How to remove the Vivint door sensor?

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

There is a time when you may have to replace or change the door sensor of your Vivint security camera. The sensor is laser technology that tracks the movement around the security system. Anything that passes through this sensor is tracked and monitored for any unusual activity.

If the sensor matches the thief activity pattern around your home, it automatically triggers the alarm informing the owner about the situation. The sensor is susceptible. It operates 24 x 7 and provides you complete security.

Specially designed high-end batteries power the Vivint door sensor. These batteries require periodic replacement. Therefore, you may have to remove the Vivint door sensor to replace the batteries with a new one to activate your sensor again.

The battery’s life depends on the use of the sensor. If placed in the active zone, the sensor might consume more battery power to record the activity.

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How long does the Vivint door sensor battery last?

Generally, the batteries last for six to eight months. Ensure that your sensor is kept in the shadow in a place where no direct sunlight is hitting the system. The battery depletes faster than usual in the high-temperature area.

If the sensor is damaged and not working correctly, you can change the sensor with a new one—no need to replace the whole Vivint security system.

Before you decide to perform the replacement task, get the CR2 batteries to replace the batteries or the new sensors. You also require a flat head screwdriver to remove the screw.

Step by Step guide to remove Vivint door sensor

1) Disarmed the system:

The first step in the process is to disable the alarm and the whole system to prevent a false alarm. As soon as the sensor detects the activity around it, it will immediately alarm the sound. You can change the setting using your Vivint application and disable the alarm for the time being until you complete your work.

Also, let your family member or the people who have access to the Vivint system that you will perform a task. Else, they will think there is some wrong at your doorstep, and they will be worried about it.

2) Removing cap out of Door:

Now use the screwdriver for popping the sensor from the cap by removing the screw. Gently press the screw and remove it, moving the screwdriver anti-clock direction. The screw will come out quickly. Keep those screw aside somewhere where no will touch it. It would be best if you had them again when you fix the sensor back.

3) Remove the sensor:

Gently remove the case from the door system. The sensor will be sitting in the back of the circuit board. It will be attached with the wires. So carefully detach those wires and make the sensor free from the circuit.

4) Replacing the sensor:

If you plan to replace the sensor, then remove the old sensor from the outlet and fix the new sensor. Connect the wires as it was before to make the sensor work. Do not touch other wires in the system.

5) Slide circuit board back:

Once you have done with the sensor’s replacement, gently slide the circuit board back to the place. While doing that, check for the wires come out from the corner. Do not push hard until you ensure that no cables are trapped from the side.

Place the circuit board back in place and put the screw at its location—Double-check for any loose connection or anything unusual around the circuit board.

6) Reactivate the sensor:

Once you are done with all the hardware job, the final step is to reactivate the sensor. Use the Vivint application to activate the sensor and get the reading again. The Vivint application will indicate to you whether it is properly working or not.

If you find any problem, follow the above step and check for any loose connection or power connection to the system. There will be something that is missing, which needs to be handle manually.

Vivint Support team for doorstep service

People who are unwilling to conduct the hardware job can contact the Vivint support team for the doorstep service. The Vivint expert will reach at your home for the maintenance service. The expert will analyze the system for error any hardware problem.

All the data is majored in real-time to understand the cause of the problem. In case of upgrading the system, the exiting system data is transfer to the new system, and backup is taken to ensure no information is lost in the process.

Vivint’s team is consistently upgrading its technology. When you want to upgrade the existing sensor to a new, more advanced sensor, there will be an occasion. Therefore, consulting the Vivint team would make the upgrade process easy.

The whole replacement or upgrade process is managed professionally, and the task is completed in the shortest period to avoid any time loss during the maintenance. You can book the person’s appointment giving the team the required time to visit your place and understand the requirement.

Once the team has all the needed data with them, it would be easy for them to quickly perform the task.

Vivint door sensor lifespan

The Vivint door sensors are made of high-quality material and advance software. The whole system is working in precious syncing to perform the security task. The Door or the window sensor uses the laser beam to track any movement around your house.

 The laser is invisible to the eye producing high-end radio signals. The sensor immediately detects the activity in the system when something or someone crosses the sensors.

The sensor is connected to the two power sources that reduce failure. The first power source is the direct current that powers the whole system. The primary source is taken from the main grid.

Until the power is one and flowing smoothly, the sensor works without needing any other power source. As soon as the power is cut, the sensor turns on the backup power system generated from the inbuilt batteries.

The batteries are rechargeable and powers the sensors when there is an extended power cut in your region. The batteries can last for a few days to a week, depending on the sensor’s power consumption.

If there are too many activities happening around the sensor, the power consumption will be high, making the batteries last less than usual.

Hiring the local electrician for Removal of the Vivint door sensor

If the Vivint team is not reachable in the remote area, you can hire a local electrician for this job. The work doesn’t require much training, making it easy for an electrician to perform the task. You can guide them about the sensor and how the whole Vivint system works, especially the house’s automated alarm and design.

Before completing the job, turn off the alarm to avoid repeated alarm noise. Monitor the work of the electrician while he is performing the task. If you find anything that may break or affect the system, you should let the person know. As he is experienced in handling the wires and tools, he will handle equipment carefully.

 You can ask him to read the above-given steps before he starts working on the task. Let me understand the whole process; then, it will be easy for him to quickly get the sensor out.


There are various ways you can do the remove the Vivint door sensor. Follow the given step, and everything will work as per the plan. Do not forget to fix the panel properly to avoid it from breaking.

A small gap between the two panels will allow dust and humid air to enter the core system, which may damage the whole system over time.

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