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March 29, 2012
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Bypassing Alarm Sensors in a Home Security System

What Does “Bypass” Mean on Alarm Systems?

An alarm bypass means to deactivate sensors in one area of your home, while leaving the rest of your sensors active. Bypassed sensors are deactivated even while your system is armed. This allows you and your family to move freely throughout the deactivated zone without triggering your alarms.

For the protection of our customers’ lives, Frontpoint users cannot bypass life safety sensors, such as CO Sensor or the Smoke and Heat Sensor.

How to Bypass a Sensor with a Frontpoint System

Frontpoint Hub users can follow these steps to bypass sensors on their system:

    1. Open your Frontpoint app, and tap the hamburger icon to see the menu.
    2. Tap “Security System.”
    3. Tap the “Bypass Sensors” button and you will see a list of the sensors you can bypass.
    4. Tap the circle button to the right of the list item you’d like to select. It will turn green once you have selected it.
    5. Tap the check mark in the top right corner to save these changes.

Most of the time, sensor bypassing is a temporary solution, but in some cases, people do wish to bypass a zone permanently. In that case, simply bypass the sensor and do not reactivate it. You are the master of your system; no sensor’s bypass status will change without you prompting it.

How to Bypass Garage Door Sensors

We get a lot of questions about bypassing garage door sensors, since that’s an entryway that most people use frequently. With Frontpoint, it’s simple. Here’s how:

    1. Open your Frontpoint app, and tap the hamburger icon to see the menu.
    2. Tap “Security System.”
    3. Tap the “Bypass Sensors” button to see an option for your garage door sensor.
    4. Tap the circle button to the right of the garage door sensor.
    5. Tap the check mark in the top right corner to save these changes.  

How to Bypass Door and Window Sensor

This process is very similar to the garage door sensor bypass process. You just need to make sure you are choosing the correct door or window sensor, based on how you have named your sensors. Here’s how:

    1. Open your Frontpoint app, and tap the hamburger icon to see the menu.
    2. Tap “Security System.”
    3. Tap the “Bypass Sensors” button.
    4. View the list of named sensors until you find the sensor you wish to bypass. For example, you may have named your child’s bedroom door sensor differently than your own. Once you know which sensor you’re deactivating, tap the circle button to the right of that sensor.
    5. Tap the check mark in the top right corner to save these changes.

Reasons Why People Bypass Security Sensors

If you partially deactivate part of your security system, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having the system?

Nope. Let’s talk about why.

There are numerous reasons why you might want to do this, such as the following:

  • Let’s say you’re renovating your kitchen. You’ll have workers coming in and out of your home for several days, at the least. Of course you still want to keep your home secure during this time—but you also don’t want to have to go through the steps of canceling a false alarm every time a worker uses your kitchen door to grab supplies from their truck. The solution? Temporarily bypass door sensors in your kitchen. That way, your home remains protected—your security cameras are still rolling, your bedroom window sensors are still activated—but you don’t have to deal with unnecessary alarms.
  • Another example. Say you are dog-sitting your friend’s full-grown Great Dane in your home for a few days. Since Spot weighs more than 40 pounds, he will trigger your motion sensor when he struts through the living room. You don’t want to have to cancel false alarm after false alarm, simply because Spot is doing so much strutting. So you simply choose to bypass your living room motion sensor until you’re done dog-sitting.
  • Example three. On hot summer nights, you love to get a breeze through your bedroom, but you have a window sensor installed on your bedroom window. You’re home security savvy, so you know to arm your system at night and protect your home while you’re sleeping. But once you arm your system, your alarm will go off when you open that window. So you choose to disable your window alarm sensor. That way, you continue to protect your home and you get that nice summer breeze.

Other Helpful Information from Frontpoint

Alarm systems continue to evolve, and that’s a very good thing for homeowners: not only do these modern marvels do more than they ever did, but they are also easier and more intuitive to use. And while the home security technology platform has expanded to include interactive monitoring, smart home video, and even home automation features, there are still some basic alarm system functions that we should remember—and that we want to use when the situation calls for it.

