How to Turn Off Roomba (All Models)


Disclaimer: There may be affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a commission if you purchase through the links, but there is no extra cost to you.

iRobot Roomba robot vacuum cleaners are meant to clean your homes on a regular basis, even on the daily. They are meant to always be on and not turn off. 

But what if you are going on vacation or moving to a new home, and want to turn it off? 

iRobot doesn’t make it easy to turn off the Roomba. Maybe it’s a good thing, so it won’t stop cleaning in the middle of a cleaning cycle. But there are times you will need to turn it off. I’ve gone through all the Roomba vacuums and found out how to turn them all off. 

The steps to turn off all Roomba models. 

Lithium-Ion Battery in Roomba

Quick note on the lithium-ion batteries that are inside each Roomba model.

Lithium-ion batteries must be transported under special conditions and precautions. If you are traveling on an airplane, you cannot check bags containing lithium-ion batteries and products.

Lithium-ion batteries need to be in your carry-on. Of course, carrying your Roomba onto the plane in a carry-on bag will not be convenient, so it’s best to take the batteries out and storing the batteries in your carry-on bag. 

If you are shipping anything with lithium-ion batteries, you will need to use ground shipping. There are occasions where you can ship lithium-ion batteries through air, but you should check the ever-changing shipping regulations

Turn Off Roomba 600 Series

For the Roomba 614, 670, 671, 675, 690, and 694 Models, there are no buttons on the Roomba itself that will turn off the Roomba. 

In order to turn off a Roomba 600 series model, follow these steps: 

  • Take the battery out of the robot vacuum. 
  • Place tape over the battery’s metal charging contacts. 
  • Put the battery back in as it was originally, with the tape still on the Roomba’s charging contacts. 
  • Put the battery door back on.
  • Store the Roomba in a cool and dry place. 

You can also store the battery and Roomba separately, but I like to use the tape, so I don’t lose the battery. 

Turn Off the Roomba e5 and e6

There are 2 ways to turn off the Roomba e5 and e6 models: 

Method 1 for Roomba e5 and e6

  • Remove the Roomba from the Home Base dock station.
  • Press and Hold down the HOME button for 9 seconds. 
  • All the indicators will turn off and an Audible Tone will sound to let you know it’s been turned off. 
  • Place the Roomba in a cool, dry location until you want to turn it on again. 

To turn the Roomba on again, plug the Home Base into a wall outlet. Then place the Roomba back on the dock to charge it.  

Method 2 for Roomba e5 and e6

  • Take the Roomba off the Home Base dock.
  • The CLEAN button needs to be lit up first, so press the CLEAN button once if it’s not illuminated already.
  • Press and Hold the CLEAN button for 12 seconds until you hear a Tone. 
  • Release the button and the Roomba is turned off now. 

Turn Off Roomba 800 and 900 Series

For the Roomba 805, 860, 866, 870, 877, 880 890, 960, 980, and 985 models, there’s only one way tot turn them off. 

  • Take the battery out of the Roomba.
  • Place tape over the Roomba’s charging contacts. 
  • Put the battery back in, while tape is still on the Roomba’s charging contacts. This will prevent the Roomba from turning on. 
  • Put the Roomba battery door back on.
  • Store the Roomba in dry, cool place. 

Turn Off the Roomba i Series

These instructions are to turn off the Roomba i1, i3, i3+, i4, i4+, i6, i6+, i7, i7+, i8, i8+ models: 

  • Remove the Roomba from the Home Base charging station or Clean Base dock. 
  • Press and Hold the HOME button for 10 seconds. 
  • All the indicators will turn off to let you know the Roomba has turned off. 
  • Keep the Roomba in a dry and cool location. 

Turn Off the Roomba j7, j7+

To turn off the Roomba j7 series robot vacuum cleaners, follow these steps: 

  • Take the Roomba off the charging dock. 
  • Tilt the Roomba so that One Wheel is off the ground.
  • Press and Hold the CLEAN button for 3 seconds. 
  • Once the indicator lights turn off, the Roomba will now be turned off. 
  • Place and store the Roomba in a cool and dry location.

Turn Off the Roomba s9 and s9+ Series

To turn off the Roomba s9 and s9+ vacuums, follow these steps: 

  • Take the Roomba off the Charging Station or Clean Base Dock. 
  • Press and Hold the HOME button for 10 seconds. 
  • The indicators will turn off to let you know the Roomba has turned off. 
  • Place and store the Roomba in a cool and dry location.

Here are other Roomba care ane troubleshooting articles that might interest you: