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Re: IFTTT Arlo does not generate video’s

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JohanC Aspirant
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Hi, I have several recipes that are triggered by smart home products (ring bell, door sensors etc) that generate IFTTT triggers. However, although the recipe runs, nothing seems to be recorded by Arlo. At least I cannot find it back in the Arlo library. But when I look at another video and swipe to earlier recordings, there is something there but looks like it only recorded a picture... Anybody any thoughts on why it shows this behaviour and does not seem to record video images? Tx,

Model: VMB3000|Arlo Smart Home Security
JamSam Star
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Full disclosure I am not using IFTTT with Arlo, but the behavior you describe is consistent with viewing live (versus recording) in the app. The screen capture updates but no recording exists in the library. In the app you have to hit “record” after hitting “play” to capture what you are viewing to the library. Not sure if this is something you can work around or not.

Foil Aspirant
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I’m having the same problem. It appears when using IFTTT they don’t show in the library until you select another video (that was created by Arlo motion, rather than IFTTT) and then swipe you can see the IFTTT generated one. However no play controls and just a still image. So it seems it’s just taking a snapshot even when you configure the IFTTT rule to record video. This started happening in an iOS update for me) sometime in January. Support have no idea and just go through level 1 troubleshooting advice (FYI I did it all and even created new Arlo and IFTTT accounts and tried another phone) So now I’m just hoping a future update will fix it. 😞
JohanC Aspirant
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Hi, you describe exactly my problem :-). I'm glad it's not just me (thought as well about setting up everything again from scratch). And indeed, I already thought that it was working before - and thus related to an update (either iOS or Alro FW). Let's hope Arlo fixes this issue, because like this the IFTTT integration is worthless...

Thanks!!

Dn2015 Guide
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@JohanC @Foil   I too am having the same exact issue.  Had IFTTT triggers set up and working perfectly up through Jan/Feb.  With third party devices triggering video recording with my Arlo Pro cam.  It does seem to be a issue after an iOS update.  If you try to playback the IFTTT videos on desktop or Android devices,  it would work fine.  Another workaround is if you filter your library on an iOS device (but only to see the thumbnail and hear audio).

 

I have already informed @JamesC  about this issue, so he is aware of the problem.

 

If you guys are triggering using Gmail service like I am though, it seems that functionality from Gmail may be ending soon with a Google API update that is taking place at the end of March.

 

https://developers.googleblog.com/2018/10/elevating-user-trust-in-our-api.html

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Foil Aspirant
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Looks like the last iOS update release a day or so ago didn’t fix it. I’ve tried uninstalling and clearing the library etc (all the steps support has previously asked me to do). So IFTTT triggered recordings do show up if you set the filter to show them and still no play/stop controls like a still image. However not sure if this recently changed yet I can download the still image to the camera roll and it will play as a video. Weird. So it’s recording properly just the app is still broken when it comes to being able to play them?!
Foil Aspirant
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Another iOS update and yet again these guys can’t fix it. So rather than contact support yet again and go through the tedious garbage of troubleshooting steps that go absolutely nowhere again, I’ll return the camera.
Coko Aspirant
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I was am Having this issue on Android. Ifttt runs recording recipes but library doesn't list recording.
Coko Aspirant
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Appears to be an issue with selecting library from device in app. If I go to library filter for all cameras AND any non-ifttt recordings exist for the date then I see the IFTT videos are listed as well for the cameras that only have ifttt recordings for the date.
MikeDDD Aspirant
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not sure if this issue has been solved. I just notice my arlos are having the same issue. I originally found the issue with my smartthings integration. it has been working fine for a long time, and recently noticed the arlo cam does not record when a door contact sensor or motion sensor triggers it.  Verified with IFTTT, same things. it seems the IFTTT/Smartthings has send out a request to request no problem, just the Arlo does not record once receive the request. the clip is not shown in the library. 

 

edit: (if the information is useful to someone,) it seems every time the smartthings send a request to Arlo, it changes the Arlo Mode from whatever you set to "Disarm", not sure why.

 

dejhom Star
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Yep, I am having this issue as well.  It has started on August 31, 2019 after running flawlessly for a very long time.  Is very frustrating, as it is the external trigger that is most important to me, not built in motion detection.

Foil Aspirant
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First had this issue earlier this year. And as you can see a posted quite a few times on this thread.

