Blink Camera Clicking?

The clicking sound in Blink cameras typically occurs for a variety of reasons, depending on the specific settings and circumstances related to the device.

The most common cause of this clicking noise in Blink cameras is the activation of the Infrared (IR) cut filter, which happens when the camera toggles between day and night mode.

Another cause of the clicking sound is when the camera’s batteries need replacement. In some cases, however, the clicking sound might indicate a hardware issue or a problem with the power source.

Quick Takeaways

  • Blink cameras can produce clicking sounds due to the activation of the Infrared (IR) cut filter or battery replacement needs.
  • Understanding the various causes of clicking sounds in Blink cameras can help users troubleshoot potential issues.

Blink cameras may produce clicking sounds occasionally. This section covers some steps to troubleshoot and resolve common clicking issues for Blink camera users.

Power Cycle

A simple but effective solution for various technical issues, including clicking sounds, is to power cycle the camera. To do this:

  1. Remove the back cover of the Blink camera and take out the batteries.
  2. Wait for 30 seconds.
  3. Reinsert the batteries and replace the cover.
  4. Check if the clicking issue is resolved.

Firmware Update

Keeping your Blink camera’s firmware up-to-date is crucial for maintaining optimal performance and fixing known issues. To check for updates and troubleshoot clicking sounds, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Blink app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Tap on the settings icon (gear) next to the camera with the issue.
  3. Scroll down and select “Device Info.”
  4. If an update is available, it will show an “Update Firmware” option.

Updating the firmware can address potential issues with the camera, including the clicking sound.

Motion Detection

One of the primary reasons a Blink camera produces a clicking sound is due to its motion detection feature. The camera is designed to capture and record video when it detects motion in its field of view. As the camera switches between standby and recording modes, you may hear a clicking sound. This is a normal part of the camera’s operation and should not be a cause for concern.

Infrared Light

Blink cameras are also equipped with infrared technology to provide clear footage in low-light or dark conditions. When the camera activates its infrared sensors, a small clicking sound may be audible. This is the sound of the camera switching between day and night modes, adjusting its settings to provide optimal image quality. Again, this is a normal part of the camera’s operation and not a sign of a problem.


Another reason for the clicking sound in a Blink camera is the movement of the shutter inside the camera. The shutter controls the amount of light that reaches the camera’s sensor, and it may produce an audible click as it opens or closes. This sound can be more noticeable in quiet environments but is a normal part of the camera’s functioning.

Wi-Fi Network Troubleshooting

A weak or inconsistent Wi-Fi connection may cause various Blink camera issues, including clicking sounds. To troubleshoot your Wi-Fi network:

  1. Ensure your Wi-Fi network is operational and has good signal strength.
  2. Check the Wi-Fi signal strength in the Blink app.
    • Log in to your Blink app.
    • Check the signal bars of your device. A device with less than three signal bars may encounter issues, including clicking sounds.
  3. If necessary, move your camera closer to the Wi-Fi router or use a Wi-Fi range extender to improve the connection.

Should these troubleshooting steps not resolve the clicking issue, please contact Blink Customer Support for further assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my Blink camera randomly click?

The clicking sound you hear from your Blink camera is most likely due to the switching of the infrared (IR) filter. This occurs when the camera transitions between day and night modes. If it clicks randomly, check for any lighting fluctuations or environmental factors that might cause sudden changes in lighting conditions.

What does the red light clicking mean?

The red light clicking typically indicates that the infrared (IR) lights are activating on your Blink camera. It occurs when the camera switches to night vision mode and uses these IR LEDs to illuminate the area for better visibility in low light conditions.

Why does my Blink Mini click when recording?

As with other Blink cameras, your Blink Mini will also make a clicking sound when recording. The most common reason is the switching of the IR filter as the device toggles between day and night modes. This is an inherent part of the camera’s functionality and cannot be turned off.

Is the Blink camera sound activated?

No, the Blink camera is not sound-activated. It is motion-activated, meaning it starts recording when it detects motion in its field of view. There may be audio settings that allow you to record sound, but the camera itself does not start recording based on sound triggers.

What is IR on Blink camera?

“IR” stands for “infrared” in the context of Blink cameras. Infrared technology in Blink cameras allows the device to capture clear images in low light conditions by providing illumination through infrared LEDs. When the camera senses low light levels, it will switch to night vision mode, causing the clicking sound you hear