Connect Ring to Alexa

Connect Ring Doorbell and Alexa
Does Ring work with Alexa? Yes...and the Alexa Ring Doorbell combo is great! This is a 3 minute guide on how to correctly connect Ring to Alexa.

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Does Ring work with Alexa?

Yes. When you connect Ring to Alexa it makes both products better.

Here is a list of ways Ring products work with Alexa.

  1. Use your Amazon Echo as a doorbell chime for your Ring Doorbell.
  2. Answer your Ring Doorbell with your Echo and talk to guests.
  3. View any Ring camera on the Echo Spot, Echo Show or Fire TV with your voice.
  4. Have Alexa make an announcement or run a routine when your Ring doorbell is pressed or motion is detected.
  5. Arm or Disarm your Ring Alarm with Amazon Echo.

Connecting Alexa and Ring is a simple process that only takes a few minutes. Once you complete the setup, all of your Rind devices will be available through your Alexa devices.

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Connect Ring to Alexa

You can enable the Ring Skill for Alexa from your computer or from your phone. The process of authorizing the Ring skill and linking the accounts is very similar. If you are using your computer, then open the Ring skill from the link below and click enable to start the process.

Get the Amazon Ring Skill

Step 1: Open Alexa Skills Menu

In your Alexa app, click the “hamburger” menu in the upper left corner and select “Skills & Games”.

Select Alexa Menu
Alexa Settings
Select Alexa Skills and Games
Skills & Games

Step 2: Install the Ring Skill on Alexa

Select the “search” icon in the upper right. Next, type in “Ring” and the Ring skill will show up in the search results. Don’t worry about the low rating. The Ring skill has improved a lot since it was first released.

Search Alexa Skills
Search Alexa Skills
Connect Alexa and Ring Skill
Ring Skill

Step 3: Enable the Ring Skill for Alexa

Click “Enable to Use” the Ring skill. Then you will login to your Ring account to connect Ring and Alexa.

Enable Ring Skill
Enable Ring
Sign into Ring Account
Login to Ring

Step 4: Authorize to Connect Ring and Alexa

Click “Authorize” to finalize the connection of Ring to Alexa. You will then receive a confirmation that Ring and Alexa are successfully linked.

Authorize Ring Skill to connect with Alexa.
Authorize Ring
Connect Ring and Alexa Confirmation
Ring Linked to Alexa

Step 5: Discover Your Ring Devices on Alexa

The final step is to discover your Ring devices. You can do this in two ways:

  1. Click “Discover Devices” in the app during setup.
  2. Say “Alexa, Discover Devices” any time to add all new devices.

The discovery process will take around 45 seconds so please be patient during this time.

Alexa Discover Devices
Discover Devices
Alexa Discovering Devices
Alexa Discovering Devices

Ring and Alexa Projects

You can now see all of your Ring products under the “Devices” tab in the Alexa app. This includes the Ring Doorbell, the various Ring cameras and Ring Alarm.

Here are some great projects to start after you connect Ring and Alexa together:

  • Create a Ring Doorbell Alexa Chime – Set up your Amazon Echo devices to ring or chime when your doorbell is pushed. You can select from multiple chimes, music and holiday sounds.
  • View Ring Doorbell on TV – View your Ring cameras on an Echo Spot, Echo Show, Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Just say, Alexa…show the front door (use your camera name).
  • Turn on an Alexa Ring Motion Announcement – You can have Alexa announce that motion was detected on your Ring camera.
  • Create an Alexa Ring Routine – Create a custom routine to perform multiple actions if your Ring Doorbell is pressed or if there is motion detected on your Ring camera.
  • Set up Ring Alarm with Alexa – You can arm and disarm your Ring Alarm by voice after completing this setup.
  • Answer Ring Doorbell – Answer the door and talk to guests with an Echo Spot or Echo Show.

P.S. Please leave a comment below to ask a question, help someone else or share your experiences. Thanks!