Frontpoint is your best resource for the latest in security news, technology and the peace of mind that comes from protecting your home and family. With alarm systems that are safer, smarter, simpler, and more affordable, Frontpoint is more than just another alarm companywe’re the recognized leader in wireless home security all across the US.

You can always depend on us to give you the straight scoop, along with world-class service, whether you’re bypassing a sensor or setting up your Frontpoint system to send you texts or emails, or motion-activated video clips from your wireless cameras. Have a question about home security? Ask Frontpoint!

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Comments
Alan Draper
April 4, 2012 at 4:49 AM
This is great. I wasn't aware of this method of bypassing sensors. I will have to try soon. Thanks!
Peter M. Rogers
April 5, 2012 at 2:56 PM
You are most welcome, Alan. And of course, you know you can call the FrontPoint Support team with any questions. They are a great group of highly trained and professional folks who are known throughout the industry for giving excellent support on all our products and services. In fact, we seldom have any interactions with the tech people at GE Security or Alarm.com, because our knowledge base is so strong. Of course, since we are supporting customers across the entire US and Canada, we need to be good, and provide the solutions quickly and accurately.
Alan Draper
April 4, 2012 at 4:49 AM
This is great. I wasn't aware of this method of bypassing sensors. I will have to try soon. Thanks!
Peter M. Rogers
April 5, 2012 at 2:56 PM
You are most welcome, Alan. And of course, you know you can call the FrontPoint Support team with any questions. They are a great group of highly trained and professional folks who are known throughout the industry for giving excellent support on all our products and services. In fact, we seldom have any interactions with the tech people at GE Security or Alarm.com, because our knowledge base is so strong. Of course, since we are supporting customers across the entire US and Canada, we need to be good, and provide the solutions quickly and accurately.
Kartik
April 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Is there a mobile version of bypassing a sensor?
Peter M. Rogers
April 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM
Kartik - thanks for your excellent question. There is no manual bypass function for mobile devices or on myfrontpoint.com. However, arming remotely through the website or the mobile app will automatically bypass any sensors reporting open or trouble conditions (tamper, malfunction, etc.). Please let us know if you need any additional information and thanks again.
Erin
August 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM
Hello - Does arming the system in stay mode via my mobile app also bypass any sensors reporting open so that as long as I arm my system to stay via my mobile app and not the control panel, I can leave certain windows open at night without the alarm being triggered? Thank you.
Peter M. Rogers
August 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM
Thanks for the question, Erin- Please bear with me as this is a little difficult to explain.If arming the system remotely via the app in the stay or away mode, the system will automatically bypass any open sensors. However, the panel will beep and indicate any open sensor(s) for 5 minutes before the system will actually arm. Additionally, if arming the system remotely with no entry delay, open sensors will bypass immediately. Please let us know if this isn't clear enough, or you would like further explanation, and we will gladly help. And of course, please feel free to call our Support team - they are very good at these questions. Thanks again.
Kartik
April 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Is there a mobile version of bypassing a sensor?
Peter M. Rogers
April 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM
Kartik - thanks for your excellent question. There is no manual bypass function for mobile devices or on myfrontpoint.com. However, arming remotely through the website or the mobile app will automatically bypass any sensors reporting open or trouble conditions (tamper, malfunction, etc.). Please let us know if you need any additional information and thanks again.
Erin
August 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM
Hello - Does arming the system in stay mode via my mobile app also bypass any sensors reporting open so that as long as I arm my system to stay via my mobile app and not the control panel, I can leave certain windows open at night without the alarm being triggered? Thank you.
Peter M. Rogers
August 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM
Thanks for the question, Erin- Please bear with me as this is a little difficult to explain.If arming the system remotely via the app in the stay or away mode, the system will automatically bypass any open sensors. However, the panel will beep and indicate any open sensor(s) for 5 minutes before the system will actually arm. Additionally, if arming the system remotely with no entry delay, open sensors will bypass immediately. Please let us know if this isn't clear enough, or you would like further explanation, and we will gladly help. And of course, please feel free to call our Support team - they are very good at these questions. Thanks again.
Brent Simpson
April 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM
