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UniFi Protect - Manage motion detection and privacy zones

Learn how to configure camera zones to adjust motion detection behavior on your UniFi Protect system.

Camera zones overview

There are three different types of camera zone settings you can use:

  • Motion Zones tell the camera to recognize motion in specific zones and trigger certain actions, e.g. record footage and create motion Events for you to review later
  • Privacy Zones let you block out certain areas on the video recordings
  • Smart Detection (available for G4 camera series only) let you create Events for certain types of motion, e.g. when the camera detects a person

Set up motion zones

Motion zones are specific zones where the camera will detect and record motion.

To record the motion events and trigger motion alerts, the camera recording settings must be set to "Always" or "Motion Events".

For more information on the recording settings, see UniFi Protect - View camera streams and manage recordings.

To set up a motion zone on the Web UI:

  1. Go to Devices section and select the camera
  2. On the right side panel, select Zones > Expand Motion Zones > Add Motion Zone
  3. Create the motion zone area by clicking on multiple points on the screen (drag by the corners to adjust it)
  4. Adjust detection sensitivity based on your camera surroundings

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To set up a motion zone on the mobile app:

  1. Select a camera on the home screen
  2. Tap on the Settings icon (upper right corner) > Motion Zones > Add Motion Zone
  3. Create the motion zone area by clicking on multiple points on the screen (drag by the corners to adjust it)
  4. Adjust detection sensitivity based on your camera surroundings

Please note that indicating the recording setting to "Never" disables the motion event recording and motion alerts will not be sent to the mobile device or email.

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When setting up zones, you can adjust the zone sensitivity. The higher the value, the more sensitive the camera will be towards motion detected within the motion zone (i.e. it will detect smaller objects).

If you're getting an increased amount of motion events due to minor movements such as moving branches, reduce the sensitivity for the specific motion zone.

Set up Smart Detection

Smart Detection creates Events when specific types of motions, e.g. persons, are detected.

Currently Smart Detection only supports Person detection and will create an Event and notify the user if the camera detects a person within the Smart Detection zone.

Note that this feature is available only on our G4 series cameras and for now can only be set up and adjusted via the Web UI.

To set up Smart Detection zones:

  1. Go to Devices > Properties panel (for individual G4 series camera) > Recordings and enable Person detection
  2. Go to the Zones section, click Add new zone and name it
  3. Click on multiple points on the screen to create a motion zone area (drag by the corners to adjust it)
  4. Adjust detection sensitivity based on your camera surroundings

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Set up privacy zones

You can set privacy zones for each camera which would block recordings and view of those particular zones. In live view or recorded footage, the privacy zone will simply appear as a black zone.

To set up a privacy zone on the Web UI:

  1. Go to Devices section and select the camera
  2. On the right side panel, select Zones > Expand Privacy Zones > Add Privacy Zone
  3. Create the privacy zone area by clicking on multiple points on the screen (drag by the corners to adjust it)

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To set up a privacy zone on the mobile app:

  1. Select a camera on the home screen
  2. Tap on the Settings icon (upper right corner) > Privacy Zones > Add Privacy Zone
  3. Create the privacy zone area by clicking on multiple points on the screen (drag by the corners to adjust it)

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