Knowledge Center Programming

Stopping Sprinklers from the Rain Bird App

To stop automatic watering: Select the controller that is running from the main menu.  Press on the water drop icon in the bottom bar. Press stop. Different controller models may have the stop button in a different location. To stop manual program watering: After starting a program manual run, you can press the “Skip Next” […]

Sprinkler Manual Watering

There are a few ways to turn on your sprinklers when they are not scheduled to run, called “manual” watering. 1. You can manually run a zone by selecting the “water drop” icon on the controller card in the Rain Bird App home screen. 2. You can manually run each zone by pressing the controller […]

Scheduling a Rain Bird WiFi Controller for Automatic Irrigation

After completing the setup process in the Rain Bird app with a WiFi controller a “Controller Card” will appear in the app. You will need to “tap” on the controller card in order to access the controller. Tap the pencil icons on the respective programs or zones to edit your controller’s irrigation schedules. You can […]

Leaving the Rain Bird App Open

If the Rain Bird app is left open on a mobile device, the app will disconnect from the controller after several minutes. To reconnect the app may show the message “Connecting to controller…” If the app is slow to respond after being left open for a time, go back to the main screen and select the […]

Syncing the Rain Bird App and the WiFi Controller Panel

Your WiFi controller and the Rain Bird app synchronize automatically when your mobile device connects to the controller, and then when changes are made in the app and the “Done” button is selected. There are no additional steps required to synchronize the two. It is important to remember to press “Done” when making any schedule […]

All Zones Watering More Than They Should

When a controller waters all zones more than one time, like watering all of them in sequence and then starts over and does it again, it may be a programming issue. Sometimes there is more than one start time per program when only one start time was intended. Double check all of your start times […]

Controller is Not Watering the Set Run Times

This issue could be caused by the seasonal adjust setting. Double check the setting in the App or at the controller. If the seasonal adjust is less than nominal, the run times will be shortened accordingly. Nominal is 100% for ESP-TM2, ESP-Me controllers, 0% for ST8, ESP-RZXe controllers. In the Rain Bird app you can […]

How does Automatic Seasonal Adjust work?

Turn on the “Automatic Seasonal Adjust” switch in the Rain Bird App to save as much as 30% of your scheduled watering per year. In the simplified monthly watering use chart above the dark blue section represents the actual watering needs for a landscape, and the light blue represents watering that happens if you run […]