Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera Battery Saving Tips

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In this tutorial, we will discuss some valuable tips to address the issue of Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera batteries dying too quickly. This guide specifically applies to the Arlo Essential Spotlight Cameras and aims to help users maximize their camera’s battery life. We will provide step-by-step instructions to adjust the camera settings and optimize battery usage.

Battery Drain Issue

After upgrading from the Arlo Pro to the Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera, some users may experience rapid battery drain, despite the camera’s advertised six-month battery life. This can be frustrating and raise concerns about the camera’s performance. However, it is important to note that the battery drain is not a hardware or software issue but rather a settings issue.

Adjusting Camera Settings

To resolve the battery drain issue, follow these simple steps:

  1. Accessing Settings: Launch the Arlo application on your Apple iPad or preferred device. Once the app is open, you will see a screen displaying your cameras. Proceed to the bottom right corner and tap on the “Settings” option.

  2. Enabling Smart Notifications: Within the settings menu, locate the “Smart Notifications” option. Tap on it to proceed. Here you will find a list of your individual cameras.

  3. Configuring Front Door Camera: Select the “Front Door” camera from the list. By default, all notification types will be enabled (represented by green checkmarks). However, this can contribute to excessive battery drain.

  4. Customizing Alert Types: To optimize battery usage, uncheck the boxes next to “Vehicles” and “Animals.” Since this camera primarily faces the street, focusing solely on detecting people is sufficient. By disabling unnecessary motion detection, you can conserve battery life.

  5. Handling Other Motions: Some users may have additional motion triggers, such as wind-blown bushes or insects near the camera. It is advisable to disable detection for these irrelevant motions as well. Simply uncheck the “All Other Motions” box.

  6. Animated Preview: If you have a subscription that enables the animated preview feature, consider disabling it. Although it provides a visual preview of captured footage, it consumes additional battery power. Toggle this option off for optimized battery usage.

  7. Configuring Other Cameras: Repeat the above steps for each camera individually, customizing the notification settings according to their specific positioning and requirements.


By adjusting the notification settings for your Arlo Essential Spotlight Cameras, you can significantly improve their battery life. By focusing on detecting only relevant events, such as human activity, and disabling unnecessary triggers, you can ensure that the cameras function efficiently and reduce the frequency of low battery notifications.

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Note: The information provided in this article specifically pertains to the Arlo Essential Spotlight Cameras and may not be applicable to other Arlo camera models.