Other than clean freaks, many of us dread cleaning the house, especially during our very hectic schedules. Roomba has made our lives so much easier. It utilizes autonomous technology to navigate clutter and vacuum it up automatically.
This amazing little robot cleaner uses Wi-Fi to clean up your house. But at times, your Roomba might face connectivity issues and not connect to Cloud/Wi-Fi at all! If your Roomba is not connecting to Cloud, here’s what you should do!
If the Roomba app says not connected, check if your mobile and Roomba are connected to the same network. You should also check if your Wi-Fi is working; you can do so by connecting it to another device. Moreover, to ensure maximum signals, place Roomba and the Home Base docking station close to the router.
How do I reconnect my Roomba to Home App?
Here are the simple steps to connecting your Roomba to the iRobot Home App!
STEP 1: Make sure you have everything you need
- Keep the charging station and robot insight.
- Make sure you have not forgotten your Wi-Fi password and name.
- Follow the iRobot instructions carefully to make sure that you have the proper network connection for your Roomba (some models don’t support 5GHz connectivity).
STEP 2: Make sure Bluetooth is on
- The iRobot app uses Bluetooth whenever it can to connect to the Roomba. If you haven’t turned on the Bluetooth, then the iRobot app will ask you to do so for the set-up process.
- You might be requested for location services. This is done so that your mobile device can safely detect the robot during the set-up process.
STEP 3: Placement of the Home Base charging station
- Make sure that the Home Base is placed somewhere with maximum Wi-Fi signal strength and coverage.
- The placement should be on a hard surface that is clean against a wall and has a clear path so that Roomba can return there quickly.
- Place the Home Base at least 4 feet away from the stairs to make sure your Roomba does not take a tumble down the stairs.
STEP 4: Give your robot a name
- Type in your desired name for the Roomba, and then press “Continue” to proceed.
STEP 5: Connect Roomba to your Wi-Fi
- The iRobot app will display the Wi-Fi you are using on your mobile on your iRobot app. Confirm that you want to use the same Wi-Fi network.
- For iOS: If you want to set up Roomba on a different network using an iOS device, select the Wi-Fi network in the iRobot Home App, then change the network in your mobile’s settings.
- For Android: To change the network for your Roomba using an Android device, select “Change Wi-Fi Network”, and select the network you want from the menu.
STEP 6: Activate your Roomba
- This step will turn on the internal Wi-Fi network of Roomba in order to allow your device to locate it. Roomba j7 does not have to go through this step, it does it automatically upon turning on.
Tip: If your Roomba cannot be found then reboot it by holding the “Clean” button till the light ring turns white and spins clockwise for 10 to 20 seconds.
- Place the robot on its base, press the home button and “SPOT Clean” button together, until you hear a tone in 2 to 5 seconds. With this;
- Some robots show a flashing green Wi-Fi icon.
- Others show a flashing blue light ring.
- Next, confirm the step you did in the iRobot app. Check the “I pressed the buttons” box and continue.
- Now your device should be able to detect your robot and enable you to control it.
If you aren’t able to connect to Roomba:
- Make sure you’ve met all the Wi-Fi requirements.
- Please turn off your mobile/cellular data and give it another go.
- You can also visit the Roomba Wi-Fi Setup Support for further help.
How do you reboot Roomba?
To reboot your Roomba, you will have to press and hold the “Clean” button as shown below for 20 seconds. When you release the button, the light ring will turn white and swirl clockwise, indicating the reboot process. The light ring will shut off once the reboot is complete. This process is for the 700, 800, and 900 series.
How do I make my Roomba discoverable? Step to connect it with a smart hub!
Connecting Roomba to Alexa
- Open the iRobot app on your phone and tap the “Settings” icon placed on the top left.
- Then, tap “Smart Home”.
- Tap “Works with Amazon Alexa”.
- Then, press the “Link Account” button. This will take you directly to the Alexa app. In case you do not have the app, it will lead you to the browser.
- There, tap the “Link” button.
- Once you tap the “Link” button, it will lead you back to the iRobot app.
Now, you will get a notification that Alexa has detected Roomba. If it still isn’t discoverable, then try the manual device search.
Connecting Roomba to Google Assistant
- Go to the Google Home app.
- Tap “Add” located at the top of the home screen.
- Then, tap “Set up device”.
- After this, tap “Have something already set up?”.
- Then, search for iRobot and select it.
- This will lead you to the iRobot app. Here, you will be asked to link up your accounts.
