You can control a Wi-Fi-connected Roomba from your phone, but if you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home (or a phone with Google Assistant), it can be even easier.Here’s how you can control your robotic vacuum cleaner with just your voice.
How to set up and use Roomba Alexa Skill
To control Roomba with the Echo, you need to activate the Roomba Alexa skill.To do this, follow this link and click Enable.
Next, you will be prompted to sign in to your Roomba account.Enter your credentials and click Sign In.
After activating the skill, you can use the following commands:
«Alexa, ask Roomba to start/stop cleaning.» It will start or end with cleaning whenever you want. If you stop cleaning, Alexa will ask if you want to send your Roomba back to its station.
«Alexa, ask Roomba to go home.» This will send your Roomba back to its home charging station.
«Alexa, ask Roomba what he’s doing.» This allows Alexa to let you know what Roomba is doing, whether it’s cleaning, waiting, or charging.
«Alexa, ask Roomba where he is.» This command will make your Roomba make a sound so you can find it if it is stuck under furniture or lost in another room.
All of these commands together do just about everything Roomba can use, except for scheduled tasks.As Alex’s skills go, it’s pretty darn handy.
How to Pair Your Roomba with Google Home or Assistant
Connecting your Roomba to Google Assistant is a little different.To do this, you’ll need a phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or higher that has Google Assistant installed, or an iPhone with the Google Assistant app.
To set it up, open the Google Assistant and say «ask Roomba to start cleaning.» Google will tell you that your Roomba account is not connected and will give you a button to link your account.Click this button.
On the next screen, enter your Roomba credentials and click Sign In.
You can now use all of the same voice commands you use for the Alexa skill above.You can use these commands from any device that has the Google Assistant, including your phone, tablet, and Google Home.