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How to Adjust Motion Sensitivity on the SkyBell HD Doorbell


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If your SkyBell HD video doorbell is a bit oversensitive and you want to tone it down a bit, here’s how to adjust the motion sensitivity so that you’ll get properly notified whenever someone comes up to your door.

The motion sensor on the SkyBell can be a bit unpredictable the first time you set up the unit, depending on where you set it up and what’s in the surrounding area. For instance, if your house is close to the street or sidewalk, you may have to bump down the motion sensitivity so that people just walking by don’t trip the motion sensor.

To adjust the motion sensitivity on the SkyBell HD, start off by opening up the SkyBell app.

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Then tap on the settings gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

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Select “Motion Detection” toward the bottom.

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First, if motion detection isn’t turned on in the first place, tap on the toggle switch to the right to enable it.

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Below that, you can set the sensitivity for the motion detection, and your three choices are “High”, “Medium”, and “Low”.

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Here’s how these three settings differ:

  • High: Detects someone walking by from up to ten feet away, with little detection when someone walks towards your door.
  • Medium: Detects someone walking by from up to seven feet away, and detects someone walking up to the doorbell from three feet away.
  • Low: Detects someone walking by from up to five feet away, and detects someone walking up to the doorbell from five feet away.

So basically, the lower the sensitivity is on your SkyBell HD, the less it detects people just walking by and more on people actually walking up to your door.

Once you select a setting, hit “Save” up in the top-right corner of the screen.

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After you hit save, your new motion sensitivity setting will be active. It may take some time to nail down exactly what you should set your SkyBell to, but once you find a happy medium, you’ll hopefully stop receiving false alerts.

Craig Lloyd is TIME Magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year, as well as a mediocre gamer, aviation geek, baseball fan, and an introvert to the max. He began his career as a young, naive teenager tinkering around with the family computer and has since blossomed into the beautiful geek that he is today.


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