- A soon as you have confirmed, you will be lead to the Google Home app, where you can select your Roomba. Choose the room the Roomba is in then confirm your home address.
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Why does Roomba take so long to connect to Wi-Fi?
There are several reasons why your Roomba might be taking so long to connect to the Wi-Fi. It can be due to weak Wi-Fi signals, the Home Base being too far from the router, Roomba’s circuit issue, etc. You can fix this by following the steps given below!
- Place the Roomba on the Home Base, and make sure that the Home Base is plugged in.
- Now, check the lights on the Roomba and ensure that they are on.
- Try to connect to the Wi-Fi again.
If this doesn’t work, try the steps below.
Additional things to check:
- Check if your Wi-Fi is working by testing it with another device
Make sure that you are using the same network on your laptop or phone as you are for Roomba, to check the Wi-Fi. This test will ensure if your Wi-Fi is working and is strong enough.
- Check if the device is powered on
- Don’t just check if your Roomba is powered on, but also see if it is placed on the Home Base.
- Ensure that the Home Base is plugged in.
- Now, check if the lights on Roomba are on. If the lights are off, turn Roomba on by pressing the “Clean” button.
- Once you complete these steps, try connecting Roomba to the Wi-Fi again.
- You can do a factory reset on Roomba or reboot it
Sometimes, things can get a little messed up inside of the Roomba’s circuit. Factory resetting Roomba can help you fix this. You can perform a reset on the robot, but the method varies from model to model.
If your Roomba is the 900 series model;
- Hold down the “Spot Clean”, “Dock”, and “Clean” buttons simultaneously.
- Keep them down until the LEDs light up on the robot.
In case you own one of the earlier models;
- Press the same “Spot Clean”, “Dock”, and “Clean” buttons but do so until Roomba starts beeping.
- Now, reset your Wi-Fi router, make sure that all the steps are fresh.
- Once all of this is done, close the iRobot app and start the reset process again.
- Make sure the Home Base is close to the router
The further the router, the weaker the signals will be. Move the router closer to the Home Base, especially if Roomba keeps losing connection again and again.
The ideal situation is if the Home Base and Wi-Fi router are in the same room. If your home is double story, then put the Home Base directly above your router on the top story. This is a great way to get stronger signals if you have a double-story house.
- Take additional steps to get better Wi-Fi signals
If you have done all the steps above to ensure that your Wi-Fi is working, then either your robot’s Wi-Fi catching is defective, or your Wi-Fi signals are not consistently strong.
If there are multiple devices sucking up your Wi-Fi’s bandwidth, then make sure to reduce this number by checking the list of devices connected. It is best to disconnect devices that you use sparingly.
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Yes, you can use your Roomba without Wi-Fi. You just need to hit the clean button, and it will clean your home. Although, if you don’t use Wi-Fi, you will miss out on some of Roomba’s very cool features.
Without Wi-Fi, you can’t schedule cleanings through the mobile app remotely. You also won’t be able to customize cleaning features to your choice, nor will you receive the device’s mapping reports. Without the Wi-Fi, you can’t use the voice assistant either if you have connected Roomba to Google Assistant or Alexa.
You can use a Roomba without a smartphone, but it will be the same as using it without Wi-Fi. It will definitely clean your house once you press the clean button, but you will miss out on all the additional functions like scheduled cleaning.
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Only certain newer models of Roomba are Wi-Fi enabled such as Roomba 890, 690, 960, and 980. Your product manual will have the information as to whether your Roomba can be connected to the Wi-Fi or not. There is a Wi-Fi icon on the Roomba which will turn solid white once it is connected.
There are multiple robot vacuums that do not need Wi-Fi to run. You simply press the clean button, and they clean any clutter they detect. The tried and tested 600 series of the iRobot Roomba are great Robot devices that work without Wi-Fi and don’t have the option of Wi-Fi either.
Here’s a list of robot vacuums that do not need Wi-Fi to work!
- 614 iRobot Roomba
- 694 iRobot Roomba
- 690 iRobot Roomba
- 630 iRobot Roomba
- 650 iRobot Roomba
- 11S Eufy
- 11S Max Eufy
- 15T Eufy
- 30 Eufy
If Roomba is having trouble connecting to the cloud, there are multiple things you can do on your own instead of rushing to a mechanic. We’ve provided a detailed guide on all the possible fixes for Roomba not connecting to Cloud. Try each one out and we’re sure your Roomba will be back to normal!