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How To Set Entry Delay On Ring Alarm [Inc. Troubleshooting When Not Working]

If your Ring Alarm is new and you don't know how the Entry Delay setting works, we've got you covered. We'll teach you how to configure it in your Ring App and what to do when it's not working on your end. Let's begin!

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To set 'Entry Delay' on your Ring Alarm:

  1. Go to the menu settings on the Ring App.
  2. Select Modes, then choose either Home or Away mode.
  3. Tap Entry Delay.
  4. Choose the number of seconds for the delay.

Check your Ring App settings and battery if it's not working before you call customer support for assistance.

Continue reading to learn more about this feature of your Ring Alarm and what you can do when it's not working. We'll also answer what triggers the Ring Alarm and what happens after the alarm goes off. With that said, let's dive right into this article!

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Setting Ring Alarm Entry Delay

Ring Alarm is a home security system that protects your house from theft and intruders.

Its security kit includes a contact sensor for your door or window, a motion detector for your interior rooms, a base station, a keypad, and a range extender.

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You'll receive notifications on your smartphone or tablet when the system detects any peculiar movement within your home's immediate vicinity.

This is made possible by the Ring App, which allows you to create different programs to gain better control of your home security.

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Speaking of the Ring App, you can change your settings as you see fit to keep your home secure.

There are different features, and one of them is the Entry Delay which allows you to set the amount of time in seconds to enter the house and disarm the alarm without setting off the siren.

During the delay, you will hear chirping sounds in the background, reminding you that it is on and you need to do something about it.

You need enough time to enter the door and disarm the system. If not, it'll sound off the alarm as soon as you get inside.

Ring's monitoring department will be notified and contact authorities to check on your home.

This can be prevented by setting your Entry Delay according to how long you need to disarm the system after you enter.

The recommended time is 30 seconds or shorter. The point is to limit the time a possible intruder gets inside your house without alerting you/law enforcement.

But at the same time, people living in the house should be given enough time to go inside and disarm the alarm without feeling that they're always rushing to do it.

This will vary from household to household.

First of all, consider the location of your Ring Alarm keypad. It should be right next to your main entry door so that you can immediately attend to it as soon as you enter your house.

Configuring The Entry Delay On Your Ring App

Next, here is how to configure the Entry Delay on your Ring App:

  1. Choose Location Settings from the Menu.
  2. Select Modes.
  3. Press either Home or Away mode.
  4. Select Entry Delay.
  5. Choose the time delay (0 to 180 seconds) to disarm the system before the alarm is triggered.

It's that simple! While experts recommend keeping the time as short as possible, take note of your particular circumstances to balance your safety with your convenience.

Why Isn't My Ring Alarm Entry Delay Working

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It is such a hassle when this feature won't work. As we've said earlier, it can start a series of events that could result in law enforcement being dispatched to your home.

Several reasons why the Entry Delay feature on your Ring Alarm isn't working. We'll discuss them below and what you can do to fix them.

Ring Alarm Entry Delay Not Working: Reasons And Solutions

Entry Delay Set To Zero

It could be possible that you pressed zero seconds accidentally while you were programming your Ring Alarm. When the time is set to zero, it doesn't allow you to disarm the system when you enter the door.

Double-check your settings to see if the time is set to zero. You can also check the Exit Delay setting in case this is the one you've programmed before instead of the Entry Delay.

Adjust the settings according to your preferred interval, and ensure that you are programming the Entry Delay feature.

App And Firmware Updates

Ring updates the app and firmware used for the entire system from time to time to be sure that you're using the latest technology. However, doing so may reset all programs to factory settings.

Check all your alarm settings when Ring notifies you of a system update to ensure everything is programmed the way you want.

Battery Power

Batteries power several components of your Ring Alarm. This includes the sensors. The battery loses its charge over time. It could also be affected by the weather.

If the battery is failing, it won't function properly.

You can check the battery level from the Ring App. Here's how:

  1. Access the Devices tab from the Menu settings.
  2. Select Sensors to check the battery's condition.
  3. Tap Power Settings, then Battery Status, to determine the Battery Level.
  4. Replace if needed. Check your owner's manual for the correct battery type and size.

Once you've changed the batteries of your sensors, test their operation to see if they're working correctly.

Check The Designated Main Door

Ring App allows you to assign a central door and secondary entrance in your app. The main door should be used regularly to enter your house.

If you have multiple doors, you may have assigned the Main Door to another entry point, and that's where the sensor for the Entry Delay settings will work.

You can change the designated Main Door from the Ring App.

You can also try switching the sensor settings for the primary and secondary doors. Then switch them back to their proper designation to fix the system glitch.

If these troubleshooting tips don't fix the issue, it's best to call Ring's customer support. You can ask for assistance to have it back in proper working condition in no time.

What Triggers A Ring Alarm?

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The Ring Alarm is a DIY home security system that protects you and your family from break-ins. It is easy to install in your home and control from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC through the Ring App.
 
You may wonder how it works and what sets off the alarm when your system is armed.
 
This is where the motion detector comes in. It doesn't just detect movement but also heat in its immediate vicinity. When there are significant actions and temperature changes, they will elicit a reaction from this device.
 
You can program the motion detector's sensitivity so that it won't easily be triggered by pets (if you have any) and other external factors.
 
You can choose from low to medium and high sensitivity or detection depending on which model or generation of motion detector you have at home.
 
The low setting is recommended for homes with multiple pets or those with large breeds of pets at home. You should set it to medium if you only have one pet or smaller breeds of animals.
 
And you can use the high setting if you don't have any pets at home.
 
Depending on its setting, the device will make allowances (or not) regarding any movements detected around it. This will help prevent false alarms so that you'll only be notified about significant changes.
 
This is why it is essential to place your motion detector at the right spot, which can immediately alert you of any security threat in your home.
 
Once installed, you can test how it responds to different movements to determine if you've chosen the best spot in the house.

What Happens When A Ring Alarm Goes Off?

Once the alarm is triggered, the siren will turn on and make sounds for 10 minutes unless you disarm it beforehand.
 
Ring's monitoring center will also get in touch with the designated primary emergency contact during this time. However, they'll also contact the secondary emergency contact if the primary isn't available.
 
The SOP will be followed wherein the contact persons need to provide the password, and they will be asked about the specifics of the situation at home so that they would know the next step.
 
If it warrants the help of emergency responders, they'll go to your home for a wellness check.
 
This is the advantage of having a home security system. It alerts you when there's a threat, and you have people on standby who can help you immediately.

Final Thoughts

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You have control over your home security. Make sure you program your Ring App and set the Entry Delay to your preferred time to avoid the inconvenience of setting off the alarm unintentionally.

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