Blink cameras - How to remove the back cover to install batteries

Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen), XT2, XT, Indoor (1st Gen)

This article describes removing the back cover of the following devices.

Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen)

Use this article for instructions on how to remove the back cover and install batteries for Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras.

Before you begin

Before attempting to remove the back cover, make sure the camera is disconnected from any mounts or accessories. This includes any third-party products it may be attached to.

If the camera is brand new, a plastic sticker on the back of the camera shows the direction to turn. Peel off this sticker before using the camera.

To remove the back cover and open the camera

  1. If it is present, remove the silicone protective cover from the fastening screw, and keep it for future use.
  2. Use the included opening tool to turn the screw counter-clockwise (turning to the left) until the screw rotates freely. If the tool isn't available, an equivalent object such as a coin or a flat head screwdriver can also be used.
  3. With the tool inserted into the slot, apply side pressure on the tool and gently pry the cover loose. As shown in the illustration, hold the camera on its side with one hand while you pull with the other hand.

Optional instructions: There is another way to remove the back cover. 

  1. After the screw has been unscrewed completely, flip the opening tool around and insert the mounting end into the camera's back cover hole. You will feel and hear a click when the tool is secured. 
  2. Hold the camera with one hand and pull the opening tool gently backwards. This will allow the back cover to come off.

Install or replace batteries

Once the back cover has been removed, you will have access to the battery compartment. Add or replace the 2 AA lithium batteries into their slots, matching up the + and - that's labeled on the camera with the + and - labeled on the batteries.

image of an indoor gen2 and an outdoor camera's battery bay and serial number/qr code label

Replace and secure the back cover

  1. Align the guide notches as shown, and press the cover back in place against the camera body.
  2. Hand tighten the screw clockwise (turning to the right) until snug. Take care to prevent over-tightening. The cover should be flush with the camera body when you are done.

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XT2 and XT

This article will show you how to remove the battery cover from your new Blink XT camera. You can also watch a video on how to remove it by clicking here.

1. Hold the camera so that the back is facing you.

Hold the camera so that the back is facing you

2. You'll notice a grey switch with an arrow facing toward the bottom of the camera. Slide and hold that in the direction of the arrow.

Slide and hold grey switch

3. While doing this, pull up on the battery cover with your thumb. This may require some force as the camera is air tight.

pull up on battery cover with thumb and lift the cover off

4. Lift the battery cover off of the camera.

insert batteries and access serial number
That's it, you can now insert the batteries.

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Indoor (1st Gen)

The latch to remove the back cover of the Indoor (1st Gen) camera is on the bottom. Slide the latch to release the battery cover.
first generation indoor battery cover and latch

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