Blink Activity Zones Not Working

Blink activity zones are a popular feature among users of Blink security cameras, as they allow homeowners to focus on specific areas of interest and avoid false alarms due to unnecessary motion alerts.

However, many Blink camera users have reported issues with activity zones not working as intended, particularly with the Blink XT2 model. This can be frustrating for users, as it defeats the purpose of using activity zones for more accurate monitoring.

In this article, we will cover the common issues behind Blink activity zones not working, and provide solutions to address these problems.

Reset Zones

If your Blink activity zones are not working correctly, you can try resetting the zones. Open the Blink app, go to the camera settings, and select Motion Settings. Then, tap on Motion Zones to configure the gray zones as per your preference. You might need to update the thumbnail image to ensure accuracy.

Firmware Updates

Ensure that your Blink device is up to date with the latest firmware. Firmware updates often include fixes and improvements that might solve any activity zone issues. Check for updates within the Blink app, and if available, follow the instructions to update your device.

Sync Module

The Sync Module plays a crucial role in the functionality of your Blink system. Make sure it is properly connected and powered. If you are still experiencing problems, try restarting the Sync Module: unplug it from the power source, wait a few seconds, and then plug it back in.

To set up activity zones in your Blink camera, you’ll need to have the Blink app installed on your phone. Open the app, and log in to your Blink account to access the camera settings.

Camera Settings

To configure the activity zones:

  1. Tap on the settings icon beside the Blink camera you would like to configure the activity zones for.
  2. Navigate to the Motion Detection tab, where you will find the option for Zones.

Sensitivity Settings

To adjust the sensitivity settings for your activity zones:

  1. From the Motion Detection tab, select Motion Sensitivity.
  2. Adjust the slider to set the desired sensitivity level for your activity zones.

By following these steps, you will be able to set up and customize activity zones in your Blink camera system. This will help reduce unwanted alerts and notifications, ensuring a more efficient and user-friendly experience.

False Alerts

False alerts can be an issue with Blink Activity Zones, as they can send notifications even when there is no significant motion in the selected zones. This can be caused by the camera picking up motion from inactive zones due to problems with the camera’s wake mode. When the camera wakes from low power mode and communicates with the Sync Module, it may ignore the app settings for a brief moment, causing false alerts.

To address this issue, ensure that your camera is positioned correctly using a Wedge or Corner Mount, which can help avoid unwanted motion alerts from areas outside the activity zones, such as traffic on a street.

Excessive Motion Clips

Another common problem with Blink Activity Zones is excessive motion clips being recorded, potentially filling up your storage space quickly. This can happen when misconfigured zones or false alerts trigger the camera to record unimportant motion events.

To resolve this issue, make sure your activity zones are properly configured by following these steps:

  1. Open the Blink app and log in to your Blink account.
  2. Tap on the settings icon beside the camera you would like to configure the activity zones for.
  3. Navigate to the Motion Detection tab and tap on Zones.
  4. Configure the gray zones as per your preference, avoiding areas that might cause excessive motion clips.

Misconfigured Activity Zones

Misconfigured activity zones can lead to both false alerts and excessive motion clips. To correctly set up your activity zones, follow these steps:

  1. In the Blink app, tap on Camera Settings above the camera you want to change.
  2. From Camera Settings, select Motion Settings and then tap Motion Zones.
  3. On the Activity Zones screen, the most recent thumbnail is shown with a grid pattern. Tap Update Photo to refresh the thumbnail image so your settings are accurate (source).

Remember to regularly review and adjust your activity zone settings to ensure optimal performance.

Understanding Activity Zones

Motion Detection

Activity Zones are a feature in Blink cameras that allow users to configure specific areas for motion detection. This helps to reduce false alarms by focusing the camera’s attention on designated areas only.

Follow these steps to configure activity zones:

  • Open the Blink app and log in to their account.
  • Tap on the settings icon beside the Blink camera they want to configure.
  • Navigate to the Motion Detection tab and tap on Zones.
  • Configure the zones as per their preference.

