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How to Connect a Ring Video Doorbell to Alexa and view your doorbell camera on an Echo
Ring Video Doorbells are one of the fastest to set up, and one of the easiest ways to increase your home’s security; they allow you to view not just visitors or deliveries, but to be notified when there’s any motion in the area in front of your door—day or night.
While normally you need a smartphone and the Ring app to view who’s at the door, there is a way to have the doorbell camera pop up in more places. You can make viewing your doorbell rings or motion alerts even more convenient by connecting your doorbell to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant via Amazon Echo smart speakers and displays. Not only can you get verbal alerts when someone is at the door, but if you have an Alexa device with a screen like the Echo Show 10, you can instantly see who’s there, without doing a thing. Here’s what you need to know.
In order to connect your ring video doorbell to an Amazon Echo device you need a couple of things first: that’s a Ring video doorbell (any model of doorbell will work), and Amazon Echo smart speaker or video display, and Wi-Fi.
For the purposes of this article, we will assume you already have your video doorbell installed and set up, and that you’ve already got your Amazon Echo device up and running in your house as well.
To get these two smart home systems to work together, you need to link them, but fortunately it’s easy.
In your Ring app, go to the hamburger menu in the top left choose Account and look for Linked Accounts; underneath it you should see Link your Amazon account.
When you click on this setting you’ll be prompted to first verify your Ring password, then to sign into your existing Amazon account, which will also automatically enable the Ring Alexa skill.
With the passwords and approvals all done, you will now be able to view your Ring Video Doorbell on your Echo Show device, or get a verbal alert from Alexa —she’ll say “Someone is at the front door“ for example if you’re using an audio-only Echo or Echo Dot for example.