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Video Doorbell Pro Motion Detection


All SimpliSafe® Video Doorbell Pros use both video analytics and passive infrared (PIR) to detect motion in its field of view. Our granular motion detection options allow you to better control the quantity and types of notifications you get by customizing your activity zones, motion types, and sensitivities. The camera has a 120 degree field of view and a motion detection zone of 90 degrees from left to right, downward, and straight out. 

When motion is detected, the doorbell will issue a notification to alert you. If you are subscribed to our Self Monitoring with Camera Recordings or Fast Protect™ monitoring plans, the Video Doorbell Pro will also record the event. If you are not subscribed to either of those plans, you will still be able to live stream the event through your Video Doorbell Pro. 

Activity Zones

During the daytime, your Video Doorbell Pro can ignore parts of its view that you don’t want to be notified about, like busy streets or sidewalks.

Motion Type

You can set your Video Doorbell Pro to one of two different motion settings, All Motion or People Only. 

When set to All Motion, the Video Doorbell Pro will notify you when it senses any motion moving across its field of view. But when set to People Only mode, the Video Doorbell Pro will only notify you when it detects people-shaped objects.


You can separately set daytime and nighttime sensitivity for more granular control using the options below:

  • High: High Sensitivity detects any motion, which may cause frequent alerts

  • Medium (recommended): Detects general movements

  • Low: Only detects large movements over a wide range

The Camera Settings screen from the SimpliSafe® Mobile App showing the Video Doorbell Pro's daytime and nighttime sensitivity settings.

How to Enable These Features

  1. Open the SimpliSafe® Mobile App on your smartphone or tablet

  2. Select My System from the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen

  3. Choose Camera Settings

  4. Select the Video Doorbell Pro that you would like to change the settings for

  5. Choose Motion Detection

You can learn more about changing your Video Doorbell Pro’s motion detection settings here.

Need More Help?

If your Video Doorbell Pro is powered up, but has stopped detecting motion or recording, see the Video Doorbell Pro Stopped Working article for more information. If you are receiving too many notifications from your Video Doorbell Pro, please visit our Too Many Motion Alerts From Video Doorbell Pro article.