​How to use Ring Video Doorbell with Amazon Alexa

Answer callers, get announcements and view your Ring camera

​How to use Ring Video Doorbell with Alexa

The Ring Video Doorbell is a great smart video doorbell system, which can help you monitor who’s coming to your door, and of course, enable you to chat to callers when you’re away from home.

But like many aspects of the smart home, Ring doorbells and cameras really comes to life when you get them working with Alexa.

Essential reading: Complete guide to the Ring Video Doorbell

And the functionality has recently been given a boost too. Previously, Echo Show or Echo Spot devices could check in on your doorbell, but not actually give you a heads up when someone was there. This was particularly confusing if you’re the type of person who wants to screen calls before committing to answering the door. Here’s how to get Alexa and Ring playing nicely.

What can Alexa and Ring do?

If you get Alexa and Ring hooked up, you can access a number of features. If you have an Echo with a screen (Echo Show/Echo Spot) you can view your Ring camera on demand, and access two-way audio if someone calls.

However, you don’t just have to be the owner of a shiny Echo Show to take advantage. You can use Alexa Announcements to get an alert that someone’s at the door, regardless of your Alexa speaker set up.

How to set up Ring and Alexa

We’re going to assume that you’ve set up your Alexa devices and your Ring at this stage, and they’re not wrapped in cellophane, still on your doormat. You need to head to the Skills section of the Alexa app and download the Ring skill. Then you need to type in your Ring login credentials to link your account.


How to use Ring Video Doorbell with Alexa

Set up Ring and Alexa Announcements

You can have your Alexa smart speakers alert you to a ring at your doorbell by using Alexa announcements. To get a chime on your speaker you need to have your accounts linked using the Ring skill.

1. Head back into the Alexa app and head to the smart home tab.
2. Swipe across the top list of device types and choose All Devices.
3. From here find your doorbell (which is likely to be called Front Door, or something similar). It will be listed as a camera.
4. Turn on Doorbell Press as an announcement.
5. Turn on Motion Announcement, if you want alerts for that too.
6. Change the chime if you wish

View your Ring Video Doorbell with Alexa

So you’ve linked your accounts by downloading the Alexa skill. Great. For those who have Amazon Echo Show or Echo Spot you can do some cool stuff.

Now you can ask “Alexa, show my front door” to get a view on what’s going on outside. When you’re done, you can say “Alexa, hide my front door.

How to answer your Ring Video Doorbell with Alexa

Another one for Amazon Echo Spot or an Amazon Echo Show users, you can now – as of January 2019 – communicate two-way with your doorbell.

To start using two-way communication, just say "Alexa, answer front door" or "Alexa, talk to front door."

If you’ve already entered Live View by saying "Alexa, show me front door” you can unmute the mic on screen if you want to start talking.

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