Ring is finally adding video end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to its smart home products including video doorbells and security cameras as part of a technical preview release. During the preview phase, the company will solicit feedback from customers.
Video E2EE is available only on selected Ring products, though. Starting today, it's rolling out to the following security devices:
- Video Doorbell Pro
- Video Doorbell Elite
- Floodlight Cam
- Spotlight Cam Wired
- Spotlight Cam Mount
- Stick Up Cam Plug In
- Stick Up Cam Elite
- Indoor Cam
That means Ring's battery-powered video doorbells and cameras are not supported. If you already have the feature enabled, you can head over to the Control Center within the Ring app to submit your feedback about how it works. It's compatible with app versions 5.34.0 and higher and Android 3.34.0 and higher. You'll also have trouble if you're running your doorbell using older smart devices since the feature works only with Android 8 (Oreo) and above. On the iOS side, Ring's knowledge article outlining the setup procedure specifies iOS 11 as the minimum supported OS version for video E2EE support while its whitepaper specifies iOS 12 and above.
Ring already encrypts videos when uploaded or stored on its cloud servers. Video E2EE provides an additional layer of security, and videos can only be unlocked with a key stored on an authorized mobile device.