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Setup to Surveillance: Connect Your Blink Camera with Echo Show

Got a new Blink Camera? Congratulations! After unboxing, it’s time to link your new Blink Camera with Alexa. Then, you can see your camera feed right from your Echo Show. 

This guide is here to walk you through the process step by step. Let’s dive in and unlock the potential of your Blink and Echo Show, as well as a few bonus points you want to take advantage of that let you get more out of your new camera with the Amazon ecosystem.

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Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of connecting devices, let’s take a quick look at the stars of our show: the Blink camera and Echo Show.

Blink Camera: This compact, powerful gadget is your eyes and ears while away from home. With features like motion detection, live video streaming, and night vision, it’s a watchful guardian that never blinks. Easy to install and easily use, Blink cameras are a top pick for homeowners with Alexa, myself included.

Echo Show: Imagine a screen that listens and responds to your voice. That’s Echo Show for you. It can play videos, show recipes, make calls, and control smart home devices, all with a simple voice command. I use an Echo Show 5 on an almost daily basis.

When these two gadgets team up, you get a seamless home security system that you can control with just your voice. Watching live feeds from your Blink camera on Echo Show’s screen is like having a security guard who also happens to be a tech wizard.

Getting your Blink camera to communicate with your Echo Show is easier than convincing a toddler to eat veggies. Follow these steps, and you’ll have them chatting it up in no time.

  1. Get the Alexa App: First things first, ensure the Alexa app is installed on your smartphone. It’s the command center for all things Alexa and Echo Show.
  2. Enable the Blink SmartHome Skill:
  • Open the Alexa app and navigate to the “More” menu.
  • Select “Skills & Games” and search for the “Blink SmartHome” skill or find it here.
  • Tap “Enable to Use” and sign in with your Blink account to link it.
  1. Discover Your Devices:
  • Still in the Alexa app, go to “Devices” at the bottom.
  • Tap the “+” icon at the top right, then select “Add Device.”
  • Choose “Camera” from the list of devices, select Blink, and follow the prompts to discover your Blink camera.
  1. Set Up Device in Echo Show:
  • Once discovered, your Blink camera should now be listed under “Devices” in the Alexa app.
  • Assign your Blink camera to the same room as your Echo Show for streamlined control.
  1. Voice Command to Start Streaming:
  • Now for the magic words. Say, “Alexa, show [Camera Name],” and your Echo Show will start displaying the live feed from your Blink camera.

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If your devices aren’t discovering each other, ensure they’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Double-check that you’ve enabled the correct Blink skill in the Alexa app.
  • Restarting both devices can resolve many connection issues.

Done! Your Blink camera and Echo Show are now a dynamic duo.

Now that your Blink camera and Echo Show are on speaking terms, it’s time to master the language of convenience. Here’s your cheat sheet for the most useful Alexa voice commands to control your Blink system.

  1. Viewing the Live Feed:
  • Command: “Alexa, show me the [Camera Name].”
  • Use: Instantly view your Blink camera’s live feed on your Echo Show.
  1. Taking a Photo:
  • Command: “Alexa, take a photo from [Camera Name].”
  • Use: Captures a snapshot from your live feed, useful for saving a moment or checking on your home.
  1. Checking Battery Status:
  • Command: “Alexa, check the battery status of [Camera Name].”
  • Use: Stay informed about your camera’s power level to ensure it’s always ready to go.
  1. Finding Out the Last Motion Detected:
  • Command: “Alexa, when was the last motion detected by [Camera Name]?”
  • Use: Get updates on any recent activity your camera picked up, keeping you in the loop without needing to check the app.

Get more ideas from Amazon here.

If you have a Fire TV, you can get more value from your new camera, too. 

If you’ve successfully connected your Blink camera to Echo Show following the steps above, you’re already halfway to viewing your camera on your Fire TV.

Using any Alexa-enabled device or your Fire TV remote (if it supports voice commands), say, “Alexa, show [Camera Name] on Fire TV.” Your Fire TV will then display the live feed from your Blink camera.

When you’re ready to go back to watching TV, say, “Alexa, go home,” or press the home button on your Fire TV remote.

Now, you can keep an eye on your home through your Echo Show and switch to your Fire TV for a bigger picture whenever you need it.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I connect Alexa to a new Blink Camera?

To connect Alexa to a new Blink camera, ensure both devices are registered under the same Amazon account. Open the Alexa app, navigate to “Skills & Games,” and search for the “Blink SmartHome” skill. Enable it, and sign in with your Blink account. Then, use the app to add your Blink camera as a device by selecting “Devices”> “Add Device”> “Camera,” and follow the prompts.

How can I see my Blink camera on Echo Show?

After connecting your Blink camera to Alexa, say, “Alexa, show [Camera Name],” to your Echo Show. Ensure your Blink camera is correctly named in the Alexa app for this command to work smoothly. Your Echo Show will then display the live feed from your Blink camera.

Can I control my Blink camera with Alexa commands?

Yes, once your Blink camera is connected to Alexa, you can control it using voice commands. You can arm your system (“Alexa, arm my Blink system“), disarm it (“Alexa, disarm my Blink system“), take a photo (“Alexa, take a photo from [Camera Name]“), or ask for the last motion detected (“Alexa, when was the last motion detected by [Camera Name]?“).

Summary

You’ve learned how to connect your Blink camera to Echo Show, discovered useful voice commands, and even brought your Fire TV into the smart home mix. This guide aims to show you how easy and beneficial smart home tech can be, enhancing security and convenience in your daily life.

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Learn More: Looking for more smart home tips? Check out our Alexa Archives for more guides and advice on using Alexa to its fullest.

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