How to Reset a Roomba


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Why would you want to know how to reset a Roomba?

iRobot makes some of the best robot vacuums with their Roomba line, but the best can also run into issues and robot errors.

Issues that aren’t easily fixable will need a robot reset to the original factory settings. The settings will be reset back to when you first took the Roomba out of the box. Other issues could be taken care of by a reboot procedure.

Let’s first take a look at reasons why you’d want to go through reset or reboot procedures on your Roomba. See if any of these ring a bell.

Why Reboot or Reset a Roomba

You may even want to reset the Roomba because you recently got it from a previous owner, so you need it to remember your home’s floor layout.

Another reason might be that you moved into a new house and want to reset the maps in the memory of the newer models.

In other cases, the Roomba has a Wi-Fi connection error or there are unexpected robot behaviors that will need a reboot in order to reestablish the connection. 

Whatever your reason, we’re going to cover how to reset a Roomba. Since iRobot has various Roomba series and different models, I’ll separate it by similar sets of instructions for models. I’ll also go through specific steps for individual models as needed.

Keep in mind that there are two types of Roomba resets – a Reboot (soft reset) and a Factory Reset (hard reset).

A reboot can be done manually on the device itself, and the factory reset is done through the iRobot HOME app.

One note if you perform the factory reset from the app. You’ll need to reconnect your Roomba as-if it was a brand new robot.

The reboot will only reset the Roomba, without erasing any data from the cloud or the app. The factory reset will restore the Roomba to factory settings (like a brand-new Roomba) and your data on the app and cloud will be lost.

Reset Roomba 600 Series

Roomba 614 Model

The 614 model doesn’t have Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can only reset it manually.

  • Turn the Roomba 614 on by pressing the CLEAN button
  • Press both SPOT and DOCK buttons at the same time for 10 seconds
  • Release them at the same time
  • Your Roomba will make the typical reboot sound and reset

Roomba 670, 671, 675, 690 Models

These models can be reset in two ways.

  • Reboot
    • Turn the Roomba on by pressing the CLEAN button
    • Press the “Spot Clean” and “Home” buttons at the same time for 10 seconds
    • Release both at the same time
    • The Roomba will make the typical reboot tone and Reset
  • iRobot Home App Factory Reset
    • Log in to your account
    • Go to “Settings”
    • Select the “Factory Reset” option that is next to your Roomba

Reset for the Roomba E5 (5150)

The Roomba E5 can be manually reset or through the iRobot Home App.

  • Reboot
    • Turn the E5 on
    • Press the “Home and Spot Clean” buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds
    • Release the buttons and the Roomba will play the reboot tone
    • Then just wait for the Roomba to finish starting up
  • iRobot Home App Factory Reset
    • Log into your account on the app
    • Go to “Settings”
    • Select the “Factory Reset” option
    • Wait for the E5 to restart

Reset for Roomba 800 Series

Roomba 805 and 890

  • Reboot
    • Press and Hold the CLEAN button down for approximately 10 seconds
    • Release the button when all the indicator lights turn on
    • The Roomba will make the reboot tone and Reset
    • Wait for the Roomba to start up
  • iRobot Home App Factory Reset
    • Log into the app
    • Go to “Settings”
    • Choose the “Factory Reset” option
    • Wait for Roomba to restart

Reset for Roomba 900 Series

Roomba 960, 980, 985

  • Reboot
    • Press and Hold down the CLEAN button for 10 seconds
    • The reboot tone will play
    • The Roomba will restart after the reset
  • iRobot Home App Factory Reset
    • Log into your account on the app
    • Navigate to the “Settings”
    • Tap the “Factory Reset” option
    • Roomba will reset and restart

Reset for the Roomba i3/i3+, i7/i7+, i4 Series

Roomba i3 and i3+, i7 and i7+, i4 and i4+, i6 and i6+, and i8 and i8+.

  • Reboot
    • Press and Hold down the CLEAN button for 20 seconds
    • Release the button
    • The White Ring Light around the CLEAN button will spin
    • The Roomba is now resetting and can take up to 1.5 minutes
    • When the White Ring Light stops spinning, it’s been reset
  • iRobot Home App Factory Reset
    • Log into your account on the app
    • Navigate to the “Settings”
    • Choose the “Factory Reset” option
    • Roomba will reset and restart

Reset for the Roomba s9 and s9+ Series

  • Reboot
    • Press and Hold down the CLEAN button for 20 seconds
    • Release the CLEAN button
    • The White Ring Light surrounding the CLEAN button swirls
    • Roomba is resetting for up to 1.5 minutes
    • Reset is complete when the White Ring Light stops spinning
  • iRobot Home App Factory Reset
    • Log into your account on the app
    • Navigate to the “Settings”
    • Choose the “Factory Reset” option
    • Roomba will reset and restart

What if My Roomba Still isn’t Working?

If your Roomba still isn’t working correctly after the reset, there’re a few things you should also check.

  • Check the battery, make sure it’s installed and connected correctly.
  • Check that your Roomba is charged and that it will still charge when docked.
    • If it is not, clean the charging contacts on the device and on the base and try again.
    • Check out the Roomba Won’t Dock and Charge article for more details
  • Check the Base unit and power cable is plugged in and in working condition.
  • Check and clean the side wheels for any dirt or debris build-up.
  • If your device has been unused and off for a long period of time, place it on the home base and allow it to fully charge.
    • Check that it’s charging by pressing the “Clean” button, it should light up if it’s charging.

If all else fails, take your Roomba to get checked at an authorized dealer. You might have to do a Roomba battery reset, replace the battery, or another interior part that is no longer working correctly.

Conclusion

These smart mapping robots are a tool that has made our lives easier. Sometimes, even these great robots need a little troubleshooting. A reboot or reset may be needed to continue to function correctly and keep our homes clean.

Source: iRobot

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