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While Roomba’s stranglehold on the robot vacuum world isn’t as tight as it used to be, they continue to produce fantastic robovacs and remain near the top of the industry. They’re as popular as ever, and I remain partial to the iRobot Roomba 981 as one of the best upper midrange models around.

As good as they are, Roombas are no different from any other robotic vacuum in that they’re not infallible. Things can go wrong, and my colleagues here at Robovac have already written on what to do if your Roomba won’t charge or if you encounter a Roomba charging error. However, while those articles are quite specific and go into particular detail, there are numerous general reasons to reset a Roomba.

You might be moving house, or you might be having trouble getting your Roomba to talk to your wifi network. As with most gadgets and electronics, a quick reset generally gives you a high chance of solving the problem.

A Roomba Hardware Solution

Fortunately, if you’re struggling with your remote control or can’t connect to wifi, the good news is that you don’t need the app or indeed anything fancy at all to reset your device.

It doesn’t matter whether you have a Roomba 981, a Roomba 671 or anything else in the range. They all follow a similar pattern with their button setup. You have the ‘Clean’ button in the middle, flanked by the ‘Dock’ and ‘Spot’ buttons.

Those two buttons on the periphery are the key to resetting your Roomba. Press both the ‘Dock’ and ‘Spot’ buttons simultaneously, and you’ll reset the software on your device.

What Resetting Your Roomba can Solve

With a software reset, you’ll effectively return your Roomba to factory settings – hopefully before anything ever went wrong.

Resetting your Roomba in this way will:

  • Clear any scheduled cleans
  • Remove any existing maps on Roombas with mapping functionality
  • Reset the clock
  • Clear wifi connections

No matter what issues you may encounter with your Roomba, a reset is never a bad idea. It only takes ten seconds and, at worst, your Roomba will act precisely as it did when you first removed it from the box.

This solution is also particularly elegant if you’ve moved house or changed your internet provider. Rather than going to the trouble of changing the wifi settings, you can start anew and you’ll be controlling your Roomba with the app or voice controls in no time.

As always, if you have any questions about Roombas or any other robotic vacuum cleaners, don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comments or through our contact form.

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