How To Change Ring Doorbell Sounds

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Most conventional doorbells ring an indoor chime when pressed, and often those chimes can be selected from a set of different options. Smart doorbells like those from Ring also generate a chime sound from the doorbell itself, ostensibly to let the person pressing the button know that it has rung. But that’s not always desirable. This is particularly the case when there are multiple Ring doorbells nearby, either on different doors and gates of a house, or in an apartment situation.

In the case of the latter, it can be a nuisance to have the same chime sound from different people’s doorbells all within earshot of each other. You can find yourself going to answer the door when it wasn’t your doorbell that rang. The chime could also be a problem for neighbors, even without their own Ring doorbell, simply because it can be quite loud.

To avoid confusion, you might be thinking you can change the ring tone on your doorbell to help make it clear when it is yours that has chimed, but unfortunately you can’t do that. The chime is built into the doorbell and can’t be changed. You can, however, adjust the volume to make it less intrusive to the neighbors.

How to Adjust the chime volume on the Ring doorbell

To turn down the chime volume on the actual doorbell unit follow these steps:

  1. Open the Ring app.

  2. Tap the main menu in the top left corner.

  3. Tap Devices from the menu.

  4. Tap the doorbell you want to adjust.

  5. Tap Device Settings.

  6. Tap General Settings.

  7. Tap Volume Settings.

  8. Adjust the volume slider.

Note that you can also turn the volume all the way down to 0 to silence the internal chime entirely. This is useful when combined with a Ring Chime device to replace the chime sound inside the home.

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Ring Chime

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Ring Chime Pro

The Ring Chime and Ring Chime Pro are handy indoor chime devices that connect over Wi-Fi to your doorbells and cameras to help provide more audible alerts to events that they detect. The plug directly into a wall socket for power, so they don’t need any special mounting or wires run across the wall or floor. The Chime Pro also doubles as a Wi-Fi range extender for your Ring cameras and doorbells that can help in cases where they need to be a little too far from your router.

By setting up a Ring Chime or Chime Pro somewhere inside near the door that you have the doorbell installed on you can create a more traditional doorbell chime experience. Having it close enough to the door will still allow it to be audible to visitors so they know the chime has rung, and with one of the Chime devices installed you can change the ring sounds.

Ring provides a range of different chime sounds to choose from, currently there are 16 options in the Ring app for Chime devices.

How to change the Ring Chime sound

  1. Open the Ring app.

  2. Tap the main menu in the top left corner.

  3. Tap Devices from the menu.

  4. Tap the Chime you want to change.

  5. Tap Audio Settings.

  6. Tap Chime Tones.

  7. Select a tone from the list (the sound will play on your phone so you can see what it sounds like).

From this page you can also adjust the volume the Chime will play at, and select separate chime sounds for doorbell presses and motion detection events. You can have the doorbell ring the Chime for these as well by turning on the Motion notifications on the previous page under Chime Notifications.

Some people may find the status light on the Ring Chime to be a bit bright, especially if it’s in a bedroom. Not to worry, you can turn that off but going up another level and selecting General Settings, then toggle the Status Light option.

Use different Chime devices to tell which doorbell has been pressed

In the event that you have more than one Ring Doorbell, maybe you have one at the back door or garage for instance, it’s very useful to have different ring sounds for each so you know which one has been pressed. You can do this by setting up a separate Chime device to play a different ring sounds for each doorbell.

The process for choosing a chime is the same as above, the difference is configuring each doorbell to use a specific Chime device.

  1. Go to the Ring app.

  2. Tap the main menu from the top left.

  3. Tap Devices from the menu.

  4. Tap the doorbell you want to configure.

  5. Tap Linked Chimes.

  6. Tap Rings.

  7. Tap on the musical note under each Chime device to toggle which one will ring.

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Ring App Screens - Main menu, Doorbell settings, Linked Chimes

How to Change the Ring app notification Sound

Now that we have the chimes set up, you may want to customize the sounds you get from the Ring app on your phone as well.

  1. Open the Ring app.

  2. Tap the main menu in the top left corner.

  3. Tap Devices from the menu.

  4. Tap the doorbell you want to change.

  5. Tap Device Settings.

  6. Tap Notification Settings.

  7. Tap App Notification Tones.

  8. Select a tone from the list (the sound will play on your phone so you can see what it sounds like).

Again, as with the Chime selections, you can choose different tones for doorbell presses and motion events. These selections are specific to this device, so you can do the same for other doorbells to get different sounds. There are 22 options here, more than on the Chime itself, and includes some spoken word options.

Alternative Chime Options

If you have a smart speaker you may be able to use that as a doorbell chime as well, or instead of a Ring Chime device.

Any Amazon Echo device can be used as a doorbell chime for Ring Doorbells, but you can also use an Apple HomePod if you set up a Homebridge device to connect your Ring Doorbell to HomeKit.

Both of these options provide a lot less choice in ring tones, and will suffer from some internet lag delaying the chime actually sounding, so their really additions rather than good alternatives. A proper Ring Chime is going to be more effective, and more configurable.