Baby Monitors

Fix For Night Vision Not Working on Baby Monitors (VTech, Motorola, Owlet, Yi, Nooie)

Ashley Davis

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Users of some of the best cameras and baby monitors such as Arlo, VTech, Motorola, Owlet, Nooie, Yi, Nanit, Wyze Cam, Lorex, and Ring have had issues with night vision not working. One of our most popular non-wifi monitor guides is a fix for Infant Optics night vision fix.

That aside, here are some quick fixes you can try with your camera if you are experiencing dark images/blank screen:

  1. Remove any visible light: By removing any visible light, the night vision in security cameras and baby monitors that have an automatically switching night vision mode can be turned on.
  2. Add an additional source of infrared LED: This fix is most ideal for baby monitors as you need to make sure that invisible LED light can illuminate your baby at night adequately and give you quality black and white images. You can use this $20 Univivi U06R with 8 infrared LED lights or this other called CMVision.

Night vision Not working on the security camera

Night vision not working metro 2033

Metro 2033’s night vision can fail and you may start seeing dark videos. To fix it, you need to make sure that your batteries are not out. You can reload the batteries by holding “f” while pressing LMB

Night vision not working on ring doorbell/ floodlight

Ring offers you the option to use night vision or flashlight on the Ring Floodlight, Doorbell or Spotlight cams. Some Ring cameras give you the option to illuminate using visible light when motion is detected or use near-visible infrared LED lights to illuminate.

If you are using infrared LED for your Ring Cam night vision and you start seeing blurry or dark images from your Ring Cam, the night vision may not be working as it should. Ring Cam automatically turns on its night vision feature and you should expect it to work without any manual intervention.

Below are the main steps that may troubleshoot your Ring cam when the night vision is not working.

  1. Make sure your camera is not exposed to some light that may make it not detect the low-light condition. If your Ring cam does not detect low-light then it will not activate the infrared LED lights
  2. Check to see if there is any problem with power supply. If you are using a battery-powered Ring Cam such as Stick Up Cam and night vision is not working, check to see if the batteries are out.

The video below describes how you can enhance images on your Ring Cam from the normal black and white to color images:

Hikvision Camera Night Vision Not Working

 Hikvision camera night vision not working

If your Hikvision camera night vision is not working the first step to troubleshoot is to find out if the Infrared light works fine. You can check this by covering the low-light sensor with a finger so it does not receive any light. Normally the IRs should glow red, make a clicking noise and then a few seconds later turn off. If it doesn’t you may have to replace the infrared lights or replace the entire Hikvision camera.

Yi Home camera night vision not working

The best fix for Yi Home camera night vision not working is to move the camera away from an array of visible light. The presence of light will make Yi Home camera not detect low-light conditions and will therefore not activate the infrared lights.

Night vision not working on Arlo camera

Arlo cameras such Arlo, Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2, Arlo Q, and Arlo 4K Ultra have been reported to have night vision problems. The problems manifest in dark or invisible blurry images on the Arlo app. The main problem that has been identified by several Arlo users could be with the infrared LED not being activated or your Arlo camera having power supply/battery issues. The solutions suggested below should fix the night vision for all Arlo cameras including Arlo Q. Below are some suggesting troubleshooting ideas to fix your Arlo’s night vision issues:

  1. Make sure you start by checking on the battery powering your Arlo camera. If you need to replace the batteries, it may be worth it as some users have had the battery replacement solve the Arlo night vision problem.
  2. Remove the Arlo camera that is producing blurry or grainy images from the base station. After removing it, do a resync This solution has been known to fix Arlo Q’s night vision problem.

Some users have had to send back their Arlo cameras to Netgear as the suggested troubleshooting ideas above could not solve some of Arlo’s night vision issues.

Night Vision not working on Nest cam

If the night vision of your Nest Cam is not working, you may not be able to utilize your camera as the images you’ll be seeing will be dark and blurry. If you see this, the night vision is having issues. These are the suggested things you can do to fix your Nest Cam night vision:

  1. Reboot the camera and restart it
  2. Check your battery to ensure that it is charged and supplying the required power to the camera and low-light sensor.
  3. Try adjusting from one of the night vision modes to another. For example, you can switch from ‘night vision on’ mode to ‘night vision off’ mode. After a few minutes, switch it back and see whether it fixes it.

