How To Turn Off Your Robot Vacuum?


DEEBOT robot vacuum cleaner powered off

As with any electronic appliance, knowing how to turn off your robotic vacuum cleaner can save you a lot of trouble. If the vacuum remains on and continues running, it could rapidly drain the battery, cause the internal parts to overheat and potentially pose a fire hazard. According to Fire and Rescue NSW, electrical appliances cause almost 40% of home fires in Australia.

To avoid these issues, make sure you refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly turn off your robot vacuum. Usually, these devices have a dedicated power buttonthat will completely turn the unit off. Pressing and holding this buttonfor a few seconds will safely power it down. Some models such as DEEBOT also have an automatic shut off feature that can turn off the unit by itself when the battery is fully charged.

Why Should You Turn Off Your Robot Vacuum?

ECOVACS DEEBOT charging at its docking station

Turning off your smart vacuum when it’s not in use is important for ensuring safety, making the battery last and minimising wear and tear. This simple habit not only saves you from potential hazards but also from unnecessary expenses and keeps your vacuum running efficiently.

If you tend to leave your automatic vacuum cleaner running unnecessarily, it can quickly drain the battery. When this happens frequently and the battery is not recharged, this can permanently damage the cells and force you to replace the entire unit sooner than you expected.

In addition, if an auto vacuum is left idle for long periods of time, it will continue to use electricity and drive up your bills for no reason. It can also cause safety concerns such as tripping hazards in high-traffic areas, bad smells or even causing fires due to overheating.

Finally, not turning off your smart vacuum for long periods of time can cause wear and tear on its internal components such as motors, sensors and wheels. This could shorten its lifespan of and require frequent and costly replacements.

How to Turn Off Your Robot Vacuum?

Most robot floor cleaners have a similar process for turning off, although the exact steps could varydepending on the model and brand. Use this as a general guide to power off your robot vacuum:

  1. Locate the power button which is often found on the top or side of the unit.
  2. Press and hold the power button for 2 to 3 seconds until the vacuum makes a sound or the lights off, indicating it has powered down.
  3. Some models also have a dedicated “Off” or “Dock” button that you can press to turn the device off. Remember to consult the manual if you’re unsure.

Once the appliance is off, you can safely pick it up and move it to its docking station or storage location. Be sure that it is fully powered down before handling it. If you have any trouble turning it off, check the manufacturer's instructions or reach out to their customer support team for assistance.


If you have a DEEBOT, follow these steps to power off:

  1. Open the top cover of the DEEBOT
  2. Locate the power switch. “I” stands for ON and “O” stands for OFF.
  3. Shuffle the power switch from “I” to “O”and your DEEBOT should turn off.

We recommend keeping DEEBOT switched ON and charging when it is not in use so that it’s ready to clean at any time. Refer to the manual for more details on how to set up and start the robot vacuum. And don’t worry, when the battery is fully charged, the system will reduce electricity to a trickle charge to avoid overcharging DEEBOT.

It’s also worth noting that If your DEEBOT stays outside the station for about 5 hours, it will enter “deep sleep mode” to protect the battery. To wake up the DEEBOT, switch it OFF and back ON.

What to Do If Your Robot Vacuum Won't Turn Off?

Woman watching DEEBOT robot vacuum cleaning

It can be frustrating when you’re trying to turn off a smart vacuum cleaner but are unable to do so. There are a few common reasons for this issue. First, check whether the machine’s power button or switch is functioning correctly. If toggling the power switch doesn’t turn it off, it may be faulty and need replacement.

Second, the automatic vacuum’s battery may not have charged properly which means it might not have enough power to completely turn off. Try inspecting the charging contacts on both the vacuum and the charging dock to make sure they are clean and connected. Charge the machine fully, and try to power down again.

In some cases, when the auto vacuum’s sensors are blocked by dust and debris, it can cause the device to malfunction. It could think that it’s still in use, thus preventing it from powering down. You can try to press and hold the power button or reset the unit to its factory settings to resolve any software glitches. Cleaning the sensors with a soft microfiber cloth could also help.

If none of these steps work, it is likely a more serious problem with the internal components or motherboard. At this point, it is best to contact the manufacturer’s customer support line to get more advanced troubleshooting solutions or find out if the machine needs to be repaired by a professional technician. Don’t attempt to disassemble or repair the vacuum yourself as this could void the warranty.

If you have a DEEBOT, contact our online customer support or email for more solutions.


How to turn off the robot vacuum from the app?

Open the mobile app associated with your robot vacuum and find the section that shows the status of your device (often on the main dashboard or home screen of the app). Look for a button, switch, or option labeled “Turn Off”, “Power Off” or something similar. Tap this option and confirm that it has indeed powered off. This should work for most manufacturers, but consult your user manual for more specific instructions.

Is it harmful to frequently turn off my robot vacuum?

In general, it is not harmful to frequently turn off your smart vacuum, but this may impact its performance and longevity by putting stress on the device. For robot floor cleaners that use mapping, navigation and remote control technology, such as DEEBOT, the power needs to be switched on at all times so that it remembers its schedule and is ready to clean at any time.

Why does my robot vacuum keep turning back on after I turn it off?

This can occur if the machine is programmed to automatically resume cleaning after being turned off. It could also be that the smart vacuum is scheduled to activate at certain times regardless of manual shut off or there are problems with the sensors. Take a look at the user's guide or reach out to the brand’s customer support service if issues persist.

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