How do I create a watering schedule?

Rachio Watering Schedules

Rachio offers 3 schedule types:

  • Flex Monthly - Adjusts monthly based on historical climate data; watering duration & interval (frequency) change takes place after the first watering in the following month.
  • Flex Daily - Adjusts daily based on soil moisture; watering schedules dynamically update on a zone by zone basis.
  • Fixed Schedule - Waters when you want - either on particular days of the week, a set interval, or odd/even days. Ideal for users with strict watering restrictions.

Video Overview - Schedule Types 

Learn about our different schedule types in the video below!


Navigation in the Rachio app has changed. To create a new schedule, go to the "Calendar" tab and follow instructions.


Still not sure which schedule is right for you and your yard? Take our quiz to find out!


Want to create a new watering schedule? Follow the steps below!

Please Note

Schedule customization options vary based on schedule type.

  1. Schedule Type

    In the Rachio app, select the "Calendar" tab from the bottom navigation bar. Tap "Add Schedule". You will then be asked to select the type of schedule you want to create.


  2. Zone Selection

    You will be asked to select which zones you'd like to add to the schedule.


  3. Name your schedule

    Choose a name for your schedule (we recommend a name that is descriptive and memorable). After your schedule is set up, your notifications will contain this schedule name.


  4. What days will you water?

    Select which days you will allow the schedule to water (any days, specific days, or even/odd intervals). If you do not have watering restrictions, we recommend selecting "any days" for optimum water savings!


  5. When do you want your schedule to run?

    Select when you would like your schedule to start or end watering. Choose one of the following: end before sunrise (recommended), start after sunset, end before a specific time, or start at a specific time.



    The option to “end before a specific time” or "end before sunrise" can only be applied to one schedule per controller; this is to prevent multiple schedules from being stacked and eventually moving out of the 24 hour period of your selected watering day. As a result, once this option has been applied to a schedule, the option will not appear when creating additional schedules. To change which schedule makes use of the "end before" option, go to "Schedule" tab > schedule name > "Times" > select when to start your schedule after or end it before

  6. Select your dates

    When would you like the schedule to start - today, or a later date? When would you like your schedule to end? (Never is an option!)


  7. Smart Cycle

    Decide whether you would like to activate Smart Cycle, Rachio's version of "Cycle and Soak." Smart Cycle breaks up watering times by zone to prevent runoff and improve plant health based on soil type. Smart Cycle is recommended; however, you can also select "Manual cycle and soak" or opt out of both features. For more details, please see: Smart Cycle FAQ.


  8. Weather Intelligence

    Here you can select which Weather Intelligence features to activate. Weather Intelligence is a collection of weather rich "virtual sensors" that use forecast data to productively skip your schedules, helping you save water and make every gallon count! With these features, Rachio uses local weather data to keep your schedule from running in suboptimal conditions. Go here to learn more about Rachio Weather Intelligence.


  9. Watering Duration

    Next, determine how long you would like your schedule to run. Based on previously entered information, Rachio calculates your ideal watering duration(s). You can elect to change the suggested watering durations, but this could make your schedule less effective.


  10. Schedule Created

    You're now the proud owner of a new Rachio schedule.


    You can edit your schedule at any time - see here for details. Happy watering!
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