Ring Doorbell Flashing Blue: What It Means & How to Fix

By SmartHomeBit Staff •  Updated: 12/25/22 •  6 min read

The Ring doorbell is one of the most widely-beloved devices of the “Smart Home” era.

We love our Ring and the convenience of knowing who is at the door before we open it.

But, what happens when your Ring starts flashing blue?

What do the different blinking patterns of your Ring doorbell mean?

Are all blinking lights on your Ring indicators of bad news?

Most importantly, is your home secure?

We know that doorbells might not be the first thing you think about in your home, but you want to make sure that yours is working properly! Read on to learn about how your Ring doorbell works.


What Does A Flashing Blue Ring Doorbell Light Mean?

Unfortunately, if your Ring doorbell is flashing blue, it usually indicates some sort of problem with your system.

If your doorbell is operating at its proper capacity and has not undergone any recent changes, it will not flash at all.

However, your Ring doorbell has several different flashing patterns that it may use to indicate an error in its system.

Thankfully you can identify these flashing patterns without a challenge, so troubleshooting is a breeze!


Flashing Blue In 1-Second Increments

If your Ring doorbell is flashing in a cycle of one second on and one second off, then it is restarting or rebooting.

Your home may have had a power outage or you manually implemented a reboot for software reasons.

If your Ring doorbell flashes blue in this manner for an extended period, it may have experienced a glitch and gotten stuck in a boot loop. 

We recommend contacting Ring support in this case, as they may be able to help you from the server side.


What To Do When Your Ring Bell Is Flashing Blue


Flashing Blue Four Times

If your Ring light flashes four times, then you’re in luck- you’ve reached one of the best possible answers for your problem.

Congratulations! You’ve set your Ring doorbell up correctly.

If your Ring flashes blue four times, you shouldn’t be worried- it’s an indicator that the setup has gone swimmingly, and you can rest easy with your beloved new Ring doorbell.


Rapid Blue Flashes, Then White

If your Ring light flashes blue lights in rapid succession before fading or transitioning to white, you’ve reached another positive answer.

In this case, your Ring has completed a factory reset.

You may have initiated a factory reset due to software reasons.

However, if you did not undertake a factory reset, we recommend calling Ring support as soon as possible to fix your doorbell.


Top Half Flashing Blue 

If the top half of your Ring doorbell is flashing blue, there are two separate possibilities for an answer.

First, it could indicate that you or your guests have inputted the incorrect password.

In this case, all you have to do is try again.

Second, this flashing pattern may indicate that your Ring doorbell is currently charging.

If your doorbell is hardwired to a source inside your home, it may have simply depleted its usual charge due to excessive usage and needs to recoup its power.


Random Blinking

If your Ring doorbell flashes blue randomly, it indicates a major issue with your Ring light- you need to charge it!

Ring devices are battery-operated, and like any battery-operated device, their charge can deplete- especially if yours is not hardwired.

For this reason, we recommend hardwiring your Ring doorbell to make the most of its battery life.


Should You Be Concerned About Other Changes In Your Light?

Sometimes, the light on your Ring doorbell might make other movements or motions that aren’t necessarily flashing.

However, many of their motions are similar.

Let’s quickly cover the other things your Ring doorbell might do to keep you informed of how your device operates.


Spinning Blue Lights

Spinning blue lights are part of a Ring device’s normal operating procedure, indicating a doorbell push. 

Additionally, spinning blue lights will notify you of a potential call.

Don’t be concerned about these motions, as they are 100% normal.


Blue Lights Moving Upward

If your blue lights are moving upward from the bottom, it indicates that your Ring doorbell is disconnected from your wifi and attempting to connect.

Typically, this action will happen during the setup process.

However, it can also indicate wifi outages, power shortages, or general connectivity issues.


In Summary

Ultimately, there are a wide variety of reasons your Ring doorbell might flash blue, whether they are negative or a part of the Ring’s standard operating procedure.

No matter why your Ring is flashing blue, don’t panic! If your Ring is flashing, it still has power, and we’ve found that issues with your Ring are fairly easy to fix.


Frequently Asked Questions 


How Long Does My Ring Doorbell’s Battery Last?

The battery on your Ring doorbell will last anywhere from six months to a full year.

As with most electronic devices, this battery life depends on how much you use it, along with temperature, climate, maintenance, and humidity.

If you live in a hotter, more humid environment, your battery life will be shorter than somebody’s in a milder climate.


Do I Have To Charge My Ring Doorbell’s Battery?

Recharging your doorbell may seem like a novel idea, but it’s a reality for many Ring owners.

If you have hardwired your Ring doorbell to an existing device, it will maintain enough of a charge to sustain normal use.

However, a high volume of usage may mandate semi-regular charging, even for a hardwired Ring.

Ring doorbells that are not hardwired need periodic charging- see the aforementioned six-month to one-year lifespan.

Thankfully, you can now identify when you need to charge your Ring!

SmartHomeBit Staff