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Friday, January 7th, 2022 12:22 AM

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Schedule motion detection on Outdoor Cameras

​​I'd like to request a new feature that allows users to toggle a camera's "Motion detection" functionality on/off on a schedule. I've found that my outdoor wireless cameras run out of battery more often than necessary because there's no way to automatically toggle off motion detection during days/times when we know we'll be home and going in/out of the monitored entrances throughout the day. ​​

​​Currently the only way to control this is manually--by opening the app every morning to toggle motion detection off, then doing the same to toggle motion detection back on in the evening. ​​

​​This new feature could save users a lot of battery charge and maintenance and cut down on unnecessary notifications. I suspect it could also be a boon for Simplisafe, as it means potentially reducing the amount of data storage required for account users who opt into auto-scheduling. ​​

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2 years ago

Thanks, 17reasons!

 

We'll forward your feedback to our devs.

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@davey_d​ 

ETA?

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Please please. We need this feature. I only want motion alerts at night. 

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Me too!

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@davey_d​ 

This is a needed feature that must be simple to do, an alarm system should be fully integrated with all components and an outdoor camera should be no exception, motion recording and notification are needed when we arm the system only or during specific schedules!! I just bought and testing the system today and this is a big showstopper for me! I have cameras from Amcrest that have this feature and those are not connected to any alarm system! It’s a shame that Simplisafe ignores these requests for more than 2 years!

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@davey_d​ 

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This is vitally needed. Waste of a camera without being able to turn on camera in “away” mode

2 years ago

Totally in agreement. This is a much needed feature.

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2 years ago

+1 !

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2 years ago

Would be a great feature. 

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Wow people asking this for 2 plus years and still

not available ?

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@kkrius​ our dev team is constantly at work on new features, and our requests on this Community are of course always considered. While this particular request isn't available yet, you do already have the ability to Snooze Notifications temporarily. Learn more about that feature here. 

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This is not a helpful comment as you can only snooze for a maximum of 60 minutes. It would not be a lot of development to make the camera active only while system is armed. After all this option is already there for the indoor cameras.

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2 years ago

Ability to have basic Amazon integration without paying for it...BS.... have a variety of smart devices and NONE of them require a subscription. Blood sucking policy....

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2 years ago

Agreed. Other more economical systems have this feature.

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2 years ago

+1

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2 years ago

I and others have raised this request before, but I must ask again. The outdoor camera is essentially worthless to me without the option to ignore activity - or at least stop sending notifications - except when the system is 'Home' or 'Away'. I'm no developer, but this doesn't seem like a terribly complicated feature to add.

Summer is almost here. My family and I use our backyard throughout the day, and I really don't appreciate dings every time my kids run past the camera (not to mention the battery drain). It has already gotten to the point that I have turned notifications off entirely, effectively rendering it a wasted $175.

Summer is also the time of year when, in the urban area where I live, crime spikes. Having an outdoor camera will go a long way toward making us feel secure at night and when we're out of town. If that isn't possible very soon, I might need to look into a more customizable system - and I don't want to do that!

The mod @davey_d has indicated that these requests are being tracked and elevated to the development team. If you agree that we need a smarter outdoor camera, please add your voice here. Thank you.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Urgent! Asking again, please, for a smarter outdoor camera.

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This is a very important feature I would also like to see added. The constant bombardment of notifications forces me to either silence my phones notifications, or manually change the settings in the app each time -to which I usually forget to switch it back.

It would be nice if it was at least an option that you could change in the camera settings for each individual camera

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This would be extremely useful and honestly I thought it was already a feature (as it is with most other outdoor cameras), so I recently ordered on. It’s not yet installed and I’m now considering returning or.  

Over-notification is as useless, and more annoying, than lack of proper notifications. 

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When setting up my outdoor cameras I was surprised to find out that they are not integrated with the modes, off, home, away. What possible reason is there for having these cameras disconnected from the system modes? This needs to be fixed.

Also, if I turn off motion detection for these cameras manually in the user interface the change doesn't take effect for some unknown amount of time. What is this time lag duration?

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YES PLEASE

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Agree!

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2 years ago

+1

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2 years ago

We really need this! I just want outside Mouton alerts at night. This is a pretty standard feature on most cameras. 

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2 years ago

My Camera watches my driveway. I get many notifications (videos) all day long for normal driveway movement (cars-deliveries-taking out garbage). I would like a Time per Day schedule to set Notifications. Meaning, Notifications ON from Monday 10pm to Tuesday 8am. Setting up a Time based Daily Schedule will save battery life and Simplisafe from saving unwanted videos.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Notification Time Schedule for Outdoor Camera

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Add one vote for a "Do Not Disturb" scheduling ability.

ONE THAT ALSO ALLOWS FOR MOMENTARY DISABLEMENT. (my Do Not Disturb app does this)

EG: I can open Simplisafe app, and chose a 15, 30, or 60 minute time frame to disable motion sensors.

The Do Not Disturb app I reference, has a NOW feature that will shut off my phone for preset amounts of time and even adds them up if you click multiple times. EG: I click the 15 min 3 times and it shuts my phone off for 45 minutes.

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This is a wonderful idea.  For me, it's the (rather large) pool in the back.  My weekly cleaning takes a few hours and the back yard camera is always catching video, draining the battery much quicker than the front door camera.  Then there is acceptable regular pool activity that is captured as well.

Suggestion would be to have a deactivation time/window: ignore this camera from, say, 8 am to 7 pm local time daily.  Maybe even through in weekdays/weekends.  Or have a monitoring window of sunset to sunrise.  Of course, always having the option to watch live on the app.

Thanks in advance.

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2 years ago

I would like to receive motion notifications from outdoor cameras only when the system is set to either home or away. More specifically I would like to be able to edit what notifications, and what is received by the cameras depending on the status of the home unit, being either disarmed home or away.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Please add home and away functionality to cameras

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2 years ago

Dear SimpliSafe Safe

i just switched my cameras to Simpli Safe from Arlo. I wanted to only have one system. If I had known the motion detection couldn’t be turned off when system is disarmed I would not have spent $500 on cameras. Please develop the app ASAP to allow this. This is truly a lacking feature on Simpli Safes platform. 

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2 years ago

Not being able to turn off motion detection is a complete failure on Simpli safes platform. If I had known this I would not have wasted the money purchasing these cameras. Every other camera monitoring platform I found has this feature. I never once thought I would need to check if this was a feature on Simpli Safe. In all honesty you all should be embarrassed for not allow full control on the products you sell. 

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2 years ago

I bought some outdoor cameras last year when I purchased my SS system; returned them after realizing that I could not turn off recordings when system was in OFF mode.  Except for this issue, I really liked the cameras and would be interested in purchasing SS outdoor cameras if their recordings can be programmed based on system mode like the indoor cameras.

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