You can also check out our detailed guide with 16 ways to fix Nest Cam night vision issues.

Amcrest night vision not working

Amcrest night vision may not be working if you can barely see its images. Users have identified that Amcrest may not be switching to night mode and therefore not turning on the night vision mode automatically. Unfortunately, there is no way to make it switch automatically and I suggest you reach out to Amcrest customer support.

If the night vision of your Blink camera is not working, you may see dark images and this should let you know that the infrared LED lights are not working.

Here are some suggested fixes for other cameras:

  1. Night vision not working on Swann camera
  2. night vision not working on lorex camera
  3. night vision not working on cctv
  4. IP Camera night vision not working
  5. ezviz night vision not working

Night vision not working on Baby Monitors

If the night vision on your baby monitor is not working, there could be several reasons for this issue. Here are some common causes and troubleshooting steps:

  1. Low Light Levels: Night vision on baby monitors typically activates in low-light conditions. If the room is well-lit or there is sufficient ambient light, the night vision may not engage.
    • Check the light sensor on the camera unit to ensure it is not obstructed by any objects. Clean the sensor and the camera lens with a soft, dry cloth to remove any dirt or debris that may be affecting its performance.
    • If the room is too bright, consider dimming the lights or covering windows to create a darker environment that triggers the night vision feature.
  2. Interference: Interference from other electronic devices or sources of infrared light can disrupt the night vision functionality of the baby monitor.
    • Move any infrared devices or sources of infrared light away from the camera unit to reduce interference. This includes remote controls, motion sensors, or other baby monitors that emit infrared light.
    • Ensure that the camera unit is positioned away from direct sunlight or bright light sources, as this can interfere with the night vision sensors. Check out this guide with 11 helpful ways to stop baby monitor interference.
  3. Camera Placement: Ensure that the camera is positioned correctly to provide an unobstructed view of the baby’s crib or sleeping area.
    • Check the angle and positioning of the camera to ensure it is aimed properly. Adjust the camera angle if necessary to improve visibility.
    • Make sure no objects are blocking the camera lens or infrared LEDs, as this can obstruct the night vision functionality. Here is a guide to help you position your camera well.
  4. Software Glitch: Occasionally, a software glitch or malfunction may cause the night vision feature to stop working.
    • Try resetting the monitor to its factory settings. Refer to the user manual for instructions on how to perform a reset.
    • After resetting the monitor, reconfigure the settings and test the night vision functionality to see if the issue is resolved.
  5. Hardware Malfunction: If none of the above steps resolve the issue, there may be a hardware problem with the camera unit or monitor itself.
    • Contact the manufacturer’s customer support for further assistance. They may be able to provide additional troubleshooting steps or recommend repair or replacement options if the monitor is still under warranty.

If your baby monitors such as VTech, Infant Optics DXR 8, Motorola, iBaby (iBaby M6, M7), Owlet, and Summer Infant, follow the suggested steps below to fix it:

Owlet camera night vision not working

If you are unable to see any images of your baby at night, your Owlet camera’s night vision is not working, and below are some suggestions to fix this Owlet cam’s night vision issue;

  1. Make sure you have the latest Owlet app
  2. Make sure your camera is not exposed to some light in the room as this may make the automatic night vision in the camera not turn on.
  3. Restart the camera
  4. Uninstall the app and install it again.
  5. Make sure Owlet cam’s charging is not working correctly.
  6. You can also try moving the router closer to the camera or camera closer to the router.

Bonoch Night Vision Not Working:

If your Bonoch Baby Monitor’s night vision isn’t working and turns dark, you should note that Bonoch has admitted that some of the units were defective and you may be eligible for a replacement unit.

how to fix bonoch baby monitor night vision

You need to share with them the serial number of your device and describe your problem clearly explaining that you’ve tried all the troubleshooting steps for night vision issues. You can reach Bonoch support using email or by filling out this form on its website.

