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Motion Sensor

  • Question: Can I use it outdoors?


Sorry, YoLink Motion Sensor is not weatherproof and waterproof. If it is used outdoors, wrap it and keep it away from rain or water.

The outdoor motion sensor is under our roadmap, it will be released next year.


  • Question: I want to put your Smart Motion Sensor in the back of my mailbox that’s about 600 feet away. What would say is the maximum distance?


In an open environment, the maximum communication distance between the device and the Hub can reach 300 meters (1000 feet), and obstacles (walls, etc.) will reduce the communication distance of the device.


  • Question: Does it work on HIGH ceiling?


The installation height of the YoLink Motion Sensor is 3-4m for Ceiling.


  • Question: I want to turn off the switch after a few minutes of no motion inactivity in Alexa, any suggestion?


Please confirm you can set “Time to enter No-Motion state” in YoLink app. If not, please update the firmware.

Please note the time to enter No-Motion state needs to be in addition to the No Motion time in the Alexa app.

For example, if you set the “Time to enter No-Motion state” to 3 minutes in the YoLink app, and in the Alexa app you choose when Motion Sensor detects no motion for 5 minutes. The total reaction time will be 8 minutes.

Because YoLink APP will send data to the cloud when the No-Motion State is over 3 minutes, then Alexa will use this time as the start.

You can create routines to turn off your Switch when the Motion Sensor detects no motion for 5 minutes at Alexa app.

If you set “Time to enter No-Motion state” to 3 minutes in YoLink app, then the total time will be 8 minutes when there is no motion. That is to say, your YoLink Switch will be turned off when there is no motion for 8 minutes.


  • Question: I am trying to trigger my smart motion sensor if no motion for 1 hour …or if sleeping will motion still pick up?


First, as long as motion is detected in the detection area, the YoLink motion sensor will trigger a “motion alert” regardless of whether it is sleeping.
Secondly, regarding the state change of the YoLink motion sensor between “Motion alert” and “no motion”, first you need to set the “Time to enter No-Motion state” of the motion sensor on the YoLink APP (please update the firmware of the motion sensor to 040a.)
After the movement is detected, if no movement is detected within the “Time to enter No-Motion state”, it will change from “motion alert” to “no motion”;
After the motion is detected, if motion is detected in the “Time to enter No-Motion state”, the state remains unchanged.


  • Question: Is there any way to brighten this light and control how long it stays on?


Really sorry, the light of motion sensor can be not adjusted.


  • Question: I see your Motion Sensor has a “Working Temperature: 0°C~50°C (32°F~122°F)”. Do you have anything that works down to 0F or -5F? This sensor really not useful to half the country that gets below freezing temperatures.


YoLink motion sensor is designed for indoor using in normal household temperature. As a result, it can work in a cold environment but its function may be affected.
We have optimized and developed a new outdoor YoLink Motion Sensor, which can be used in the range of 0F to -5F. It has adjustable sensitivity and has more functions, but it will be released next year.


  • Question: What is the best way to set this up on a mailbox?


If you have a metal mailbox, just put it completely inside the wall of the mailbox, the motion sensor will have a magnet, so you can fix it on the wall of the mailbox. If you have a wooden mailbox, you can paste the round metal sheet that comes with the sensor to the inner wall first, and then place the sensor.


  • Question: Could this work inside a plastic mailbox for mail detection? How could I focus the detection beam so it doesn’t trigger every passing car?


First, place the YoLink Motion Sensor in the mailbox. When the mailbox door is closed, the Motion Sensor is in a regular monitoring state, and an alarm will be detected when the mailbox door is opened.

Second, vehicles usually do not trigger alarms, but airflow may cause Motion Sensor alarms.

Please note:

  1. The Motion Sensor is not waterproof, please keep it away from rain, wind, and sunlight.
  2. The Motion Sensor should be placed so that movement is across the sensor instead of straight into the sensor and away from sources of high or variable heat such as AC vents and lights.


  • Question: Can you disarm the sensors when you are in the home?


YoLink Motion Sensor does not make audio alarm itself, it will only send push notifications. But it works with Alexa, so you can create routines to get voice notifications.
If you want to disable notifications at home, you can turn off the alert or set “Do Not Disturb” in the YoLink app.


  • Question: Can you use lithium batteries in the detectors?


No, the Motion Sensor is powered by 2*AAA Alkaline batteries.


  • Question: The motion sensors can be hung somewhere or do I have to stick/screw it in somehow?


The Motion Sensor with built-in magnets can be directly installed on metal objects. Alternatively, you can remove the double-sided tape and stick it to the place to be monitored.


  • Question: Are your motion detectors PIR or active?


YoLink motion sensors are PIR.


  • Question: I am interested in your motion sensor, any guide? 


YoLink Motion Sensor will alert you if someone enters your home. After the first alert, subsequent alerts will be sent every 30 minutes if the motion sensor keeps detecting motion. One exception is that if someone stays still in the room for more than one minute, another alert will be sent when the person starts moving again. Please watch the following video for how to set up the Motion Sensor


  • Question: We are working on creating automation routines with your motion sensors and IFTTT. While the app notification only occurs when the motion begins, IFTTT receives an identical trigger when the motion starts and stops. This makes it extremely difficult to work with. Can this second trigger be disabled, made optional, or somehow distinguished from the initial motion trigger?


The “motion” and “no motion” option is already available for the YoLink App and Alexa routines.
Previously, customers could choose motion sensor – trigger as the condition at IFTTT App, but after the IFTTT updates in recent days, now customers can only choose the devices.
We are working with the IFTTT team to fix this issue.

Every time we update the server and cloud software to support a new feature for IFTTT, it took weeks or more from IFTTT to pass all the processes to release the new feature for IFTTT.
And now IFTTT started charging customers a monthly fee for more than 3 Applets. We recommend our customer use the Alexa or YoLink automation feature for free instead of IFTTT subscription.


  • Question: Just received my YoLink Hub with two motion sensors and alarm from Amazon. How do I pair two motion sensors to the alarm? Alarm is not going off it is active.


There are two ways to link Siren Alarm with your Motion Sensors – Automation and Alarm strategy


  • Question: It is getting signals here in the house, but I want it for my mailbox. Distance is maybe 60 – 75 feet. Signal intensity is Good (-113dBm)


The signal intensity is not good.
First, the closer the data is to 0, the stronger the signal. The communication is stable between -30 ~ -80.
Second, the iron and closed environment have strong interference to the signal.
Could you please kindly adjust your Hub location and the motion sensor to ensure the signal intensity?