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35 thoughts on “Connect Ring to Alexa”

    1. Hi Phil,
      Make sure “Communication” and “Announcements” are enabled for both devices. Also make sure that your Ring Doorbell has bot devices enabled for announcements. Finally, check if the Echo Show has “Do Not Disturb” enabled.

  1. michael enochs

    Pretty good tutorial! I’m not understanding something though. I have gotten to the Routines part on the Alexa app and have Ring paired to it. I’d like Alexa to play a song if my Ring Alarm goes off but I don’t have any options for this. From what I can tell, I’ve only got the arming options: Home, Away, Disabled. How can I get Alexa to play a song if the Ring Alarm trips and starts blaring the alarm?

    1. Hi Michael,

      I looked into this question, but I didn’t see any obvious ways to use a Ring Alarm trip to activate a routine. Hopefully, someone else knows a work around that can help you.

      Jason

  2. Hi. I have my ring camera connected with Alexa. When camera is showing on my echo show it times out after a short time. I’m using this as a baby monitor and only bought it because I thought it would have continuous feed instead of me asking echo you show my baby camera every 10 min. I had the Wyze camera and it timed out after 10 min too. Amazon owns ring, so I figured this feature would be available. So, is there any way I can keep my ring camera live feed show on my echo show without timing out?

    1. The Ring cameras automatically disconnect after a period of time. That is the downside of using a cloud camera vs a traditional IP camera system.

        1. I’m not sure if there is a camera that won’t timeout on the Echo Show. I spent a couple of hours researching this but everything led to a dead end. I’m hoping someone else on here has a suggestion. Jason

  3. Hello Jason,

    I want to have a routine to say status of all my sensors whether it’s open or closed at say 10 PM. I have created a routine which will only activate on a change activity. But couldn’t have Alexa check the status at given time and alert me.

    Is there a easy way? Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Amar,

      This is something I have researched several times. I looked again when you asked the questions and we still can’t schedule a status announcement with Alexa Routines. I can do this with SmartThings using my ZWave sensors, but I want to move this do an Alexa Routine with by Ring sensors like you. Sorry.
      Jason

  4. Frederick Jackson

    Hello Jason.

    Have read thru all of your suggestions. Using a show 5 and Video Doorbell Pro.
    Have been through all of the above including account deregistration and the like.
    These things do not want to talk to each other.
    The battery camera in the garden is the same.

    The doorbell and camera work fine in the Ring app.
    They cameras and Show 5 appear on the Alexa app as connected devices.
    The Show 5 will not discover the cameras, therefore will show anything.
    Very frustrating. spent last night and a whole day configuring, uninstaling, reinstalling… you get the picture.
    Or, I don’t…

    Fj

    1. Hi Frederick,

      It sounds like the cameras were discovered by Alexa if you see them in the Alexa app. Here are two additional thoughts:
      1. In the Alexa app, go into the device settings for the camera and make sure it is enabled at the bottom.
      2. Try changing the name of your camera in the Ring app. Then delete the device in the Alexa app and rediscover the devices. I know this is a hassle but other people have had issues where the camera name was cached with incorrect data causing the issue.

      1. Frederick Jackson

        Thanks Jason.
        Slept on it and tried a new solution this morning.
        Since there are two people on the account, I uninstalled the app and reinstalled with my account details fresh and started from scratch.
        All came up fine.
        Camera in garden running on 2G so need to work on that, but the Show is connecting.
        Will try Firestick last.

        Fj

  5. I followed all the instructions and the Alexa app shows my ring doorbell as a connected device but when I use my firestick and ask Alexa to show my front door (ring device name) it says ok but nothing shows on the tv. What did I do wrong or miss?

    1. Hi Scott,

      Make sure you are just saying “Alexa, show the [DEVICE NAME]”. If your doorbell is called FRONT DOOR, then you would say “Alexa, show the FRONT DOOR”. I have found that Alexa is a little picky with these commands and even one word can through it off.

