The Ring Doorbell is a Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell system with an integrated camera so that you can quickly see who’s at the door. But its internal battery means that you need to recharge it once or twice every year. Here’s how to recharge the Ring Doorbell whenever the battery gets low.

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While you can run the Ring Doorbell off of traditional doorbell wiring and not bother with recharging the battery, its big feature is that it can be powered completely by the internal battery so that you don’t have to mess with any wires, making installation super easy. The good news is that recharging the Ring Doorbell unit is really simple.

First off, you can see how much juice your Ring Doorbell still has left by opening up the Ring app on your phone and tapping on the device at the top of the screen.

The battery level will appear in the upper-right corner.

If you want an exact percentage of how much battery is left, tap on the gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

From there, you’ll be able to see the battery percentage remaining.

To recharge the Ring Doorbell, you’ll need to remove it from its mounting bracket and bring it inside, so start by removing the two security screws on the bottom using the included screwdriver that came with your Ring Doorbell. After they’re removed, you can lift it up and then out to remove the unit. Bring it inside because you’ll need to plug it into your computer or an outlet.

On the back side of the Ring Doorbell, there’s a microUSB port that you’ll use to charge it up.

Take the included orange cable that came with your Ring Doorbell (or use just any microUSB cable) and plug it into the Ring Doorbell unit.

Take the other end and plug it into your computer, or into a wall outlet using a USB-to-AC adapter. The blue LED ring light around the doorbell button will light up and show the status of how charged up it is. When the ring fills all the way up, then the battery has been charged to 100%.

It will take a few hours to charge it up, especially if the battery was nearly dead. I charged mine up when it was at around 60% and it took about an hour.

Of course, the only downside is that while you’re charging up your Ring Doorbell, there’s nothing there if someone comes to your front door, so you won’t be able to see who’s there from your phone. However, a few hours once or twice every year isn’t too bad of a sacrifice, especially with such an easy installation.

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