Blink Camera Not Working (Troubleshoot and Fixes)

It’s frustrating when your Blink camera isn’t working properly.

However, there are several potential reasons behind this such as battery issues (power), internet connection, app or firmware malfunction, connectivity issues between cameras, and others.

But don’t worry, there are usually simple solutions to get it back online and working.

Let’s explore some common troubleshooting steps to get your camera up and running again.

What Are The Causes Of My Blink Camera Not Working?

01. Camera Placement

Your camera may not be able to get a strong enough Wi-Fi signal if it is too far away from the Sync Module or if there are obstructions in its path.

Consider utilizing a Wi-Fi extender or bringing the camera closer. Additionally, ensure that nothing, not even cobwebs, is obscuring the camera’s lens.

02. Battery Status

The Blink camera’s functionality and connectivity may be impacted by low batteries.

Fresh batteries should be used in their place; rechargeable batteries should not be used since they might not give adequate power.

03. Recommended Wi-Fi Connection

Your blink camera may not respond due to wifi connection issue. You can only use Blink cameras on 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks.

You will need to convert to a 2.4 GHz network or create a guest network with 2.4 GHz enabled if you are currently using a 5 GHz network.

04. Power Cycle Issue & Blink Sync Module

Simple power cycles can occasionally resolve momentary issues.

Take out the batteries from your camera (or remove the wired camera) and replace them after 10 seconds (or plug it back in), likewise with the Sync Module.

If the Sync Module isn’t working, try resetting it to the factory settings.

05. Blink App & Software Issues

Older Blink mobile apps or software can occasionally cause problems with the Blink camera.

Ensure that the Blink app on your phone or tablet is the most recent version. Update it via Google Play or the App Store.

Using the Blink app, check for firmware upgrades for your camera and Sync Module. Updating software can resolve issues and enhance functionality.

06. Some Specific Blink Camera Issues

Blinking Light:

The Blink camera has a way of indicating that some problems need to be fixed.

A blue light on a camera usually indicates that it is connected and functioning properly.

But a blinking yellow light suggests that the camera is attempting, but failing, to establish a Wi-Fi connection.

Verify the strength of the signal and enter the correct Wi-Fi password.

Also, the camera should be moved closer to the Sync Module. However, if you notice a flickering blue light, don’t fret

because the camera is in setup mode. If you didn’t start the setup, try resetting the camera.

Live View Problems:

Live view problems are issues that affect the live recording and viewing of the Blink cameras.

This recording might be frozen or blurry, or the camera might be unable to connect to live view.

If the live view is blurry, check your internet connection speed and stability. If not resolved, restart the app and camera.

In the case where the camera is unable to connect to live view, you should verify that the camera is online in the Blink app.

Lastly, check if app permissions are enabled for camera and microphone access.

Motion Detection Failures:

For home security purposes, motion detection is essential. There is a problem if there is movement close to the camera and it is not picking it up.

It is recommended that you modify the Blink app’s motion detection sensitivity settings.

To ensure that the camera’s view is not obstructed, you should also look for excessive glare. False triggers, nevertheless, might also exist.

Lowering the sensitivity or changing the detecting zones is advised to avoid areas that can result in false triggers, such as waving tree branches or passing automobiles.

Night Vision Malfunctions:

Should the camera’s night vision recordings seem grainy, consider cleaning the lens and modifying the app’s brightness settings.

Furthermore, verify that the night vision feature is turned on in the camera settings if the night vision does not activate.

Troubleshooting Common Issues of Blink Cameras While Not Responding

Blink camera Troubleshoot

Check Your Subscription

some functions might not work without a Blink subscription or if your subscription has expired.

Hence, go to your Blink account’s dashboard in the mobile app to verify the status of your subscription and activate it if it’s not.

Power Cycle Network Devices

Occasionally, the camera may malfunction due to a network outage or glitch. Try rebooting your router or modem.

