The home cleaning gadgets have made tremendous changes in the past 15 years or so. Today, most robot cleaners, including robot vacuums, use mobile apps to give you maximum independence and control over your cleaning schedule, making them an indispensable tool in homes and offices.

Aside from cleaning floors, the best and most popular robots can interact through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi technology. This connectivity allows the robot vacuums to communicate with the mobile app support or voice commands via Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home speakers. The mobile app also enables the robovac to “talk” with other gadgets inside the house, thanks to the Internet of Things technology.

Robovac’s smart features contribute to the machine’s growing popularity. According to Research and Markets, the robot cleaning market is expected to grow to $4.34 billion by 2023 with other cleaning robots like robot mops and pool vacuums.

How Mobile Apps Help You Clean

How exactly do mobile apps help you clean your home’s floor? The answer is it depends on what brand of robovac you have. Some models have better performing mobile apps than others. It’s better to discuss the benefits of using the app on some leading robot vacuum brands.

Note: The mobile app is a separate feature from the central command found on the device itself. You can also program the robovac using the buttons on the device. In short, the machine will still work with or without using the app.

iRobot Home App


IRobot Home App has many benefits. You can download it from the App Store, Google Play, or through the iRobot Home App website. You can register your robot through the home app, name it, check the support site, and contact customer care. Some advantages of using the app include setting cleaning schedules, choosing cleaning mode, and monitoring cleaning progress even if you’re not home.

The iRobot app has various other benefits for specific series. For instance, in Braava jet, you can use the software to pick Spot Clean for quicker, deeper-cleaning of a small spot. You can access a quick link to order a cleaning pad. Most importantly, you can set-up an invisible boundary to restrict the device from going places you don’t want to clean. You can also change the language setting if you speak a foreign language.

Roborock S6 MaxV App


Before discussing the features, it’s important to note that you need to adjust your phone settings to 2.4Ghz in installing the app since the app does not support 5Ghz Wi-Fi. Once the app is downloaded, open it, and you will see a map and easy access to various features. If you tick on the icons below the map, it will take you to the editing room, allowing you to merge, divide, customize, and sequence areas you want to clean.

“Customize” gives users the option to assign mode and water level settings. This feature comes in handy inside homes with rooms that have different floor types. For instance, if one room has a carpet, and the other room has tiles, you can automatically program the correct power and cleaning mode in each room. Meanwhile, the “Sequence” icon lets you assign which rooms the robot will clean first, second, and so on.

Under the map settings are the mode settings. In mode settings, you can adjust the cleaning mode and the water level settings. There are five choices for cleaning mode setting and four for water level settings.



The ECOVACS Home App lets you program the device anytime, anywhere. You can use the app to choose the cleaning modes, schedule your next cleaning, and monitor the cleaning status’s progress.

Depending on your floor type, you can choose specialized cleaning modes, such as hard-floor cleaning, if you have a hard floor. To clean dirty spots like carpets, you can choose Max Mode for a more powerful suction power for deeper cleaning. In Deebot Ozmo, you can program the app to select deep cleaning without colliding with obstacles or falling down the stairs.

The app allows you to change the robovac’s performance, such as changing the water flow. Set a regular cleaning time and schedule in advance via the app.¬† In case the robot gets stuck somewhere, tap on the “Find Me” feature to locate the device. Create unlimited custom boundaries to prevent the robot from going to places you don’t want to clean.

Neato Robotics

The Neato app offers an intelligent way to clean the floor. Through the app, you can control home cleaning from anywhere, anytime. The software provides the basic features as all other apps plus other benefits for a specific model. For Botvac D7 Connected, for instance, the app can program zone cleaning to clean specific rooms, virtual No-Go lines to restrict the robot’s movement, quick-charging, Eco/Turbo cleaning modes, and Manual Drive to control the robot using the app itself.

The app is compatible with Siri Shortcuts and Apple HomePod, and Google Assistant to enable voice-command for maximum independence. Imagine cleaning your home without actually lifting a finger!

Samsung POWERbot

You can control your Samsung POWERbot vacuum with your mobile device. Simply download the app in the App Store or Google Play when you’re connected to the 2.4G Wi-Fi network. The SmartThings app allows you to connect and control the robovac quicker and easier. No matter where you are, you can monitor and control your robot with ease. The app works almost similar to the app from other brands mentioned above.

With SmartThings, you can remotely monitor the status of your device. You can pair your robovac to work together with other appliances and control them simultaneously. You can invite others to share control of the device.

Note: SmartThings works best with Samsung phones. Some features may be limited when used with other vendor’s phones.

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