Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera Battery Optimization: How to Extend Battery Life

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In this tutorial, we will discuss how to optimize the battery life of the Arlo Essential Spotlight Cameras. If you recently upgraded to the Arlo Essential Spotlight Cameras and noticed that your batteries are draining quickly, you’re not alone. Many users have experienced this issue, but with a few simple settings adjustments, you can significantly extend the battery life of your cameras.

Understanding the Problem

After upgrading to the Arlo Essential Spotlight Cameras, the user noticed that the batteries were draining within a few days, contradicting the advertised six-month battery life. Frustrated by this discrepancy, the user sought help from Arlo support and discovered that the issue was not related to updates but instead a settings problem.

Step-by-Step Process

To optimize the battery life of your Arlo Essential Spotlight Cameras, follow these steps:

Step 1: Accessing the Settings

Open the Arlo app on your Apple iPad or any other compatible device. Once opened, you will see your cameras displayed on the screen. In the bottom right corner, you will find a settings icon. Tap on the icon to access the settings.

Step 2: Adjusting Smart Notifications

Within the settings, locate the option for “Smart Notifications” and tap on it. On the following screen, you will find a list of your cameras. In this example, we will focus on the front door camera. Tap on the front door camera to access its specific settings.

Step 3: Customizing Detection Settings

Once you have selected the front door camera, you will see all the available detection settings. By default, all options are enabled, including detection of people, vehicles, animals, and other motions. This simultaneous detection of various objects and movements contributes to the quick draining of the batteries.

Step 4: Optimizing Detection Settings

To optimize battery life, customize the detection settings based on your specific needs. For the front door camera, the user wanted to detect only people and not vehicles, animals, or other motions. By deselecting these options, the camera will focus solely on detecting people, reducing unnecessary battery usage.

Step 5: Additional Options

There are additional settings that can further optimize battery life. The user had bushes near the camera, and the motion caused by wind triggered unnecessary detections. By turning off the detection of all other motions, including the movement of bushes, the camera will only focus on significant movements, such as people approaching the front door. If you have a subscription, there is an option called “Animated Preview,” which provides a picture of the detected motion. Depending on your preference, this option can be turned on or off.

Step 6: Applying Settings to Other Cameras

Remember that not all cameras will have the same settings as the front door camera. Each camera’s settings should be tweaked according to the specific needs and desired detection capabilities. For example, the user’s kitchen camera was set to detect only people and not vehicles or other motions.


By following these steps and customizing the detection settings of your Arlo Essential Spotlight Cameras, you can significantly extend the battery life of the cameras. Ensure that you optimize the settings for each individual camera based on its location and purpose. If you have any further questions or require assistance, feel free to comment in the section below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel for more helpful tutorials. We hope this guide has helped you in improving the battery life of your Arlo cameras.