If your Nanit camera is suddenly flashing a white light or flashing a blue light without your input, it can be quite unsettling. You may immediately start thinking that your Nanit camera may have been hacked. I understand how frustrating and scary it can be, especially if you rely on the camera to monitor your baby’s sleep and the unexpected light is waking them up.
I have frequently addressed numerous inquiries concerning Nanit’s light notifications, which have been perceived as excessive and quite bothersome. These notifications can be particularly distressing and frightening for babies. Just imagine a baby encountering a flashing LED light amid pitch darkness, with no one else present. This experience instills a deep sense of fear and helplessness in them.
I was anticipating that Nanit would incorporate firmware updates in its regular release to address the issue of the bright light that activates when the camera loses Wi-Fi connection. There is truly no justification for the light to illuminate as the baby does not require notification regarding the disconnection between the camera and the parent’s smartphone. Unfortunately, as of this writing in early 2024, no update has managed to remove these annoying flashing lights.
In this guide, I have explained the causes of the flashing light, the meanings of different colors, and how you can troubleshoot them. This article is part of our troubleshooting guides for safety and have also published a guide on Nanit temperature issues.
In this guide, I have explained the causes of the flashing light, what it means, and how you can troubleshoot it.
Nanit Colors: What they Mean:
- Pulsing Green: When you see a pulsing green color on the app, it’s usually on the button that indicates the breathing rate per minute for your baby. This green pulsing color indicates an active monitoring session and that the camera is collecting the data.
- Flashing White: This indicates that your Nanit camera does not have a connection to the Wi-Fi router at all and cannot even obtain router details to try to establish a connection. As it tries to establish a connection, you may see a bright LED light.
- Flashing Blue: When you see your Nanit camera flashing a blue color, it indicates that it has a connection to the router and can obtain its details to connect but that the Wi-Fi network is too poor to establish a stable connection. After resetting your Nanit Camera, you may also see a blinking blue light to indicate that it is ready to re-establish a Wi-Fi connection. If it struggles to re-establish connection, you’ll start seeing a bright white LED light.
- Flashing Red: This indicates that the breathing monitor has not detected and breathing movements for more than 20 seconds. Read more about Nanit Red Alert here.
Flashing White Light on Nanit Camera:
A flashing white light on the Nanit camera indicates a lack of connection to the router, preventing communication with the app to relay data.
If your Nanit camera is flashing a white light, Nanit recommends on its support page that you need to power cycle the camera. Power cycling is essentially turning it off and then on again – sort of a soft reset. I would even go further to also power cycle your home Wi-Fi router.
To power cycle the camera, start by removing the camera from the stand and unplugging it from the wall for approximately five minutes. After that, re-attach the camera back onto the stand and allow it to boot up again. This may assist in resolving the issue you are experiencing.
If power cycling doesn’t resolve the issue of the flashing nightlight, check the distance between your Nanit camera and router. Ensure it is neither too far nor too close, as this can lead to frequent night light flashing. The camera may be experiencing difficulties in establishing a stable connection with the router.
Another possible reason for the flashing nightlight on your Nanit is related to the strength of your network. It’s important to check the strength and bandwidth of your network to ensure optimal performance.
If the camera is disconnecting and reconnecting from the WiFi, the night light will flash when it reconnects. For more information on Nanit’s bandwidth requirements, you can refer to this link. I also have a guide on ways to troubleshoot Nanit’s connection issues.
Unfortunately, there is no way to disable the flashing white light and I still believe and hope Nanit will push an update soon that will allow you to deactivate this flashing light from the app.
You can reach out to the Nanit Support Team through various channels. Fill out the contact form, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or dial 1-866-696-2648. The support team is available on weekdays (Monday to Friday – excluding holidays) from 11 AM to 6 PM EST.
Don’t forget, you have the option to use the app to conveniently control the Nanit nightlight. Simply tap the nightlight button on the app to turn it on or off. If your child’s nursery is too dim, effortlessly brighten things up by tapping the Night Light button. You’ll know it’s on when the button illuminates in a soft pink hue.
Flashing White Light When Ready to Pair:
When you power on your Nanit camera, it is normal to see a flashing light. This indicates that the camera is ready to pair. After plugging in the Nanit and waiting for about 30 seconds, the camera will complete its power-up sequence. You’ll know it’s done when the night light starts flashing slowly (at one-second intervals). At this point, the camera is ready for pairing or will establish a connection with your mobile device if it was previously paired.
When you initiate the pairing process, simply press the “Wi-Fi Pairing” button located on the back of the camera. The night light will start flashing rapidly, with intervals of half a second, until the pairing process is completed.
If you own the original Nanit or the Nanit Plus, the two flashing lights indicate that the camera has reset and is now ready to connect to the app. It can also flash when it had lost connection and has since restored it and is ready to pair.
- Turn on the camera
- Locate the recessed master reset button on the back of your Nanit camera. You can find the pinhole to the left of the connect button on the back of the camera.
- Using a paper clip or an appropriate tool that can fit into the pinhole, press the reset button once to initiate the camera reset.
