How to reset an Arlo Essential indoor camera

When it comes to indoor security cameras, few are as complete as the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera. With a sleek design, privacy shutter, 1080p video capture, and a versatile smartphone app, the device makes it easy to monitor your home while you’re away. But if you’re getting ready to sell the device, or just want to remove all your current settings, you may want to consider performing a factory reset.

Here’s how to reset the Arlo Essential indoor camera and remove it from the Arlo Secure app.

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How to reset your Arlo Essential indoor camera

Resetting your Arlo Essential indoor camera couldn’t be easier. In fact, it should take less than a minute. Note that this will return it to its default settings, so only do this if that’s your goal. Is that how it works.

Step 1: On your camera, hold the sync button for 15 seconds. This can be found at the bottom of the device, right next to where the camera connects to its mount.

Step 2: After 15 seconds you should notice a blinking blue light.

Step 3: When the blue light appears, release the sync button.

Stage 4: That’s all! Your Arlo Essential indoor camera has restarted.

How to remove your device from the Arlo app

If you’re looking to completely remove your Arlo Essential indoor camera from your Arlo Secure app, the process is almost as easy as restarting your device. After opening the app on your smartphone, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Select the Devices tab at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Click on the tile for your Arlo Essential indoor camera.

Step 3: Click on the settings icon at the top right of the screen (looks like a cogwheel).

Stage 4: Click on the name of your camera. This should be the first submenu near the top of the screen.

Step 5: Scroll down until you see the Remove the device option.

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Try restarting your device before resetting it

While performing a factory reset is a great option if you’re going to sell your camera, it’s not ideal if you’re troubleshooting a problem. Instead, you should try performing a reset, which keeps all your current settings and just turns your device on and off. It’s a great way to (hopefully) fix any small issues with your camera, and it’s just as easy as the tasks above.

In fact, you follow almost all the same steps as removing your device from the Arlo app. But instead of selecting Remove the device at the end, it will select Resume instead. This button is located right next to the Remove the device button, so you don’t miss it. Be sure to test this out before resorting to the extreme step of a factory reset.

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