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Can You Use A Ring Doorbell Without Subscription?

Can You Use A Ring Doorbell Without Subscription

No doubt, Ring Doorbell is an excellent home security device. You can found thousands of positive reviews about the Ring Doorbell. However, I’m surprised that no one has mentioned the question about Ring Doorbell subscription

Can You Use A Ring Doorbell Without Subscription? Yes, you can use Ring Doorbell without a subscription but with minimal features. Only the Ring smart light bulbs are fully functional without any subscription, and other Ring device needs a subscription to work with full features.

Without a subscription, you will not be able to record videos, and you need to self-monitored the Ring Alarm System. You can see the live video or get notified when the camera detects the motion, but suppose if you are in meeting and doing some work and you get the notification, you will miss the chance to see why you received the alert.

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Features That Ring Doorbell Provide Without Subscription

Without a ring doorbell subscription, you will be able to do these basic things with your Ring Security Camera and Ring Video Doorbell.

  • You can view the live streaming from the camera anytime; however, you can not record it.
  • You are allowed to use Two-way audio.
  • You will get a notification when the camera detects motion or when someone rings your doorbell.

To be honest, it’s useless to use a ring doorbell without a subscription. Even a simple security camera and the ordinary doorbell will do the job for you in free of cost.

Features That Ring Doorbell Provide With Subscription

Below mentioned features are only available for Ring subscribed users only.

  • You can record videos manually at any time.
  • You are allowed to capture screenshots from Live view or recorded videos.
  • You can save videos on any of your devices, such as smartphones, tablets, or PC.
  • You can directly share recorded videos on any platform.

Does Ring Alarm Also Require Subscription?

Ring Alarm is a great feature that automatically sends you an alert when the ring alarm is triggered. To use the Ring Alarm subscription, you also need to have Ring subscription. Without a subscription, you have to monitor your alarm system yourself. Here’s what you get in Ring Alarm subscription-

  • Ring instantly sends you an alert on your smartphone and email.
  • It also sends alerts to any shared users on your Ring account.
  • Ring Doorbell does not communicate with emergency services. You need to contact the emergency services yourself to get help.

You can use the Ring’s home security system without a subscription, but you will not get the above features, and it also makes your home partially protected. However, in reality, I don’t think its an excellent choice to monitor your alarm system yourself because no one is free all the time to only monitor. Ring subscription will clear all the hassle and will do the job for you.

Ring Doorbell Plans

Ring Doorbell is a great home security device, but only if you pay the subscription. Plans for Ring doorbell can be paid monthly or yearly. The benefit of paying for the subscription monthly is that you can cancel the subscription when you don’t need it anymore, but yearly plans will give you an extra discount, which I think you don’t want to miss. Currently, Ring offers three plans, which are Free Plan, Basic Plan, and Plan.

Free Plan

The free plan is a plan which you get when you don’t have any paid subscription of Ring devices. The free plan offers minimal features. You can check the features above in the post.

Basic Plan

In the basic plan, you can activate video recording for one Ring device. The basic plan currently costs $3 per month or $30 per year. You can save $6 if you purchase the yearly plan.

Plus Plan

In the Plus plan, you can activate video recording for all devices at your home along with 24/7 professional monitoring for your Ring Alarm. The Plus plan currently costs $10 per month or $100 per year. You can save $20 if you purchase the yearly plan.

You can check the features of all paid plans on Ring’s Official Website

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you do with a ring doorbell without a subscription?

You will get only limited things with Ring Doorbell without a subscription. You can watch a live video stream but cannot record it or take a screenshot of the video. The free level of monitoring is useless when you are paying a massive $200 for a Doorbell.

Is there a doorbell camera that doesn’t require a subscription?

Yes, you can buy Samsung Smart Cam that doesn’t require any subscription. You can also control the camera to up-down and left-right with the help of the corresponding smartphone app. It also allows you to hear and talk thru the camera. You just need to connect your Camera with Wi-Fi, and you are good to go.

