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iRobot i3 / i4 Roomba Robot Vacuum Manual

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iRobot i3 / i4 Roomba Robot Vacuum

Safety Information

Important Safety Information

This owner’s guide includes information for Regulatory Model(s): RVD-Y1. SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

WARNING: When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should always be followed, including the following:


WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury or damage, read and follow the safety precautions when setting up, using and maintaining your robot. This appliance can be used by children aged from 8 years and above and persons with
reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge if they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance in a safe way and understand the hazards involved. Children shall not play with the appliance. Cleaning and user maintenance shall not be made by children without supervision.

This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential physical injury hazards. Obey all safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.

WARNING: Indicates a hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION: Indicates a hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.
NOTICE: Indicates a hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in property damage.


  • Your robot is not a toy. Small children and pets should be supervised when your robot is operating.
  • Do not sit or stand on your robot or Home Base™.
  • Do not use unauthorized chargers. Use of an unauthorized charger could cause the battery to generate heat, smoke, catch fire, or explode.
  • Your robot comes with a region approved power supply cord and is designed to be plugged into a standard household AC power outlet only. Do not use any other power supply cord. Forreplacement cords, please contact Customer Care to ensure
    proper selection of country specific power supply cord.
  • Do not open your robot or Home Base™. There are no user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
  • Risk of electric shock, use indoors in dry location only.
  • Do not handle your robot or Home Base™ with wet hands.
  • Store and operate your robot in room temperature environments only.
  • If the room to be cleaned contains a balcony, a physical barrier should be used to prevent access to the balcony and ensure safe operation.
  • Clean cliff sensors for buildup.


  • Do not operate the robot in areas with exposed electrical outlets in the floor.
  • If the device passes over a power cord and drags it, there is a chance an object could be pulled off a table or shelf. Before using this device, pick up objects like clothing, loose papers, pull cords for blinds or curtains, power cords, and any fragile objects.
  • Be aware that the robot moves on its own. Take care when walking in the area that the robot is operating in to avoid stepping on it.
  • Do not use this device to pick up sharp objects, glass, or anything that is burning or smoking.


  • This robot is intended for dry floor use only. Do not use this device to pick up spills. Do not allow your robot or Home Base™ to become wet.
  • Do not place anything on top of your robot.
  • The failure to maintain cleanliness of charger contacts could result in loss of ability for the robot to charge the battery.


  • Do not use a Home Base™ with a damaged cord or plug if the cord or plug is damaged, it must be replaced.
  • Always disconnect your robot from the Home Base™ before cleaning or maintaining it.
  • Charge your robot only with the power supply provided. The provided power supply delivers safety extra low voltage corresponding to the input marking on the robot which is required to maintain safe operation.
  • To prevent the risk of your robot falling downstairs, ensure that the Home Base™ is placed at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) away from stairs.


  • Product may not be used with any type of power converter. Use of power converters will immediately void the warranty.
  • If you live in an area prone to electrical storms, it is recommended that you use additional surge protection. Your Home Base™ may be protected with a surge protector in the event of severe electrical storms.


  • Do not open, crush, heat above 176°F: 80°C, or incinerate. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not short-circuit the battery by allowing metal objects to contact battery terminals or immerse in liquid. Do not subject batteries to mechanical shock.
  • Periodically inspect the battery pack for any sign of damage or leakage. Do not charge damaged or leaking battery packs, do not allow the liquid to come in contact with skin or eyes. If contact has been made, wash the affected area with copious amounts of water and seek medical advice. Place the battery in a sealed plastic bag and recycle or dispose of safely according to local environmental regulations, or return it to your local authorized iRobot Service Center for disposal.
  • Lithium ion batteries and products that contain lithium ion batteries are subject to stringent transportation regulations. If you need to ship this product (with the battery included) for service, travel or any other reason, you MUST see the Troubleshooting section of your manual or contact customer care for shipping instructions.

Battery usage by children should be supervised. Seek medical advice immediately if a cell or a battery has been swallowed


  • The battery pack must be removed from the robot before recycling or disposal.
  • For best results, only use the iRobot Lithium Ion Battery that comes with the robot.
  • Do not use non-rechargeable batteries. Use only the rechargeable battery supplied with the product. For replacement, purchase identical iRobot battery or contact iRobot Customer Care for alternative battery options.
  • Always charge and remove the battery from your robot and accessories before long-term storage.

