How Long Does a Ring Battery Last?

Ring can go months between charges, but they often drain more quickly

The battery in your Ring device is designed to last for a few months before needing a recharge, but a number of factors can contribute to a battery lasting longer or dying faster. Ring devices are often exposed to a variety of environmental conditions, and some Ring devices see more use than others.

If your Ring battery doesn’t seem to last as long as it should, or your Ring battery life has deteriorated, there are some steps you can take to improve the situation.

How Long Does a Ring Battery Last?

According to Ring, the battery in a Ring video doorbell should last between 6 and 12 months before it needs to be recharged. That estimate is based on ideal environmental conditions though, and likely doesn’t take into account the sort of high use some users may experience with their Ring doorbells.

In real world conditions, many users report their Ring batteries last anywhere from a couple days to a few months. While it is technically possible to reach a 6 to 12 month window of battery life, it isn’t feasible for users whose Ring devices pick up a lot of vehicle or foot traffic throughout the day.

Why Does My Ring Doorbell Die So Fast

Here are the most common reasons for a Ring doorbell battery to die fast:

  • Low temperature: If it’s especially cold where you live, the battery will typically need to be recharged more frequently. When the temperature dips below freezing, the battery may fail to charge even if the Ring is hardwired.
  • High temperature: In high temperatures, and direct sunlight, the Ring is more likely to shut down due to overheating than fail due to the battery dying too soon.
  • High number of events: If there’s a lot of vehicle or foot traffic in front of your house, the Ring device will be active more often so it'll be used more (even if you don't necessarily need to see this activity).
  • Settings need to be adjusted: If you’re getting too many events per day, you may be able to help by adjusting the motion detection settings.
  • Live View is enabled: This feature is fun and can be useful, but it’s also hard on the battery. If you really want to use Live View, consider getting a second battery or hard wiring your Ring.
  • Your Wi-Fi connection is weak: Your Ring battery will die faster if the device is constantly struggling to find and connect to your Wi-Fi network. If you can improve the Wi-Fi signal in the area your Ring is installed, it may help with battery life.

How to Tell What’s Draining Your Ring Battery

Your Ring app has a power usage section showing exactly how the Ring battery is being used. If it isn’t lasting as long as it should due to one particular feature, this section will show you exactly what the problem is.

  1. Open the Ring app, and tap the menu icon (three lines).

  2. Tap Devices.

  3. Tap your Ring.

  4. Tap Power Settings.

  5. Tap Feature Power Usage.

  6. To check power usage, tap the small arrow to the right of the feature.

  7. Check each feature to see which one is draining your battery.

  8. If none of the features show excessive battery drain, your battery is probably going dead due to environmental factors, or it may be worn out.

How to Improve Ring Battery Life

There isn’t a lot you can do about the weather if cold temperatures are killing your batteries, but you can increase your Ring battery life if you’re dealing with an excessive number of events each day.

If your Ring battery is dying too fast, try these fixes:

  • Turn off Live View. While this is one of the best features offered by Ring doorbells, it’s also really hard on the battery. Even if you don’t use it all the time, even having it on will drain the battery more quickly than if you left it off. Try using Live View only when necessary, and just turn it off altogether if reducing active usage doesn’t help enough.
  • Check your Wi-Fi strength. In the Ring app, check the received signal strength indication (RSSI). If it’s low, try to improve the Wi-Fi signal in the location where your Ring is installed.
  • Adjust your motion sensitivity. Increase the sensitivity to decrease the number of irrelevant events picked up by your Ring. Consider utilizing motion zones as well so the Ring ignores parts of the image where traffic or other irrelevant motion is likely to trigger an event.
  • Set up motion scheduling. If there are times of the day when you know motion will occur, like your trash getting picked up, you can set up motion scheduling to prevent alerts during that time.
  • Adjust your motion frequency. This adjusts the way the Ring’s algorithm works so it won’t trigger multiple events in a short amount of time. Setting the algorithm to Light will cut down on the number of events each day if there’s a lot of repetitive motion, but you may also miss important events.

How Long Does a Ring Battery Take to Charge

In general, a Ring battery takes about five to 10 hours to charge, but the amount of time a Ring battery takes to charge depends on a handful of factors. For example, a cold battery will take longer to charge than one in the normal operating range for temperature. Excessive temperatures can affect how long the battery takes to charge.

If your Ring battery still shows it isn’t fully charged after charging it for 10 or more hours and reinstalling it in your Ring, perform several test rings. After several test rings, the app should update. A poor Wi-Fi signal can also cause a Ring battery to show it’s low on power even though it’s fully charged.

FAQ
  • How do you install a Ring doorbell?

    First, remove your existing doorbell. Then, mount the Ring's bracket and connect the wires. If you're using a digital Ring doorbell, install the included diode. Finally, place your Ring on the mounting bracket and tighten the screws. Check out Lifewire's guide to installing a Ring for more detailed instructions.

  • How do you reset a Ring doorbell?

    You can perform a hard reset by holding the orange button down for 20 seconds. When you release the button, the Ring flashes a few times to indicate it's restarting. This can take a full minute. Once it's finished restarting, activate the Ring's setup mode by firmly pressing and releasing the orange button again.

  • How do you connect the Ring doorbell to a Wi-Fi network?

    Go into the Ring app and tap the hamburger menu icon on the left-hand side. Select Devices, then tap on your Ring doorbell. Tap on Device Health, then choose Reconnect to Wi-Fi or Change Wi-Fi Network.

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