Roomba Mapping Run! (5 Steps to get Roomba to map House)

Roomba mapping run is one of the most popular features of Roomba robots. These robot vacuums go around your house and create maps of every room, helping them plan the best cleaning route to follow when you’re not home or need to let them do their thing while you get some work done.

But how to map a house using this feature? This article has all the information you need on how to map a whole house using Roomba’s mapping run feature for the first time.

What is mapping run on a Roomba?

A Mapping Run is a unique feature in the Roomba vacuum, by which it navigates a home to draw a home’s map. It can help speed up the imprinting Smart Map learning process for larger homes.

If you’ve ever used a Roomba (iRobot’s vacuum cleaning robot), you know that it scoots around your home and cleans as it goes. Roomba mapping, also known as a “clean map,” creates an initial map of your home to clean every square inch of it efficiently.

You can manually create a map of your house, but if you have multiple rooms in your home or live in an apartment building, doing so takes time and effort. Schedule a mapping run early in the morning before work or over the weekend to save some work on busy weeknights.

how to get Roomba to map house?

how to get roomba to map house

Follow the steps below to get your Roomba to map your house using this feature.

  • First, navigate to the i-Robot Home App.
  • Click on the map icon,
  • Then click on the training/mapping run, and start.

Now Roomba will automatically come out of the station and start the process. It will go everywhere in your home and gradually map your house.

Remember, It will take up to 75 minutes of runtime per your house sq-fit to do a complete map. After completing the mapping, it will automatically return to its docking station and save the maps to its cloud and device.

Now, allow your Roomba to charge for a few hours. You will see a basic map in your Home app, but it’s still not 100% complete. To get a 100% complete map, you must do a minimum of 3-5 mapping runs. Start the second mapping run now.

After completing 3-5 training runs, Roomba will complete its map, and it will give you a notification that your map is completed.

Steps to customize Roomba map

Customize your map

After running a Roomba mapping, the map needs to be customized so that Roomba can clean up nicely. We will do this in two steps.

1st Step

  • Name your Roomba
  • Set up your Roomba map by clicking on “add divider.
  • Drag to move map and twist to rotate divider.
  • Hold on to the divider to edit or delete them.
  • After dividing your room, save it.

2nd Step

The second step is labelling your house like rooms, halls, kitchens, e.t.c.

  • Name your Roomba.
  • Tap on a room to label.
  • Save your customization.

As per your feasibility, start by doing instant cleaning, scheduling, or adding on and keep it as a favourite. You are now ready to explore all the mapping features. Have fun with your spotless cleaning.

Look down if you have trouble finding the mapping icon inside the App. You will get there.

If you still have trouble understanding the guide, watch the video below. In the video, I tried to explain the matter very simply.

✅ I hope this article helped you to map your house using Roomba’s mapping run feature. Please let me know in the comment box if you have any questions.


1. How many mapping runs does a Roomba need?

According to iRobot, the company that makes Roomba, it usually takes around 3-5 mapping runs for the robot to understand your home’s layout. Of course, this can vary depending on the size and complexity of your home.

If you have a substantial home or one with many obstacles, it may take a bit longer for Roomba to create a complete map.

2. Why is my Roomba not saving the map?

If your Roomba isn’t saving maps, it may be because you moved the vacuum during the mapping and cleaning process. As a result, the robot vacuum could not finish the initial clean on its first battery charge, which may have caused problems during the subsequent session.

To fix this issue, reset the map and begin a “Clean” by starting the vacuum at the charging station and returning to it without interruptions.

3. How do I get my Roomba to remap a room again?

Just a few days ago, you created a complete map of your home, but today, when you ordered Roomba to clean the room, you saw that it cleaned all the rooms except one specific room. When you opened the iRobot Home App to check the issue, you saw that the map of that room was deleted or crashed for some reason.

Now you want to remap that specific room except the whole house. So now you are wondering how to get Roomba to remap that particular room. Right? Well, follow the below steps to get Roomba to remap a room again:

  • First, open the iRobot Home App.
  • Then go to Settings and then tap on Cleaning Preferences.
  • After that, tap on the Reset Map present right under Advanced Settings.

From there, the process is similar to how you first set your robot’s map for cleaning. On the App’s home screen, click on Setup, and then you will be asked to select a room. Now click on Start Mapping, and your Roomba will start to map again.

4. How does robot vacuum mapping work?

There are sensors installed on or near the vacuum’s shock-absorbing bumpers that allow it to navigate around these obstacles without slowing down. When the bumper clashes with an object, the sensor is triggered, and the robot vacuum knows to turn and move away until it finds a clear path.

But why does Roomba need to map your home at all? Well, it uses this map to know where it has already been and where it needs to go. This helps clean your home more efficiently and avoid any missed spots.

💡Also read: How to fix it if your Roomba not Charging?

5. Roomba map not available -How to Fix?

If you’re getting the “map not available” error on your Roomba, there are a few things you can try to fix the issue.

  • Turn on the mapping features from Settings > Map privacy > Mapping features
  • Try connecting your Roomba to WiFi again.
  • Update your Roomba’s software.
  • Try resetting your Roomba.
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