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Do Blink Cameras Have Local Storage? It Depends…

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Blink cameras have valuable features like motion detection, good quality video, and long battery life. But do blink cameras have local storage?

When you purchase and install a Blink security camera, you need some place to store the video footage you want to save. In most cases, you will have a Blink cloud storage subscription plan.

A Blink cloud storage subscription plan allows you to safely and securely store all your digital video footage on Blink’s cloud servers for around $3 per month.

Using a local storage option instead, such as a USB flash drive, is a way to store your footage locally without the cloud.

It is easy to set up, but you need some things first.

Saving footage locally from a Blink camera starts with a small piece of hardware that Blink offers called a Blink Sync Module 2.

The Blink Sync Module 2 has a built-in USB port that allows you to insert a USB drive (it will enable formatted drives with up to 256GB of capacity). When it saves the video feed to your Blink USB storage, there are a couple different ways that it does it depending on whether or not you have a Blink cloud storage subscription:

  • With a Blink cloud storage subscription – the USB drives only act as a backup. Once per night, the module will automatically download all the video footage for that day from the cloud and copy it to your USB drive.
  • Without a Blink cloud storage subscription – the videos are recorded directly to the USB drive, and no cloud access is required. You can playback the videos on your computer whenever you want.

I believe that if you have an active Blink cloud subscription, it is probably not something you need because the cloud will keep everything for you anyway.

But, if you want to save a bit of money by not paying the monthly subscription fee, using local storage with a Blink Sync Module 2 is ideal.

The following Blink camera options should work with the setup described above:

The Blink XT and Blink XT2 cameras do not have the option for local storage and only use the cloud to store video.

There are several pros to using local storage instead of a cloud subscription plan:

  • Save money by not paying the monthly subscription fee.

Disadvantages Of Using Local Storage

There is one disadvantage that some people are unaware of because it is not apparent. If you are using local storage only and not using a subscription plan, there is one circumstance where the camera will stop recording.

If you get a motion notification on your phone and open the app to live view, it will stop recording to the USB drive. So, if you are like me and like to check the live view when you get a notification, it will not store on our USB drive.

When your USB drive is full, the Sync Module will delete the oldest video clips to make room for new video clips. Kind of a first-in-first-out setup.

Conclusion

If your plan is to only record locally and not use the monthly subscription fee for cloud-based video storage, then I highly recommend using the Sync Module. It works well and saves you a bit more money each month than subscribing to a monthly cloud service.

However, to get the best experience, I would recommend the subscription plan with a USB backup using the Sync Module.