Ring Doorbell on TV

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Ring Doorbell on TV
Can I view Ring Doorbell on TV? Yes! You can view your Ring Doorbell on any television with a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. You can also view your Ring Doorbell on select Samsung TVs.

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Can I view Ring Doorbell on TV?

Yes! You can view your Ring Doorbell on any television with a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. You can also view your Ring Doorbell on select Samsung TVs.

Ring Doorbell on TV

Viewing your Ring Doorbell and security cameras on your TV is very convenient. Imagine that you are relaxing on your couch watching TV and the doorbell rings. Simply say “Alexa, show the front door” and you immediately have a live video on your TV. 

You can also get motion and doorbell notifications on your TV screen with some Samsung Smart TVs with SmartThings. You can learn more with Samsung’s guide for viewing your Ring Doorbell on a Smart TV.

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Connect Ring to Fire TV

It is very easy to connect your Ring to Fire TV. The first step is to link your Ring Camera to Amazon Alexa with the Ring Skill. Your Ring Camera is controlled on your TV using Amazon Alexa. Alexa is built into the Fire TV and Fire TV stick devices. You can install the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone or access it through the web to complete the setup. 

Here is a step-by-step guide with pictures on how you can link your Ring cameras with Amazon Alexa.

How to Connect Ring to Alexa

View Ring Doorbell on TV

Once connected, you can view your Ring Doorbell on your Fire TV with a simple command. Use a connected Amazon Echo device or the smart voice remote with your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick and say the following command.

Alexa. Show the front door.

Just replace front door with the name of your Ring Doorbell or other connected camera. Your TV will load the live Ring video stream and display it on your screen.

Fire TV and Ring Doorbell Alexa commands:

  • Alexa, show the front door
  • Alexa, hide the front door
  • Alexa, go home
  • Alexa, play the last event from the front door
  • Alexa, pause
  • Alexa, answer the front door
    • Now you can talk to visitors on your Ring camera from your Echo Device.

Ring Doorbell and Echo Show or Echo Spot

Ring Doorbell pairs perfectly with the Echo Show or Echo Spot. You can view your live feeds or motion events using the same commands as listed above for the Fire TV. However, there are additional commands that can be used on the Echo Show or Spot. 

See video and talk through the camera!

  • Alexa, answer the front door
  • Alexa, talk to the front door

These commands allow you to see the video and talk through the camera. With this setup, you can answer the Ring Doorbell using your Show or Spot and have a 2-way conversation with the person at the door. 

Update: As of March 2020, your Alexa devices with screens can automatically show your Ring Doorbell video when someone presses the doorbell. This is extremely convenient as makes these devices even better. The doorbell rings and the video feed is there…automatically!

Here is a list of Echo devices with screens:

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Check out these other projects you can do with Ring Doorbell and Alexa.

  1. Create a Ring Doorbell Alexa Chime – Alexa will chime when your doorbell rings.
  2. Fire TV Cube vs Fire Stick – One key feature that might make this decision obvious.

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

Jason

Jason

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20 thoughts on “Ring Doorbell on TV”

  1. Hello, I can’t seem to get the Fire TV Stick 4K to show me the last event from the door bell – it says I haven’t got any photos… Also there is no way to currently (January 2020) to ask Alexa stuff while connected to the doorbell as it just turns the microphone on to talk to the doorbell so I can’t pause the doorbell etc… I am using the Fire TV Stick 4K remote.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Simon,

      For the first question, make sure you are saying the exact phrase “show the last event from FRONT DOOR” (replace FRONT DOOR with your doorbell name). Sometimes even putting “the” in the statement will confuse Alexa.

      For the second question, you have to say “Alexa, hang up” first, which closes the mix. Then you can say “hide the front door” or any other phrase.

  2. Hi Jason.

    Great tutorial.

    I have an lg c9 tv with webos 4.x. ive registered it to be controlled via Alexa and have done the same with the ring cam but when i tell the tv to show front door i just get a blank screen which says loading. Tried the usual restarts de registering etc but no joy.

    Cheers
    Darren

    1. Hi Darren,

      I was also having some issues until a couple of days ago. I recommend making sure your TV and apps are updated and then try again. Hopefully the issue was resolved with the last update.

  3. Is it possible to watch multiple cameras at the same time on a TV or PC? I would like to leave the screen on and be able to see everything at any given time.

    1. Unfortunately, there isn’t a good way to do this that I’m know of. I use IP camera’s around my home connected with Blue Iris software. This setup allows me to live stream the IP cameras to a monitor in my kitchen. However, I can’t use my Ring cameras with this setup currently. This is an area that needs to be addressed with cloud based cameras.

  4. Do you know if you can view Ring Video Doorbell 1 or Stick Up Cam Wired on a fire stick via Alexa? Seems to be conflicting info online.

    1. Hi Gareth,

      I can confirm that the Stick Up Cam works on a Fire Stick via Alexa. I use this in my own home. However, I’m not 100% sure if the original Ring Doorbell works with this setup.

      Thanks, Jason

    1. Hi Kevin,

      I’m afraid that I can’t answer this question definitively. You can link newer Samsung smart TVs and control them with Alexa. You can also link your Ring camera’s to Samsung Smartthings and view the cameras on the TV. They even have a handy pop up notification feature on the TV.

      However, I’m not sure if you can ask Alexa to show the front door. I don’t see any documentation on this and I don’t currently have a Samsung Smart TV to test. I might have to get one just for the pop up notification feature though!

      Maybe someone else with a Smart TV can help answer this one.

      Jason

  5. fireTV used to load automatically whenever I said “Alexa, show the front door”. Now I need to manually change the channel to fireTV to view the live camera.. any ideas why this happened and how to fix?

    1. Hi Jonathan,

      What devices are you using? I tried multiple device and I’m not having any issues. However, I have found that sometimes normal things will stop working temporarily and the start working again. For the past week, my Echo dot couldn’t turn on my Fire TV (every other command worked), but today it started working again.

      1. I have a similar situation. My ring doorbell is connected to Alexa and I also have a fire TV stick 4K plugged into an HDMI port of my Sony Bravia TV. I’m using HDMI-CEC to do all the HDMI switching.
        In order for me to show the doorbell camera on my TV I first have to tell Alexa to switch Sony inputs to fire TV. Then I can go “show Front door” and I see the camera.
        Is there any way to automatically switch to fire TV when I ask Alexa to show front door?
        I’m using an Echo Dot third generation for communications.

  6. Hi Jason
    We have a 70″ LG AI ThinQ Tv with a Magic Remote and Google Assistant with Alexa Speaker, would this work in conjunction with this setup?
    Thanx.

  7. Hi! We have a 2018 Samsung Smart TV (with the Smart Home app) and have just installed a Video Ring 2 doorbell. If we buy an Alexa, will we be able to ask Alexa to show us who’s at the front door when someone rings the doorbell? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jan,

      Per Samsung, you can only integrate the Ring Pro doorbell with some of the Samsung Smart TVs:
      “Ring Doorbell Pro can be integrated with SmartThings Video. The Ring Doorbell and Ring Doorbell 2 are not compatible.
      The Ring Doorbell Pro can be monitored within the SmartThings app on your phone, and on 2018 Samsung smart TVs (models NU7400 and above)”

      https://www.samsung.com/uk/support/tv-audio-video/how-do-i-use-the-ring-doorbell-pro-with-my-smart-tv/

      However, you could use an Alexa FireTV Cube connected to your TV. That would allow you to ask Alexa to “show the front door” on your TV.

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