Ring Car Cam Video Storage and Event Types

Ring Car Cam has two types of storage for recorded video events: local storage and cloud storage. By default, all recorded events are stored locally in Ring Car Cam’s internal memory. With an optional Ring Protect Go subscription plan*, select video events are automatically uploaded to the Ring cloud as Cloud Highlights.

Ring Car Cam event types

Event Name  Event Type  Action that Starts Events  Cloud Highlight Length
Traffic Stop  Video Event  Say "Alexa Record" Beginning of Event
Disturbance  Video Event Car engine is off (i.e., while parked) and Ring Car Cam detects disturbances inside or outside of car Beginning of Event
Live View Video Event Tap Live View or Go Live from the Ring app Entire Live View Session


Video Event Car engine turns on Cloud Highlight not available (no video was created)
Offline (Sudden loss of power) Video Event Sudden loss of power Event begins if Ring Car Cam suddenly loses power, such as by being unplugged.

Location Data Deleted

Non-Video Event Owner deletes all past location data in the Ring app Cloud Highlight not available (no video was created)
Offline (Vehicle Battery Low) Non-Video Event After a drive, Ring Car Cam turns off once a certain amount of battery power is used, based on the Vehicle Battery Usage Settings in the Ring app Entire Event
Offline (Overheating) Non-Video Event If Ring Car Cam gets too hot to operate safely

Cloud Highlight not created (no video was created)


Viewing Ring Car Cam video events in the cloud
You can download or share videos or store video highlights in the cloud for up to 180 days with a Ring Protect Go subscription*, sold separately.

Video troubleshooting

Car Cam automatically adjusts to various amounts of light both during the day and the night. If your videos are discolored or not clear, or you're experiencing any other unexpected issues, you can always reboot the device by holding down the main button for 7-10 seconds until the light turns green. Car Cam will restart. 


* A Ring Protect Go subscription, sold separately, is required to use Live View, Two-Way talk, Real-Time Notifications, and GPS Locator over LTE when the Ring Car Cam is away from home wifi, and to use the Cloud Highlights (including Cloud Highlights for Traffic Stop) feature. Ring Protect Go is only available in the U.S.

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