How to Arm a Security System: Stay and Away Modes

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You have to arm your security system to use it, we all know that. What many of you may not know is that there are two arming modes: “Away” and “Stay.”

Most security systems come with these arming modes. The two settings are very different and each are designed for different applications. We’re here today to explain in greater detail how “Away” and “Stay” function.

Empty Home – Put It “Away”

The “Away” mode is used whenever you leave the house and there’s nobody else home.

Arm your security system in “Away” before you leave and it’ll protect your entire home. Every single sensor of your security system will be armed – exterior sensors, such as Door/Window Sensors and Glass Break Sensors, and interior sensors, such as Motion Detectors.

Keep in mind that Motion Detectors are pet-friendly, as long as the pet doesn’t exceed 40 pounds. If you own a large pet, putting your system in “Away” might not be the best option. Instead, use the alternative.

Tell Your Security System to “Stay”

The alternative is putting your alarm system in “Stay” mode, which is used when you are home. Selecting this mode arms only the exterior sensors and not the interior ones. This allows you to freely move around your home, while still having protection on your doors and windows.

If you’re not comfortable having all your interior sensors unarmed, don’t worry. The “Stay” mode is customizable, allowing you specify certain sensors to remain armed even when in this mode. This is perfect for any areas in your home that you rarely passed through.

Bypassing a Sensor

Along the same lines, you can also arm your entire system while specifying that certain sensors remain unarmed. This is called bypassing a sensor and is easy to do with a FrontPoint Security system.

Straight from the Control Panel Quick-Start Guide:

“To bypass specific sensors while your system is armed, press the Bypass Button followed by the Master Code. Using the menu navigation buttons at the top right-hand corner of the panel, scroll to the desired sensor and Press OK.”

Bypassing a sensor is great for situations where you want to keep your system armed, but need to move about or access a certain room. Good examples include:

  • Keeping a specific window open while you sleep or want a cool breeze
  • Disarming a motion detector in your bedroom so you don’t set it off in the night
  • Disarming a motion detector in the room where your pet sleeps
  • Disarming a sensor in a room where you’re making repairs or renovations

More Ways to Arm an Alarm System

Arming your home security system has never been easier – or more convenient. The “Stay” mode allows you to move around your home uninhibited. There are multiple ways to arm your system as well, meaning there are no excuses! Arm your security system!

Are you taking advantage of the different arming modes? Share us your thoughts on the “Stay” and “Away” modes in the comments below!

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  1. Melissa R Smith

    Why does the alarm keep beeping when it’s in the “stay” mode? Or how long does it beep? My dog does not like the sound.

    • Katie Rynex

      Thats a great question Melissa! Upon arming the system, panel will beep for a full minute allowing you to open up any doors you need to before the system is completely armed. If you would like to silence the beeps, feel free to press the “silent” button to quiet the beeps, but be aware that this extends the 1 minute before the system is fully armed, to two minutes. We hope this was helpful!

  2. Kim

    “If you’re not comfortable having all your interior sensors unarmed, don’t worry. The “Stay” mode is customizable, allowing you specify certain sensors to remain armed even when in this mode.”

    How do I do this?

    • Katie Rynex

      Thanks for reaching out to us! We’re happy to see that one of our Supervisors was able to assist you with your questions. Let us know if you need anything in the future.

  3. Ann Sanderson

    To arm Away mode with NO delay do I press Away then *9? Also in Stay mode I also press Stay then *9 for NO delay, right.

    • Katie Rynex

      Ann, in order to arm in away mode with no delay you would press your “motions” button one time, followed by pressing the “Doors + Windows” button one time. To arm in stay with no delay, it simple requires to presses of the “Doors + Windows” button. We hope this was helpful.

  4. Tony

    If I have my system in armed stay with a 30 sec delay,if there was something to happen will my image sensor be active after that time has expired or will the alarm just sound if I am sleeping

    • Katie Rynex

      Great question Tony! In order for the image sensor to take a picture during an alarm event, you would need to set this feature up from your MyFrontpoint.com website. When this is enabled, the sensor will take a picture once an alarm is sounded. We hope this was helpful!

