Ring makes some of the most popular and best video doorbells and home security cameras, but privacy groups have raised concerns about the company’s policies when it comes to sharing videos with law enforcement.
While Ring owners can choose whether or not to consent to police requests made through the Ring app, a report revealed that Ring released videos to law enforcement without a court order and without notifying owners by Ring.
However, if you already own a Ring camera and are uncomfortable with the company sharing your video without your knowledge, there’s no need to go out and buy a new camera. You can enable end-to-end encryption in the Ring app, which prevents anyone but you from accessing the footage.
How to enable end-to-end encryption in the Ring app.
Before you enable end-to-end encryption, there are two things you should be aware of. The first is that enabling this feature disables a number of other features such as: B. the ability to view live video on a Fire TV or an Alexa-enabled smart display. Here’s a full list of features you’ll lose:
- Shared Users
- Shared video
- Event timeline
- Live broadcast
- Motion Verification
- pre roll
- Rich notifications
- People Only Mode
- snapshot recording
- Quick answers
- Alexa greetings
- Automatic replies
- Virtual security guard
Second, note that not every Ring device supports end-to-end encryption. In fact, none of Ring’s battery-powered video doorbells support end-to-end encryption. Below is a list of devices it works with:
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2
- Ring Video Doorbell Elite
- Wired Ring Spotlight Cam
- Ring Spotlight Cam Mount
- Ring Stick Up Cam Elite (2nd Gen)
- Wired Ring Stick Up Cam (2nd Gen)
- Stick Up Cam Plug-in (3rd generation)
- Stick Up Cam Wired (3rd Gen)
- Stick Up Cam Solar (3rd Gen)
- indoor camera
- Ring Floodlight Cam (2021 model)
- Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro
How to enable end-to-end encryption on a Ring Video Doorbell
1. Open the Ring app on your smartphone and select the menu button in the upper left corner.
2. In the drop-down menu that appears Choose Control Center. Here you’ll see options for account management, account verification, authorized client devices, video management, public safety, and more.
3. Scroll down and choose video encryption.
4. In the menu that appears Choose Advanced Video Encryption. The next screen will show you two options: End-to-End Encryption and SD Card Encryption. The latter is only for Ring Alarm Pro system owners, so Choose end-to-end encryption.
5. Tap Enable end-to-end encryption. Note that this will disable live view on Alexa devices and shared users will also lose access.
6. Choose Encryption setup and then tap Generate new passphrase. You must make a note of the passphrase as you cannot create your own manually. And if you lose the passphrase, you won’t be able to watch the video at all. Press confirm and continue.
7. Register your mobile device by entering the passphrase. If it’s successful, you should get a “Success!” Screen. Tap Next.
8th. You will now see your registered Ring devices. All you have to do is connect your device to the Ring Wi-Fi network.
9. Go to your Ring device and Make sure it’s in setup mode. On a Ring Video Doorbell, the LEDs around the button glow white.
10 When prompted, connect to the Ring WiFi network. The app will then start registering your device. When registered, you will hear a confirmation from your video doorbell and the app will indicate that the doorbell is registered.
If you decide you no longer want end-to-end video encryption, you can deregister your devices in the Ring app. However, you will lose access to any videos recorded while end-to-end encryption was enabled.
Now your Ring Doorbell is encrypted. If you want more security tips for your tech, first learn how to encrypt files on Mac and how to password protect folders on Windows. If you want to learn more about what you can do with your smart home technology, first learn 9 things you never knew you could do with smart lights.