How to Map a House with Roomba? (4 Key Tips)

Last updated on September 20th, 2023

Roomba is equipped with a smart feature, i.e., mapping. With this feature, a Roomba can learn about the layout of a room and can store the map in its memory. Thus the robot knows the carpet area, where the furniture is placed, and which area is empty in the room.

The robot then cleans the room according to the map stored in its memory. This process makes the cleaning faster, as the next time the robot does not have to scan the room again.

In this article, we will guide you on how you can map a house with Roomba.

How to map a house with Roomba?

How to map a house with Roomba
How to map a house with Roomba

To set up smart mapping in your Roomba, follow the steps given below.

  • Start a mapping run by clicking the map button on the home screen and selecting “Create New Map.” Now Roomba will explore the house.
  • After the mapping run, you can customize the Smart Map by naming it and setting the orientation.
  • Adjust room dividers to match your home layout.
  • You can clean another floor using the ‘Clean Everywhere’ job.
  • The Smart Map doesn’t update while cleaning, if you want to modify it you will have to start a new mapping run.

Mapping run feature of Roomba

The mapping run feature allows the Roomba to focus on mapping the environment instead of deep cleaning. It will move more deliberately and spend extra time navigating and capturing the layout.

  • If you are using the mapping run feature without the vacuuming, it will take approximately 2-3 outings for the Roomba to complete the map of your house.
  • However, if you use the mapping run feature alongside the vacuuming feature, it will take around 5-6 outings to fully map the entire area.

Roomba models with smart map

Smart mapping using the iRobot app
Smart mapping using the iRobot app

With the Smart Map feature, your robot can memorize your home layout and lets you enable customized cleaning by targeting specific areas in your house. However, not all models support this feature. The table below shows the Roomba models that support vSLAM technology and the advanced mapping feature.

Roomba ModelMapping Technology
Roomba i7+vSLAM
Roomba s9+vSLAM and Imprint
Roomba i3+vSLAM
Roomba 980vSLAM
Roomba 960vSLAM
Roomba i4+vSLAM
Roomba i6+vSLAM
Roomba models which support advance mapping

Please note that the availability of this feature may vary depending on your region. Make sure to check that your firmware version is 2.2.0 or higher.

How does mapping work?

Mapping using vSLAM Technology
Mapping using vSLAM Technology

The newer versions of Roomba models employ vSLAM (Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) technology and advanced sensors to map a house with increased accuracy and efficiency.

vSLAM technology utilizes cameras or a combination of cameras and other sensors to capture images as the Roomba moves. Using the machine learning algorithm, these images are processed to construct a detailed visual map of the house. In addition to visual sensors, these models incorporate advanced sensors like depth sensors, infrared sensors, and additional optical sensors to gather comprehensive data about the environment.

Tips for accurate mapping

A Roomba checking the map
A Roomba checking the map

A Roomba learns about the layout of your home as it moves. And here are some tips that you can follow so that the Rommba can accurately map your house.

Ensure a tidy space: Before mapping, remove any items that may tangle the Roomba or block its access to areas. Clear the floor of obstacles and put away objects like shoes.

Open doors: Open all doors to the desired cleaning areas, allowing the Roomba to effectively access and map those spaces.

Start from the charging dock: Begin the mapping process by placing the Roomba in its charging dock. This prevents confusion and ensures an accurate map.

Delete and retry if needed: If you notice significant portions of a room being missed or inadequate cleaning, you can delete the map and start the mapping process again.

How to fix the Roomba map not available?

Sometimes your iRobot app may display a message that the Roomba map is not available. In this case, you can try these solutions.

Check Roomba model compatibility: Ensure your specific Roomba model supports the map feature.

Update firmware and software: Keep your Roomba’s firmware and mobile app (if applicable) current.

Restart Roomba and mobile app: Power off the Roomba and restart both the Roomba and the mobile app.

Reset Wi-Fi connection: Reset the Wi-Fi connection on both the Roomba and your router.

Reset and remap: If necessary, perform a factory reset on the Roomba and initiate the mapping process again.

Contact customer support: If the issue persists, reach out to Roomba’s customer support for further assistance.


With smart mapping, you can make sure that the Roomba learns the layout of your house by going through every corner. This process may take a while, but once done, this process speeds up the vacuuming time of the robot. There are certain ways and instructions that you must follow that we have discussed above to get an accurate map of your house.

How long does it take for Roomba to map?

Roomba can learn about your home as it cleans. Generally, it requires approximately three to five mapping runs to generate a layout. Once generated, you can customize and utilize this map according to your preferences and needs.

Do you need smart mapping on a robot vacuum?
Yes, smart mapping is beneficial for a robot vacuum as it improves cleaning efficiency and navigation. But a robot vacuum doesn’t need to function effectively.

How do I get a clean map on a Roomba?

To obtain a clean map on your Roomba robot vacuum, begin by activating the mapping feature through the mobile app or settings menu, then start the Roomba and let it navigate to the desired area. Monitor the mapping progress and review the generated map once the Roomba completes its cleaning run.

Where can I see or find clean map reports in the iRobot home app?

To find clean map reports in the iRobot home app:

  1. Open the app and ensure your Roomba is connected.
  2. Go to the specific robot’s settings or control page.
  3. Look for the “Clean Map” or “Cleaning History” option.
  4. Tap on it to access the Clean Map Reports.

Does Roomba have a hazard recognition feature? 

Yes, some of the models like iRobot Combo j7+ are equipped with hazard recognition technology. This advanced feature allows the robot to identify and avoid potential hazards such as cords, headphones, and other objects.

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Mark Thompson

Hi I am Mark, the founder of Smart Home Bulls. Having spent 5 years immersed in the intricacies of smart home gadgets at a leading tech company, I decided to chart my own course side by side along with the job. Enter Smart Home Bulls – the result of my desire to simplify the smart living experience.

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