The Ring Doorbell and Amazon’s Echo Show are a match made in heaven. The Ring Doorbell offers a smart doorbell experience that’ll let you know exactly who’s at the door without actually having to answer it. You can then use that cross-functionality to manage visitors by viewing them through the Ring Doorbell’s camera and communicating with them using the Show’s microphone. Thanks to Amazon Alexa, you don’t even have to use your hands.
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How to connect your Ring Doorbell with Amazon Echo Show
- Open the Amazon Alexa app.
- Tap the three lines in the bottom right-hand corner of the app to open the settings menu.
- Tap Skills & Games.
On this screen, tap the search button in the upper right-hand corner.
- Type “Ring” and hit the search button.
- Ring should show up as the top result under the Smart Home category. If you’re unsure what it looks like, Ring’s logo is a blue and white speech bubble with the word “Ring” inside it. Tap it.
- Tap the blue Enable To Use button.
You’ll now be taken to the in-app browser to log into your Ring account. Enter your credentials and tap Sign in, or if you’re already signed in to your Ring app, tap Enable Skill and Link Accounts.
- Once your Ring account is connected, you’ll be asked if you want to discover your Ring devices. Tap Discover Devices to initiate that process.
- Before too long, your Ring Doorbell should show up in the list and automatically connect.
- If your Ring Doorbell doesn’t connect, make sure it’s on and ask Alexa to find it by saying, “Alexa, discover my devices.”
What you can do with the Amazon Echo Show with Ring Doorbell
Now that you have your Ring Doorbell connected to your Amazon Echo Show, you can immediately begin monitoring your home through your Alexa smart devices. There are a few cool things you can do once it’s all set up.
How to “answer” the door
Your Amazon Echo Show devices will automatically show footage from any Ring Video Doorbell when the button is pressed. You can narrow this down to specific devices if you wish to keep notifications tidier. Alexa will announce that someone is at your door, using the label you set up for that particular Ring Doorbell. This lets you know which exact door your visitor is at.
Note that you can customize the labels for each of your Ring Doorbells so that you can distinguish between different areas of your home. For example, if you want one for your back door, you can label it “back door.” Then, just say the name of that label whenever you want to interact with that particular doorbell.
To answer the front door, you can say “Alexa, answer front door” or “Alexa, talk to front door” to access the video feed and open up a two-way line of voice communication with the visitor. Note that in the case of using multiple Amazon Echo Show devices, only one of them will be able to communicate with your Ring Doorbell at a time.
Of course, answering the door with a Ring Video Doorbell alone won’t let the visitor into your house. You’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way and walk to the door — unless you have a smart lock. Also, there’s no way to mute your microphone after you’ve answered the doorbell until you’ve completely shut down the video feed. So make sure you end the feed when you’re doing talking to your visitor by saying, “Alexa, stop.”
Are you worried about using voice at all? Thankfully, there’s a way to view who’s at your door without enabling your microphone.
How to check your live video feed at any time
Sometimes, you don’t want to answer the door, but you still want to know who’s there. If that’s the case, you can say the command, “Alexa, show my front door” or “Alexa, show the front door camera” to get a live video without enabling your microphone. To end the feed, say “Alexa, stop,” “Alexa, hide my front door,” or “Alexa, hide the front door camera.” And with a new update to Fire TV, you can view a live feed of your Ring camera in picture-in-picture mode on your TV!
Alternatively, if you want to view the footage from any of your Ring devices — or any smart home device that supports Alexa — open up your devices list and select your Ring Video Doorbell by following these steps:
- Swipe inward from the right side of your Echo Show’s screen. If you tap on your screen, you’ll see a little arrow appear on the right side of the screen to help you decide where to swipe.
Select Smart Home from the list of icons.
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- Find your Ring Video Doorbell in your list of devices and click on it to display the camera footage.
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Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen)
Alexa is ready to show and tell
With the Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen), you can see who’s coming and going without shaking a leg or lifting a finger. Its display shows a live view of your front door, so you can engage or dismiss your visitors without even opening the door. Plus, Alexa has tons of other skills compatible with many of the most popular smart home products on the market.
To set up this smart security system, you’ll need a smartphone handy, so you can download the Alexa app to set the Ring skill up. There are also several other Ring products that work with Alexa that you might want to add. The Ring Pathlight, Ring Steplight, and Ring Floodlight Camera are all excellent options.
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