SwitchBot Bot Has A Long Delay Before Activating

SwitchBot is a good way to control existing home appliances using voice commands or mobile phones to make life smarter. But sometimes, everything may work just fine except for the initial triggering of the device.

There are a few reasons why SwitchBot Bot has a long delay before activating. The most common ones are outdated firmware, a slow internet connection, server issues, and power shortages.

So, in this article, we’ll outline in detail why SwitchBot Bot has a long delay before activating, so keep reading to find a few solutions to fix the problem. 

Key Points:

  • A few possible reasons why SwitchBot Bot has a long delay before activating are outdated firmware, the slow connection, the server, and power issues.
  • Although your device will not reliably activate as it should, most of these are easy issues to deal with.
  • Update the Bot firmware, use the right WiFi network, fix your internet connectivity, and check device compatibility. 
  • Other recommendations include changing the location of your Hub Mini, checking server and battery status, and re-enabling the Cloud Service.

SwitchBot Bot Has A Long Delay Before Activating: Why This Happens

SwitchBot Bot Has A Long Delay
SwitchBot Bot Has A Long Delay

SwitchBot Bot’s long delay before activating is usually caused by outdated firmware, a slow internet connection, server issues, and power shortage, among other causes.

Here is a detailed breakdown of why your SwitchBot Bot may have a long delay before activating.

1. The System Requires a Firmware Update

It is true that outdated firmware can sometimes cause performance issues. When running an outdated operating system, you may miss patches and critical updates. This leaves your SwitchBot vulnerable to crashes and instability.

2. You Are Using a Slow Internet Connection

The SwitchBot Bot relies on a stable internet connection to communicate with the app or Home Assistant. Slow network speeds can cause disruptions and result in delayed activations.

3. There May be Server Issues

The long delay may also result from server routine maintenance and latency. If the SwitchBot servers are overloaded, it can impact response times.

4. Device Compatibility

The SwitchBot Bot is compatible with a wide range of switches and buttons, but not all devices respond faster to triggers or commands. Compatibility issues can lead to activation delays.

How to Fix A SwitchBot Bot Which is Having a Long Delay Before Activating

How to Fix A SwitchBot Bot Which is Having a Long Delay Before Activating

Whether your SwitchBot Bot takes longer to turn on the light, adjust the thermostat, or open a curtain, the delay can be pretty frustrating. Luckily, in the section below, we give you a few simple steps to fix this problem.

1. Update Bot and Device Firmware

Manufacturers release firmware updates to improve device performance. Therefore, ensure you update your device’s firmware to the latest version.

To check for the latest firmware version, open the SwitchBot App and select Device from the homepage. Then, go to “Settings” at the upper right corner and select “Firmware and Battery”.

Update Bot and Device Firmware

If you have your SwitchBot connected to a Ceiling Light or a Hub Mini, also update their software programs to fix performance errors. You can easily do this through your phone as long as it is within the SwitchBot’s Bluetooth range.

2. Check the Band of Your WiFi Network

To ensure­ your device operate­s at its best, it needs to be­ connected to the appropriate­ WiFi network. Make sure you connect it to a 2.4 GHz (802.11b/g/n, iPv4) network.

Currently, SwitchBot does not support:

  • iPv6 network, WiFi 6 router, or 5 GHz networks
  • Enterprise networks (like 802.1x or RADIUS networks)
  • Captive portal networks (like those in hotels, cafés, airports, and coffee shops)

3. Fix Internet Connection

It is always better to test your internet connection to see if it is strong and stable.

You can perform a test by connecting your Plug Mini to a Personal Hotspot from another smartphone. For iPhone 12 or newer models, turn on Maximize Compatibility to make sure the hotspot is a 2.4 GHz network.

Fix Internet Connection

Also, turn off your WiFi router to avoid any interference during the test.

Once done, select the Plug Mini from the SwitchBot Application and select the settings icon at the upper right. After that, tap the WiFi Settings, choose “Edit” and key in the name and password of the Personal Hotspot.

WiFi Settings

If the Plug Mini connects to a Personal Hotspot well, the issue may be in your router settings, so configure your WiFi router.

4. Device Compatibility

It is important to test the Bot with different buttons or switches to ensure your device is compatible. Avoid switches that require forceful pressing or touch-slide switches.

Generally, the SwitchBot Bot is compatible with most switches and buttons, including air conditioners, coffee machines, and garage door buttons. You can also use a Smart Home Assistant like Alexa, IFTTT, or Google Home when paired with the SwitchBot Hub Mini.

