It is not unusual for parents and homeowners to configure their home security system using Ring doorbells. This is because Ring doorbells can help you keep your home safe while you are away by watching your front door and alerting you of any activity via phone calls, text messages, and mobile app notifications. This post will show you how to disable Ring without parents knowing.
Different homeowners have different reasons why they install security systems in their homes. The ring doorbell has several advantages such as securing your home and informing you of any unwanted intruders, and it is simple to operate.
If you are someone who wants to know how to disable Ring without parents knowing, there may be some justified reasons for this, maybe you want to sneak out of your home; plan a surprise birthday party without being recorded in the camera, or are just curious about how it can be done, we have given a complete list of ways on how to disable ring without parents knowing.
Reading through the remaining part of this article will give you a proper understanding of how to achieve this.
Does Ring Doorbells Have A Motion Sensor?
Ring doorbells have motion sensors which are a crucial part of the security system. The motion sensors are designed such that when motion is detected, the sensors inform the Ring security system and your smartphone through notifications or text messages. It uses passive infrared (PIR) sensors to detect motion. PIR sensors gauge the heat radiated by nearby objects to sense motion.
How does motion detection work in Ring doorbell?
The PIR sensors are heat sensors that work by monitoring the heat within a specific range of the detection areas. These sensors can differentiate between normal irrelevant movements such as random objects like falling furniture, and leaves, from that of the human being because the human body generates a significant amount of heat.
When someone comes within the range of the detection area, the heat measurement of the PIR changes, and the alarm is triggered if the person is an intruder.
Another motion sensor relies on camera-based motion detection using analytics for the face and body shape, making it more accurate in differentiating between human beings and other living or non-living things.
How to Disable Ring without Parents Knowing?
Now that you know how the ring doorbell motion detection works, you can now understand how to sneak past a Ring doorbell or disable it by following the steps below:
- Disconnect the wireless internet connection. Without it, the Ring won’t work.
- Use a signal jammer/blocker to disrupt Ring’s internet signal.
- Block the camera view.
- If you have access to the Ring app, you can turn off “Motion Detection”, or disable specific “Motion Zones”.
- Sneaking Out of Sight of the Wide-Angle Lens.
Disconnect the wireless internet connection
The Ring doorbell requires an internet connection to work. If your internet connection is disconnected, your Ring doorbell will stop working immediately. So if you have access to the router or modem that the Ring doorbell is connected to, simply disconnect or unplug it and the Ring doorbell will go offline and since there is no log anywhere that sends a notification to the house owner that the WiFi has gone off, it’s impossible to prove.
Use a signal jammer/blocker to disrupt Ring’s Internal signal
In case you don’t have access to the router or modem in your home, you can use a signal jammer which is another successful way to take down the WiFi and disable ring without parents knowing.
The signal jammer was invented to intentionally jam, block, or interfere with wireless communications (WiFi signals) for a little over a decade now. The jammer makes “noise” by sending a ton of signals at the same time in the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequency ranges.
This method is also the same as playing very loud music while two people are trying to have a conversation. The music is always very loud and consistent that you won’t be able to hear what the other person is saying at all. The jammer saturates the WiFi signal coming from the Ring doorbell, making it ineffective.
You can block the camera view directly
Instead of using a piece of equipment like a signal jammer to disrupt the WiFi signal, you can just block or cover the Ring doorbell camera directly.
Even though this sounds so obvious, it can still be fairly effective. All you need to do is to place a piece of tape or even a bag over the Ring doorbell, doing this effectively renders it passive.
The only challenge with this method is that you have to get physically close enough to the camera to allow you to block or cover it. Avoiding being seen and recorded or setting off the motion sensor which will notify the owner if the motion detection is turned on are factors to worry about.
You can try and disguise yourself first before covering the camera quickly within a short time. If your parents are nearby, they will get an alert and most likely check their cameras. Once they see nothing but black, they are likely going to be startled.
Turn off Motion Detection
This method is the most obvious but probably the least useful because you need access to the exact device that has the Ring app on it which controls the Ring doorbell you are trying to sneak past.
Once you can have direct access to this device (for instance, your parent’s smartphone), then it will be very easy for you to sneak by! Just open the Ring app and turn off the “Motion Detection” of the ring doorbell.
To turn off “Motion Detection” in the Ring App, follow the steps below:
- Open the Ring app.
- Click on the three lines at the top left-hand corner.
- Tap on Devices.
- Choose the device you want to adjust.
- Then, turn Motion Detection off (the OFF position will show white while the ON position will show blue).
Disable specific Motion Zones
In case you want to take a step further by becoming less visible, you can keep the Motion Detection on but disable the specific Motion Zones on the camera itself. By disabling this feature, everything will appear normal but the camera won’t detect you. Follow the steps below to disable specific motion zones:
- Click on the three lines on the top left-hand corner of the Dashboard screen.
- Choose Devices.
- Click on the specific device that you wish to adjust.
- Select Device Settings.
- Click on Motion Settings to customize your Motion Zones.
- Click on the Add a Motion Zone button, and a colored box will appear.
- Follow the on-screen instructions, and drag the points of the colored box to expand or contract the area you wish to monitor (a little is better if you are trying to sneak by!).
- Once your Motion Zone is in place and you like the placement, you can tap Save.
Sneaking Out of Sight of the Wide-Angle Lens
Another way to disable ring without parents knowing is to twitch your way just out of sight of Ring’s wide-angle lens. Although the Ring’s computer vision algorithms are very correct at determining when people and cars approach its field of view, they are
While Ring’s computer vision algorithms are very accurate at determining when people (and cars) enter its field of view, they aren’t that proficient at detecting once someone moves away from that area.
The Ring doorbells have a 160-degree viewing angle that enables them to cover a large field of view. If you can get the field of view right where the camera is pointing, you could wriggle your way along a passage or behind a tree just out of sight of the camera.
Any of these approaches can help you disable ring without parents knowing. As a homeowner, you should know the process involved for each option very well!
You should never depend on just a single technology to protect your home. Ring doorbells are very convenient and wonderful devices to own, but we recommend you don’t use them as your only security measure.
Were you able to disable ring without your parents knowing? Feel free to share which of the methods worked for you in the comments section below.