How do I use Alexa with my Rachio?

Amazon Echo allows you to interact with Amazon’s voice control platform. Named “Alexa”, she listens for her name followed by a command. 

The Rachio device must be online for the Alexa skill to work.

Echo users can either say:

  1. “Alexa, open Rachio” -- Alexa will then prompt as to available skills
  2. “Alexa, tell Rachio to [water the front yard for three minutes]”

Also note: only one Rachio Controller can be paired to each Alexa at a time

To setup your Rachio controller with Alexa, follow the steps below

1

Open Skills

  • Open the Alexa App on your phone and select “Skills” from the menu.
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    2

    Search

  • On the Skills screen, search for “Rachio”.
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    3

    Enable

  • Once you’ve found the Rachio skill, click Enable.
  • 4

    Rachio Login

  • You’ll need to login with your Rachio account so that your Echo can control your Rachio.
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    Alexa Commands

    Running a zone

    • run zone {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • start zone {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • water zone {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • turn on zone {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • turn on the water in zone {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • start the water in zone {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • {runtimeDuration} of water in zone {zoneNumber}
    • run zone {zoneNumber}
    • start zone {zoneNumber}
    • water zone {zoneNumber}
    • turn on zone {zoneNumber}
    • turn on the water in zone {zoneNumber}
    • start the water in zone {zoneNumber}
    • start watering in zone {zoneNumber}
    • start watering zone {zoneNumber}
    • start water in zone {zoneNumber}
    • turn on sprinklers in zone {zoneNumber}
    • please water zone {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • can you please start zone {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • I need you to run zone {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • get the water running on zone {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • run zone number {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • start zone number {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • water zone number {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • turn on zone number {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • turn on the water in zone number {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • start the water in zone number {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • {runtimeDuration} of water in zone number {zoneNumber}
    • run zone number {zoneNumber}
    • start zone number {zoneNumber}
    • water zone number {zoneNumber}
    • turn on zone number {zoneNumber}
    • turn on the water in zone number {zoneNumber}
    • start the water in zone number {zoneNumber}
    • start watering in zone number {zoneNumber}
    • start watering zone number {zoneNumber}
    • start water in zone number {zoneNumber}
    • turn on sprinklers in zone number {zoneNumber}
    • please water zone number {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • can you please start zone number {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • I need you to run zone number {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • get the water running on zone number {zoneNumber} for {runtimeDuration}
    • start watering
    • start watering the lawn
    • start watering the yard
    • start watering the grass
    • start watering for {runtimeDuration}
    • start watering the front lawn
    • start watering the back lawn
    • start watering the front yard
    • start watering the back yard
    • turn on the water
    • turn on watering
    • turn on sprinklers
    • turn on the sprinklers
    • run {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • start {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • water {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • turn on {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • turn on the water in {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • start the water in {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • {runtimeDuration} of water in {zoneName}
    • run {zoneName}
    • start {zoneName}
    • water {zoneName}
    • turn on {zoneName}
    • turn on the water in {zoneName}
    • start the water in {zoneName}
    • start watering in {zoneName}
    • start watering {zoneName}
    • start water in {zoneName}
    • turn on sprinklers in {zoneName}
    • please water {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • can you please start {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • I need you to run {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • get the water running on {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • run the {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • start the {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • water the {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • turn on the {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • turn on the water in the {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • start the water in the {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • {runtimeDuration} of water in the {zoneName}
    • run the {zoneName}
    • start the {zoneName}
    • water the {zoneName}
    • turn on the {zoneName}
    • turn on the water in the {zoneName}
    • start the water in the {zoneName}
    • start watering in the {zoneName}
    • start watering the {zoneName}
    • start water in the {zoneName}
    • turn on sprinklers in the {zoneName}
    • please water the {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • can you please start the {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • I need you to run the {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}
    • get the water running on the {zoneName} for {runtimeDuration}

    Stop a zone

    • stop watering
    • stop Rachio
    • stop watering zone {zoneNumber}
    • turn the sprinklers off
    • turn off the sprinklers
    • kill the sprinklers
    • turn off the water
    • switch off the sprinklers
    • no more water
    • stop watering {zoneName}
    • stop {zoneName}
    • stop watering the {zoneName}
    • stop the {zoneName}
    • stop watering zone {zoneNumber}
    • stop watering zone number {zoneNumber}
    • stop zone number {zoneNumber}
    • stop zone {zoneNumber}

    Setting a rain delay for one day

    • that it's raining
    • it's raining
    • turn on rain delay

    Setting a rain delay for a custom amount of time

    • set a rain delay for {delayDuration}
    • start a rain delay for {delayDuration}
    • turn on a rain delay for {delayDuration}
    • add a rain delay for {delayDuration}
    • configure a rain delay for {delayDuration}
    • rain delay for {delayDuration}
    • delay for {delayDuration}
    • {delayDuration} delay
    • delay watering for {delayDuration}
    • please delay watering for {delayDuration}
    • pause watering for {delayDuration}
    • can you please pause the watering for {delayDuration}

    Cancel a rain delay

    • cancel rain delay
    • turn off rain delay
    • stop rain delay
    • cancel my rain delay
    • cancel my delay
    • cancel the delay

    Turn Rachio on (disable standby mode)

    • turn Rachio on
    • turn on
    • on

    Turn Rachio off (enable standby mode)

    • turn Rachio off
    • turn off
    • off

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