Some common issues that have solved Bonoch’s night vision problems include moving the camera within the 15 ft range from the baby.

Also, ensure that the night vision is turned on. On the settings menu, you’ll find three options, Auto, On and Off. Make sure you select On. Additionally, check to ensure that the AC adapter isn’t damaged and that the camera is powered well.

Solving issues related to pixelation, flashing, screen freeze, or a black screen on the Bonoch Baby Monitor can often be addressed with a few simple steps. For pixelation, flashing, or freeze issues, the recommended solution is to turn off the monitor, use the reset hole located under the stand for a reset, wait for 5 seconds, and then turn the monitor back on.

If faced with a black screen, start by charging the monitor with the charger for at least 30 minutes, especially if it hasn’t been used for a while or the battery is completely drained.

Also, try using a different outlet or replace the charger, noting that the camera and monitor chargers are interchangeable. Similar to the solution for pixelation, a reset can be helpful for black screen issues as well; turn off the monitor, wait for 5 seconds after using the reset feature under the stand, and then turn it back on. Read more here on Bonoch’s website here.

You can also check out other suggested tips left on the Q&A section on Amazon’s page for Bonoch Baby Monitor here. Search ‘night vision’ on the Q&A search bar.

You should note that Bonoch comes with a 1-year warranty(refund or replacement) and lifetime technical support. The warranty terms do not apply to any product that has been subject to abuse, misuse, negligence, or accident.If you haven’t already, it may help registering your Bonoch monitor’s warranty here.

Infant Optics night vision not working:

We have explained in a separate post the fix possible ways you try to fix Infant Optics’ night vision problems. In summary, you should try to ensure the light sensor is working and if it is, make sure you change to Infant Optics DXR 8’s default lens. Change from zoom or wide-angle lens to the default lens. The third fix is to check to make sure the Infant Optics battery is working or at least charged. An unstable supply of power can affect the night vision feature and you should replace the battery if you need to.

We have a separate article on fixing Infant Optics’ night vision

How to Fix VTech night vision not working

The camera/baby unit from VTech is equipped with infrared LEDs, enabling clear visibility of your baby during nighttime or in a dark room. While some VTech cameras such as VTech VM981 turn on automatically when they detect low light conditions, some models require to be manually turned on. When the night vision mode is turned on and the infrared LEDs are activated, the images are displayed in black and white and can be viewed on the parent unit.

One of the key reasons VTech monitors may not turn on is that you haven’t turned on the night vision mode. To turn on night vision, follow these steps;

  1. Press Menu on the parent unit
  2. Use the front and back arrows to find the Night vision icon which is similar to an alarm clock and click select
  3. To turn on night vision mode, press the forward arrow(this key arrow_right_190722.png)
  4. Exit the menu by pressing the Menu button.

When you activate the night vision mode, it is completely normal to observe a brief white glare on your parent unit screen as the VTech camera unit adjusts to the low-light surroundings. A way to know if the infrared LEDs are working normally, the images will be displayed in black and white.

Below is the night vision icon on VTech cameras;

VTech camera night vision mode icon you'll press when turning on night vision mode

You can read more from VTech’s support page here.

If the night vision mode still doesn’t turn on, check for other possible issues such as low battery or a malfunctioning camera. VTech is infamous for its battery-draining tendencies, particularly when using night vision mode with LED lights that consume a significant amount of power, even on eco mode.

In case of a low battery, make sure to charge the parent unit and/or replace the batteries if needed. Ensure you get any of the compatible replacement batteries. If this does not fix the issue, try resetting your baby monitor by following these steps:

  1. Unplug the baby monitor from the power source
  2. Remove the batteries from both the parent unit and camera unit
  3. Wait for 30 seconds before plugging back in and re-inserting the batteries
  4. Turn on night vision mode again by following the steps mentioned above.

If your VTech baby monitor has a night vision mode that turns on automatically, make sure the camera is not detection some light. Lights turn the night vision mode off and will give you blank screen.

