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Understanding how to change or turn off the software on your thermostat is crucial. This knowledge is particularly significant if you have recently purchased a new thermostat from Honeywell, or if you are attempting to enhance the efficiency of your current one.

In almost every Honeywell thermostat model, you can set up temporary or permanent holds and in certain models, you can disable the schedule entirely.

So let me show you how to set these up in the guide below.

When To Clear or Turn Off the Schedule?

There are various scenarios when this might be necessary.

  • If you're going on vacation or hosting a special function at home, you may need to set up a consistent temperature for an extended period of time.
  • If the thermostat's schedule function is glitching out or doesn’t seem to switch automatically.
  • When you’re looking to recalibrate the temperature sensor, to ensure accurate readings and a comfortable environment.
  • When you're moving to another home or making certain changes to your living space

By turning off the current schedule and disabling it, or setting up a new one, you can clear any issues and optimize the thermostat's performance to suit your updated preferences.

Model-Specific Instructions

Each model has its unique settings and controls which determine how to turn off, override, or clear a schedule. Here are some of the different ways you can clear or turn off the schedule.

  • Create a “Perm Hold” or “Schedule Override” to maintain a constant temperature indefinitely.
  • Enable the “Turn Off/Disable Schedule” function that provides you full manual control over temperature settings.
  • Set a “Vacation Hold” through the app. 
  • Reset the schedule to the default and clear any settings
  • Or configure the thermostat as “Non-programmable,” disabling all scheduling functionality

So now let’s get into the app and model-specific instructions

Honeywell Home App

Mobile App for iOS and Android

Honeywell Home App

Set a Permanent Hold

To set a permanent hold, simply adjust the temperature using the up or down arrows and follow any prompts that appear to update your preferences.

This hold feature helps maintain your preferred temperature settings, providing consistent comfort in your home.

Turn Off the Schedule

To turn off the schedule on your thermostat, open the Honeywell Home app and select the appropriate device.

Tap the calendar icon located in the lower right corner of the display, then choose “Options” to disable the schedule.

You can clear the existing schedule by creating a new one or reverting to default settings.

Honeywell Home App Turn Off Schedule
Turning off or editing schedules in the Honeywell Home app

Vacation Hold

Additionally, the vacation hold feature can be set within the app, allowing you to program specific temperature settings for longer time periods.

This function ensures energy efficiency and comfort during your time away.

To set up a vacation hold via the app:

  1. Open the Honeywell home app and select your thermostat
  2. Then, tap the menu icon or gear wheel icon at the upper corners of the screen.
  3. After that, tap on the setting labelled “Vacation”
  4. Toggle the settings to On and follow the app instructions to set a “From date/time” and a “To date/time”
  5. Review the changes and tap on the back arrow to save and return to the home screen.
  6. To set the temperature setpoint during vacation hold, manually change it using the + and – buttons.
  7. The thermostat will maintain this temperature until the vacation mode ends.
  8. To cancel vacation mode anytime, tap on “Run Schedule” on the thermostat's home screen or the “End Vacation” prompt on the Honeywell Home app.

T10 Pro and T9

Smart thermostats with a color touchscreen

T9 2

Disable or Override Schedule

  1. First, wake up the touch screen and tap the menu icon at the bottom of the home screen.
  2. Select “Schedule,” followed by “Schedule Options.”
  3. From here, tap either “Disable Schedule” to turn off the current schedule or “Reset to Default Schedule” to default the schedule settings.
  4. Press the “X” button to return to the main screen and save your changes.
  5. Also, if you'd rather not use a preset schedule, you can adjust the thermostat manually.
  6. Ensure the thermostat is in heat, cool, auto, or em heat mode, and press the up or down arrow to change the desired temperature.
  7. If in auto mode, press “heat to” or “cool to” first.
  8. With scheduling enabled, the bottom of the screen will read “Hold until” and display a time.
  9. Tap this, and you'll see options including “Next Period,” “A Specific Time,” “Permanently,” and “Remove hold.”
  10. Choose your preferred option, or “A Specific Time” to set a custom hold time.
  11. Press “Done” to save your settings and return to the home screen.

To turn off or disable the schedule, you can follow the same instruction set laid out for the Honeywell Home app

T6 Pro Smart and T6 Pro-Style Thermostats

Smart thermostats with buttons or touchscreen

T4 T5 T6 and 6000 series 1 1

Setting a Permanent Hold (T6 Pro Smart, T6 Pro Z-Wave, T5+)

To set a permanent hold on your T6-style thermostat: 

  1. Start by tapping on the + and – buttons/touch prompts on the home screen to set your desired temperature.
  2. A “Hold Until” label will appear along with the time the hold is set to end.
  3. Next, touch “Hold Until,” and “Permanent Hold” will show up on the screen.
  4. Touch “Permanent Hold” to maintain the current temperature until you decide to change it manually.
  5. To end the permanent hold and resume the programmed schedule, touch “Permanent Hold” again and then touch “Run Schedule.”

Setting a Permanent Hold (T6 Pro, T4 Pro)

  1. To permanently hold a temperature, simply press + or – to change the current value.
  2. When TEMPORARY HOLD appears, press the Hold (Mode) button to switch to Permanent Hold.
  3. To cancel this hold, press + or – and then hit the Cancel button.
  4. If you want to turn off the thermostat schedule, press the Menu button, select PROG, and choose between ON or OFF by using the + and – buttons.

