iRobot devices like the Roomba robot vacuum and Braava robot mop allow you to automate your household cleaning activities. But instead of using them independently, can you connect them to Alexa for added automation and hands-free control?
Yes, you can connect your iRobot device to Alexa. Firstly, you’ll need to use the iRobot HOME App to link your Roomba or Braava to Alexa. Once that link is successful, you can then use voice commands through Alexa to control your iRobot. Among other things, you can start and stop cleaning tasks and schedule cleaning cycles whenever you want.
This guide will start by showing you how Alexa works together with your iRobot device. Then, you’ll learn how to connect those two together and troubleshoot any problems along the way. Lastly, you’ll also discover what you can do with your iRobot through Alexa.
Does Alexa Work With iRobot?
Yes, the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant can work with iRobot products. Better yet, it can also connect to and control multiple iRobot devices on the same network.
However, it’s important to understand that Alexa only works with the Roomba robot vacuum and Braava robot mop. The virtual assistant does not connect to other devices from iRobot’s lineup of products.
Connecting the Roomba and Braava to your Alexa will make them extensions of your smart and connected home. By issuing voice commands, you’ll have hands-free control of your iRobot devices anytime you want to control sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping tasks.
Besides that, you can also customize the automation of all those cleaning tasks. The Roomba or Braava can clean according to a fixed schedule or in response to specific events.
For example, you can program the entire setup to begin cleaning whenever you leave home.
To connect your iRobot device to Alexa, here’s what you’ll need:
- One or more iRobot Roomba and Braava devices
- Your Amazon Alexa virtual assistant
- A strong WiFi signal throughout your home
- The iRobot HOME App on your smartphone or tablet
You can ensure that Alexa works well with the Roomba or Braava by keeping the iRobot firmware and HOME App up-to-date at all times.
How Do I Connect My iRobot To Alexa?
You can connect your iRobot device to Alexa by following these 5 steps:
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- First, ensure that your Roomba or Braava is connected to the same WiFi network as Alexa.
- Next, on the iRobot HOME App, open the menu. Select Smart Home, then Connected Accounts ; Devices, and finally, select Amazon Alexa.
- Then, you’ll be prompted to sign into your Amazon account. Alternatively, the Alexa app will open automatically, if you have it on the same device.
- After that, click on ‘Link’ to confirm that you want to link Alexa to your iRobot device.
- Finally, you’ll see a confirmation page on the iRobot HOME App. The page should confirm if the linking process was successful or not.
Those 5 steps are all it takes to connect your iRobot Roomba or Braava to Alexa. You can repeat the process as many times as necessary to connect each of your iRobot devices as needed.
Why Won’t My iRobot Connect To Alexa?
As you’ve seen above, connecting your iRobot to Alexa is a very straightforward process. However, if the confirmation page tells you that the linking process has failed, here are the things you’ll need to troubleshoot:
- WiFi connection: First of all, it’s crucial that you ensure your home has a strong WiFi signal. That signal serves as the backbone that connects your cleaning robot, Alexa, and the iRobot HOME App together on the same network.
- Alexa device: Next, check that your Alexa device (e.g. the Amazon Echo) is turned on and connected to the same WiFi network as your Roomba or Braava. Remember: all of these devices must be on the same network to communicate with each other.
- Roomba or Braava: Then, check your iRobot device. It must be on and connected to the same WiFi network. Also, check that it’s within range of your home router. Sometimes, the Roomba or Braava will move beyond WiFi range as it cleans your home.
- Software and firmware updates: Finally, check that all software and firmware is up-to-date. That means you must download any updates for your Alexa device, the iRobot HOME App, and the robot vacuum/mop itself. Downloading the latest software updates will fix any known glitches and ensure the best performance possible.
How Can I Control My iRobot Device With Alexa?
Connecting your Roomba or Braava to Alexa will give you plenty of hands-free control over that device.
Here are the many ways you can control your iRobot device through Alexa:
#1 Start, Pause, And Stop Cleaning
Firstly, by issuing voice commands to Alexa, you can get your iRobot device to begin mopping or vacuuming. That’s also true if you have more than one Roomba or Braava that you’d like to begin cleaning simultaneously.
As those robots perform their cleaning tasks, you can then use Alexa to pause or stop their cleaning.
There is plenty of flexibility in the control that you have. For example, you can tell your devices to stop immediately or only after a set duration.
#2 Locate Your iRobot Device
Let’s suppose your Roomba or Braava has gone missing somewhere in your home. In that case, you can use Alexa to help you find it.
For starters, you can ask Alexa where your iRobot device is currently located. Alternatively, Alexa can also trigger the robot mop or vacuum to play a tune to help you locate it, wherever in your home it might be.
#3 Check The Status Of Your iRobot Device
Alexa can also be very helpful in updating you on the robot’s status. For example, you can ask Alexa what your Roomba is currently doing.
Besides that, you can also ask if the robot has completed its current cleaning cycle.
#4 Schedule Cleaning Tasks
One of the most useful ways that Alexa helps you control your Roomba or Braava is with scheduling. That way, you won’t have to manually activate your iRobot device to begin its cleaning cycles.
For instance, your voice command to Alexa can schedule your robot to clean at a specific time or on a particular day.
Naturally, you’re also able to check or cancel that cleaning schedule through Alexa at any time you want.
#5 Perform Targeted Cleaning
Last but not least, connecting your iRobot device to Alexa allows you to perform hands-free targeted cleaning. In other words, you can tell your Roomba or Braava to clean a very specific part of your home whenever the need arises.
For example, you can use a voice command to Alexa so that the Roomba will clean a specific bedroom. And if you ever create a mess, like a spill in the kitchen, you can call your iRobot to clean that spot right away.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are a few frequently asked questions that’ll help you understand how to use iRobot devices with Alexa:
Do You Need Alexa To Run A Roomba?
No, you don’t necessarily need Alexa to use a Roomba. However, connecting your Roomba to Alexa will give you plenty of hands-free control and automation. Through Alexa, you can use voice commands to control your Roomba to start, stop, pause, schedule, or target cleaning at any time or place you want.
How Do I Connect iRobot To Alexa?
You can connect your iRobot Roomba or Braava to Alexa through the iRobot HOME App. Always ensure that the iRobot, Alexa, and the HOME App are on the same Wifi network. That will ensure that all those devices can connect to each other without any problems.
Can Alexa Control Two Different Roombas?
Yes, Alexa can control two or more Roombas in your home. First, you differentiate between those Roombas by assigning each one a unique name. Then, you can use voice commands to control them one at a time or control them together as a group.
What Is The Difference Between Roomba And Braava?
The iRobot Roomba is a robot vacuum cleaner. It’s designed to extract dust, dirt, and debris from your floor, similar to a standard vacuum cleaner. The iRobot Braava, however, is a robot mop. It uses a pad and cleaning fluid to clean your floors after vacuuming is complete.
What Is The Average Range Of Wi-Fi?
Typically, WiFi signals can go as far as 150 feet indoors on a 2.4 GHz frequency. However, the 5.0 GHz (which some iRobot models use) only has a third of that range. The actual range can also be affected by obstacles like walls and heavy furniture. Therefore, your iRobot must stay within that range to remain connected to your home WiFi network.