- After a successful reset, the camera will take a few seconds to flash the RED IR light and emit a low click sound (which may not be audible to you). Wait for your Nanit Camera’s Night Light to flash 2 times. This indicates that the camera has been successfully reset and is ready for you to proceed with the in-app instructions to set it up. The reset process may take up to 3 minutes to complete.
- Now that the camera is ready to be paired, open the side menu in the Nanit app.
- Select your baby’s settings.
- Tap on ‘Network’.
- Choose ‘Pair Nanit with your network’ and follow the onscreen instructions to pair your Nanit.
If you own the newer Nanit Pro Camera, a blue light will start blinking at the end of the reset process below;
- Turn on your Nanit Pro Camera.
- Locate the recessed button on the back of your Nanit Pro camera. The button is situated to the left of the USBC port on the camera’s back. See this 6-second video here
- To reset the camera, press and hold the button for more than 10 seconds.
- If the reset is successful, the status blue light will begin blinking.
A Blue Light on Nanit camera:
A blinking/flashing blue light signifies that while the Nanit camera has successfully acquired the router information, the network quality is not strong enough to establish a robust connection.
You will need to re-establish the connection between your Nanit and both the router and the app by following these steps:
- Restart your Nanit app – Ensure you are using the most up-to-date version.
- Confirm that you have an active internet connection and, if necessary, restart your router.
- To restart your Nanit camera, unplug it from power for 1 minute, and then plug it back in. The nightlight will flash twice, indicating that the camera is rebooting.
The flashing blue light on the Nanit camera does not indicate that your Nanit has been hacked or any security breach but rather signifies that the camera lost Wi-Fi connection and is attempting to reconnect. I find this feature quite bothersome, especially because it can be quite alarming for the baby. Just imagine a flashing light in complete darkness.
If you are having trouble pairing Nanit, we have a detailed guide with 10+ suggestions to fix Nanit issues.
Nanit Nightlight Blinking:
During the pairing process, after pressing the “Wi-Fi Pairing” button on the back of the camera, Nanit’s nightlight will blink rapidly at half-second intervals until the pairing is completed.
In case a connection cannot be established, you can initiate a new search by simply tapping the Wi-Fi pairing button on the back of the camera. Upon pressing it, the nightlight will blink at half-second intervals for 5 minutes and then gradually fade away.
Nanit’s nightlight is also supposed to flash 2 times after a successful reset of the Original Nanit and Nanit Plus cameras. If the nightlight isn’t flashing, it means that the pairing process wasn’t complete.
Nanit Camera Clicking Noise:
The clicking sound happens when the camera transitions from regular monitoring mode to night vision mode, activating the infrared light to illuminate the baby and capture images/videos in low-light situations. You may hear clicking sounds when the Nanit camera transitions to night vision mode at dusk or back to regular mode at dawn. There’s no need to worry, as this is only temporary and unlikely to disturb your baby’s sleep.
The clicking noise may also occur during the boot-up of your Nanit camera.
If the clicking noise continues or becomes louder, please contact Nanit support. It may be a sign of a faulty camera and they will assist you with troubleshooting and getting a replacement if needed.
FAQS on Nanit’s Blinking Lights:
My Nanit camera just flashed twice, has it been hacked?
No, the flashing blue light on the Nanit camera does not indicate that your Nanit has been hacked or any security breach but rather signifies that the camera lost Wi-Fi connection and is attempting to reconnect. You may also see a white light flash when the camera reboots, which can happen after a power outage or if you manually reset the camera. You can read more on our guide on Nanit hacking here.
Why is my Nanit camera flashing white light?
A flashing white light on the Nanit camera indicates that there is an issue your camera trying to establish a Wi-Fi connection or when it is ready to pair with the app. Here are some troubleshooting steps to fix this issue:
- Check if your Wi-Fi network is working, and make sure your camera is connected to it. You can check this in the Nanit app under “Settings” > “Account & Security”.
- Restart your router and modem by unplugging them for 30 seconds and plugging them back in.
- Power cycle your Nanit camera by unplugging it for 5 minutes and plugging it back in. Wait for the white light to stop flashing before checking the Nanit app again.
- If none of the steps above work, please contact Nanit support for further assistance
Is Nanit Safe?
Your Nanit camera is safe to use and has multiple security features in place to protect your privacy. Any flashing white or blue light on the camera does not indicate any security breach. This indicates that the Wi-Fi connection needs to be re-established, the reset was successful, or that the camera is ready to be paired with the app.
As we explained in our guide on baby monitor hacking, Nanit uses the most advanced encryption standard AES-256 bit encryption which is military-level encryption and has 2-factor authentication to ensure that only authorized users have access to your camera. It also regularly releases software updates to ensure that our security measures are up-to-date.
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Sandra W. Bullock is a highly skilled expert in baby safety, specializing in both indoor and outdoor safety. With her previous experience in retail support, she has successfully assisted numerous parents in installing essential safety equipment such as baby gates, cabinet locks, and outlet covers. Additionally, Sandra has collaborated with various child care facilities, providing valuable safety consultations and comprehensive training to caregivers.