Hey, Alexa! Let’s talk about your favorite tech-related topic. You know what I’m talking about; it’s that one thing you just can’t stop talking to me or my husband or anyone in the house: “Alexa, how do I add blink?”
What is Alexa?
Alexa is a voice-activated assistant that you control with your voice. You can use her to manage your smart home devices, play music, get news and weather updates, and more.
If you have Blink cameras in your home, you can use Alexa to connect with them. For example, you can ask Alexa to show you the live video from a specific camera or turn on motion detection for a particular camera. You can also ask her to play back recorded footage from a certain day or time.
To get started, connect your Blink account to Alexa. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to manage all of your Blink cameras using just your voice.
What is Blink?
Blink is a service that provides security cameras and video recording for your home. You can access the camera footage from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. Blink cameras also have audio, so you can hear what is being captured.
You can manage your devices, create a schedule, review footage, and keep track of your cameras with an account. The Blink App for PC allows you to view live feeds from compatible security cameras like Arlo and Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
The Alexa display is optimized for smart home products such as lights, thermostats and other devices. The Amazon Echo Show has a front-facing camera that puts users in control of what they share. You can make video calls on the Amazon Echo Show and easily connect with friends and family using Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo Dot or the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.
How to add Blink to Alexa?
Adding Blink to Alexa is a simple process that only requires a few minutes of your time. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps necessary to link your Blink account with Amazon’s virtual assistant.
First, you will need to download and install the Alexa app on your mobile device. You can find the app by searching for “Alexa” in either the App Store or Google Play Store.
Once you have installed the app, open it and sign in using your email address and password from your Blink account. If you do not have a Blink account, you can create one by clicking on the “Create an Account” link on the sign-in page.
Next, we will need to create a PIN code that will be used to authorize linking of accounts. To do this, tap on the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Settings.” Scroll down until you see “Linked Accounts” and tap on “Blink.” On this page, enter a 4-digit PIN code into the field provided and then hit “Save.”
The final step is to visit the “Discover Devices” screen in order to link your devices together. Tap on the Devices icon located in lower right corner of screen and then select “Alexa.” This will open a list of all devices that are currently linked to the Alexa app. If you do not see your Blink camera listed, tap on the “Add Device” button in the upper right corner of the screen.
From here, follow the on-screen instructions to link your Blink camera with Alexa. Once complete, you will be able to access your camera’s live view from within the Alexa app. Additionally, you can say “Alexa, open Blink” or “Alexa, ask Blink for a joke” to launch the Blink app using Amazon’s virtual assistant.
How to control your Blink devices with Alexa?
You can control your Blink devices with Alexa through the Wink app. The Wink app is a free smart home hub that allows you to control all of your connected products. You simply need to download the Wink app, create an account, and link your Blink account. Once you have done this, you will be able to control all of your Blink devices with Alexa voice commands.
The Amazon Echo Show has a built in smart home hub, which makes it easy to control your Blink devices. You can view a live stream of your cameras on the Echo Show or Fire TV by saying “Alexa, show me the front door.”
If you have an Echo Spot, you can also view a live stream of your cameras on its 10 inch screen. The Echo Spot is perfect for calling, video chatting, and more. It has all the features of the Echo Show plus added functionality like alarms, weather forecasts, and more.
How To Automatically View Blink Cameras on Echo Show When Motion is Detected
You can easily set up your Echo Show to automatically display your Blink cameras when motion is detected. To do this, you will need to create a routine and add the “Blink Camera” action. Here are the steps you need to follow:
1) Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet.
2) Tap on the More tab and then select Routines from the menu.
3) Tap on the + button in the top-right corner of the screen and select “When this happens.”
4) Under “What would you like Alexa to do?” tap on “Blink Camera.”
5) In the following screen, tap on “Next.”
6) You can now name your routine by tapping on “Name your routine” and proceeding with the When this happens section.
7) By naming our routine “Sleeping Child,” Alexa will announce it to us when motion is detected.
8) To connect your Blink camera with Alexa, simply tap on Smart Home>Blink>Connect.
9 ) You can also add an action for Alexa to say anything you would like after detecting motion with this setting (for example: my doorbell is ringing). 10 ) Tap on Add action>Alexa says>then type in “move” or any other desired word.
11) Tap on Save and you’re done!
Now, when motion is detected, your Echo Show will automatically display the Blink camera footage.
List of Alexa Blink Commands
Arming your System
Before you arm your system, make sure that all doors and windows are closed and locked. You can arm your system in two ways: using the keypad or through the Alexa app.
To arm your system using the keypad, enter your security code and press ‘#’. The system will beep to let you know it’s armed.
To arm your system through the Alexa app, open the app and select ‘Arm System’. The app will tell you when your system is armed.
To use this command, you must have the Alexa app installed on your phone. Blink will report its status and show any errors.
There are many ways to ask Blink what your status is. You can say, “Alexa, ask Blink if I’m online.” or “Alexa, ask Blink if I’m logged in.” or “Alexa, ask Blink what my current status is.”
Alexa Blink commands are an effective way to get help in your schedule. “Alexa, ask Blink what my schedule is” can be used to verify what time you were scheduled for a particular event. If there is a conflict, or you just need to double-check your schedule, this command can be very helpful. The Blink skill can also provide directions and other information related to your upcoming events.
In order to create a motion clip, follow these steps:
First, select the “Smart Home” category and then choose Blink from the list of devices.
Next, under “When this happens”, select “Motion Detected”.
Then give your routine a name. In our example, we named it “Alexa Show Motion Clip.”
Underneath “What should Alexa do?”, tap on “Customize.”
From there you can pick an action such as playing a sound or turning on a light.
You can also have Alexa announce when she detects motion by selecting the box next to “Say something when this event occurs.”
Tap on Save in the top-right corner when you’re done.
Now that your Echo Show will show motion clips whenever they are triggered, test it out! Walk in front of your camera and see if the clip plays.
Blink can be used for various purposes, such as getting your status. For example, if you want to know whether the device is online or offline, you can use the command “Alexa, ask Blink about my status.” Alexa will then provide a detailed report of your device’s current state.
You can ask Blink to tell you about your schedule. For example, “Alexa, ask Blink what my next event is.” or “Alexa, ask Blink when my next meeting is.”
Motion Clip Count
The motion clip count is a number that displays on the screen of your Echo Show to let you know how many motion clips have been recorded. This number will reset to zero every time your Echo Show reboots.
Arming your System
You can arm your system in two ways:
verbally, using the Alexa command “Alexa, arm my System Name” or through the Amazon app.
If you don’t have the features or compatibility needed with Blink, alternative smart cameras are available. However, many of these commands will work with Alexa and Blink. For example, if you have more than one system and Alexa doesn’t recognize what is being asked, specify which device to arm by using “System Name.”
Alexa was bought by Amazon in 2018, so you can expect to see Blink features being implemented into future releases of Alexa.
Disarming Your System
There are two ways to disarm your system: through the app and through Alexa. To disarm your system using the app, open the Blink app and tap on the disarm button at the bottom of the screen. To disarm your system using Alexa, say “Alexa, ask Blink to disarm.” You can also use voice commands to arm and disarm your system. For a list of all available voice commands, please see our support article here:
Disarming Your System
There are a few simple things you can do to disarm your Blink system:
Say “Alexa, stop listening”
Enter your four-digit security code
Tap the button on the back of your Echo or Show
Thank you for reading this comprehensive guide on how to add blink to Alexa. Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned pro, we hope that you have found this article helpful and informative.