I would like to buy this doorbell. Its a doorbell and a security video camera. It records and saves in a cloud. Is there anything I need to know for Shabbos?
The Ring doorbell unit is activated in three ways:
- By a visitor ringing the bell.
- By the owner accessing live view.
- By enabling the motion detector feature.
1 and 2 are not a worry on Shabbos, as no Jew will be ringing the bell, and similarly, you will not be accessing live view.
The third issue, motion detection, is an automatic feature that will pose Shabbos concerns.
At the same time, motion detection is an optional feature which can be disabled, and many users prefer that because it drains the battery much more quickly. [For that reason, I believe the default setting is off.]
If you choose to enable this feature during the week, you should disable it before Shabbos, which can be done manually, or by using the motion snooze setting, or by scheduling the motion detection feature using the device’s schedule settings.
If you have any unique security considerations which make it safer to leave the motion detector active for Shabbos, please reply with more details.
Even when disabling the motion sensor so that it doesn’t ring when you come close to it, you must ensure that the light does not go on when you come close to it even if it’s disabled.