How To Reboot Roomba

Is your Roomba not performing as expected? Experiencing connectivity issues or glitches? Rebooting your Roomba can help resolve common issues and improve its performance. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to reboot your Roomba and restore it to its optimal state.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rebooting your Roomba can help resolve common issues and improve its performance.
  • The reboot process varies depending on the Roomba model you have.
  • There are two types of resets: a soft reset and a hard reset.
  • A soft reset preserves user data, while a hard reset deletes all personal data.
  • You can reboot your Roomba through the iRobot Home app or using the physical button on the device.

Rebooting Your Roomba

Rebooting is a useful step to troubleshoot common issues with your Roomba. Depending on your Roomba model, the reboot process can vary. For the Roomba S and I series, you need to press and hold the “Clean” button for about 20 seconds. The light ring around the bin lid will glow white to indicate a successful reset. The Roomba 700, 800, and 900 series require you to hold the “Clean” button for 10 seconds, and the Roomba 500 and 600 series require you to hold both the “Spot Clean” and “Dock” buttons for 10 seconds.

If you’re not sure which model you have, consult the user manual or the iRobot website for specific instructions. Once you have successfully rebooted your Roomba, you can expect improved performance and resolved issues with connectivity or glitches.

Remember, regular rebooting can help maintain the optimal functionality of your Roomba. Schedule periodic reboots to keep your Roomba running smoothly.

Factory Resetting Your Roomba

If a reboot doesn’t resolve your issues or you want to completely restore your Roomba to its default settings, you can perform a full factory reset. This process will delete all user data, including schedules, maps, Wi-Fi connections, and preferences.

The method to perform a factory reset can vary depending on the Roomba model. For some models, you can use the iRobot Home app and go to “Product Settings” and select “Factory Reset.” For other models, you may need to follow specific button combinations to initiate the factory reset.


Factory resetting your Roomba is a more drastic measure than a simple reboot. It erases all user data and restores the device to its original settings. Only perform a factory reset if necessary and backed up your data.

Soft Reset vs. Hard Reset

When it comes to resetting your Roomba, it’s essential to understand the two different options available: a soft reset and a hard reset. These methods serve distinct purposes and have significant implications for your user data.

Soft Reset (Reboot):

A soft reset, also known as a reboot, allows you to refresh your Roomba without deleting any user data. This method is ideal for troubleshooting minor issues or improving performance without affecting your preferences or saved maps. By performing a soft reset, you can give your Roomba a fresh start while preserving your login information, schedules, and personal settings.

Hard Reset (Factory Reset):

On the other hand, a hard reset is a more drastic measure that completely wipes all user data from your Roomba, the companion app, and the associated cloud storage. Performing a hard reset is recommended when you want to restore your Roomba to its default settings or address severe issues that cannot be resolved through a soft reset alone.

By initiating a hard reset, you will delete all saved maps, Wi-Fi connections, schedules, and preferences from your Roomba. This action is irreversible and cannot be undone, so proceed with caution and ensure you have a backup of any vital data before proceeding with a hard reset.

Before resorting to a hard reset, it’s always wise to attempt a soft reset first. Not only does this preserve your user data, but it also allows you to troubleshoot most common issues. Only when a soft reset fails to resolve the problem should you consider a hard reset.

For a quick recap of the differences between a soft reset and a hard reset, refer to the table below:

Soft Reset (Reboot) Hard Reset (Factory Reset)
Refreshes your Roomba without deleting user data Completely wipes all user data
Preserves login information, saved maps, and preferences Deletes login information, maps, schedules, and preferences
Ideal for resolving common issues and improving performance Recommended for restoring default settings and addressing severe issues

Remember, always prioritize a soft reset to preserve your user data. A hard reset should only be used as a last resort when all other troubleshooting methods have been exhausted.


Rebooting Through the App

Rebooting your Roomba through the iRobot Home app is a convenient way to restart your device and resolve any issues. To get started, ensure that you have the latest version of the app installed on your mobile device. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, you can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play Store for Android.

Once you have the iRobot Home app ready, follow these simple steps:

  1. Launch the iRobot Home app on your mobile device.
  2. Navigate to the “Product Settings” section within the app.
  3. Look for the option to reboot your Roomba. It may be labeled as “Restart” or “Reboot.”
  4. Tap on the reboot option to initiate the process.
  5. The iRobot Home app will guide you through the rebooting steps, ensuring a seamless experience.
  6. Wait for the reboot to complete. This may take a few minutes.

Once the reboot is finished, your Roomba will be ready to resume its cleaning duties, with any previous issues hopefully resolved. Using the iRobot Home app to reboot your Roomba is particularly useful if you prefer controlling your device through your mobile device and enjoy the convenience of app-based management.

To further enhance your Roomba experience, make sure to explore other features offered by the iRobot Home app, such as scheduling cleaning sessions, checking cleaning history, and accessing helpful tips and troubleshooting assistance.

Roomba Model App Reboot Steps
Roomba S and I series
  1. Launch iRobot Home app.
  2. Navigate to “Product Settings.”
  3. Select “Restart” or “Reboot.”
  4. Follow on-screen instructions.
Roomba 700, 800, and 900 series
  1. Launch iRobot Home app.
  2. Navigate to “Product Settings.”
  3. Select “Restart” or “Reboot.”
  4. Follow on-screen instructions.
Roomba 500 and 600 series
  1. Launch iRobot Home app.
  2. Navigate to “Product Settings.”
  3. Select “Restart” or “Reboot.”
  4. Follow on-screen instructions.


Can Rebooting My Roomba Improve Its Performance and Make It Worth It?

Yes, rebooting your Roomba can definitely improve its performance and make it worth it. Often, a simple reboot can fix minor issues and optimize the robot’s functionality. So, if you’re wondering if a Roomba is worth it, giving it a fresh start might be the solution.

Rebooting Through the Button

If you prefer a manual approach to reboot your Roomba, you can do it using the physical button on the device itself. First, ensure that your Roomba is turned on and locate the “CLEAN” button on the top of the device. Press and hold the “CLEAN” button for at least 20 seconds, and then release it. Your Roomba will automatically restart and initiate the reboot process. This method is particularly useful when you are in close proximity to your Roomba and prefer not to rely on the app for rebooting.

It is important to note that when using the physical button to reboot your Roomba, you should avoid pressing any other buttons on the device. Pressing any other buttons may inadvertently initiate a reset and result in the deletion of your data. To ensure a successful reboot, simply follow the steps mentioned and be cautious with pressing only the “CLEAN” button.

Rebooting your Roomba through the physical button is a convenient option that allows you to quickly restart your device without the need for any additional tools or applications. Whether you encounter a minor glitch or need to refresh your Roomba’s performance, this manual reboot method can effectively address common issues and bring your Roomba back to working order.

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