Integrating Blink with Amazon Alexa

We are pleased to announce that Blink now integrates with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap. All Blink users who own these devices can now control their Blink system without lifting a finger, using voice alone.  

Please note that this Alexa Skill is currently only available in North America.  We will be adding this support to other regions in the near future.

How do I set this up?

To enable Alexa, start by opening the Alexa app on your phone.  
Tap the curtain menu in the upper lefthand corner of the app and select "Skills"



In the search field, type "Blink for Home"



Tap the button that says "Enable Skill".  This will bring up a new window that will ask you to sign in with your Blink username and password.  



Once you've typed in your username and password, tap Sign In.



You will now be at a screen that says "Grant Access".  You are required to enter a 4 digit pin.  This pin will be used if you disarm your Blink system using Alexa.  Enter your desired pin, and tap Grant Access.



Once you've tapped Grant Access, you'll receive a message saying "Your Blink for Home Skill was successfully linked.".  Once you receive that message, you can start using Alexa!



What can I ask Alexa?

"Alexa, ask Blink arm my Home system." 
"Alexa, ask Blink disarm my Office system, my pin is ####"
"Alexa, ask Blink what's my status?"
"Alexa, ask Blink detailed status."
"Alexa, ask Blink when was the last motion clip?"
"Alexa, ask Blink how many motion clips do I have"
"Alexa, ask Blink what's my schedule" 

Hi,

Shouldn’t there be a command to say arm my system in 30secs? 1min?

Surely if you have to be within alexa’s listening distance in order to issue a command. If you ask it to arm, it will alarm almost immediately? that not right?

BTW i haven’t got an alexa yet, but have pre ordered one.

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Good idea. I have exterior Blink cameras arm by schedule but use Alexa to arm them early. It would be handy to arm interior Blink cameras as I am leaving as you suggest.

What if you have 2 Blink systems in the house? I mean 2 or more sync modules?

I think you would have to specify which system to arm or disarm. Not sure what do for the other actions.

Alexa has Routines. I don’t see how can I arm/disarm camera based as action on routine.
It just doesn’t appear in smart home section.

Is any reason for this or this is only my issue?

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I’m not aware of any camera brand being available for Alexa routines as of yet. You can arm/disarm the entire system with a voice command or have it automated through IFTTT, but no way to automate or give a voice command for individual camera’s motion detection at all .

When will notifications be available for the Blink skill?

For instance, I’m in my office, I’d like my Alexa Echo Dot (not Echo Show) to announce “Motion on Garage Camera”. I have no way to view the video on this device, so I’d like to enable an audio notification.

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Hi, does somebody know how to disarm the camera without saying or providing the pin? Some time I got home and want to disarm the outdoor cameras without other people around me listening any pin-code. I use my smartwatch so no easy to type any pin. Thanks in advance!

Don’t use Alexa to disarm the system if there are people around and you don’t want them to hear your pin, use the Blink app on your phone or a tablet.

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Do you have any time expected to have this integration for Mexico???

When Will this be available in Europe?

You DEFINITELY need to include ROUTINE functionality. I should be able to say “Alexa, I’m leaving” and then the system ARMS along with setting my lights the way I want them. I shouldn’t have to issue a separate command to arm Blink. Now DISARMING, I can see… but still, even that should be available if I speak a certain phrase that I would only say if I’m alone or with family.

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I agree that there needs to be ROUTINE abilities. There is a work around with IFTTT. I have my IFTTT App configured (I used a script already available in the IFTTT) so that when my phone gets further than 2 blocks from my house the cameras are armed. It works pretty well (but not 100%) but my phone does loose tower connectivity in my neighborhood. Most of the time it triggers once it reconnects.