devices.’ 
  • Choose the device you wish to adjust.
  • Tap ‘Motion Settings’ from the options available at the bottom.
  • Tap ‘Motion Zones’.
  • Choose the motion zone you wish to disable.
  • Tap ‘Continue’.
  • Save the new setting by following the App’s prompts.

To re-enable motion recording for the disabled motion zone, go to the ‘Motion Settings’ again and tap on the disabled zone to re-activate it. Make sure you save your changes.

Turn the power off to the doorbell

This could be very simple and especially handy if you don’t have access to your Ring Application’s credentials. During installation, a flipping switch for the doorbell is usually installed on a wall inside the house to control the device’s power transmission. You can turn this off to cut off the power to the doorbell temporarily and turn it on later.

Suppose there isn’t such a switch installed in your house. In that case, another option involves meddling with the household’s central circuit unit to break the power off. Turn the circuit switch off, which powers your Ring doorbell.  

However, if you plan on sneaking out of your house, this may be a problem as you won’t be able to switch either of these power sources back on from the outside. Hence, other users may get suspicious if they later find them turned off. Moreover, this can also prove to be a more demanding task than simply accessing the App to adjust the settings, as explained before.

Break off Ring’s internet access

As explained before, the Ring application requires an Internet connection to function successfully, which is why the use of a wireless jammer would break off the Wi-Fi signal and not let the device send any data to its servers. This interruption would ultimately result in the loss of any video captured during this time. This is one way how burglars can disable your Ring doorbell!

However, we are not recommending using a wireless jammer, as these are illegal and can lead to police investigations against you. Do not choose to use one just for the sake of it being very quick in helping you fulfill your task.

Instead, turn the WiFi off for your Ring device. This does not imply that you turn it off for the entire household. There are two potential ways you can go about this:

  • You can set up a guest network on your router and connect your Ring devices to this particular network. This way, you can quickly turn the Wi-Fi off for your Ring doorbell without alerting others with a disabled Wi-Fi connection.
  • Set up an extra router for your Ring devices. This would act as a Wi-Fi repeater, allowing you to turn this off whenever you wish to disable your Ring doorbell or any other Ring devices.

Suppose you have the Elite version of the Ring doorbell that works with an Ethernet connection. In that case, you can disconnect its wires to cut off your doorbell’s internet access.

Last words

Be careful to adjust things again to how they initially were after you are done, as you might get caught. Getting caught would kill the entire idea of sneaking past your Ring doorbell and waste your efforts. Make sure you approach this task cautiously!

Immad Amir

Immad is a tech geek who loves the role of automation in his life. He believes that everyone should automate their roles in every part of their routine to spare some time for family and friends. Immad started HomeRook because he wants all the tech savvy individuals to automate their roles and focus on things that are significant in life.

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