How to Set Up a Roomba? (6 Easy Steps)

Last updated on February 15th, 2024

If you’ve got a new Roomba, the first question that you might ask is, How to set up a Roomba? If this is the case, then you’ve come to the right place, because we have created an easy-to-follow guide. With this, you won’t have any trouble setting up your new Roomba.

Setting up a Roomba involves the following steps:

  1. Unboxing the vacuum
  2. Setting up the docking station
  3. Charging the Roomba
  4. Installing the iRobot app
  5. Connect Roomba to Wi-Fi
  6. Setting up boundaries and barriers for Roomba

Unboxing the Roomba

The Roomba comes in neat packaging. It is usually a strong cardboard box that holds the vacuum. There’s a plastic handle at the top of the box for picking it up. The contents of the box vary from model to model. But all Roombas have the vacuum robot itself, a charging base, and a power cord in common. There’s also an instruction manual in each box. Take out all the contents and remove any protective coverings they might have. You can now start setting up your Roomba.

Charging the Roomba

Charging a Roomba
Charging a Roomba

To charge the Roomba, you have to first set up the charging station. The following section contains detailed information on how to do that. Once you have set up the docking station, manually align your Roomba on the dock.

Note: Make sure the charging contacts are correctly aligned.

Turn the power on, and your Roomba should start charging. The indicator light on the top of the robot will light up when charging starts. Different models use different colors of indicator lights. Let the Roomba fully charge for the first time. It should take around 2 to 3 hours. When charging is complete, the indicator light will turn on.

Setting up the docking station

Setting up the docking station
Setting up the docking station

There are certain things to note while setting up the docking station. They are:

  • Choose a spot near a charging plug
  • The spot should have good Wi-Fi coverage
  • It should be a plane surface without any inclination
  • It should be at least 4 feet away from the stairs
  • There should be 1.5 feet of free space on both sides of the charging station
  • Any furniture should not obstruct the front side and must have at least 4 feet of open spaces

Installing the iRobot Home app

Installing iRobot Home app
Installing the iRobot Home app

While your Roomba is charging, you can download and install the iRobot Home app. It is available for download on Android and iOS mobiles.

If you don’t have an iRobot account you will have to enter your first and last name, country, and email address and set up a password for your account.

Step 1: Download and install the iRobot Home app.

Step 2: Select your country and app language.

Step 3: Next, you will be directed to a login page where you can either log in to your already existing iRobot account or you can create a new account.

Step 4: Click on ‘Set up a New Roomba’ and follow the on-screen instructions accurately to add the right product to your app.

Step 5: After adding the vacuum, you will be directed to the ‘Confirm Network’ page. Here, you are asked to connect your Roomba to Wi-Fi.

Connect Roomba to Wi-Fi

On the ‘Confirm Network’ page, the app will show you the Wi-Fi network that your phone is currently connected to. If you also get a ‘Please note that Roomba does not support 5 GHz networks.’ error on this page, then you will have to switch your Wi-Fi bandwidth to 2.4 GHz.

Press on ‘Continue’ to be directed to the next page. Here, you have to enter your Wi-Fi password. Make sure you have it handy to feed it here. If your Wi-Fi doesn’t have a password, then leave the section blank and press ‘Continue.’ Now, your Roomba is successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network.

Setting up for use

Now all that is left is to activate your Roomba and set up your home to adopt the vacuum. To activate, you have to press and hold the appropriate buttons. Now which buttons to press will be indicated on your app because they vary from model to model. Once your Roomba is activated, you can set it out to clean. But not so fast. First, you must set up boundaries and clear the floor for your vacuum.

Setting virtual wall barriers and no-go zones

A virtual wall device placed on the door
A virtual wall device placed on the door

For those who don’t know, a virtual wall barrier is a small cuboidal device that creates a boundary for your vacuum. It uses IR beams to set out areas that the vacuum cannot cross. Your Roomba detects these beams and turns away from that spot.

If there are certain regions in your house where you don’t want your vacuum to go, you can set up these barriers. It could be around a food bowl, a vase, or a door that you don’t want the vacuum to enter. Set up these barriers before you let your robot out.

Alternatively, some models have an app feature to set up no-go zones. These are identical to virtual wall barriers, but they are set up virtually on the map in your app. You can’t do this until a map of your house has been created. So it’s a thing that you can do later. But till then, protect those areas with barrier devices.

Read a similar article: Can You Use a Virtual Wall with a Roomba?

Clearing the floor

The last thing left to do before you use your vacuum is clear the floor of all possible hazards. Several old Roomba models don’t have hazard detection features. So there’s a very good chance they will try to suck small objects inside. They could be socks, wires, small toys, or even pet poop. Make sure your floor is clear of all such tiny objects, and then you are all set to use your new Roomba.

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Sarah Williams

I love writing stuff that's easy to read and fun to learn from. Beaches are my happy place—I just can't get enough of the sand, the waves, and the salty breeze. And you know what else? I'm totally into smart home gadgets! They're like magic tricks that make life easier at home.

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