Direct Access for Rachio Professional Partners

What is Direct Access?

Direct Access is a feature designed for Rachio professional partners. This feature should only be activated if you are an irrigation or building professional trying to connect or configure a new controller without Wi-Fi.

Direct Access allows professionals to add new schedules to meet landscaper needs and is not intended for homeowner use


Direct Access is only available for Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controllers. 

How can I use Direct Access?

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Direct Access can be found from the Rachio app login screen - simply select "Access Without Wi-Fi" and follow additional prompts. 


  1. Scan the barcode

    Scan the barcode of the controller you would like to manage. You may enter the serial number manually as well, if you wish.


  2. Push the Wi-Fi button

    Once the barcode has been successfully scanned, hit the Wi-Fi button on the controller with a short, single press to create a Rachio hot spot.


  3. View, edit, start, & stop

    You can now view, edit, start, and stop schedules on the selected controller. 


  4. Grow in Schedule - This schedule requires an end date. Once this end date is passed the persistent schedule will start running. Warning! If you have set a 'Grow in Schedule' and the end date has not passed any persistent schedules that have been created WILL NOT RUN. These are meant to be more aggressive watering throughout the day.
  5. Persistent Schedule - These schedules are similar to 'Grow in Schedules' but do not have an end date. This schedule will stop once the user onboards the controller.
  6. Correctly disconnect & close out

    When finished, click the X button at the top right corner of the screen and then tap the Wi-Fi button on the controller to disconnect from the Rachio hot spot. 


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