Is there a way to bypass a sensor indefinitely so you don't have to repeat this process every time you arm the system? Like a garage door sensor. I want to know if it's open or closed but i don't want it to set off the alarm if i just pull into the garage and don't get out immediately.
Peter M. Rogers
April 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM
Brent - Thanks for your excellent question. Yes, there is a way to do what you want - and it involves moving a sensor from one sensor "group" to another, so that different reporting properties kick in. I have asked our highly-regarded Customer Service folks to contact you on this matter, so they should be in touch soon. And please feel free to call them directly any time you have a question about your FrontPoint system. Thanks again!
Brent Simpson
April 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM
Is there a way to bypass a sensor indefinitely so you don't have to repeat this process every time you arm the system? Like a garage door sensor. I want to know if it's open or closed but i don't want it to set off the alarm if i just pull into the garage and don't get out immediately.
Peter M. Rogers
April 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM
Brent - Thanks for your excellent question. Yes, there is a way to do what you want - and it involves moving a sensor from one sensor "group" to another, so that different reporting properties kick in. I have asked our highly-regarded Customer Service folks to contact you on this matter, so they should be in touch soon. And please feel free to call them directly any time you have a question about your FrontPoint system. Thanks again!
Victor
April 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM
I found about this feature way back. Very helpful to use this feature when I have visitors in the house or If I want people to move around freely in certain areas of the house while everything is armed. I use this feature very often
Peter M. Rogers
April 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM
Victor - thanks! Nice to hear from you.
Victor
April 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM
I found about this feature way back. Very helpful to use this feature when I have visitors in the house or If I want people to move around freely in certain areas of the house while everything is armed. I use this feature very often
Peter M. Rogers
April 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM
Victor - thanks! Nice to hear from you.
Joe
September 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM
Your tips teel us that we can bypass a sensor (supposedly because GE equipment is amazing, as if no other equipment on the market includes this function), but the title of your posting is erroneous since nowhere in your text do your tell us the steps to take and the exact buttons to push to bypass a specific door or window. Please give us information and not sales pitches, unless you are directing us back to the Users Manual for every function.
Peter M. Rogers
September 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM
Joe - Here you go, and thanks for your comment. Here is the information. Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed. To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming): 1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code. 2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door. 3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor. a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line. To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming: 1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed. 2. Arm your system accordingly. 3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting “Open.” 4. Press the Bypass button. 5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.
Joe
September 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM
Your tips teel us that we can bypass a sensor (supposedly because GE equipment is amazing, as if no other equipment on the market includes this function), but the title of your posting is erroneous since nowhere in your text do your tell us the steps to take and the exact buttons to push to bypass a specific door or window. Please give us information and not sales pitches, unless you are directing us back to the Users Manual for every function.
Peter M. Rogers
September 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM
Joe - Here you go, and thanks for your comment. Here is the information. Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed. To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming): 1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code. 2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door. 3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor. a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line. To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming: 1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed. 2. Arm your system accordingly. 3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting “Open.” 4. Press the Bypass button. 5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.
Andy
September 12, 2013 at 2:59 AM
Maybe I am missing something. But how do you by-pass? This is how it looks on my computer: "How to Bypass a Sensor with a FrontPoint System Bypassing a sensor on a FrontPoint system is remarkably easy – thanks to the fact that we use GE Security components, the best wireless alarm equipment in the industry. They also have the easiest “user interface,” which results in fewer false alarms."
Peter M. Rogers
September 16, 2013 at 9:26 PM