Turn Off the Schedule

  1. Tap or press on “Menu” on the home screen
  2. Use the left and right arrow buttons to scroll to the “SCHEDULE” or “PROG” setting
  3. Then, tap on “Select”
  4. After that, press the “Sched.On/Off” button to enable/disable the schedule or simply use the left and right arrows to toggle the setting to “Off”
  5. Press “Select” and return to the home screen or simply return to the home screen if you don’t have the option to do so
  6. The thermostat will disable the schedule after a couple of minutes.
T6 Pro Smart Turn Off Schedule
Turning off the schedule in a Honeywell T6-style thermostat

Reset/Clear the Schedule

To reset your thermostat to the default Monday-Friday, Saturday-Sunday schedule:

  1. Open the “Menu”
  2. Scroll to “RESET”
  3. Touch “Select,” followed by the left or right arrows until you see “SCHEDULE,” and then touch “Select” once more.
  4. Finally, touch “Yes” to confirm the reset.
Honeywell T6 Z Wave reset schedule
Clearing the schedule to default on a Honeywell T6-style thermostat

Configure as Non-Programmable

  1. First, enter the advanced installer menu by pressing and holding the Menu button/touch prompt for five seconds.
  2. After that, use the left or right arrows to cycle through the number on the top until you get to ISU number “120” (Also labeled as “Schedule Type”)
  3. Then, tap on “Edit” to change the Schedule type 
  4. To turn off the schedule, switch this setting to “No Schedule”
  5. Tap on “Done” to confirm and save changes. 
T6 Pro Smart ISU Editing
Accessing and managing the ISU settings on a T6-style thermostat

9000/8000 Series

Programmable thermostat with touchscreen

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Overriding Schedules (Home Use Models Only)

  1. To override the current schedule, simply adjust the desired temperature using the arrows on the right side of the screen and the “Hold Until” time using the left-side arrows (which usually pop up after you change the temperature setpoint).
  2. The thermostat will follow the schedule until the “Hold Until” time is up.
  3. To maintain the set temperature indefinitely, select “Switch to Permanent Hold”.
  4. Resume the program schedule at any time by touching “Cancel Hold.”
9000 series override Schedule 1
Permanent schedule override in a 9000 series-style thermostat

Set Vacation Mode (Home Use Models Only)

Setting a Vacation Hold for the Honeywell 9000/8000 Series thermostats is a great way to save energy during your time away and return to comfortable settings upon your arrival.

To set this up:

  1. Touch MENU, then select Vacation Mode.
  2. Use the up and down arrows to choose the date you’re leaving for vacation, followed by “Next” to input the exact date and time you leave and return.
  3. When you've finalized your selections, touch “Done” to save your settings, or touch “Back” and then “Cancel” if you want to ignore the changes.
9000 series vacation mode
Setting vacation mode on the 9000 series

Perform a Schedule Reset

  1. Press and hold the “Menu” icon. 
  2. Follow by selecting “Preferences.”
  3. Next, choose “Restore Default Schedule.”

Configure as Non-Programmable (9000 Series Only)

For Honeywell 9000 users who prefer to configure their thermostats as non-programmable:

  1. Touch MENU, 
  2. Select Preferences and head into “Advanced Preferences.” 
  3. Choose “Scheduling Options.”
  4. Here, you can opt for Non-programmable or Programmable.
  5. Once you've made all necessary changes, press Done to save and exit.
9000 series ISU schedule
Configuring the 9000 series thermostat as “Non-Programmable”

FocusPRO 6000/6500 WF Series

Programmable thermostats

FocusPRO 6000 Series 1 2

Permanent Override

  1. Press the “HOLD” button on the thermostat
  2. Then, use the up and down arrows to adjust the temperature to your desired setting.
  3. Press “Cancel” to resume the schedule anytime
600 series perm hold
Setting a permanent override/hold on a Honeywell 6000 Series thermostat

Configure as Non-Programmable

  1. First, enter the installer menu by pressing and holding the “Fan” and up arrow buttons together for 3 seconds until the display changes
  2. Then, keep pressing the “Next” button until the number on the left is “16”
  3. After that, use the up and down arrows to adjust the number on the right to “0”
  4. Finally, press “Done” to save and exit.
6500 series ISU Schedule off
Configuring the 6000 Series thermostat to be non-programmable

PRO 4000 Series, RTH2300/RTH221

Programmable thermostats

4000RTH2300RTH221 1

Set Up Permanent Hold

  1. Simply press the HOLD button located on the thermostat interface.
  2. Then, adjust the temperature as desired
  3. The thermostat will hold the set temperature until you choose to change it
  4. To cancel the hold anytime, press the RUN button
4000 series perm hold
Configuring permanent holds in a 4000-Series style thermostat

Reset the Schedule (Only for RTH2300)

For RTH2300 owners who need to reset the thermostat's schedule, follow these steps:

  1. First, press and hold the up and down arrow buttons together until the display changes, which takes about five seconds.
  2. Next, press both arrow buttons again for a second to advance to the following function.
  3. Keep advancing until you reach function “40.”
  4. Now, press the up and down arrows individually to adjust the desired setting.
  5. Select “0” for “Off” and “1” for “On” to program the default schedule.
  6. To save the adjustments and exit the system setup, press the “RUN” button.
RTH 2221 ISU Schedule disable
Resetting the schedule in a Honeywell RTH2300


When it comes to turning off or clearing the schedule, there are several options. So depending on the model, you can override the schedule, turn it off, reset or disable the option entirely.

Whatever the case, it’s always a good idea to know how to play both sides: leveraging the schedule and also knowing how to reset/turn it off when necessary. 

So check out the instructions I’ve laid above or drop a comment if you have any questions. 


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