With the advancement of technology, robotic vacuum cleaners have evolved significantly. The Roomba, one of the most popular robotic vacuum cleaners by iRobot, is not just a vacuum but a smart device that uses mapping technology to navigate your home. If you have a Roomba and are wondering how to add a new map, you’re in the right place. This comprehensive guide will cover everything you need to know about adding a new map to your Roomba.
To add a new map to a Roomba, ensure your Roomba is connected to the iRobot Home app. On the app’s home screen, select the Map icon and choose “+ Create a new Smart Map”. Start a mapping run where the Roomba will navigate your home without vacuuming to create a map. It might take several runs to generate a complete and accurate map. Once done, you can edit the map to create rooms, set up keep-out zones, and customize your cleaning preferences. Please note, this feature is only available on certain Roomba models.
Prerequisites to Adding a New Map
Before we delve into the steps, it’s essential to note that not all Roomba models support mapping features. Only certain models like iRobot Roomba i7 and i9 support Imprint Smart Maps, capable of storing multiple maps in their memory.
Before starting the mapping process, prepare your home by picking up any items that might tangle up the robot, putting away obstacles like shoes, and ensuring that the bot has access to all floor surfaces. Also, make sure to open doors to all areas you want the Roomba to clean, now or in the future.
Steps to Create a New Map
To create a new map, follow these steps:
- Ensure your Roomba is connected to the iRobot Home app. If you haven’t done this yet, download the app and follow the instructions to connect your Roomba.
- On the app’s home screen, select the Map icon.
- Choose “+ Create a new Smart Map”.
- Start a mapping run. The Roomba will navigate your home without turning on its vacuum to create a map.
Remember, the Roomba may need several runs to generate a complete and accurate map of your home. Once the map is created, you can edit it to create rooms, set up keep-out zones, and customize your cleaning preferences.
Editing and Deleting Existing Maps
If you need to edit or delete an existing map, follow these steps:
- Open the iRobot Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Press on the Imprint™ Smart Maps icon on the Home screen.
- Select the map you would like to edit or delete.
- To edit the map, you can change room dividers, room labels, or clean zones. Follow the on-screen instructions to make the desired changes.
- To delete the map, tap the trash can icon or the ‘Delete’ option.
If you face any issues with the mapping feature, here are a few troubleshooting tips:
- Check your internet connection: The mapping features require internet access.
- Update the mapping app: Ensure you’re using the latest version of the mapping app.
- Restart your device: Minor software glitches can cause issues with mapping features.
- Clear app cache and data: Corrupted or outdated data can cause issues.
- Check location services: Ensure that location services are enabled on your device and that the mapping app has permission to access your location.
The Roomba’s mapping feature is an advanced technology that adds convenience to your cleaning process. Although adding a new map may seem complicated, following the above steps can make the process straightforward. Remember, each Roomba model may have slightly different features, so always refer to your user manual or the iRobot support website for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Happy Roomba-ing!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I add a new map to my Roomba without the iRobot Home app?
No, you cannot add a new map to your Roomba without the iRobot Home app. The app is essential as it provides the interface to control the Roomba and use its advanced features, including mapping.
How many maps can I store in my Roomba?
The number of maps you can store depends on the Roomba model. Advanced models such as the iRobot Roomba i7 and i9 can store up to 10 floor plans.
Can I use the Roomba’s mapping feature in a two-story house?
Yes, you can use the Roomba’s mapping feature in a two-story house. The Roomba can store multiple floor plans, allowing it to navigate and clean multiple levels of your home.
How long does it take for Roomba to create a map?
The time it takes for Roomba to create a map depends on the size of your home and the number of obstacles present. Typically, it may take several cleaning runs for the Roomba to generate a complete and accurate map.
Can I use the Roomba without creating a map?
Yes, you can use the Roomba without creating a map. However, using the mapping feature allows the Roomba to clean more efficiently and navigate your home better.