Roborock, one of the main manufacturers of Xiaomi Smart Home ecosystem robot vacuums, have today updated their own app to include Siri Shortcuts, slightly expanding on the set of Shortcut options possible via Xiaomi’s own Mi Home app.
The Roborock app does in many ways work in the same way that you would find in the Mi Home app, with a floor map of the floor your vacuum resides in, along with the possibility of creating rooms and zones, depending on the model.
As you can see from the screenshots above, whilst the list of options isn’t especially exhaustive, you do get the option to clean individual rooms, which is something lacking in the Mi Home app. You also get options to set the suction power, and a Find Me option if the vacuum gets stuck somewhere, and you’re having trouble looking for it. Of course, you also get basic functionality, like Start, Pause, or Resume Cleaning, as well as returning the vacuum to its dock.
As robot vacuums are not a category supported in HomeKit, Siri Shortcuts is about as close as you can get to HomeKit functionality, unless you use HomeBridge/HOOBS to add your vacuum to HomeKit, which then presents the vacuum as a fan, which may not be so ideal. You also don’t tend to get the option to clean individual rooms this way, at least not without some programming, so Shortcuts is quite useful until Apple decide to add such a category.
Currently, Roborock offers a variety of different models, depending on where you live, including the T7 Pro, E4, S5, S6, and a few more, all of which can work with either the Roborock or Mi Home apps.