Controller Status and Standby Mode

What is controller status? 

Controller status describes the current activity level of your Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. There are five statuses: 

    • Online - Your controller is connected and ready to water.
    • Offline - Your controller is not currently connected to a network and cannot communicate with your sprinkler system. If this is the case, you may need to try some troubleshooting steps to get it back online.


  • Watering - Your controller is currently watering.
  • Watering Delay - Your controller has been delayed manually, and all scheduled waterings will be skipped until the specified day.
  • Paused - Your watering is currently paused. 
  • Standby Mode - Your controller is on standby, and all scheduled watering will be skipped. 


You can still work your controller manually while it is in Standby Mode.

What is my current controller status? 

It's important to quickly and easily see the status of your controller at a moment's notice, so we built a quick view into the Home screen. To view your status, login to your Rachio app. In the top lefthand corner of the Home screen, the controller status is listed beneath the name of your controller. 

Controller Status Rachio Online

Want to activate Standby Mode?  

Standby Mode

To put your controller in Standby Mode: 

  1. Login to your Rachio app
  2. Select the "More" tab from the navigation bar
  3. Select "Standby Mode" (located beneath the name of the active controller)
  4. Click "Activate"


While your controller will skip all schedule waterings while in Standby Mode, you can still work your controller manually.

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