4. Move Your Hub Mini

Since the SwitchBot devices communicate with the SwitchBot Hub through Bluetooth, you should have your Bot close to the Hub Mini to get a stable connection. If you are operating an Android 12 or previous model, ensure your location service is on for the SwitchBot App.

In most cases, placing the Hub Mini, WiFi router, and Bot in one room will improve the device connectivity. Just ensure there are no electronics, obstacles, or other metals blocking signals.

5. Server Status

With SwitchBot, Meter data is constantly synced from the device being activated to the SwitchBot server. This means that server maintenance can cut access to your SwitchBot app and its data, leading to the app stopping or just misbehaving.

Though this occurrence is unavoidable, such breakdowns are infrequent and do not last long. Also, SwitchBot keeps its users updated on the server status and future shutdowns.

You can always check the status from the official website or app. In case there are server issues, be patient, as they are likely working to resolve the problem.

Server Status

SwitchBot Still Having a Long Delay Before Activating? Try These Additional Tips

1. Check the Battery Status

This option is easy to overlook, but the Bot sometimes runs out of battery and loses connectivity if it has not been used for 6 months. This is why you should ensure the remaining battery of the Bot is above 50%.

You will usually get an alert when the battery level is below 20%. You will also see a red indicator light from the Lock accompanied by a muffled sound every time you try to operate it, whether locking or unlocking.

In this case, you should change the battery as soon as possible. We recommend replacing them with CR2 3V batteries.

2. Re-enable the Cloud Service

If you are using a Bluetooth-only SwitchBot device, you should go to the settings page and re-enable Cloud Services. Doing this allows you to re-establish any failed connection with the cloud to keep your device running smoothly.

Re-enable the Cloud Service

Whenever the Cloud Services are on, you can access advanced features and control your device remotely, even when you are out of the Bluetooth range.

3. Factory Reset To Fix the Problem

If you’ve tried all of the above solutions and you are still having trouble, the last resort is to factory reset the Bot. This will erase all of your settings, and you will need to set up the device again from scratch.

To factory reset your Bot, open the back cover of the device and press the reset button once (avoid long pressing). An indicator should flash once to confirm to you that the reset process is complete.

Once the reset is complete, switch off your phone’s Bluetooth, then turn it on again. Move as close as possible to the SwitchBot, then check if the issue is resolved.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Activate Switchbot?

SwitchBot allows you to activate it manually under the “Home Automation” settings. Once you are here, go to the Add Manually section and select “Bot” to activate.

You can also activate SwitchBot from the developer application. To do this, launch your SwitchBot App and select the “Add” icon that appears in the top right corner of your home page. You will see a suggestion for all your Bluetooth devices. Tap on “BOT” among the suggested devices to activate.

Why Is Your Switchbot Not Working?

SwitchBot may not work if it runs out of battery or if it has not been used for 6 months. You should replace the stock batteries with CR2 3V batteries. If the problem continues, then short-press the reset button briefly to reset your SwitchBot Bot.

Why Is Your Switchbot App Not Connecting?

Your SwitchBot App may not connect if you haven’t enabled Location Service permissions or when running an outdated firmware.

For optimal performance, it is recommended that you enable Location Se­rvice and Bluetooth permissions on your mobile­ device. Additionally, keeping your firmware version up to date will help eliminate any potential performance errors.

Why Is Your SwitchBot Offline?

The most common reasons SwitchBot goes offline include poor WiFi signals or power disruptions. Therefore, see that you have a stable and strong internet connection. Also, make sure the remaining battery of the Bot is above 50%.

Bottom Line

We hope that the tips described in our guide proved useful to you and that now your SwitchBot Bot is functioning normally.

As mentioned, there are some solutions if your SwitchBot Bot takes time to respond. Starting from updating the Bot firmware and using the right WiFi network to checking your internet connectivity and device compatibility, among other possible solutions.

However, if all else fails, something might be wrong with your SwitchBot Bot. All SwitchBot devices come with a standard one-year warranty. So get in touch with SwitchBot support for replacement if you are still covered under warranty. And if not, contact the team for a chat or phone support.

About Tristan Perry

Tristan Perry is a software developer who is passionate about tech gadgets, DIY and housing. He has therefore loved seeing smart homes hit the mainstream. Tristan also has an academic background (in Math & Computer Science), and so he enjoys digging into the technical ways that smart home devices work.

Tristan owns close to a dozen Amazon Echo devices, way too many Philips Hue bulbs and lightstrips, a boat-load of Ring Cameras and Doorbells... and a bunch of other smart home devices too (from Reolink, Google Nest, GLEDOPTO and others).

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