How to Get the Most Out of Your Arlo Pro Cameras

If you have Netgear’s Arlo Pro camera system, the fully wireless capabilities are no doubt treating you well. However, there might be some other features that you’re missing out on.

The Arlo Pro system does require a central hub that plugs into your router, but besides that, all cameras that you have set up can be completely wireless, since they run on battery power and use Wi-Fi for data transmission. But here are some other features that you might want to know about.

Mount & Position Cameras Quickly and Easily

It can be a bit difficult position a camera perfectly without seeing the live view, especially when there’s a bit of a lag. However, Arlo Pro comes with a “Position Mode” that helps in these cases.

Just head to Settings > My Devices and select the camera. Then tap on “Position Mode”. You’ll get a no-frills live view of the camera that’s a bit more responsive and less laggy, which helps you position a camera in no time.

Share Access with Other Household Members

You’re probably not the only one in your house who would benefit from receiving alerts and seeing the live view of your Arlo cameras. The good news is that you can share access with other people.

Just open up the settings in the Arlo app and tap on “Grant Access”. From there, you can invite other household members to get the Arlo app and access your home’s camera feeds.

Improve the Battery Life

You can leave your Arlo cameras plugged in so that you never have to recharge them, but if you have them running off of battery power, it may be beneficial to make a charge last as long as possible.

There are several things you can do, like decrease the video quality, keeping the camera out of cold environments, making sure you have a strong Wi-Fi connection, and more. Check out our guide for the complete rundown.

Download Recordings to Your Phone

If there’s a specific recording that you want to save, the Arlo Pro system lets you do just that. It’s a great feature to use, since video recordings won’t be stored in the cloud forever.

Just open up the Arlo app and tap on “Library” at the bottom. From there, select the recording and hit “Download” at the bottom. The video will then save to your phone’s camera roll.

Save Recordings Locally as a Backup

If you’d rather just have all of your recordings saved locally to a flash drive or a hard drive, you can make that happen as well. Recordings will still be saved to the cloud, so think of this as a backup method of sorts.

Your Arlo Pro system will need to format the drive first, but after that you can navigate to Settings > My Devices > select the base station > Local Storage and then toggle on “USB Device Recording”.

Create Custom Recording Modes

By default, there’s no recording mode that lets your Arlo cameras record motion but not send you an alert, which is where creating your own custom recording modes comes in handy.

To do this, tap on “Modes” at the bottom on the main screen, select your base station, and then tap on “Add a Mode”. Customize it how you want it and you’re off to the races.

Rename Cameras

When you first set up an Arlo Pro camera, they’re named by their serial numbers, which isn’t really all that helpful. Luckily, you can rename cameras to whatever you want.

Just navigate to Settings > My Devices and then tap on the camera you want to rename. From there, tap “Name” and enter in whatever name you want to give it.

Disable the Camera’s Microphone

You probably don’t need the microphone enabled on some of your Arlo cameras, but thankfully you can disable the microphone if you want to and possibly squeeze out a bit more battery life.

Go to Settings > My Devices and tap on the camera you want to disable the microphone on. From there, select “Audio Settings” and toggle the microphone off. From that same screen you can also disable the camera’s speaker.


Craig Lloyd writes about smarthome for How-To Geek, and is an aspiring handyman who loves tinkering with anything and everything around the house. He's also a mediocre gamer, aviation geek, baseball fan, motorcyclist, and proud introvert.