It’s essential to understand that Activity Zones work differently from typical motion detection without this feature enabled. While the regular mode relies solely on the Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor, Activity Zones use both PIR and image analysis to detect motion.


Sensitivity plays a crucial role in making Activity Zones more effective. Users can adjust the motion sensitivity in the Blink app under Motion Detection settings. The sensitivity level ranges from 1 (low sensitivity) to 9 (high sensitivity).

Higher sensitivity levels can lead to more false alerts, as the camera becomes highly responsive to even minor changes. Therefore, finding the right balance between eliminating false alerts and accurately detecting motion is vital for optimal performance.

Privacy Zones

Privacy Zones are an additional feature in Blink cameras that allow users to block certain areas of the video feed. This feature is useful when users need to protect the privacy of specific spaces within the camera’s field of view.

Creating a Privacy Zone is similar to setting up an Activity Zone:

  • Open the Blink app and log in to their account.
  • Tap on the settings icon beside the Blink camera they want to configure.
  • Navigate to the Privacy tab and tap on Zones.
  • Configure the privacy zones as per their preference.

By understanding the functionality of Activity Zones, Sensitivity, and Privacy Zones, users can better customize their Blink camera settings for improved motion detection performance and enhanced privacy.

Optimizing Camera Placement

Mounting Options

There are several mounting options to consider when ensuring the proper functionality of Blink activity zones. Choosing the appropriate mount can affect the reliability and efficiency of your camera in detecting motion. Some mounting options include:

  • Wall mounts: Ideal for installing your Blink camera on a flat, vertical surface.
  • Ceiling mounts: Allow you to position your camera on a horizontal overhead surface.
  • Tree or bush mounts: Can be used for securing the camera to a tree or bush, providing a more discreet location.

Indoor and Outdoor Usage

Blink cameras are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. When placing your camera outdoors, ensure the camera is sturdy and weatherproof. Additionally, consider whether the camera needs to be protected from direct sunlight, rain, or extreme temperature changes. For indoor camera placement, take into account varied lighting conditions, obstructions, and reflections that could impact the camera’s ability to detect motion.

Reducing Unwanted Motion Alerts

To minimize unintentional motion alerts, it’s crucial to optimize your camera’s placement, considering the following factors:

  • Shadows: Position your camera in a way that avoids direct sunlight, which can produce moving shadows and trigger false alerts.
  • PIR sensor: The camera’s Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor detects heat differences in the environment, so avoid placing the camera near heat sources such as air vents or radiators.
  • Proper angle: Adjust your camera’s angle to focus on key areas of interest and exclude irrelevant areas, like busy streets or trees swaying in the wind. Using the Blink app, you can set activity zones, which help reduce unwanted motion alerts by ignoring designated areas within the camera’s view.

Customizing Notifications and Recordings

This section will provide a brief overview of customizing notifications and recordings for the Blink activity zones feature.

Notification Settings

Blink allows users to receive notifications when motion is detected within the activity zones set up in their security system. To properly customize these notifications, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Blink app and log in to your account.
  2. Tap on the settings icon beside the Blink camera.
  3. Navigate to the Motion Detection tab.

In this tab, you can toggle notification settings, adjust motion sensitivity, and even schedule when to receive notifications.

Recording Settings

Users can also make adjustments to the recording settings for each activity zone. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Camera Settings for the desired Blink camera.
  2. Under Video Settings, find the options for recording length and retrigger time.
  3. Adjust these settings to fit your preferences.

Customize recording length and retrigger time to ensure that security footage captured within activity zones meets your needs.

Live View

The Live View functionality in the Blink app allows users to monitor their activity zones in real-time. To access Live View:

  1. Open the Blink app and log in to your account.
  2. Tap the camera thumbnail you want to view live.
  3. Once in Live View, users can see their activity zones and current camera status.

Take advantage of the Live View feature to monitor activity zones and make any necessary adjustments to your notification and recording settings.