Troubleshooting your Contact Sensor (1st Generation)

Follow these steps to help resolve issues with your Ring Alarm Contact Sensor (1st Generation).


How to reconnect your Contact Sensor (1st Generation)

If your Contact Sensor (1st Generation) is losing or has an unstable connection, you can try moving it closer to the Alarm Base Station or add a Range Extender between the Contact Sensor and Base Station. If you’re still experiencing connectivity issues:

  1. Remove the cover from the device, and remove the battery.
  2. Wait a few seconds and then reinsert the battery.
    • One LED light flash: Contact Sensor is in-network.
    • Three LED light blinks: Contact Sensor is out of network.
    • Nothing happens: Replacing the battery with a new one.

How to remove your Contact Sensor (1st Generation)

To remove the Contact Sensor:

  1. Open the Ring app.
  2. Tap the menu (☰).
  3. Tap Devices.
  4. Tap Contact Sensor 1st Gen in the Contact Sensor section.
  5. Tap the Device Settings tile.
  6. Tap Remove Device at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Confirm device removal by tapping Remove Device on the next screen.
  8. Tap Got it once your Contact Sensor is successfully removed.

If your Contact Sensor (1st Generation) doesn’t connect or it adds as a binary sensor

To stop the Contact Sensor from adding as a binary sensor:

  1. Remove the cover from the device.
  2. Remove the battery from the device.
  3. Open the Ring app.
  4. Tap the menu (☰).
  5. Tap Devices.
  6. Tap Contact Sensor 1st Gen in the Contact Sensor section.
  7. Tap the Device Settings tile.
  8. Tap Advanced Options.
  9. Tap Z-Wave, then tap Remove Z-Wave Device.

    Do not tap “Reset Z-Wave Network”. This will remove your entire Ring Alarm network and you’ll need to reset every device.

  10. Tap Remove and the app will say “Removing device, listening for device to remove.”
  11. Insert the battery into the device. The device should be removed successfully and you may now set up the device.

If this still doesn’t work, you may need to factory reset the Contact Sensor.

How to factory reset your Contact Sensor (1st Generation)

This will remove the device from your Alarm Base Station and reset the device to the original default settings.

If you've tried all of the above steps and you're still having difficulty with your Contact Sensor, you can try to factory reset the device.

  1. Slide the Contact Sensor off its base. Ensure that the batteries are installed.
  2. Press and hold the pinhole reset button.
  3. Continue holding down the pinhole reset button until the LED light turns red, then release.
  4. Re-add the Contact Sensor to your Ring Alarm using the Ring app.

If you have tried all of these steps and it still doesn’t work, review best practices for Ring Alarm Contact Sensor setup and use. We also recommend reaching out to our Customer Support team for assistance.

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