How To Reset iRobot Roomba Vacuum?

To reset iRobot Roomba, hold the CLEAN button on your robot for 20 seconds. If you have a J series robot, hold the button for only 10 seconds. The light ring will spiral in white once you release the button. However, it may take up to 90 seconds for your robot to turn on.

With their Roomba line of products, iRobot produces some of the finest robot vacuums. These intelligent mapping robots have simplified our lives, yet even the best robot vacuums might occasionally experience problems (such as Roomba Can’t Find Home) or malfunctions and require some troubleshooting.

So, do you want to find out how to reset irobot Roomba?

This article will provide detailed instructions on resetting your Roomba, as well as suggestions and guidance on handling various issues you frequently run across.

Why Reset Roomba Robot Vacuum?

irobot roomba robot vacuum

Your iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner needs a software program to function like any other digital programmable device. 

If it suddenly stops functioning correctly or spins about without cleaning, it seems that there have been some problems with the programme.

It is recommended that you reset the Roomba to get rid of any extraneous data causing the issue and hindering its efficiency.

The following are the few main circumstances in which consumers typically need to reset the robot vacuum. 

These symptoms suggest that your robot is managing excessive data in its memory and needs some wiping out to clear unnecessary data.

  • Roomba doesn’t connect to wi-fi network.
  • Your Roomba automatically deletes the predetermined schedule.
  • Roomba doesn’t respond to commands and doesn’t function correctly.
  • You receive frequent error messages in the iRobot app.
  • The vacuum cannot fill the launcher.
  • The vacuum robot can’t carry out the cleaning procedure precisely.

When Shouldn’t You Reset Your iRobot Roomba?

While resetting does solve software glitches and can save you from dealing with a lot of robot errors, it can’t rescue you all the time. 

In some cases, it may even backfire. You want to make sure that you avoid creating extra troubles for yourself while seeking to solve a few. For that, always be sure whether the problem needs a factory reset or not!

A factory reset might be an ideal solution for a software issue, but not for the problems below.

  • That isn’t a wise choice if you attempt to reset your Roomba during an ongoing update. Updates take time and sometimes can take significantly longer than usual, so you must be patient and wait for the update to wind up. 
  • You can’t solve just any problem with a reset. An example includes your Roomba vacuum making noises. Voice generation is not something that the Roomba software can control. It has to be something mechanical, causing two surfaces to rub and produce the sound.

So, whenever you face a problem with suction on your iRobot Roomba, know that things are not in your control. (Check this post if your Roomba isn’t Charging.)

You should contact iRobot professionals for expert assistance rather than shooting arrows in the dark.

Settings That Get Lost After Factory Reset

Roomba’s factory resetting returns the device to its initial configuration. Simply put, it will appear as if Roomba has never been used before and has erased its memory.

This is typically done to fix software-related problems, troubles with wi-fi connectivity to your home network, or other unexpected issues.

However, you may lose important data settings and customizations during this process. To play safe, you can remember or note all the important settings to avoid any problems while setting up the device once again after the reset.

Following are the kinds of data and settings that you will lose once you reset your device:

  1. Language and time settings
  2. Cleaning settings and specific preferences
  3. Links with third-parties
  4. Imprint smart maps

When To Factory Reset Roomba?

You should do a full factory reset in the following cases:

  • If you want to sell your robot or give ownership of it to another person.
  • For troubleshooting, When standard methods fail, and you’re out of options, this can be used as a last-ditch effort.

How To Factory Reset the iRobot Roomba?

factory reset irobot

You can factory reset Roomba in two ways:

  1. from the iRobot® HOME App 
  2. from the iRobot Roomba itself

Remember that the factory reset will bring your robot vacuum back to the original factory settings. (1)

Factory Reset Through The iRobot® HOME App

You don’t need to perform the factory reset if your Roomba has minor problems. But if you received a used one from a friend or purchased it from an auction, a reset is the first thing to do. 

