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Blink: Tuned camera notifications

Note: This post is geared towards Android devices. Currently unaware of a solution for Apple devices.

The Problem #

If you have a Blink setup at work or home, you’ve probably run into a common issue of getting notifications for cameras which you do not care to have notifications for. For example, you may have six cameras recording motion, but you may only care about receiving notifications for two of them; but with Blink’s app, there is no way to control this.

It’s all or nothing with Blink. This is because (at time of writing), Blink uses a single channel to push notifications to called Motion detection. Because of this, you are unable to silence notifications for specific cameras, you only have the option of silencing the whole notification channel, which would leave you without any motion notifications to your device.

Solutions #

Snoozing #

Since an update earlier this year, Amazon has added a snooze feature displayed as an icon next to each camera’s name.

Clicking the icon will give you options to snooze notifications for 1, 2, 3, or 4 hours.

This seemed like a viable solution on the surface, but in practice, it fails. Even with selecting 4 hours, it appears to be bugged… I would get notifications just 20 minutes later, but the snooze icon would still be active. Additionally, repeating this action for every camera, every 4 hours, was a little annoying.

Given it was buggy and was not automated, I abandoned this as a solution. Plus, why couldn’t Amazon add a “Until I turn off” option to the list of times? That would be an ideal built-in solution.

Macrodroid #

I previously installed an app called Macrodroid, for automating some “Do Not Disturb” rules.

Macrodroid is similar to the popular Tasker app for Android. These are apps which allow you to automate your phone based on triggers or actions performed.

In digging more into the offered triggers for Macrodroid, I discovered it had a feature to read notifications instantly and perform an action on them.

With some trial and error, I was able to build a macro in the app which would watch for a notification containing the camera names, and then running an action to clear those notifications.

It worked! The instant a notification comes in for one of the cameras I wish to ignore notifications for, it clears it out so I never have to see or hear it.

Setup #

  1. Install Macrodroid
  2. Go through the setup and enable the correct permissions for app overlays, notification access, etc.
  3. Click Add Macro
  4. In the Triggers panel, click the + icon
  5. From the list, select Notifications
  6. Select Notification Received for the event option
  7. Select Select Applications(s) then choose Blink from the list
  8. Set for text contains to be:
    • Motion detected at your [CAMERA_NAME]
    • Replace [CAMERA NAME] with the camera’s name
    • Example: Motion detected at your Porch
  9. Save, then in the Actions panel, click the + icon
  10. Select Notification from the list
  11. Select Clear Notifications from the secondary list
  12. Select Select Application(s) then choose Blink from the list
  13. Set for text contains to be:
    • Motion detected at your [CAMERA_NAME]
    • Replace [CAMERA NAME] with the camera’s name
    • Example: Motion detected at your Porch
  14. Check off Ignore ongoing notifications
  15. Save, then save the macro with a desired name

Result #

Once configured, your macro should be similar to this:


You can additionally use regular expressions on the text contains input to apply it to multiple camera names, or you can duplicate the macro and change the text contains for each camera… both options work fine in my testing.

Conclusion #

Until Amazon adds the ability to snooze notifications indefinitely or adds notification channels per camera, then the best option is to take advantage of Macrodroid. With the macro, you will no longer receive notifications for those specific cameras, but still allow them to stay enabled and record motion.