How to control your robot vacuum with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant – The Verge
Connecting your robot vacuum to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant levels up your hands-free cleaning experience. Once set up, you won’t need to open an app on your smartphone or push a button on the bot to get the cleaning party started. With a voice assistant on tap, just say a command, and your bot will do.
Most robot vacuum manufacturers work with Alexa for voice control, although some have more features than others. The basics generally include start, stop, pause, and dock (or go home). But the premium experience includes specific room cleaning commands — so, for example, you can ask Alexa to tell your robot to clean the kitchen and the living room. This is only available on vacuums with the ability to map your home, such as the Roborock S7.
The Roborock S7 vacuum can be controlled with Alexa voice commands.
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Connect your robot vacuum to Amazon’s Alexa
No matter which robot vacuum you have, the experience of connecting it to Alexa so you can control it with the voice assistant is similar.
- Open the Alexa App
- Tap More > Skills & Games
- Tap the search icon in the top right
- Search for your robot’s manufacturer
- Choose your robot’s skill. (Note: some companies have multiple skills — look for the one that says Robot Vacuum or Home.)
- Tap Enable to Use
- Follow the steps to link your account, which generally involve adding your username and password
- Once the accounts are linked, a pop-up will appear confirming this, and the app will then prompt you to “Close this window to discover smart-home devices”
- Tap Discover Devices on the next screen
- After the robot vac is found, if you are not automatically taken to your device in the Alexa app, go to the Devices tab and tap Discovered Devices at the top
- Tap on your robot’s entry and see the options you have in Alexa
- Tap the settings icon to change the robot’s name to make it easier to give voice commands. (Pro Tip: Choose something like robot or vacuum as a name, rather than a person’s name, as this can confuse your voice assistant into thinking you want to call someone rather than run your robot.)
- You’re done!
Some manufacturers, such as Roborock, iRobot, Eufy, and Ecovacs, have made it possible to start the pairing with Alexa from their apps, streamlining the process during your initial setup of the vacuum. If that’s the case, go to your user profile in your robot’s app, select the Voice Control, Smart Home, or Smart Integrations option, choose Connect to Amazon Alexa and follow the steps …….