For battery recycling go to call2recycle.org; or call 1-800-822-8837

About your Roomba® Robot Vacuum

Top View

Buttons & Indicators

Using Your Roomba® Robot Vacuum

Positioning the Home BaseTM Charging Station

WARNING: To prevent the risk of your robot falling downstairs when it is leaving from or returning to the Home Base™, ensure that the Home Base™ is placed at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) away from stairs.
Download the iRobot HOME App and connect to Wi-Fi®

  • Follow step-by-step instructions to set up your Roomba.
  • Set an automatic cleaning schedule and customize cleaning preferences.
  • Access to tips, tricks, and answers to commonly asked questions.


  • Place the robot on the Home Base™ to activate the battery.
    Note: Your robot comes with a partial charge, but we recommend that you charge the robot for 3 hours prior to starting the first cleaning job.
  • If your robot needs to recharge mid-cleaning, it will return to its Home Base™. Once it is sufficiently charged, it will then resume the cleaning job where it left off.
  • The robot uses a small amount of power whenever it is on the Home Base™. You can put the robot in a further-reduced power state when not in use. For instructions and more details on this Reduced Power Standby Mode, refer to the iRobot HOME App.
  • For long-term storage, turn off the robot by removing it from the Home Base™ and holding down for 10 seconds. Store the robot in a cool, dry place.


Remove excess clutter from floors before cleaning. Use your robot frequently to maintain well-conditioned floors.

  • Your robot will automatically explore and clean your home. It will return to the Home Base™ at the end of a cleaning job and whenever it needs to recharge.
  • To send the robot back to its Home Base™, tap . A blue light ring pattern will indicate that the robot is seeking the Home Base™.
  • When your robot detects an especially dirty area, it will go into Dirt Detect™ mode, moving over the area multiple times until it senses that the area has been sufficiently cleaned. The light ring indicator will flash blue.
  • Tap to spot clean a designated area. The robot will spiral outward about 3 feet (1 meter) and then spiral inward to end where it started. The light ring indicator will show a blue spiral.


  • Your robot will tell you something is wrong by playing an audio alert and turning the light ring indicator red. Press CLEAN for details. Further support and instructional videos are available in the iRobot HOME App.
  • If you are unsure if the robot is finished or paused, consult the iRobot HOME App to check on its status.

Battery Safety & Shipping
For best results, only use the iRobot Lithium Ion Battery that comes with your robot.
WARNING: Lithium ion batteries and products that contain lithium ion batteries are subject to stringent transportation regulations. If you need to ship this product for service, travel or any other reason, you MUST follow the below shipping instructions.

  • Battery MUST be turned off before shipping.
  • Turn off the battery by removing the robot from the Home Base™ and holding down for 10 seconds. All indicators will turn off.
  • Package the robot securely for shipping.
  • If you need further assistance, contact our Customer Care team or visit global.irobot.com.


Dual Mode Virtual Wall® Barrier*
Note: For best results, place at least 8 feet (2.5 meters) from the Home Base ™.
Use the Dual Mode Virtual Wall® barrier to keep the robot in the places you want cleaned — and out of the ones you don’t. It creates an invisible barrier that only the robot can see. You can leave the device in position between cleanings.

Choose the mode to meet your needs:
Virtual Wall Mode: When the switch is in the Virtual Wall position ( ), the device will create a linear barrier to block openings up to 10 feet (3 meters).

Note: This barrier gets wider as it gets further from the device (refer to illustration).

Halo Mode: Toggle the switch to the Halo position ( ), to create a circular barrier. This will prevent the robot from approaching zones you want to protect such as a pet bowl, vase, or under a desk. The Halo barrier extends approximately 12 inches (30 centimeters) from the center of the device.

Note: The batteries will last about 8-10 months under normal use. If you are not planning to use your Virtual Wall barrier for an extended period of time, be sure to turn the switch to the Off, or middle position.

