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Support for your Dyson V8 Focus™ handheld vacuum

Here you can find helpful tips and advice, how-to-videos, your user manual and more.

A Dyson V8 Focus vacuum.

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User Manual

User manual

Download the user manual for your Dyson V8 Focus™ handheld vacuum.

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Getting Started

Getting started

If you haven’t already, watch our quick-start video and register your machine in our getting started section.

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Watch the quick start video

Our video shows you how to assemble and set up your vacuum, so it’s ready to use.

The Dyson V8 Focus being removed from the box.

Need any help?

If you need advice about your machine, you can chat to a Dyson Expert online, by phone or in-store.

Using your machine

Using your machine

Getting to know the power modes

Powerful suction mode

The optimum balance of power and run time. For everyday cleaning.

Max mode

For the toughest tasks. Designed for quick, intensive cleaning of ground-in dirt.

Dyson V8 Focus vacuum's power switch

Understanding battery life

The LED on your machine indicates the battery level when in use, and the status of your battery while charging.

A close up of the Dyson V8 Focus with the battery light illuminated.


Dyson-engineered accessories

Tools for every task. Each accessory is easy to attach for cleaning all around the home, and beyond.

  • Awkward gap tool in use

    Awkward gap tool

    Long and narrow, with a 22° twist to clean cars, tight gaps and hard-to-reach places.

  • Hair screw tool in use

    Hair screw tool

    Picks up long hair and pet hair. Fast. Conical brush bar spirals hair off and into the bin.

  • Scratch-free dusting brush in use

    Scratch-free dusting brush

    Gentle on delicate surfaces. And a rotating cuff keeps the soft bristles clean and clear of dust.

  • Combination tool in use

    Combination tool

    Two tools in one – wide nozzle and a brush, for quick switching between cleaning and dusting tasks.

  • Extension hose in use

    Extension hose tool

    Up to 61cm of flexible reach to any tool attachment, to clean up high or down low.


Getting the best from your battery

Charging the battery

Our video guide shows you how to charge the Dyson V8 Focus™ handheld battery.

The charging cable being plugged in to the Dyson V8 Focus.

Battery tips

Charge between cleans

It can take up to five hours to fully charge your battery. When the LED is no longer illuminated, charging is complete.

Leave charging

Your battery is designed to be left plugged in, so it's always ready to use.

A close up of the Dyson V8 Focus battery.


Maintaining your machine

Why it's important to clean your filter regularly

The filter captures microscopic dust, which can accumulate and affect performance. Help maintain suction by washing the filter at least once a month, or more frequently if used heavily.

Video showing hoe to wash the filter

How to clean your filters

  • Filter A being removed from the cyclone assembly

    1. Remove your Dyson filters

    Lift the filter out of the cyclone assembly (filter A). Twist and remove the filter at the back of your machine (filter B).

  • Filters being tapped over a sink

    2. Remove excess dust

    Tap your filters lightly to remove any loose dust and debris.

  • Filters A being washed under running water

    3. Wash filter A

    Hold under running water and squeeze gently until the water runs clear. Squeeze and twist filter to remove excess water.

  • Filters B being washed under running water

    4. Wash filter B

    Wash the inside under cold, running water. Repeat until the water runs clear. Firmly shake the filter until no water comes out.

  • Filters left to dry in a well-ventilated space

    5. Leave to dry for 24+ hours

    Dry your filters in a well-ventilated, warm place for at least 24 hours. Place filter B with the open end facing down. Your filters must be completely dry before you put them back into the machine, or it could damage the motor.

  • Filter B being refitted to the machine

    6. Refit the filters

    Screw filter B onto the back of your machine, rotating clockwise. Push filter A back into the cyclone assembly.

Emptying and cleaning the clear bin

Overfilling the bin can reduce suction and affect performance. To maintain suction, empty as soon as debris reaches the MAX marker. Cleaning the bin removes dust build-up and helps optimise performance.

Video showing how to empty and clean the clear bin
Removing blockages

Your machine will pulse and then stop if there's a blockage. Our video shows you how to check and remove debris.

Video showing how to remove blockages from the airways



A full charge takes up to 5 hours.

Yes, the battery is designed to be left on charge, to ensure your vacuum is ready for the next use.

We recommend charging your machine after every clean to maximise run time.

Your machine will pulse to alert you if there’s a blockage.

This will usually be around once a month, but may be more frequent if you use your machine more heavily. After cleaning the filter, always leave it to dry for at least 24 hours. You must ensure it's completely dry before refitting. We recommend following the cleaning instructions and cleaning by hand. The filter is not suitable for dishwasher use.

Your machine works independently and doesn't currently connect to the MyDyson™ app.

Expert advice at the Dyson Demo Store

From help and advice about choosing the right Dyson vacuum cleaner, and tools and accessories for your home, to maintenance tips and more – just ask our Dyson Experts.

Dyson vacuums on display inside a Dyson Demo store.

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