2019 Update

Although nearly a year old, all of the information in this article is still relevant. The ADT chime door alert can be annoying; scroll down to find out more. 


One of the most iconic features of an ADT home security system is the door sensor chime that rings throughout the house whenever anyone enters or exits. The chime is helpful in situations where you are home alone, or perhaps home with the kids, and want to have an immediate and reliable notification anytime someone enters or exits your home.

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    Here is a user’s guide to turn off ADT chime door alert. Things to keep in mind:

    • Turning your chime back on uses the same process as turning it off
    • If the chime feature is already active, you can turn it on by holding chime for 2 seconds
    • be careful not to hit any emergency buttons during this process

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    What is the ADT Chime?

    The whole point behind having a home monitoring system is to ensure that there is a reliable notification—ideally a loud one that will scare away any intruder—anytime someone enters your home unexpectedly. But the ADT chime is a bit different.

    Rather than functioning as an alert system for when your security system is armed, this chime is subtle, merely alerting you that the door has opened. Once the newcomer enters your home the chime stops.

    There is no loud and constant alarm. So essentially, it doesn’t function as any sort of deterrent for home intruders.

    There are plenty of situations where this little chime is helpful. When you are working in the back of your home or enjoying a quiet afternoon in your living room, knowing every time the door opens without having to actually keep your eye on the front door can be quite helpful. Parents with older children or teenagers often appreciate the chime as it provides an alert to the comings and goings of your kids.

    But there are times when this chime isn’t useful, too. Sometimes it becomes annoying. For example, when you are having a lot of guests over and the chime becomes disruptive to conversation as people are coming in and out of the house. Even if you disable the alarm the chime will still ring, so stopping the chime isn’t as easy as just turning off the alarm. You have to go into the security system and actually turn off this feature.

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    How to Turn Off the Chime

    Here is how you can turn off the chime on your ADT alarm:

    • Open the door on the front of the alarm and press the * button and the 4 button simultaneously.
    • When prompted, press the “chime” button for 2 seconds.
    • Close the door of the alarm

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    If you decide in the future to turn the chime back on you can do so by repeating the same process.

    Low ADT Chime Battery

    Another irritating alert you might receive from your home security system is a low ADT chime battery. This chime might be happening to let you know your backup battery hasn’t fully recharged. The chime could also be because of a recent power outage.

    In most cases, low battery alerts will make a beeping sound. You can silence them by pressing the [OFF] or [#] buttons on your panel’s keypad. Before silencing your alert, you should consult with ADT for guidance on where and how you can find a replacement battery for your system.

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    A Chime Contributes to a Secure Home

    There are plenty of reasons as to why it is useful to leave the ADT chime on when you are home or away. The chime will contribute to helping you have a safe home. The whole point of having a home security system is to make sure that your home is a safe place for yourself and your loved ones.

    Even if you think that your home is in a safe neighborhood, and that a security system is not necessary for the safety of your family, simple monitoring tools like this can be incredibly helpful in allowing you to manage the comings and goings of people in your household.

    If you decide to disable the ADT charm for a party or other purposes when there will be a lot of people entering and exiting the house, it is a good idea to turn it back on when you are no longer hosting company. The ADT chime is built into the system, so you might as well take advantage of what is available to you!

    If you don’t yet have a home security system, then having simple tools like this in your home could provide you with the added comfort and security you are looking for. Contact Protect America for a free quote!