How to Send Roomba Back to the Docking Station in 2023?

Last updated on April 15th, 2024

Roomba automatically returns to its docking station after completing one cleaning cycle. But there are ways to bring it to its initial (home) position before it has completed a cleaning cycle. This process can be done in three ways. In this article, we will explain those ways so you don’t have to lift it up from the ground.

Importance of sending Roomba back to the dock

There are several reasons to send Roomba back to the dock station.

  • Firstly, it ensures that Roomba is always ready for the next cleaning session, as it automatically charges when docked.
  • Secondly, docking prevents Roomba from getting stuck in hard-to-reach areas or running out of battery during a cleaning cycle.
  • Last, but not least, it helps to maintain the longevity of your Roomba’s battery.

Read a similar article: Charging Roomba without Docking Station?

How to send Roomba back to its docking station?

How to send Roomba back to Docking station
How to send Roomba back to the Docking station

There are three convenient methods you can use to send your Roomba back to its docking station:

  •  Manual control (using buttons on Roomba)
  •  Using the iRobot Home app
  •  Using a virtual assistant (i.e., using Amazon Alexa)

How to send Roomba back manually?

How to send Roomba back to the dock manually
How to send Roomba back to the dock manually

Roomba can be manually brought back to its docking station by pressing the “Home button”. It is a straightforward process without relying on automated commands or additional devices. Here is how you can do it.

  • Locate the physical docking station.
  • Press the “Dock” or “Home” button on Roomba or the docking station.
  • Monitor Roomba’s progress and clear the obstacles in Roomba’s path.
  • Confirm Roomba’s return by checking the docking station’s indicator lights.

In order to send the Roomba back to the dock station, there is a specific button on the Roomba that needs to be pressed.

Roomba ModelButton To Press
Roomba 600 SeriesDock
Roomba 800/900 SeriesHome
Roomba i SeriesClean
Roomba s SeriesClean
Roomba j SeriesClean
Home Button for different Roomba models

How to send Roomba back to the dock using the app?

How to send Roomba back using App
How to send Roomba back using the App

This process is a bit easier as it involves using the iRobot Home app. This solves the hassle of physically locating the Roomba and pressing the Home button on it. Here’s how to do it.

  • Firstly, download the iRobot Home app. It’s available both on the Android Play Store and the iOS app store.
  • Ensure that the Roomba and the app are connected.
  • Open the Roomba app on your mobile device.
  • Select the Specific Roomba device.
  • Find the “Dock” or “Home” button on the app.
  • Tap the button to send Roomba back home.
  • Monitor the returning progress on the app.
  • Confirm Roomba’s return to the docking station.

Which Roomba model supports app connectivity?

App connectivity support may vary based on the specific Roomba model. The table below provides a general overview of the app connectivity support available for each Roomba.

Roomba ModelApp Connectivity
Roomba 675No
Roomba 614No
Roomba 690Optional
Roomba 960Optional
Roomba i3Optional
Roomba i3+Optional
Roomba s9Optional
Roomba s9+Optional
App connectivity support for different Roomba models

How to send your Roomba back using Alexa?

How to control Roomba with Alexa
How to control Roomba with Alexa

If you have an Alexa-enabled device, you can conveniently send your Roomba back to its docking station using voice commands. This is also a convenient method to operate the Roomba. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Ensure that your Roomba is compatible with Alexa and that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet and navigate to the “Skills & Games” section.
  • Search for the “Roomba” skill and enable it. Follow the prompts to link your Roomba account with Alexa.
  • Once the skill is enabled, you can use voice commands to control your Roomba. Say, “Alexa, ask Roomba to dock” or “Alexa, tell Roomba to go home.”
  • Alexa will send the command to your Roomba, instructing it to return to its docking station. You may need to wait a few moments as Roomba plans its route back to the dock.
  • You can also check the status of your Roomba by asking Alexa questions like, “Alexa, ask Roomba about its battery level” or “Alexa, ask Roomba if it has finished cleaning.”

Note:  Ensure that your Roomba is compatible with Alexa and that you have set up the necessary connections and permissions before using voice commands.

Which Roomba model supports virtual assistant

Only a few Roomba models do not support virtual assistant support. The complete list of models that can be operated with voice is given in the table below.

Roomba ModelVirtual Assistant Support
Roomba 675Yes (Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa)
Roomba 614No
Roomba 690Yes (Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa)
Roomba 960Yes (Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa)
Roomba i3Yes (Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa)
Roomba i3+Yes (Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa)
Roomba s9Yes (Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa)
Roomba s9+Yes (Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa)
Virtual assistant support for different Roomba models

How to fix a Roomba that can’t return to its docking base?

If your Roomba is having trouble returning to its docking base, here are some quick steps to help you troubleshoot and resolve the issue

  • Check Virtual Walls: Disable any virtual walls or barriers that may be blocking the path to the docking base in the Roomba app.
  • Ensure Proper Placement: Make sure the docking base is positioned on a flat and stable surface with enough space around it for the Roomba to approach and dock.
  • Verify Power: Confirm that the docking base is securely plugged into a working power outlet and that the power indicator is illuminated.
  • Check Wi-Fi Connection: Ensure a strong and stable Wi-Fi connection in the operating area of the Roomba, or consider moving the Wi-Fi router closer.

When to contact customer support?

By following the above-mentioned steps, you can troubleshoot common issues and help your Roomba return to its docking base effectively. If the problem persists, consult the user manual or contact the manufacturer’s customer support for further assistance.


How to send Roomba i3 home?

Press and hold the “Home” button on the Roomba i3 until it beeps, and it will return to its home base for recharging and storage.

Is it ok to leave Roomba on a charger?

Yes, it is perfectly fine to leave the Roomba on the charger. Roomba models are designed to be left on the charging dock when not in use. This ensures the battery remains charged and is ready for the next cleaning session.

Will Roomba return to base on its own?

Yes, Roomba will automatically return to its docking station when you press the “Dock” or “Home” button. It will navigate back, avoiding obstacles, and you can confirm its return by checking the indicator lights on the docking station.

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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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