It is possible to fix problems like faulty batteries or non-spinning brushes that prevent the device from operating with a reset.

Here’s how to reset the iRobot Roomba through the iRobot Home App: 

  • Unlock your smartphone and launch the iRobot Home App.
  • Verify that the iRobot Roomba and the companion app are connected via the same network.
  • Locate and Tap settings icon inside the App.
  • Here, choose your device, and you will see the option appearing: remove/factory reset.
  • Tap Factory reset/ remove option.
  • Wait for some time, allowing the device to finish the process.
  • Now that your robot vacuum is reset, you can add it to your iRobot account again and set it up.

Factory Reset on a Wi-Fi Connected Roomba

To manually reset every iRobot Roomba, you must follow a different process. Each and every model has a different design resulting in different switch locations and indication types to suggest the reset completion.

Depending on the model, resetting your Roomba can be done relatively quickly. Please refer to the table below for specific instructions.

Roomba SeriesHow To Reset
Roomba Combo SeriesPress the reset button for 10 seconds.
You can find the button near on/off button.
Roomba 600 / 800 SeriesTo reset 600 and 800 series, press and
hold  the Dock, Clean and Spot Clean button.
Once you hear the beep sound,
the reset has started.
Roomba 900 SeriesTo reset Roomba 900 series, press
and hold  the Dock, Clean and Spot Clean
button until the LED light starts to flash.
Roomba E Series (E6)To reset E series, press and keep holding
the Home, Clean and Spot Clean button
for 20 seconds.
Roomba J Series (J7, J7+)To reset your Roomba, first remove
the dust bin. Then, press and hold the
CLEAN button for seven seconds until
you hear a tone. Finally, tap the
CLEAN button to confirm the reset.
Roomba S Series and i Series (S9, S9+, i7, i7+)To start the reset process, press and
hold down the Home, Spot Clean, and
Clean buttons simultaneously until you
see a light ring appear around
the Clean button.
Braava jetSimultaneously press and hold down
the Home, Spot Clean, and CLEAN buttons
until the white light ring around the tank lid
move in a twisting or spiraling pattern.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when you factory reset a Roomba?

A factory reset clears your Roomba’s personal data and settings, requiring you to configure it from scratch. The vacuum also gets deleted from your iRobot account. However, you can verify this in the iRobot app if you want to.

What does it mean to reboot Roomba?

Rebooting a Roomba is akin to performing a software reset on it. You can manually do a software reset or reboot using the buttons on your Roomba’s deck. While all user information, including logins, stored maps, and preferences, remains preserved after the reboot procedure, all your personal information will be erased from the Roomba’s program, iRobot app, and Roomba’s cloud storage if you perform a hard reset in the Roomba app.

Why is my Roomba not working?

If your Roomba is not working, there could be several potential causes. It could be due to a lack of power, improper setup or connections, the robot’s sensors being blocked, the robot’s filter being blocked or dirty, debris stuck in the wheels or brushes, low battery charge, failure of internal components like motors and batteries, or software glitches. It is important to identify the issue before you try to fix it, as each requires a different solution.


Giving the device a reset is the initial step in solving the problem if you’re confident that the Roomba unit is having software-related issues. You can either manually reset Roomba or do it through the iRobot app.

The reset process is simple to follow and takes little time, the problem is that only certain issues can be resolved by resetting your iRobot Roomba and you can’t constantly reset the gadget for all your problems. Avoid addressing the problem if you have little knowledge since it can do more harm than good.

Always have the customer care number handy, and you must contact a Roomba specialist if you don’t know precisely why your device isn’t functioning correctly.

Robbert Randy

Robbert is an expert in vacuums. He graduated from the University of Applied Science with a degree in Commercial Economics in 2019. He tests and provide troubleshooting tips to vacuum users on his website. He don’t do this for profit–he simply want to research the best models out there and share his findings.

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