  5. Rene Daigneault

    It’s what I’ve been looking for the answer. Thanks for sharing this. Such a great info!

  6. Hannah

    At night, I set my alarm to the ‘Stay-No Entry Delay’ and it beeps really loud and sometimes wakes up my kids! I normally don’t remember to set the alarm until I’m lying in bed, so I set it through my app. The control panel is in the study as it is the central part of the house, so I would have to get up to press the ‘Silence’ button (and by that point, I’m comfy and don’t wanna!!) I understand that I can choose the ‘Silent Alarming’ option so it doesn’t beep, but my question is will there be an entry delay if I choose that option? It makes me feel safer knowing the alarm will go off as soon as the door is opened. So I don’t want to use the Silent alarming thinking there will be no entry delay, when in fact there is a 30 second entry delay.

  7. James Morris

    Great infomation

  8. Mohamed

    I looking for the same answer to this question, when I try to arm the system via my app there is two options silent arming and no entry delay
    I want to know what silent arming do?!?

    • Katie Rynex

      Mohamed, great question! Silent arming quiets those exit delay beeps while the system is arming. Thanks for reaching out and please let us know if you have any other questions!

  9. Jose

    hello I have a ? what is the difference between the arm (stay) silent arming, and the no entry delay?

    and it is possible to apply any of this in the keychain control?

  10. Denise

    My armed ‘stay’ mode still gives me a countdown to leave the house which confuses me.

  11. Sarah

    I was curious I get in my phone and hit arm stay no entry delay that means if someone opens a window it goes blairin right ? Well does it do the same on our glass break sensor ? Cuz our kids drop stuff a lot and I hear it make a noise when it’s not armed but will it go off blaring if its armed ? Or just beep that one time ? Also if I arm it to arm stay no entry delay from the panel do it hit it twice and do I hit the motion one even tho we have no motion just the glass breaks ?

    • Katie Rynex

      Sarah, if your system is armed stay with no entry delay and a Door Sensor or Glassbreak Sensor is tripped then the alarm will sound immediately. To arm the system in stay mode from your Control Panel, just press that doors + windows button 2 times and it will arm with no entry delay. We hope this answers your questions and ask that you please let us know if you have any other questions going forward!

  12. Pam

    Love my Front Point security system. The question I have; is there a way to bypass a window or door from the app on my phone?

    • Valerie Saponara

      Pam, at this time, bypassing a sensor through that smartphone app is not possible. Thank you for asking!

  13. Dave lachance

    I normally use the app to set my alarm when I leave the house (someone home or not) using the stay mode no entry delay . the away mode does not allow for the no entry delay (bad feature) to be set . My question is , when I set to the stay mode will my glass break sensor be active ?

    please advise very soon because I am at risk if they are not.

    thanks

    • Valerie Saponara

      Dave, that glass break sensor is just like your smoke and heat sensor- always on. They are connected to your system so that if they alarm, you will get notified, however they do not arm like all your other sensors. They are made to always be listening for a specific frequency of paneled glass breaking. Therefore, disarmed or armed, that sensor will alarm if someone breaks a window/glass door in your home.

  14. karen

    What if I put in the wrong code and push away. Will the alarm go off?

    • Valerie Saponara

      If your system is disarmed and you arm it in “Away” mode, it will arm. When you go to disarm the system, if you are putting in the wrong user code the system will just keep counting down your entry delay and after that time if you have not entered the correct user code in, your system will send an alert to our monitoring station and that is when they will call you. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  15. maria

    Always when I armed AWAY after some minutes the alarm started to ring. Im always pinic when im not at home

    • Valerie Saponara

      Maria, I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking us but we would be more than happy to have someone from our Support Team reach out to you and test out your system to ensure its functionality. At the moment I’m having trouble finding you in our system based on the comments you provided, so when you have a chance can you please email us at Wecare@frontpointsecurity.com with the full name on your account? Thank you!

