Thankfully, the rise of smart home technology has brought us the convenience of robotic vacuum cleaners like iRobot ( because seriously, I’m tired of sweeping and mopping ). With a smart home, one of the biggest challenges is making sure all of your smart devices work together and can communicate seamlessly. So, if you’re a Google Home house and wondering if iRobot’s Roomba’s play nicely with Google Home, this post is for you.
Does iRobot Work with Google Home?
One of the most important questions that homeowners have when considering new smart home devices is whether it will be compatible with their existing setup. In the case of iRobot devices, the popular brand known for its innovative robot vacuum cleaners, the answer is yes – iRobot works with Google Home!
Connecting your iRobot device to Google Home is an easy process. First, make sure that both your iRobot device and Google Home are set up and connected to your home Wi-Fi network. Then, open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet and navigate to the Devices tab. Tap on the “+” button to add a new device and select “iRobot” from the list of available options ( you might want to use the search feature, there are quite a few compatible devices! ).
Follow the on-screen instructions to link your iRobot account with Google Home. Once the setup is complete, you can use voice commands to control your iRobot device. For example, you can give a simple command like “Hey Google, ask Roomba to start cleaning” or “Hey Google, tell Roomba to stop cleaning.” Google Home will communicate with your iRobot device and execute the desired action. Depending on your device, you can even ask it to clean specific zones or rooms. For a full list of the different commands, check out iRobot’s site here.
With iRobot’s compatibility with Google Home, you can enjoy the convenience of controlling your robot vacuum with Google’s voice assistant. It’s a seamless integration that adds another layer of smart functionality to your home automation setup. Plus, being able to do the vacuuming with voice control is a lot more fun than actually vacuuming!
Can I schedule cleaning sessions for my iRobot using Google Home?
Scheduling cleaning sessions for your Roomba via Google Home isn’t directly supported, but you can setup cleaning schedules via a custom action to start up an iRobot cleaning cycle. When creating an action in Google, instead of adjusting a device, instead “try adding your own”. Then, give the appropriate command that would have been given to start a cleaning session. Something like “start vacuuming”. Schedule this action for the appropriate time, and you should be good to go.
In general though, using the iRobot app is a better choice for scheduling cleaning with a Roomba. The iRobot app lets you easily schedule to clean specific rooms, make multiple passes with cleaning, to only do certain rooms at certain times, and more.
Are there any limitations or restrictions when using iRobot with Google Home?
Yes, there are a few limitations and restrictions to keep in mind when using iRobot with Google Home. The biggest limitation is the lack of ability to easily schedule a cleaning. Adding a custom event to trigger cleaning is possible, but complicated to remember. You also cannot set favorite areas, zones, view your floor plan, or room names with the Google Home app. So you would need the iRobot Roomba app to label any spaces that you wanted to clean by name.
Does the iRobot app still need to be used alongside Google Home for full functionality?
Yes, the iRobot home app does need to be used alongside Google Home for full functionality. Google Home doesn’t have the ability to label favorite cleaning patterns, label zones to clean, or to label rooms on the map. To add these labels and clean specific areas by name you would need to use the iRobot app. The Google Home app also lacks the ability to specify more than one cleaning pass in a job. Another great feature that is only available in the iRobot application is the ability to set boundaries which are “do not go” zones for your Roomba. These keep out zones are perfect for areas like the bathroom, laundry room, and other places where the Roomba can find itself in trouble easily.
Thank you for taking the time to read about iRobot’s Roomba and Google Home. We hope that we were able to provide you with the information you were looking for and help you make an informed decision about integrating your iRobot device with Google Home.