  • Unplug both the modem and router from the power source.
  • Then wait for 30 seconds.
  • Thereafter, plug them back in.
  • Wait for two minutes for the Internet service to be restored.
  • Try using your camera again.

Power Cycle the Sync Module

The Blink Sync Module may be the problem if your camera is not working.

Your cameras and the internet are connected via the Sync Module. It may help to restart it. Try the following:

  • Move your camera closer to the Sync Module.
  • Ensure you have a strong Wi-Fi signal (at least 3 bars) between the camera and the Sync Module.
  • Power cycle the Sync Module by unplugging it for 10 seconds and then plugging it back in.

Power Cycle the Camera

If the issue with the camera persists, restart the camera itself.

  • Remove batteries (or unplug if wired) for 30 seconds.
  • Put the batteries back in (or plug the camera back in).
  • Wait for the solid blue LED.
  • Check if your camera responds to commands.

Decode LED Indicator Lights

The LED lights on your Blink camera convey important information and signal different camera states.

LED Color Meaning Solution
Solid Blue Normal operation No action is needed.
Solid Red Critical error (low battery, Wi-Fi issue) Check the battery, and Wi-Fi signal, and restart the camera/Sync Module.
Blinking Yellow Wi-Fi connection attempt Ensure to use the correct password, have a strong signal, and move the camera closer to the Sync Module.
Blinking Blue Setup mode If unintentional, reset and try again.
Blinking Red Firmware update Wait for completion, don’t power cycle.

 

Update the Blink App

Some issues can be resolved by simply updating the Blink mobile app. To do this

 On iOS (iPhone & iPad):

  1. Find the App Store icon in your app library or on your home screen. Then click on it.
  2. In the App Store, search the list of downloaded apps for the Blink app icon.
  3. The “UPDATE” button will be shown if there is a new version available.
  4. To begin the updating process, tap it.
  5. For security purposes, you may be asked to enter your Apple ID password.
  6. The update will be immediately downloaded and installed on your mobile device.

On Android:

  1. Launch the Google Play Store.
  2. In the upper right corner of your profile photo, click on it.
  3. Then, click on the Manage apps & device
  4. A new page comes up. Click on Updates Available. This will show you a list of all your installed apps.
  5. After, scroll through the list to locate the Blink app.
  6. If an update is available, you’ll see an “Update” button next to the app name. Tap it to start the update.
  7. The update will download and install automatically.

If the issue persists after trying these fixes, contact Blink customer support. They can provide particular fixes tailored to your camera model.

How Do I Reset My Blink Camera After Replacing The Battery?

After changing the battery, take these actions to reset your Blink camera:

  1. Take out the batteries from the camera.
  2. Allow a brief pause of at least 10 seconds.
  3. Put the batteries back into the camera.
  4. Turn on the camera and check if it responds properly.

FAQs

What Is The Sync Module For Blink?

One essential part of the Blink camera system is the Sync Module. It serves as a conduit between your Wi-Fi network and your Blink cameras.

The Sync Module facilitates wireless communication between your Blink cameras and your home network.

In addition, it controls camera synchronization, system settings, and video storage.

Why Is My Blink Camera Not Showing Live View?

If the Blink camera isn’t working with the live view feature, you can try checking the Wi-Fi connection, the camera status (LED color), and the app update to see if there is an update available.

Why Did My Blink Camera Suddenly Go Offline?

If your Blink camera suddenly goes offline, you will need to find out whether the battery is drained or whether new ones are required.

Also, the camera may go down if the network is unstable or dysfunctional.

Crucially, for the camera to perform its functions appropriately, the Sync module should also be running and connected to the internet.

How Do I Get My Blink Camera Back Online?

Make sure that you have the Blink camera powered on so that it gets online again and this may include plugging batteries or attaching a USB cable.

Thereafter, check that the Sync Module is firmly attached and powered up afterward.

Also, pay attention to that the Wi-Fi signal is good for a stable connection to the camera.