How to enable activity zones on your Arlo camera

Make your cameras smarter by choosing action areas

How to enable Arlo activity zones
The Ambient is reader-powered. If you click through using links on the site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

If you have an Arlo home security camera set up, one of the top features you can take advantage of is activity zones. This enables you to specify areas of your cameras’ field of view to include, or exclude, from your notifications.

Why would you use activity zones you ask? Well, there are plenty of reasons. You may have a bush that triggers motion alerts by swaying in the wind, or you may want to stop your dog triggering a motion alert by walking past.

Essential reading: Complete guide to Arlo cameras

Another practical use could be a camera that covers your garden path, but also catches the outside pavement. You can trigger the camera by anyone entering your property, but not harmlessly wandering past.

How to enable activity zones on your Arlo camera

(Left) You need AC power for activity zones. (Right) Just drag your desired area out

To use activity zones your camera will need to be connected to AC power – and as yet there’s no way around that. That’s because Arlo deems the logic required to make activity zones work is too battery intensive – though it would be nice for users to make up their own minds. But to set them up, follow the below:

  • Launch the Arlo app
  • Tap Settings > My Devices.
  • Tap or the camera that you want to edit
  • Tap Activity Zones.
  • Tap the + icon to add a zone.
  • Resize the zone by dragging the corners
  • Enter a name for the zone.
  • Tap or click Save to save your settings.
TAGGED    security cameras

Related stories

security cameras How to view security camera footage on your Amazon Echo devices
security cameras ​Five ways to set up your smart home security to scare off burglars
security cameras Best home security camera 2020: Indoor and outdoor smart cam top picks
security cameras Apple kills Wyze Cam's person detection feature following takeover of AI company
security systems ADT's Blue DIY smart security system ticks a lot of the right boxes
security cameras Eve Cam is built with HomeKit and your iPhone in mind