I went on a long journey with arlo support (not to sound too dramatic here!) that was so frustrating with resetting cameras, creating new arlo accounts, escalations to second level support that never resulted in anything. Waiting for people to get back to me. When clearly it was their iOS app (that they refused to acknowledge or even look into).

That’s okay if they choose not to, yet don’t advertise it works!

I’m in Australia and was able to return the two cameras I had by telling the store it was not “as advertised” and got money back.

Shame really as they were pretty cool cameras but waiting so long was just not worth it - this would be a simple fix for them that makes it even harder to understand why they ignore the users that already purchased, instead directing attention to new user/plans sign ups.

I hope it works out eventually for anyone having the issues now and the more people post the more chance they will at least take a look.
macmus Guide
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I can confirm that trigger for recording stoped working.

It can be only triggered from by Arlo iteself. 

 

It same issue for IFTTT and SMT (smartthing alarm).

dejhom Star
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Yes, same.  I'm actually really annoyed about it.  I have spent 2 days on line with support who have had me adding, removing, resetting, etc, etc.  But it is really just a waste of time because it is clear that as of right now, it will not accept a recording trigger from IFTTT.  And I can't get an answer about whether this is just a temporary down or if they are no longer supporting the function.  

rbondi Tutor
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I'm also experiencing this problem.  IFTTT Record on the hour feature worked up until August 30, 2019 for me.  I have a ticket with Arlo support and a case number as of Sept 4, but haven't heard anything back.  Best guess is this at least a by product of their separation from Netgear and numerous other changes in progress.  It's very annoying.

dejhom Star
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Yes, I think your best guess is right on the money.  Seems too much of a coincidence in timing to be anything else.

 

I haven't heard anything back from support for couple of days, you had any response yet?

jamarkie Aspirant
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I am also having issues with this. IFTTT worked great with my wireless tag motion sensor. As of 8/30/19, nothing records through IFTTT. Applet says it is running, and motion detector works, but no arlo. I also have it set up where when the motion detector detects motion, the front light turn on. The light work, but the camera does not, so it seems clear to me that this isn't an IFTTT issue, despite Arlo customer service telling me it has to do with IFTTT.

Model: VMC4030P | Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Camera
macmus Guide
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Pluings on both IFTT and ST are maintaned by Arlo.

 

It's their fault they have not tested that properly with 3rd party.

rbondi Tutor
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No, I haven't even seen an initital response following the generation of a case number for this IFTTT no longer generating Arlo recordings issue.  This is my first attempt at using Arlo support.  I guess there isn't any.  I suppose it will just take enough people complaining for them to actually fix it.

Shazzam Aspirant
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Same problem here.

 

IFTTT triggered recordings were working until August 30th 2019. No longer works.

 

Arm/Disarm still works via IFTTT

Model: VMB4000 | Arlo Pro/Pro2 Base Station
rbondi Tutor
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After 3 weeks, I finally received a response from Arlo on my Sept 4 case I submitted.  They acknowledge multiple users are reporting this issue and at least appear to now be working on it.  So, this is incremental progress.  All the support questions seemed to surround my phone specifics and app.....I do most of my Arlo management through the browser interfaces on  a desktop computer, so most of that seems irrelevant.

Gron Guide
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This is not a problem with the Smartthings or IFTTT the problem lies with Arlo. The situation broke at the same time on different platforms. Works with Smartthings load of BS!

Model: VMC4030P | Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Camera
dejhom Star
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Yes, I have gone back and forth with support so many times, it is a bit ridiculous.  It is clearly a problem when they have changed from Netgear to Arlo.  

 

Not sure how to spell it out any plainer for them.

 

At the moment, IFTTT will accept triggers from Arlo Cameras motion sensor.

 

However ARLO will NOT accept a record signal from IFTTT

 

Therefore cannot use a separate sensor to trigger recording.  The workaround was to just leave the Arlo camera in armed mode, and have IFTTT tell me when the other sensor was triggered and then look at the Arlo video from that matched the time.  Yes, I can do that, but the Arlo camera is on a busy street and ends up getting triggered every 30 seconds, and therefore runs the battery down at a ridiculous speed.

macmus Guide
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Is it gonna be fixed or it's a new "feature" ?

IceBearWatches Aspirant
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As of 2019-10-06 This appears to still be an issue - which is just great as I had JUST hooked up a SMARTHTHING/IFTTT integration that does does. Confirmed that IFTTT gets the update (last active date revs) but no recording appears to happen. 

 

THATS THE SUCK