A video doorbell enables you to see who’s at the door and to talk to them through your smartphone—even when you’re not home. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 ($199.99) sends you a 720p video stream every time someone’s at your front door and presses the button. You can even have a conversation with the visitor and unlock your door through other linked smart home devices like smart locks and hubs.
Installing the Ring is easier than you’d think. You can either hardwire the device or use the included rechargeable battery to power it. Here’s how to replace your existing doorbell with the Ring Video Doorbell in 7 easy steps.
Step 1: Charge and install the battery
The first thing you’ll want to do is charge the battery. This isn’t required, but it’s always best to begin the installation process with a full charge. Then install the battery by sliding it into the bottom of the unit until you hear it click.
Unlike the original Ring buzzer, this version comes with a removable, rechargeable battery. This means you can easily charge the device after it’s been mounted to the wall.
Connect the battery to the included power adapter until the red-light status disappears and boom, your device is fully charged!
Step 2: Download the Ring app on your smartphone
Now you’re ready to get the app on your smartphone. Ring 2 works with both Android and iOS. Search “Ring” in the app store and install it.
The app is your main point of access with the Ring 2. This is where you’ll get notifications and talk with visitors via the live camera.
But before you can do that, connect your app to your doorbell. This process is very simple—create an account in the Ring app and follow the steps.
Step 3: Setup the doorbell and configure the app
Now you’re going to attach the battery to the doorbell and wait for it to power on. If the included faceplate is already attached to the doorbell, remove it before you slide the battery in.
Connect your doorbell to your smartphone app by holding the button on the upper right corner of the Ring 2 and select the Ring Wi-Fi network in your smartphone’s settings. Go back to the app, select your local Wi-Fi network and enter the password. Now your device is online!
Step 4: Remove your current doorbell
Next, you’ll remove your old, wired doorbell. Use the provided screwdriver to unscrew and pull the old doorbell away from the wall. On the back of the doorbell, you should see two wires wrapped around the screws. Loosen the screws and remove the wires.
Once the doorbell is unattached, be sure to turn off the power to the circuit breaker. At this point, you can set your old doorbell aside.
Step 5: Prepare the wall for installation
If your existing drill holes don’t line up with the four screws needed to mount the Ring 2, then hold the new doorbell up to the wall and mark the new spots you need to drill. Use an electric drill to drill the holes in the wall. If you’re unsure how to do this, hire a professional or ask a friend who has.
Step 6: Mount the Ring Doorbell 2 to your wall
Now you’ll connect the two doorbell wires to the two screws on the back of the Ring 2. It doesn’t make a difference which wire you connect to each screw. Use the provided wire extenders if the wires are too short. Once you connect them, mount the doorbell to the wall (use wall anchors for installing on stucco, concrete or brick).
Attach the faceplate to complete the installation. Ring provides both venetian bronze and satin nickel options for the Video Doorbell 2. You can interchange between the two, depending on what you prefer.
Step 7: Turn circuit breaker power back on
Lastly, return your circuit breaker power back on to your doorbell wiring. And that’s it—you’re Ring Doorbell 2 is now up and running!
Note: If your installation doesn’t require wiring, follow each of these steps except the ones dealing with wires.