Andy - Thanks for your question, and here is the information. Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed. To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming): 1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code. 2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door. 3. Press "OK" to bypass (deactivate) the sensor. a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line. To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming: 1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed. 2. Arm your system accordingly. 3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting "Open." 4. Press the Bypass button. 5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.
Andy
September 12, 2013 at 2:59 AM
Maybe I am missing something. But how do you by-pass? This is how it looks on my computer: "How to Bypass a Sensor with a FrontPoint System Bypassing a sensor on a FrontPoint system is remarkably easy – thanks to the fact that we use GE Security components, the best wireless alarm equipment in the industry. They also have the easiest “user interface,” which results in fewer false alarms."
Peter M. Rogers
September 16, 2013 at 9:26 PM
Andy - Thanks for your question, and here is the information. Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed. To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming): 1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code. 2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door. 3. Press "OK" to bypass (deactivate) the sensor. a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line. To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming: 1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed. 2. Arm your system accordingly. 3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting "Open." 4. Press the Bypass button. 5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.
TK
September 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM
Useless article; does not even explain how to by-pass. This reads more like shameless self-promotion and self-back-patting propaganda. I expect more from frontpoint (the leader, using the best, with amazing features). I get it, I am already a customer; just came here to get more info.
Peter M. Rogers
September 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM
TK – Thanks for your comment, and sorry for not being more specific. And thank you for being a FrontPoint customer! As for the Bypass instructions, here is the information. Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed. To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming): 1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code. 2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door. 3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor. a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line. To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming: 1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed. 2. Arm your system accordingly. 3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting “Open.” 4. Press the Bypass button. 5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.
James Milla
September 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM
I agree completely. Thought it would explain the directions on how to do it.
Peter M. Rogers
September 17, 2013 at 3:55 PM
James - see my reply the other comments for the actual instructions, and thanks for your comment.
TK
September 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM
Useless article; does not even explain how to by-pass. This reads more like shameless self-promotion and self-back-patting propaganda. I expect more from frontpoint (the leader, using the best, with amazing features). I get it, I am already a customer; just came here to get more info.
Peter M. Rogers
September 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM
TK – Thanks for your comment, and sorry for not being more specific. And thank you for being a FrontPoint customer! As for the Bypass instructions, here is the information. Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed. To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming): 1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code. 2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door. 3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor. a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line. To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming: 1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed. 2. Arm your system accordingly. 3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting “Open.” 4. Press the Bypass button. 5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.
James Milla
September 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM
I agree completely. Thought it would explain the directions on how to do it.
Peter M. Rogers
September 17, 2013 at 3:55 PM
James - see my reply the other comments for the actual instructions, and thanks for your comment.
Ryan
September 22, 2015 at 12:28 PM
I would like to know if a bypassed door or window beeps when you open it like it normally would. I want to bypass my window for fresh air at night but don't want to wake up my wife
Gilbert Cho
September 22, 2015 at 1:40 PM
Hi Ryan, you have nothing to worry about, bypassed sensors do not beep! Just make sure the sensor is closed when you disarm your system because it will start beeping again if it's open. Disarming ends all any bypass settings.
Karen
November 13, 2015 at 3:00 AM
Please tell us which arming choice we should make if we are arming the house for the night and we do not plan to go out. We have always used the 'armed stay' and I am assuming this is the correct one. 'Armed away' would only be for when we are away from the house? By the way, we love this system! Thanks!
