How to set up the Neighbors app from Ring

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Neighbors is a community-driven communication app from Ring that helps its users keep better informed of local safety issues and other goings-on. While this is a Ring-made app, you won't need a Ring product to use it. Setting up an account is completely free, and there are no fees or other costs associated with Neighbors. If you're already a Ring user and have one of the best Ring products, you can also find Neighbors inside the Ring app.

Signing up for Neighbors

If you're a new Neighbors user and don't intend to use Ring devices at this time, download the standalone Neighbors app from the Google Play Store (opens in new tab) or Apple Appstore (opens in new tab) for the devices you want to use it on. The Neighbors app is a safe way to connect to your wider neighborhood and stay informed.

The setup process is pretty straightforward. Sign up for a Ring account to get started and input your address to find your virtual neighborhood.

  1. Open the Neighbors app and tap Sign up.
  2. Enter your first and last name and tap Continue.
  3. Enter your email address and tap Continue.
  4. Create a password with at least 8 characters.
  5. Enter your phone number to sign up for 2-factor authentication. This ensures that your account remains safe, even if someone could guess your password.
  6. Enter your address by enabling location services or manually find it on the map.
  7. Once you've placed your pin, tap Confirm address.
  8. Tap Enter the neighborhood to complete your registration.

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That's it! Once you've finished creating your account, you'll be taken right into the Neighbors feed, where you'll see recent suspicious and criminal activity in your area, important local information like weather alerts or missing persons reports, and even community resources to help build a better neighborhood.

Neighbors also provides a weekly neighborhood crime report, which summarizes the last week of activity on one page.

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Helpful hardware

One of the best parts of Neighbors by Ring is that you can still use it even if you don't own Ring's products. Having a video doorbell can be a great way to keep track of your home, especially when you're not there, and you'll be able to capture footage of anything fishy to share with your community.

Nicholas Sutrich
Senior Content Producer — Smartphones & VR
Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it's VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he's been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu