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How to remove a Ring Doorbell from a door or wall

Ring Video Doorbells are incredibly popular, but they're not the only option on the block. And if you've decided to move away from your Ring Doorbell and install something from Arlo, Google, or one of the many other available brands, you're going to need to remove your old Ring Doorbell from your porch. You'll also need to remove it if you're moving to a new home and decide to bring it with you instead of leaving it behind for the new owners.

Aside from removing the entire doorbell, Ring also lets you take off just its faceplate. This is required to recharge battery-powered models, though you'll also find a button underneath the faceplate that can help reconnect a disconnected doorbell. It's important to learn how Ring Doorbells work before tinkering with any hardware, so consider reading our guide before doing anything else.




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What You Need

  • Ring Video Doorbell

  • Screwdriver included with the Ring Video Doorbell

Trying to figure out how to remove a Ring doorbell? Here's everything you need to know, including how to remove both battery and wired models, along with removing the Ring doorbell without a special tool.

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How to remove Ring Doorbell to charge

Each Ring Video Doorbell comes with a removable faceplate that has a security screw holding it in place to prevent theft. There is a special screwdriver included in the package that will allow you to properly remove the screw.

Step 1: Use the screwdriver to remove the security screw, which is almost always located at the bottom of the unit.

Step 2: Once the screw is out, you should be able to pull the bottom portion of the faceplate down and toward you.

Step 3: When the faceplate comes off, you will see the bottom edge of the battery pack and a small silver lever. Press on the lever and the battery should drop straight out the bottom, so get ready to catch it.

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How to remove Ring Doorbell without the special tool

It happens: You lost that tiny orange screwdriver that comes with your Ring Video Doorbell. What can you do? You’ve got a couple of options.

If you've got some time, consider reaching out to Ring's customer support team and inquiring about a replacement. Several users have shared that Ring can issue a replacement if needed.

Step 1: If you need to charge the battery now, try to gently manipulate the screw (while being very careful not to strip it) using a very small flathead screwdriver. A T15 Torx head screwdriver should also work.

Step 2: Follow the steps for removing a Ring Video Doorbell above.

How to remove Ring Video Doorbell permanently

If you are relocating or replacing your Ring Video Doorbell, you may want to permanently remove it from your door frame. Fortunately, this is not difficult.

Step 1: Use the security screw tool to remove the faceplate.

Step 2: You should see a couple of screws holding the doorbell to the door frame or wall. Simply remove those screws and the doorbell will come right off. If you're using a wired unit, be sure to undo the wires connected to the screws to your chime, which can be found on the back of your Ring doorbell.

Step 3: Don't forget to add a few drops of silicone or filler into the holes so you don't get bugs or leaks.

That’s how you can remove a Ring Video Doorbell from your home, for maintenance, charging, or to start fresh. Ready to get a new model? Check out our Ring Video Doorbell buying guide for advice. Then read our article on how to install a Ring Doorbell.

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