  16. Jeff

    All I want to do is in STAY mode activate my motion detector in my basement. My basement has slider and several windows. So when we set it to STAY at night I want the motion detector in the basement to be active but I have not been able to figure out how to activate a motion sensor during STAY mode. If you could help it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thx

    • Valerie Saponara

      Jeff, thank you for giving us a lot of details with what you’re looking to do. This is something we can arrange so please just call our Support Team when you have a second or email us at wecare@frontpointsecurity.com with the name on your account and we can definitely help you out.

  17. JOSEPH MELLO

    Please make the away mode with NO ENTRY DELAY, for those app users.
    Thanks

  18. G

    As part of my initial inquiry into using FP or not, I was told I can customize the “Stay” and “Away” modes to select certain indoor or outdoor sensors to be activated (or not) during either of the 2 modes. Is this not possible? For example, I have a motion detector in my garage and would like it disabled during “Away” mode without having to bypass it every time (I or someone else will forget) and ultimately pull into the garage, sit in the car for a moment or 2 and forget the alarm is counting down. Really important feature…help?

    • Gilbert Cho

      Hi G, unfortunately, there’s no option to customize the Stay and Away modes. Disabling your garage’s Motion Sensor would require you to bypass it every time. We know this may seem inconvenient, but it ultimately it comes down to your security. We don’t want anyone to disable a specific sensor for one of the modes and then forget that they ever disabled it, creating a hole in their home security.

      Hope this helps, and I apologize if this isn’t the answer you were looking for.

  19. Mike

    Would be nice to be able to schedule arm/disarm at a certain time of day. We had this feature with ADT before we made the switch.

    • Liz

      I’d also like to love a scheduling feature. Is this something that frontpoint is planning to add?

  20. DotKoolAid

    We use stay mode all the time. At night when we are asleep, when my mom is watching my kids (young), she puts it one since she doesn’t answer the front door during these periods, when I am watching the kids and I need to shower. We almost exclusively set it to no delay as well during these periods. Just an extra level of comfort considering we have a mix of glass break, door/window, and motion detectors. What would be nice, considering I use the mobile app and my wife uses the keyfob, would be an easy way to set it to away/no entry delay. Why give the bad guys an extra 45 seconds. Make them nervous now! (as far as I know, the disarm delay in notification is still there but the alarm sounds immediately).

  21. DotKoolAid

    We use stay mode all the time. At night when we are asleep, when my mom is watching my kids (young), she puts it one since she doesn’t answer the front door during these periods, when I am watching the kids and I need to shower. We almost exclusively set it to no delay as well during these periods. Just an extra level of comfort considering we have a mix of glass break, door/window, and motion detectors. What would be nice, considering I use the mobile app and my wife uses the keyfob, would be an easy way to set it to away/no entry delay. Why give the bad guys an extra 45 seconds. Make them nervous now! (as far as I know, the disarm delay in notification is still there but the alarm sounds immediately).

  22. Rauls

    This is more of a request or suggestion, but it would be nice to have the “away” with a no entry delay for those users that use the app. I think this will minimize if not even eliminate the time an intruder will have to ransack your home. Thank you

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Rauls – thanks for your comment. We looked into this suggestion, and it’s a good one – but as of today “away with no delay” is not a feature that the app currently supports. The only way to arm in the mode you describe is from the panel itself. You can of course disarm with the app when you return. We have put this idea on our list of “things customers want” for Alarm.com, and since they have been very good about enhancing their services on a regular basis, we are cautiously optimistic that your suggestion will be included in a future release.

  23. Rauls

    This is more of a request or suggestion, but it would be nice to have the “away” with a no entry delay for those users that use the app. I think this will minimize if not even eliminate the time an intruder will have to ransack your home. Thank you

  24. Lee

    is there anyway to make a custom mode e.g., to deactivate a certain sensor in away mode, without having to change it everytime you arm the system in away mode.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Lee – thanks for your excellent question. At this time there is not a way to do what you suggest, as “custom” modes do not exist within the GE Security hardware platform. You would need to manually bypass the sensor in question each time you arm the system – and it appears you are already aware of this option. It’s possible that future software revision of the control panel may allow what you suggest, but at this time, the option does not exist. Thanks again for your question.

  25. Lee

    is there anyway to make a custom mode e.g., to deactivate a certain sensor in away mode, without having to change it everytime you arm the system in away mode.

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