If you are looking for a doorbell camera that doesn’t require a subscription, then Samsung Smartcam is all you need. There is some other brand’s doorbell camera too that don’t require subscriptions. Some of them are mentioned below-

Is there a monthly charge for the Ring?

Yes, you need to pay a monthly charge for the Ring Subscription to use the Ring devices with full functionality. If you pay annually, then you need to pay $100. However, you can pay $3 per month (or $30 annually) for a single Ring Doorbell in the Protect Basic Plan.

You can self-monitor via a smartphone app without paying a fee. … The fee is $100 if you pay annually. You can pay $3 a month (or $30 annually) for a single Ring Doorbell or security camera in the Protect Basic plan. You can check complete pricing details along with features on the Ring’s Official Website

How do I save a ring video without a subscription?

Many people are searching for a way to save ring videos without a subscription. You can watch the live stream without any subscription, but currently, it is not possible to save a ring video without a subscription. However, subscribed users can save videos, take screenshots, or share it with your friends and family.

Is Ring protect worth it?

Yes, it’s worth buying Ring devices if you can pay subscription fees monthly. You can pay $10 per month for Protect Plus Plan, which offers professional monitoring. In this plan, you can connect unlimited numbers of cameras, including the Ring Video Doorbell. You can also try self-monitoring by canceling the subscription plan anytime.

Is Ring Doorbell Subscription Worth Buying?

Well, to answer this question, let us know how much you have to pay to use Ring Doorbell. First of all, you need a home Wi-Fi subscription along with the $100/year ring doorbell subscription, which covers only one ring doorbell.

But what if you have both Front and Backdoor? Then you need to pay for Wi-Fi along with each doorbell every month? Have you ever checked the mounting of your Ring Doorbell because it costs $200 for each Ring doorbell? What if people steal your $200 doorbell itself, along with other packages as well.

Upon checking reviews, I found people are saying a $3 per month subscription isn’t expensive. However, $3 per month can be expensive for some people, including me. First of all, pay $200 for each Ring doorbell, then pay for Wi-Fi everything, then pay extra $3 per month to use the Ring Doorbell. For some people, it can be a waste of money products, and no one wants to waste their money on a falsely advertised product.

In reality, if you don’t pay monthly or yearly for the subscription, then its just a fancy $200 doorbell button. It will still notify you whenever someone presses the doorbell button, and you can see the live video too, but to see you need to unlock your phone, open the Ring Video app, wait for it to connect with your camera. After all this, you will be able to see the live video.

However, the whole process can take up to 30 or more seconds, and whoever was at your doorstep probably be gone too far at that time. You can watch the recorded video, but it required subscription. Why someone has to pay for the thing that you already own, however, in the case of Ring Doorbell, you need to pay $3 per month along with the Wi-Fi bill forever for as long as you want to use the premium features of Ring doorbell.

Alternatively, you can buy Samsung Smart Cam, which offers a lot more features, and you don’t need to pay any monthly charges to use the services. Samsung Smart Cam is motion-activated and offers you to hear and talk thru the camera. On the advanced side, you can rotate the camera to up-down and left and right from your smartphone’s app.

Samsung Smart Cam is a perfect alternative to Ring Doorbell if you do not want to pay any extra charges for your home security system. I doubt that the Ring Company just wants to milk money from the users in the name of “Security Service.”

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Susan Hart
Susan Hart, with a background in Electrical Engineering, has been at the forefront of safety and security system innovations for 15 years. Her experience includes working with leading security firms, where she played a key role in developing advanced home security solutions. She is also deeply involved in community safety programs, volunteering her expertise to enhance local security measures. In quieter moments, she enjoys pottery, merging her technical precision with artistic expression. She is a great marathon runner, reflecting her dedication and endurance in her professional and personal life.

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  1. I am sure I paid for my Ring think it was $30/annual. I do not see this on my bank statement.
    Please check your records and see if my payment info shows up. Thank you,

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