The good thing about the Ring Doorbell is that you can see exactly who is at the door without having to physically answer them. Simply set up the Ring app on your phone and you’ll get a notification every time someone rings your doorbell. If you own an Echo Show, you can take it a step further and answer your front door using an Alexa voice command.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to connect your Echo Show to your Ring doorbell.
How to configure your Echo Show
If you’ve just purchased an Amazon Echo Show, the first step is to connect your Show to your Wi-Fi network:
1. Plug the Echo Show into a power outlet using the supplied power cable.
2. Turn on the device and your Echo Show should start automatically.
3. When prompted, select the language you want to use.
4. The Echo Show will now display a list of all available Wi-Fi networks. Tap the network you want to use.
5. Enter your Wi-Fi password, then tap “Connect”.
6. When prompted, enter your Amazon account login information and press “Continue”.
7. Confirm your time zone.
8. Give your device a descriptive name, then press “Continue”.
Your Echo Show is now connected to your Amazon account. The next step is to connect Alexa to your Ring doorbell!
Install the Ring Alexa skill
To connect Ring and Alexa, you need to install the Ring Alexa Skill:
1. On your phone, launch the Amazon Alexa app.
2. In the lower right corner, tap the “More” tab.
3. Select “Skills and Games”.
4. Search for “Ring”.
5. Tap the Ring skill when it appears.
6. Read the description and press “Activate to use”.
7. Enter your Ring account login information.
8. Read the authorization request and press “Authorize”.
Your Ring account will now connect to your Echo Show. The next thing to do is to connect your Ring doorbell to your Echo Show:
1. Tap “Discover devices”. Alexa will now search for new devices, and after a few moments, she should display your Ring doorbell.
2. Press your doorbell, then press “Configure device”.
Once you’ve added all of your Ring devices, tap “All devices are set up -> Done”.
What can I do with my Ring doorbell?
Now that Ring is connected to your Echo Show, you can interact with your doorbell using voice commands and Alexa settings. Here are a few things you can try:
1. Access the live stream anytime
You can view the flow of your Ring doorbell at any time by using the phrase “Alexa, show me …”Followed by the name of your Ring device. For example, you could say “Alexa, show me my front door. “
Your Echo Show will now display the live feed from your Ring doorbell. This can be useful if you hear noises outside your home and are concerned that someone is searching around your property.
You can stop the flow at any time by saying “Alexa, stop.“
2. Receive announcements of press and doorbell movement
Even when you’re in the house, it’s easy to miss someone at your front door. Echo Show can announce whenever someone presses your Ring doorbell or even alert you when Ring detects motion.
By strategically placing Alexa-enabled devices throughout your home and turning on announcements, you can make sure you never miss an important caller again.
To enable Ring announcements on your Alexa enabled device:
1. Launch the Amazon Alexa mobile app.
2. Tap “Devices -> Cameras”.
3. Select your Ring doorbell.
4. Find the following cursor: “Doorbell announcements”. Drag this slider to the “On” position.
5. You can also turn on “Motion Announcements” to have Alexa notify you whenever your Ring doorbell detects motion.
6. You can now choose a sound that Alexa will use to announce doorbell events. Press “Doorbell announcements” and make your selection from the list.
Now, every time someone presses your Ring doorbell, your Alexa-enabled device (s) play that alert sound.
3. Answer the door using an Alexa voice command.
When you receive a notification, you can answer the door using a command such as “Alexa, answer the front door,” or “Alexa, talk to the front door camera.Echo Show will now display the live video feed on your Echo Show and open a two-way communication line so you can talk to your visitor.
4. Consult the history of your doorbell
If you invest in a Ring Protect plan, you can play back all recordings collected by your Ring doorbells and cameras during the last 30 days. To view the last video recorded on your Echo Show, use the command “Alexa, show me the last activity of (camera name).“
The good thing about the Ring Doorbell is that it is well integrated with the Amazon ecosystem, so you can easily connect it to Alexa and devices. If you are not a fan of Amazon, you can check out these Ring alternatives to protect your home.
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