Care and Maintenance

Care and Maintenance Instructions
To keep your robot running at peak performance, perform the procedures on the following pages. There are additional instructional videos in the iRobot HOME App. If you notice the robot picking up less debris from your floor, empty the bin, clean the brushes, and clean or replace the filter if needed.

Part Care Frequency Replacement Frequency*
Bin Wash bin as needed
Filter Clean once a week (twice a week if you have a pet). Do not wash. Every 2 months
Full Bin Sensor Clean every 2 weeks
Front Caster Wheel Clean every 2 weeks Every 12 months
Edge-Sweeping Brush and

Multi-Surface Brushes

Clean once a month (twice a month if you have a pet) Every 12 months
Sensors and Charging Contacts Clean once a month

Note: iRobot manufactures various replacement parts and assemblies. If you think you need a replacement part, please contact iRobot Customer Care for more information. * Replacement frequency may vary. Parts should be replaced if visible wear appears.

Emptying the Bin

Cleaning the Filter

Cleaning the Full Bin Sensors

Washing the Bin

Important: Do not wash the filter. Remove the filter before washing the bin.

Cleaning the Edge-Sweeping Brush

  1. Use a small screwdriver to loosen the screw holding the Edge-Sweeping Brush in place.
  2. Pull to remove the Edge-Sweeping Brush. Remove any hair or debris, then reinstall the brush.

Cleaning the Front Caster Wheel

  1. Pull firmly on the front wheel module to remove it from the robot.
  2. Pull firmly on the wheel to remove it from its housing (see illustration below).
  3. Remove any debris from inside the wheel cavity.
  4. Reinstall all parts when finished. Make sure the wheel clicks back into place.

Important: A front wheel clogged with hair and debris could result in damage to your floor. If the wheel is not spinning freely after you have cleaned it, please contact Customer Care.

Cleaning the Multi-Surface Brushes

Cleaning the Sensors and Charging Contacts

  1. Wipe, sensors and charging contacts with a clean dry cloth. You can alternatively use a pad of melamine foam to remove built up debris on the robot and Home Base charging contacts.

iRobot Customer Care

USA & Canada
If you have questions or comments about your Roomba® robot vacuum, please contact iRobot before contacting a retailer. You can start by visiting global.irobot.com for support tips, frequently asked questions and information about accessories. This information can also be found in the iRobot HOME App. If you need further assistance, call our Customer Care team at (877) 855-8593.

iRobot USA Customer Care Hours

  • Monday to Friday, 9AM – 9PM Eastern Time
    Saturday and Sunday 9AM – 6PM Eastern Time

Outside USA & Canada
Visit global.irobot.com to:

  • Learn more about iRobot in your country
  • Get hints and tips to improve your Roomba® robot vacuum’s performance
  • Get answers to questions
  • Contact your local support center

Regulatory Information

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This device contains a licence exempt transmitter/receiver that complies with Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada’s licence-exempt RSS(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1) This device may not cause interference, and 2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

  • Changes or modifications not expressly approved by iRobot Corporation could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
  • This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference to radio communication will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
  • Under Industry Canada regulations, this radio transmitter may only operate using an antenna of a type and maximum (or lesser) gain approved for the transmitter by Industry Canada. To reduce potential radio interference to other users, the antenna type and its gain should be so chosen that the equivalent is tropically radiated power (e.i.r.p.) is not more than the necessary for successful communication.
  • FCC Radiation Exposure Statement: This product complies with FCC §2.1091(b) for mobile device RF exposure limits, set forth for an uncontrolled environment and is safe for the intended operation as described in this manual. Per FCC requirements, maintain a distance of more than 8 inches (20cm) between any person and the host device (Roomba robot).
  • ISED Radiation Exposure Statement: This product complies with the Canadian Standard RSS-102 for portable RF exposure limits, set forth for an uncontrolled environment and is safe for the intended operation as described in this manual. Per ISED requirements, maintain a distance of more than 8 inches (20 cm) between any person and the robot.

For battery recycling go to call2recycle.org; or call 1-800-822-8837

©2020 iRobot Corporation, 8 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730 USA. All rights reserved iRobot, Roomba, iAdapt and Virtual Wall are registered trademarks of iRobot Corporation. Home Base and Dirt Detect are trademarks of iRobot Corporation. Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi logo are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance.