If the night vision on your VTech VM351 or VTech VM351-2 is not functioning properly(too dark or blurry), a system reboot may be the solution. To reset your baby monitor, start by disconnecting the power from both the parent and baby units. Then, unplug the battery on the parent unit for a minute. This should help resolve the issue and restore the night vision functionality.turn

If you are getting blurry displays on your VTech screen at night, make sure there you remove any surrounding interference such as bulb lighting that may deactivate the night vision feature.

VTech night vision fix
If the issue persists, you can call VTech customer service on 1.800.521.2010 or can fill out this customer support form.

4 Ways to Fix VAVA Baby Monitor Night Vision not Working:

If your VAVA Baby Monitor’s night vision stops working, or its screen becomes entirely black, likely, that the camera’s low light sensors are not activating the infrared lights for night vision mode. This can result in power supply issues.

Ensure the camera is powered:

Similar to Infant Optics, VAVA camera has 12 Infrared LEDs and a decent range of 6 ft which is enough to capture your baby’ even in pitch darkness. To troubleshoot this issue, it is recommended to first make sure that your camera is receiving enough power. Ensure that the power adapter is firmly plugged into both the wall outlet and the camera. You can also try using a different power source or adapter to see if that solves the problem.

Do a soft reset:

If the issue persists, try turning off the monitor. To do this, press and hold the power button on the baby monitor for 10-15 seconds. To turn on, press and hold the power button again for 10 seconds. If this does not work, you can try resetting the camera by pressing the reset button located on the back of the monitor. This will restore the factory settings and may solve any technical issues.

Do a Factory reset:

To do a factor reset, follow these steps;

  1. Press the menu button,
  2. Navigate to settings (gear icon),
  3. Select factory reset (arrow pointing to circle).
  4. Press the reset button.

Once the camera has been reset, it is recommended to test the night vision function again by following the initial steps mentioned above. If the issue persists, try these other suggestions:

Monitor rebooting:

  1. Disconnect the camera and disconnect AC power cables
  2. Turn off the baby monitor and unplug its power cables.
  3. Keep both the baby monitor and cameras turned off for 2-3 hours.
  4. After 2-3 hours, plug the power cables back in and turn on the baby monitor.
  5. Once it is fully powered on, connect the camera and turn it on. You should see a green light indicator at the bottom of the camera.

If those don’t help, reach out to VAVA’s support using this email;

VTech Baby Monitor not switching to night vision

If your VTech Baby Monitor is not switching to night vision despite being set to auto-switch mode, which should detect low-light conditions and activate night vision, the sensor may be receiving some light, possibly due to reflections, preventing it from activating night vision.

To resolve this issue, ensure that there are no light sources in the nursery and position the VTech camera in a way that avoids any light or reflections. Additionally, you may consider investing in a blackout curtain such as this Amazon Basics brand to ensure your nursery is pitch black. Make sure to remove nursery nightlights as well.

VTech Baby Monitor keeps switching to night vision:

If your VTech baby monitor keeps switching to night vision mode unexpectedly, there are a few possible reasons for this issue. Here’s how to troubleshoot and potentially fix the problem:

  1. Low Light Levels: VTech baby monitors are designed to automatically switch to night vision mode when the ambient light levels in the nursery become low. This ensures that you can still see your baby clearly even in low-light conditions, such as at night or in a darkened room. If the monitor keeps switching to night vision mode during the day or in well-lit conditions, it may be due to incorrect light level detection.
    • Check the light sensor on the camera unit to ensure it is not obstructed by any objects. Dust, dirt, or other debris may interfere with the sensor’s ability to accurately detect light levels.
    • Clean the lens of the camera unit with a soft, dry cloth to remove any dirt or smudges that may be affecting the sensor’s performance.
  2. Interference: In some cases, interference from other electronic devices or sources of infrared light may trigger the night vision mode to activate unexpectedly. This can occur if other infrared sources in the vicinity of the camera unit confuse the monitor’s light sensor.
    • Move any infrared devices or sources of infrared light away from the camera unit to reduce interference. This includes remote controls, motion sensors, or other baby monitors that emit infrared light.
    • Ensure that the camera unit is positioned away from direct sunlight or bright light sources, as this can also affect the monitor’s ability to detect light levels accurately.

