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Today a reader asked me how to view Blink XT cameras on a computer?
Blink XT, which was recently purchased by Amazon, does not have a direct way to view their cameras on a computer at this time. However, there are many different android emulators that will allow you to do this.
According to the Blink Support Forums, this is not possible as they do not have any software that will allow you to view them from your computer.
With that said, I have found that there are ways to accomplish this with an android emulator depending on your computer and how powerful it is. If you have a really old computer then the method that I will discuss here probably won’t work for you.
What is An Android Emulator?
An Android emulator is a virtual device program that you install on your computer. It emulates the environment from your phone or tablet. You can use an Android emulator as a platform to run and test your Android applications on your PC.
You can easily install an android emulator such as the Bluestacks App Player, or NOX. Once you have one installed it will have you login to your Google Account. Which will, in turn, allow you to access the Google Play Store and then you can install the Blink XT app to view your cameras.
If you are using a lot of blink cameras to monitor several different locations and you don’t want to have to login to different accounts all the time. The NOX player will suit your needs better. Once you install NOX on your computer it allows you to open 6 different instances of the software by logging into several different accounts.
I will go over the installation instructions for both Bluestacks and Nox briefly.
How Do I Install Bluestacks Android Emulator?
1. To kick this off you need to download the BlueStacks setup file from this link I mentioned above.
2. After you have it downloaded, just double-click on the setup file then click “continue”.
3. Now, click on “Install” button.
4. The installation may take a few minutes depending on how fast your computer is.
5. After installation is complete it will ask you to log into your Google account.
6. After you log into your Google account click on the search bar at the top and type in Blink XT
7. Click Install.
8. Once installed it will ask you to log in to the Blink XT environment.
9. Use the Blink XT app just as you would on your smartphone or tablet.
How Do I Install NOX Android Emulator?
Heads up, you will need to have a pretty powerful computer to run multiple instances of the NOX player. The video below will give you a full tutorial and step by step instructions on how to set up the NOX App player in detail.
I have read a lot of people complaining on online forums about the lack of support from Blink XT on this subject.
I am sure Blink is working on many aspects of their system to develop a better product for its users. All it took was a few minutes of research to come up with this answer.
So I thought I would take the time to share it with you. Please share the article with others who might be struggling with the same problem.
While you are here check out my review on how these cameras handle cold weather! Also, consider checking out some of our other smart home related articles like how to make your dumb air conditioner smart or how to make your dumb ceiling fan smart.