Valerie Saponara
November 13, 2015 at 4:43 PM
Karen, it sounds like you've been arming your home properly at night and when you're away from the house itself. You could arm your system as "Armed Away" if you know that no one will be triggering any motions sensors or opening doors at night, but most people don't do this because they either wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom or have pets and don't want to accidentally trigger an alarming event. Thank you for this question and for letting us know how you feel about your system!
Sebastien
November 17, 2015 at 1:57 PM
Good morning, i have a tamper alarm and every so often, the panel beep 3 times to let me know. I then beed to hit status to make it stop... And then it does it again... How can i keep it quiet until it is actually fix?
Valerie Saponara
November 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Sebastien, this is not something you can do on your end, but our Support Team can quickly do this for you. Please reach out to our Support Team when you have a free moment and they can walk you through quieting that sensor.
Peter
January 31, 2016 at 6:47 PM
This is a fail. We should be able to clear it. My tamper alarm was from changing the battery. It shouldn't do that and I should be able to clear it.
Valerie Saponara
February 1, 2016 at 4:57 PM
Peter, clearing a tamper alarm is definitely something you can do yourself, however, we suggest you call us so we can walk you through that process since every sensor is different. A tamper signal comes from a sensor if it has been opened or something has moved inside the sensor itself. Unfortunately at this time this is not something customers are able to do through the smartphone.
Mark
November 22, 2015 at 5:42 PM
This article was a fail.
James
April 4, 2016 at 1:15 PM
Last night all night long I kept getting tamper reports on my cell phone. I got 17 of them through the night. I was home all night and nobody was tampering with the door, it was closed and I was trying to sleep. What's going on here? I'm concerned because I'm going out of town next weekend, and don't want this tamper alert going off if nothing is happening, but I do want it to go off if the door is opened. What do I do?
Katie Rynex
April 12, 2016 at 1:21 PM
James, we are going to have one of our Support Specialists reach out to you to help you with those tamper notifications. Thanks so much for reaching out and we look forward to speaking with you soon!
Carrie
July 7, 2016 at 2:48 PM
Is there a way to set the alarm in such a way that all alarms are on expect for one motion dector? I have tried pressing the bypass button but I keep getting a CDMA message. What does that mean?
Katie Rynex
August 1, 2016 at 7:55 PM
Carrie, we would like to have one of our Support Specialists reach out to you to address all of your questions however, we are having trouble locating your account. At your earliest convenience please email us at WeCare@frontpointsecurity.com with the name on your account. Thanks for reaching out and we hope to hear from you soon.
Greg
August 30, 2016 at 6:12 PM
Is there a way to arm a system and bypass sensors via mobile app rather than on the control panel. If not, I would love to see this feature added to the mobile app. thank you.
Katie Rynex
September 5, 2016 at 7:50 PM
At this time there is no option to bypass sensors from the Smart Phone app but our product team is diligently working to incorporate new and useful features to our application. Thank you for the great question Greg!
Charlie
September 18, 2016 at 6:26 AM
Is there a way to have the security system to say out loud, "front door open", or, "front door closed".?
Katie Rynex
September 21, 2016 at 2:26 PM
Thanks for the great question Charlie! This is absolutely a feature of the panel. In order to better assist you, we will have one of our Support Specialist reach out to you so they can walk you through enabling this. Thank you for reaching out and we look forward to speaking with you soon!
Julie
November 23, 2016 at 3:58 PM
Is there a way to deactivate the sound when a door with a sensor on it opens without bypassing it? We have dogs and the noise each time we open the door to let them out is making them a little crazy. I want the sensors to work but I don't need to hear the beep every time I open the door. Thanks!
Katie Rynex
December 14, 2016 at 1:39 PM
Julie, please give our Support Team a call at your earliest convenience and they would be more than happy to help you turn those chimes off so you will not hear the beep each time you open your doors. Thanks for reaching out and please let us know if you have any other questions!
Tucker
December 22, 2016 at 3:26 AM
Such a worthless article that has no instructions in it as only saying how "easy" it is. You have to scroll through the comments to find anything useful. Then it makes no sense to bypass an sensor you have to open the door/window/hatch while arming or do some other convoluted method after armed. I want to give Frontpoint a chance but you all are making it really hard.
Rhea
January 2, 2017 at 8:31 PM
My garage door periodically says garage door bypassed. Just today it alarmed while I was away but there wasn't an event. The people looking after my place said it kept saying "garage door open" but it wasn't open. I changed the battery recently. Any ideas
Katie Rynex
January 9, 2017 at 7:57 PM
Rhea, we are happy to see that you were able to work with our Support Team in regards to that Garage Door Sensor! Thanks for reaching out and please let us know if you need anything going forward.
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