Hellobaby Monitor night vision not working

To fix Hellobaby’s night vision, try this:

  •  Press the reset button then re-pair the camera and monitor. The reset button is on the back of the parent unit, open the stand of the parent unit and you’ll see the button behind it

How to Fix iFamily Baby Monitor Night Vision

The main issue I encountered with the iFamily Baby Monitor is that the image tends to be quite dark because the night vision doesn’t activate unless the room is pitch black. Another downside is that the camera sometimes struggles to switch to night vision at the right time, leaving you with a black screen and some days it doesn’t turn on at all. Unfortunately, you can’t manually switch back and forth between day and night vision mode.

Here are some ways that you can use to fix iFamily Baby Monitor night vision;

  • Use blackout curtains and position the camera in a location that gets the least amount of light from other sources such as windows.
  • Position the camera so it’s not facing any direct light sources or reflections.
  • Remove any light sources in the baby’s room such as nightlight and keep the room as dark as possible.
  • Consider getting a reliable night vision monitor such as this with color night vision images.

Night vision not working on iBaby monitor

According to iBaby’s website guide, they indicate that you can try to restore color of the camera of your iBaby M6 or any other iBaby camera and see if it fixes night vision. To do so, you can use the app: iBaby Care App > Settings > Display Settings > Night Vision

Nanit Night vision not working

If your Nanit night vision is not working, first check to make sure if the night vision mode is turned on. You can do this by going to the Nanit app and toggle the ‘Night Mode’ to ‘ON’. By turning it on, you get the Nanit infrared lights to work by illuminating your baby and sending images to the Nanit app. Other fix options suggested by Nanit include;

  • Update the Nanit app
  • Close and relaunch the Nanit app
  • Check Nanit’s network level
  • Move your router closer to Nanit/Move Nanit closer to your router
  • Make sure your Wi-Fi network is available and working
  • Switch between 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Check your Wi-Fi bandwidth

How to Fix Motorola Night Vision Not working

The presence of light can make your Motorola baby monitor not to activate its night vision mode.

Motorola brands such as Motorola Comfort 75 automatically switch to night vision mode depending on the light in the baby’s room and if the night vision is not working, the camera is likely detecting some light. Even minimal light like light from TV will make night vision not work. Try keeping the light-producing objects out of sight from the camera and if you have a nursery heater, keep it facing away from the camera.

If the room is dark and there are no light sources causing interference, then the issue might be with the night vision settings. You’ll need to adjust the settings on Motorola’s Hubble app.

Many frustrated users, including a parent on the Babycenter Forum, have found a solution to the issue of Motorola’s dark vision mode not working by adjusting the settings on the Hubble app.

Here is how to do it.

If the current night vision mode is set to ‘Auto’, you need to adjust it to ‘ON’. Auto mode utilizes low-light sensors that detect when it’s nighttime and activate night vision mode. However, these sensors built into your Motorola video monitor can fail and may have to opt for a more reliable way of manually turning on the night vision mode. By using the ‘ON’ setting, you’ll bypass the sensors and force the camera to turn on its night vision mode regardless of light levels.

Other users have found success resetting both the camera by unplugging it and plugging it back in. You just unplug the camera, wait at least 30 seconds, and plug it back in. It will reconnect to the paired monitor and night vision should start working again.

If all else fails, try this last method that I am highly skeptical of. Motorola’s support suggests this solution to users and it involves flashing light on your Motorola baby monitor camera. I believe this is supposed to activate the sensor and prompt the camera to switch to night vision mode. However, I have not personally succeeded using this method but you can try it.

According to their recommendation, you should shine a flashlight directly into the camera lens for approximately 30 to 45 seconds. Once this time has passed, remove the light from the camera’s view. Allow the camera a few moments to readjust, and then check the video on the monitor.

Check out our more comprehensive article on how to fix Motorola Baby Monitor issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will night vision work in daylight

Night vision mode cannot be used during the day

Will night vision work through glass

Unless you use exterior lighting, night vision wouldn’t work through glass. You can read more here.

Can night vision work in total darkness/pitch darkness

Yes, night vision can work in absolute darkness.