How do I factory reset my controller?


By performing a factory reset, you will delete all data from your controller; including  zone settings, schedules, water usage, watering history, etc.

Primary reasons for a Factory Reset

WiFi setup error

If you attempted to connect your controller to WiFi via your phone's wifi settings (i.e. Add WiFi accessory), a factory reset is required to clear the controller's memory before reattempting to connect via the Rachio app.

Changing Owners

If your Rachio controller is changing hands (selling, moving, transferring from installer account, etc.), perform a Factory Reset to clear all data and ensure a smooth transfer to the new owner. If you received or purchased a used controller, it will need to be deleted from the 1st owner's Rachio account before it can be added to your Rachio account.

Use this tool to make sure a Factory Reset is the right option

**Need to update your WiFi Settings? Get a new router? DO NOT FACTORY RESET >> Perform a WiFi Reset **

You can perform a Factory Reset using these methods:
  1. Reset the controller from the Rachio App (recommended)
  2. Reset the controller using the buttons (NOT recommended)

Note: The Rachio Generation 1 Smart Sprinkler Controller can ONLY be reset via option 1 .


Device Settings within the Rachio app

To perform a factory reset using the Device Settings menu, follow these steps:

  1. From the dashboard screen, tap on Device Settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the menu, Tap Delete Device.
  3. A warning screen will appear, check the checkbox to confirm and tap on the red DELETE button to confirm the request.


Device reset using the buttons on the controller

To perform a factory reset using the buttons on the controller, follow these steps:

  1. Power cycle the controller.
  2. Press and hold the UP ARROW and SELECT BUTTON simultaneously until the LED light ring is fully illuminated, then release.
  3. If you have a Rachio account, the device will still need to be deleted from the app (Option 1, above) in order to completely remove the controller from your account (or prior owner's account).
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