What Are The Press & Switch Modes On SwitchBot?

The SwitchBot can be customized in a variety of ways to automate your home and electrical appliances, but you might ask yourself what the purpose of the press and switch modes is on the device.

The press and switch modes are simply two different ways you can program your SwitchBot to do the task you need.

Press mode, for example, is useful with standard push buttons (TVs, coffee machines, etc), while switch mode can be used to automate rocker and flip switches.

The setup process is very simple in both cases, as we will also explain in this article. Let’s dive right in.

What Are The Press & Switch Modes On SwitchBot?

What Are The Press & Switch Modes On SwitchBot
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The press and switch modes are the two primary modes you can find on the SwitchBot. By default, the device will operate on press mode: the robotic arm will press any button when activated remotely. The switch mode is better suited for appliances with rocker and flip switches, such as light switches.

How to Set Up and Change Your SwitchBot Mode

Your SwitchBot’s mode can be easily selected in the advanced settings of your device, inside the SwitchBot app. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Find and select your bot inside the app.
  2. Go to the Advanced Settings.
  3. Select Mode.
  4. Choose between press and switch modes.

As we mentioned before, the installation process of the bot differs depending on what mode you’re using.

If you’re using the SwitchBot on switch mode, make sure to attach the sticky pad to the switch beforehand.

When Do You Use Press Mode?

When Do You Use Press Mode in SwitchBot
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The press mode is more useful when automating push buttons. For example, you can use it to turn on your TV remotely or to activate your coffee maker. The robotic arm will essentially work like a human finger.

The push mode is the standard one on SwitchBot and can automate virtually any appliance that works with a button. You can also customize a few parameters such as press time depending on what you’re automating. 

Examples of use:

  • TVs and Monitors
  • Coffee Machines
  • Speakers and Home Theater Systems
  • Thermostats

When Do You Use the Switch Mode?

When to Use the Switch Mode in Switchbot
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The switch mode is better suited for rocker switches. A lot of appliances feature an on/off rocker switch instead of a button. A very popular way to use the switch mode is to automate older light switches.

To use your SwitchBot bot in switch mode, you will need the sticky pad that is shipped with the product. This will allow the device to both press and pull the switch back up to its original state. Keep in mind that it takes a little more space than the standard press mode, but is still very easy to install.

Examples of use:

  • Light Switches
  • Appliances with On/Off Rocker Switches

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Sticky Hook That Comes With the Switchbot Bot Strong Enough to Work With All Kinds of Switches?

As different switches offer different resistance, this is a common question, but the sticky hook shipped with the bot is strong enough to be used with the majority of rocker and flip switches, including more resistant ones.

Do I Need Any Extra Accessories to Use the Switchbot Bot in Switch Mode?

No, only the sticky hook that is shipped with the device. If you ever need a spare, you can find the product on SwitchBot’s website and Amazon.

Can I Invert the On/Off Direction in Switch Mode?

Yes. Your flip switch may have a different on/off direction depending on the manufacturer and installation. You can easily invert the on/off direction in the advanced settings, the same place where you select your bot’s mode.


The press and switch modes on SwitchBot allow you to pick the best configuration for the automation task you have at hand, whether you want to automate a simple button or a flip switch. You can swap between modes on the advanced settings of your device in your SwitchBot app.

Regardless of what mode you’re using, we recommend you check other parameters as well such as press time, so you can find the best combination for your particular use case.

If you have a SwitchBot or you’re planning on buying one, make sure to check our related articles about the device as well.

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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