How does the cleaning performance of the Roomba® i4 Robot Vacuum compare to other iRobot models?

A. Power-Lifting Suction delivers 10X the air power* for improved pick-up performance. Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System cleans the dirt and pet hair you see and the allergens and dust you don’t.

 How smart is Roomba® i4?

A. Powered by iRobot Genius™, the i4 learns from your cleaning habits to offer up personalized schedules, while Google Assistant and Alexa allow you to start cleaning with just the sound of your voice. The i4 will even suggest an extra clean when your area’s pollen count is high or during pet shedding season.

Product Warranty?

 The warranty is 2 years.

Does the i4 have a self emptying feature?

Not this model

How it works on carpet only home with long hair fallouts? Wife sometimes has hair loss. Does this roomba i3 pick up long hairs efficiently?

I would say this is my biggest complaint with my Roomba. I have long-ish hair that sheds and the vacuum does not really pick it up. Instead of vacuuming up stray hair, the hair gets wrapped around and around the rollers and brushes of the vacuum. Periodically I need to flip the vacuum over and use scissors and tweezers to remove all the hair that’s gotten wound around the different parts of the vacuum. It’s really pretty annoying and gross. This might not be a problem if you have short hair but the roomba really can’t handle my mid-length hair.

does this do house mapping? this has the option to vacuum a single room

It’s very misleading too. It says in product description above that you can, but you cannot. I have the i3 and in the app, it gives you the option to “send it on a mapping run” and implies you can then define rooms. Evidently, the app is not model specific. I sent this thing around my home 3 times and it would fail each time. I finally found out they i3 doesn’t support the room by room mapping. You have to go to a higher model.

Does it get caught in carpets with fringes at the end?

My old roomba models never got caught on fringes. I bought an i3 for my father, and it did get caught.

How do I keep it from going into certain rooms (that don’t have doors)?

I have a few lightweight 2ft boards that I will quickly grab and place in front of anywhere I don’t want the vacuum. This wouldn’t work if you want the vacuum to run on auto pilot but I would never run the vacuum while I wasn’t home. I take about 3 minutes before I vacuum to pull up a few window treatments that that touch the floor. I often will put my dining room chairs upside down on the. table to allow the vacuum to clean under the table. I quickly check that none of my kiddos toys are going to get sucked up and will also put up the dogs water.

Does the roomba i3 work on 220v – outside the US?

This Robot is a US/Canadian model. Robots sold in the US and Canada come with the domestic charger which is rated at 120V and 60 Hz. We also make Robots for the International Market (outside of the US and Canada) that would come with the universal charger is rated at 120-240V and 50-60 Hz. These Robots would not be available for sale in the US

if I have already purchased an iRobot may I order a protection plan?

Your best course of action at this point would be to return your robot, and then place an order for one including your desired warranty.

Will this model self empty in the i3+ base?

the robot I have does not self empty.

Can I room a be sled to vacuum one room and not everywhere?

No because it doesn’t save maps or let you label areas in your house. If I want to do this for example a master bedroom I would carry it to that location and press the clean button and shut the bedroom door. I also have a few light 2 ft boards that I will use to have it clean one room or block it from going under our bed.

What roomba vacuum has a washable filter?

Roomba’s do not use washable filters. The bin on the Roomba i series is washable but the filter is not. Tapping the filter on the side of garbage can or some customers like using small hand vacuums to clean the filter of dust and debris build up. We recommend changing the filter every 2-3 months for best practices.

Why is the Roomba not square to hit all the corners?

The spinning brushes come out far enough to get into the corners. Don’t expect a deep clean from the roomba, it is only for surface dirt, pet hair, etc. Highly recommend

How does it really do with pet hair?

Fantastic!! We have two shiba inus and they she’d like crazy! We run it once a day and it keeps our hard wood floors and carpet free of pet hair. Best investment me made!

Does the Roomba talk to you?

When stuck you get an alert on your mobile and also roomba talks to you with the error message. But you need to press the bumper and click on a button on the roomba so it runs again. There is also voice control option but you need to buy Alexa. I am no sure if with Alexa, you can unlock the roomba when stuck without the manual touch.

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