    1. Hi Sue,

      I just double checked and all versions of the Echo Show are compatible with the ring doorbell. Please make sure that you authorized the Ring app and that you asked Alexa to “discover devices” after you setup the connection. You should see the Ring Doorbell as a device in your Alexa app after it is found.

      Jason

  6. I have Ring Security and I’m not able to create Alexa routines such as, if Ring Door Sensor is Open, then turn on living room lights. When I try to save the routine it says “There was a problem creating this Routine”. This same routine worked with a different brand of door sensor. I can see the Ring sensors in Alexa app, and they are accurately receiving sensor data (eg. door open/closed statuses). I tried using SimpleCommands to create scenes but that app doesn’t see my lights.

    1. Hi Adam,

      Per Amazon, this is a known issue with the most recent update of the Alexa app. I confirmed that I’m having the same issue on my phone and devices right now too. This should be corrected when the app is updated. Hopefully soon…

      Jason

      1. The Amazon App updated on my phone this morning (Android). I tested the updated app and I can now add this type of Routine without error.

  7. My Alexa couldn’t find the ring device. Tried over 50 times. I enabled the skill and authorized my account several times it still didn’t work. Any suggestions to get Alexa to find the device. Do I need to put the ring in pairing mode. Please help.

    1. Hi Lyn,

      One thing to check is if you used a second Amazon account when you setup your Echo device. I have seen situations where a husband and wife had two different accounts and the Echo needed to be changed to a single account.

      Hope that fixes your problem.

      Jason

  8. This does not work with all fire TVs. I linked my echo via the app and it’s stating that the function doesn’t work with my fire tv

    1. Hi Greg,

      The Fire TV Stick Gen 1 doesn’t work camera streaming. What device are you using and I’ll see if it is compatible.

      Jason

  9. Alexa doesn’t recognize the Ring Bridge device. However, I can see all the lights as separate devices. Why doesn’t it see the bridge?

    1. Hello. When you setup a new light on your Ring bridge, it will create the light and the light group in Alexa. For example, if you add a Ring Pathlight to the Front (group) then you will have two new devices in Alexa: 1) Ring Pathlight and 2) Front. If you add another Ring Pathlight to the Front group then it will create a 2nd Ring Pathlight in Alexa. However, if you use Alexa to turn on/off the Front group then it will control all the devices in the group. You won’t see the Ring Bridge listed as a device in Alexa…it isn’t needed that way.

      Jason

    1. Hi Daniel,

      The devices are linked at the account level so I think it will always connect to all your Echo devices. You could use two different accounts, but that would be a hassle and clunky. If you are concerned with ringing on all the devices, then you can always disable the notifications on specific Echo devices or set do not disturb times.

  10. My Ring skill was working. I had accidentally disabled the skill and now I am unable to discover my Ring Door Pro device. I have tried to disable and re-enable the Ring skill numerous times but no success. What can I try now??

    1. Hi Charly. Sorry to hear about your issue. My recommendation would be to remove the device in the online Alexa portal. Go to https://alexa.amazon.com, select Smart Home, then Devices. Find your Ring Pro device in the list and click on Forget.

      After that, go through the normal process of linking your accounts and discovering the devices again. I had a few random issues in the past fixed by removing the device this way. I don’t know if it will work for you, but it is worth a shot.

  11. I have my Ring doorbell setup in the Alexa app and in the ST app. I can see live video in the ST app, but really can’t see much about the Ring in the Alexa app. Do I have to setup something else to be able to see my Ring video from within Alexa?

    1. The benefits of connecting your Ring Doorbell to Alexa are using Alexa as a doorbell chime or setting up motion notifications on your Alexa. You can also ask Alexa to see the video on an Echo Spot, Echo Show or a Fire TV device. You can’t see the live Ring video in the Alexa app. I recommend just using the Ring App if you want to see the live video on your phone.

      I hope this helps.

      Jason

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