Home security is extremely important in this day and age. However, with all of the high-tech cameras and other devices that all seem to link together in all sorts of complicated webs of devices, it might seem hard to understand exactly how to simply view your security camera. With the Blink, however, it’s quite easy.
With Blink, you can view everything through the Blink Home Monitor app. This app allows you to view live audio and video from anywhere with your phone or other linked device.
In this article, we will discuss the step by step process of using the Blink Home Monitor app to view your live Blink feed, the different ways to control the app to access different functions of the camera, and other important information about watching your Blink camera’s live video and audio feed.
How to View Blink Camera on Your Phone:
Let’s go through the step-by-step process of viewing your Blink Camera on your smartphone!
1. Download the Blink Home Monitor App
First things first, you’re going to need to download the Blink Home Monitor app. This app allows you to access all of the functions of your Blink camera from your mobile device. It is the main way that many customers view their live and recorded video feeds, and is extremely easy to use and maneuver through.
Go to the app store, and type “Blink Home Monitor” into the search feed. Download the app with the proper logo, the white “b” on a blue background. The app is free to download, so there should be no problems in getting it onto your phone.
2. Make sure that your Wi-Fi is enabled and connected
Next, you’re going to need to make sure you have a strong internet connection. Your Blink camera will connect to your smart devices (including your phone) using your home’s wifi network. If the connection is not strong enough, you will not receive a video feed or audio from your Blink camera.
The camera needs your internet to have an upload speed of 2mb per second or faster in order to work properly.
3. Accessing Live View
After making sure your internet is stable and strong, you can open up your app. Upon opening the app, provided your account is properly set up, you should get a view of all of your active cameras. Let’s say you want to take a look at the camera placed at your front door.
On your home page, scroll to the camera feed for your front door. It will have a name that you gave it, along with a still image of what the camera usually sees. In the bottom left corner of this image, there is a camera icon.
Tapping this camera icon will bring you to the live feed. From here, you can watch what is happening on the camera in real-time, as well as receiving audio and giving you the ability to speak through the camera as well.
When the phone is held in portrait mode (the way you usually hold it, straight up and down), then the image will be as wide as the screen is, but not quite as tall. This limited view might not be the best for everyone, although it will still allow you to see what is happening on your camera.
There are a number of ways you can go about making the live view full screen. Firstly, you can simply turn your phone sideways. Make sure that you don’t have the “portrait orientation lock” function turned on on your phone’s settings. This function makes it so that turning your phone does not change the orientation of the images on the screen.
If turning your phone sideways doesn’t work, you can try using the pinch to zoom function, which allows you to zoom in on whatever part of the image you want.
In order to change the image resolution or any other settings, go to the “camera settings” section of the app.
What can you do from the app?
The Blink Home Monitor app isn’t just for watching the live stream of what your camera sees. There are many functions that the app gives you that improve the ability of your Blink home security system.
Firstly, the app gives you access to the Blink camera’s two-way audio system. This means it will allow you to not only listen to what is happening on the camera but also speak through it.
In order to listen, you’ll need to open the live view just like you did before. In the top-right-hand corner of your phone screen on the live view, there should be a small speaker icon. The default setting is no audio, so it probably has a red dash mark through it.
In order to activate the camera’s audio, simply tap the speaker icon. This will turn on the audio. From here, you can use your phone’s volume control to adjust the volume of the audio you receive.
On the other hand, you can also use the app to speak through your phone and have anyone on the other side of the camera hear it. In order to do this, find the “talk” button. It is a rather large circle near the bottom left corner of your screen.
Tap and hold this talk button to broadcast your voice to the speaker. Make sure to hold the button down the entire time, and speak clearly and deliberately so that anyone on the other side hears exactly what you’re saying.
So, accessing your Blink camera from your smartphone is actually pretty easy. All you have to do is download the app, make sure your accounts are properly connected and your internet is strong and all of your devices are connected to it properly.
After this, simply select which camera you want to view the live video of and tap the camera icon. This will open the live view screen, where you can use the audio functions, video functions, and live view functions to your heart’s content!