How to Install Any Ring Doorbell Without an Existing Doorbell

No, doorbell? No problem!

What to Know

  • Install the Ring app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and create a Ring account.
  • Use the Ring app to set up your Ring Doorbell, following the onscreen instructions. Press and hold the orange button on the back of the Ring.
  • Mount the bracket, attach the doorbell, and complete the setup on the Ring app.

Ring Doorbells are easy to install, even if you don't have an existing doorbell. Ring supplies you with everything you will need right in the box. Here's how to install a Ring Video Doorbell, Ring Video Doorbell 2, and Ring Video Doorbell 3 and 3 Plus, without an existing doorbell.

Install the Ring Video Doorbell App

Before you start installing the Ring Doorbell device, you need to install the Ring app on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The app is essentially the Central Command, where you'll control the device.

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Before you mount the bracket, fully charge your Ring Doorbell using the Micro USB cable that came with it. Plug it into a charging hub and wait until the entire ring on the front turns blue. When it is fully charged you can secure it to the mounted bracket.

Create a Ring Account

After you have installed the Ring Doorbell app that is right for your device, you'll need to create an account with Ring. The account creation process is easy. Just tap Create Account the first time you open the app, and then follow the prompts.

You'll be asked to enter your personal details, including name, location, and email address. Then create a password and click Create Account. Finally, you'll receive a confirmation email, and once you've confirmed that you did, indeed, set up an account, you'll be ready to physically install your Ring device.

If you already have a Ring app and account, such as one that you set up with a Ring security system, you can choose Login instead of Create Account and then skip down to the information about mounting the device.

Set Up Your New Ring Doorbell

Once you have the Ring app installed on your device, you can begin the process of setting up your new Ring Doorbell device. Much like creating an account, the Ring app will walk you through adding a new device but if you get lost, these steps might help.

  1. Open the Ring app and tap Set up a Device.

    Make sure your Ring Doorbell is fully charged before you begin this process.

  2. Select the type of device you want to set up. In this case, Doorbells.

  3. Scan the code from your new Ring Doorbell. You'll find the code on the device and on the packaging that came with the device.

    If you can't find the code to scan, or if it has been lost, you can choose the option to Set up Without Scanning.

  4. You'll be prompted to give your device a name, such as Front Door, Back Door, or something similar. There's even a Custom option so you can give it your own name, if you prefer.

    Set Up a Device, Doorbells, names for Ring Doorbell
  5. Then, you'll need to provide your street address. This will be used for monitoring services if you choose to purchase those.

    Some municipalities require you to buy an alarm monitoring permit if you plan to purchase the Ring monitoring service. Be sure you check, understand, and abide by the requirements for your geographic area.

  6. Next, press and hold the orange button on the back of the Ring Doorbell device.

    The light on the front of the device should start spinning white to indicate the Ring device is in Setup mode.

    Orange button on the back of Ring doorbell
  7. The Ring app should automatically begin the set up process. First, by connecting to your new doorbell through your Wi-Fi network. You may need to leave the Ring app to make this connection. In that case, navigate to your Wi-Fi Settings and select the device that starts with Ring- several numbers will likely follow the dash, then return to the Ring app to continue.

    The device you're connecting with will determine where and how to get to your Wi-Fi settings. Usually, it's follows a path similar to Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi.

  8. Once you're connected to the Ring device, it will prompt you to select your home network. Find that in Wi-Fi Settings and then enter your Wi-Fi password when prompted.

  9. The light on your Ring doorbell will begin flashing again. When the light flashes blue four times, your device is connected and you're ready to move on to mounting the device.

Mount the Bracket and Finish Installing Your Ring Doorbell

The actual Ring Doorbell mounting and installation for each model is essentially the same. Here are the basic steps for how to install any Ring Doorbell without an existing doorbell since you can do that yourself without any professional help.

These mounting instructions also work for Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Elite; however, they also require professional installation and need to be hardwired to your existing doorbell and internet. 

If you plan to hard wire your Ring Doorbell to an existing doorbell outlet, it's advisable to hire an electrical contractor to complete that process, as live electricity can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken.

  1. The Ring Doorbell attaches to a mounting bracket and it's the mounting bracket that is actually attached to your wall. The good news is, there are just a few step to get bracket mounted.

    First, Snap the level into the mounting bracket in the holder provided.

    Leveling the Bracket
  2. Hold the mounting bracket about chest high in the spot where you want to mount it.

  3. Use the level to make sure it is even.

  4. Mark the four screw hole positions on the exterior of your home using a pencil or pen. You may want to drill small holes to get things started or just use plenty of force.

  5. Hold your mounting bracket in place and screw in the four screws. Tighten them securely. You may have to use some pressure to get them started.

  6. Loosen the two tiny security screws on the bottom of the Ring Doorbell, and snap the Ring Doorbell into place on the mounting bracket.

  7. Tighten in the security screws on the bottom using the included tool. 

    Tighten Security Screws
  8. Push the Ring Doorbell button to start pairing with the app on your cell phone or tablet. 

If you are mounting on brick, stucco, or concrete, you will need to first drill holes and use the anchors provided. Otherwise, use the included screws. 

Finish the Setup After Installation

Once you connect Ring to your Wi-Fi network (during the set up), you'll be able to begin using your Ring Doorbell. Make sure to configure and adjust the settings, like the motion sensor range setting, in the Ring Doorbell app to meet your needs. You can also pair the doorbell with your Google Home or Amazon Alexa smart home devices for voice control.

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