How To Resolve The Blink Home Security Camera Error Code 406

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Wondering what the blink camera error code 406 means and how to resolve it? If that’s right, it turns out you are not the only one doing so. Frankly speaking, many homeowners are tired of seeing this error code sometimes when they try to operate their Blink security camera through the manufacturer’s app. And the worst part is that they have no clue about what it means or how to resolve it.

The Meaning of The Blink Camera Error 406 Code

It means your virtual private network(VPN) is enabled on your mobile device where you have the Blink app installed.

How To Resolve Blink Camera Error 406

The good news is that removing this error code is a fairly easy undertaking. According to Blink’s troubleshooting page, turning off certain VPN settings or deleting the virtual private network software altogether will help resolve this problem.

The Blink app supports both Android and iOS platforms. Here are the steps to disable your VPN software on your Android or iOS smartphone to allow the Blink app to function seamlessly;


  1. Go to your smartphone’s settings.
  2. Tap “Network & Internet”.
  3. Tap “VPN”.
  4. Tap “Settings” next to the VPN you are trying to disconnect.
  5. Tap “Turn Off” to disconnect the virtual private network.
  6. You may also “forget” it if you want to. To do so, just tap “Forget”.

After disabling or removing the virtual private network, restart your Android device after which you can now launch your Blink security camera app without the 406 error code issue.


Unlike Android which only allows you to disable and maybe forget VPN software, iOS lets you turn off and even delete this software completely from your device. As said earlier, both disabling and/or deleting it on your iOS smartphone will help resolve the 406 Blink app error code.

Here’s how to turn it off or delete it from your iOS device, respectively;

Turning Off Your VPN from Your iOS Device

1. Go to the main settings screen on your iOS device.

2. Tap the VPN toggle to turn off the software.

Once you turn off the VPN, restart your phone and after which you’ll be able to launch your Blink security camera app without the 406 error code issue.

Deleting Your VPN from Your iOS Device

1. Go to “Settings”, followed by “General”, and lastly “VPN & Device Management”.

2. Tap the “i” button next to VPN.

3. Follow the instructions to delete the software.

After deleting the VPN, restart your phone after which you’ll be able to launch your Blink security camera app without the 406 error code issue.

Does The Blink Camera App Work With VPN Software?

The short answer is yes. This app will work with several virtual private network software without any issues. However, for the initial installation and setting up of the app, you’ll need to make sure that your VPN software is disabled or even deleted.

Once you’ve installed, set up, and launched the home security camera app for the first time successfully, you can now operate it even with the virtual private network. But if you still have issues with the VPN at this point, check your VPN server’s time zone, ensuring that it’s the same as your device’s time zone.

Oh, and as a side note, it’s always advisable to integrate a virtual private network into your Blink home security camera system. This will ensure that you access your security camera footage online safely. After all, VPNs offer high-level file encryption and protection firewalls that block potential unauthorized connections from hackers and other cybercriminals.

Final Thoughts

The Blink app offers a convenient way to watch or go through your Blink home security camera footage conveniently on your smartphone or any other device that supports iOS or Android. Unfortunately, this app will sometimes give a 406 error code instead of allowing the user to access it. This normally happens when you’ve downloaded and installed the app on your device, but haven’t completed the setup yet. And VPN software is normally blamed for it.

If your Blink app is giving you this error code and you have VPN software running on your device, all you need to do is disable the software and complete the process of setting up the app. After that, restart your phone, re-activate the software or launch the app without doing so. Your Blink app will be able to launch with or without the VPN running in the background.

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About James Beetie

James - a self-confessed nerd - has owned smart home equipment for close to a decade, and he loves communicating the best ways of setting them up... and resolving the various bugs and issues that you'll no doubt come across!