Ring Doorbell Installation: It’s Easier Than You Think

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Ring doorbell camera (caption: Ring Doorbell Installation)Installing a Ring Doorbell isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. Whether you already own one or are considering getting one, I hope this my firsthand experience (with the Ring Doorbell 2 in this case, but the setup is more or less the same with other versions) simplifies the installation for you.

Note: Having an existing doorbell (or wires) is not required to use Ring’s doorbell.

Article Overview

Person holding ring doorbell without batteryCharge The Battery

The first thing you’ll want to do is remove the rechargeable battery from the Ring doorbell and plug it into a power source using the orange cable provided. The small light on top glows green once it’s fully charged. Insert the battery back into the doorbell after it’s charged; you’ll hear it click into place.

Ring App on iPhone and keypad (caption: Ring App)Set Up The Ring App

Android App | iOS App

Download the Ring app (which we review here). Once you launch the app it will walk you through the setup process, which we go into more detail on below.

  • Select Set Up A Device
  • Select device name
  • Follow the in-app instructions

Do I Need An Angled Bracket?

Securing Ring mount to exterior sidingIncluded with your doorbell are two bracket options: a wedge mount and a center mount. Ring’s brackets are optional and can be painted to match your home.

The wedge mount helps angle your doorbell down to get the correct motion detection range. If you have stairs leading up to your front door or you’re replacing an existing doorbell that isn’t around four feet off the ground, you may need to utilize the wedge mount.

You should use the corner mount if you need to angle Ring more toward your walkway.

You can use both the wedge and center mounts if need be, just be sure to install the wedge on top of the corner mount. Use the short screws included to attach the angled bracket(s) to your Ring Doorbell.

Remove Your Existing Doorbell

If you don’t have an existing doorbell, skip to the next section.

If you do have an existing doorbell, make sure to shut the doorbell’s power off at your circuit breaker prior to installing. Remove the existing doorbell from the wall and disconnect the wires.

Installing The Ring Doorbell

Install The Ring DoorbellReplace Your Existing Doorbell

  1. If you have are installing the Ring Video Doorbell 1st generation, then you’ll need to install a diode first (included in the box). The Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation) does not need a diode so you won’t find one in the box. Mechanical doorbells should not have the diode installed as it can damage the doorbell. This article on Ring.com has more information, including images to confirm which doorbell you have in case you are in doubt.
  2. Insert the included mini-level into your Ring Doorbell.
  3. If installing the doorbell on stucco, brick, or concrete, mark four drill holes. Use the bit provided to drill holes into your wall and insert the anchors. Anchors aren’t needed if you’re installing into wood.
  4. Connect the wires coming out of your wall to the screws on the back of your Ring Doorbell, the order doesn’t matter.
  5. If the wires are too short, attach the provided wire extensions and wire nuts.
  6. Feed the wires (and wire nuts, if you used them) into your wall and screw your Ring Doorbell onto the wall using four screws.
  7. Attach the faceplate of your choosing; you’ll hear it click into place.
  8. Secure the faceplate by screwing in one of the security screws with the star-shaped end of the screwdriver.

If You Don’t Have An Existing Doorbell

If you don’t have an existing doorbell, it’s even easier.

  1. Charge the battery and click it into the doorbell base.
  2. Position the level into the small hole on the front of the Ring doorbell.
  3. Place the Ring doorbell next to your door about chest height.
  4. Ensure the Ring doorbell is level and mark the positions for mounting holes with a pencil.
  5. Use the anchors if needed and screw the doorbell into the wall.
  6. Remove the level from your doorbell and attach the faceplate.
  7. Screw in one of the security screws, and you’re all set.

FAQs

Here are our responses to questions we get asked frequently from our readers. See something we missed or having trouble? Ask us in the comments, and we’ll do our best to help.

Do I Need To Drill Into Walls?

Yes – even though you may have a wireless, battery operated Ring doorbell, you will need to do some drilling to secure the doorbell into place. And you might need a different drill bit depending on whether you’re drilling into wood, brick, mortar, or steel. If you haven’t drilled before, this is as good a time as any to start!

Where Should I Place My Ring Doorbell?

The doorbell should be installed four feet off the ground for optimal performance.

How Do I Install Ring Doorbell On Siding?

If your home has siding, it may require you to use some longer screws than those Ring includes in your package (this was the case for our home).

How Much Does It Cost To Have Professionally Installed?

If you feel overwhelmed with the installation process, you can have a Ring Doorbell professional install for $99.99.

Is There A Monthly Fee For Using The Ring Doorbell?

The Ring Doorbell will operate without an additional fee. You’ll receive alerts when someone rings your doorbell or trigger the motion sensors, and you’ll get live-streaming video and two-way audio.

If you want to be able to review video (e.g. if you miss an alert or live event), you’ll need the Ring Video Recording subscription (an upgrade option that will be presented to you in the app). You’ll then be able to save all of your recordings for up to 60 days and allows you to review the videos, download them to local storage, and share them via social media, text, and email.

Ring Subscription Options

There are two options for Ring Video Recording: Basic and Protect.

  1. Basic costs $3 per month or $30 per year per device.
  2. Protect costs $10 per month or $100 for year, and it covers an unlimited amount of Ring cameras, offers a lifetime product warranty and gives you 10% off future purchases.

Video: Ring In Action

Want to see the Ring doorbell in action? Check out this installation video I made to see how the doorbell works along with the rest of the Ring alarm system.

Selecting The Right Ring Doorbell For Your Home

Got any more questions on installation? Don’t hesitate to ask us in the comments.

Can’t decide which Ring Doorbell model or features to get? Our experts compare Ring Doorbell options in our review, and pit the different models (Ring, Ring 2, Ring 3, and Ring Pro) against each other in our comparison.

What questions do you have on setting up and installing the Ring Doorbell?

About The Author:

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing products and services.

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