Hive is a British Gas innovation that creates connected products designed to give people the control they want for their homes anytime, anywhere.
Hive Active Heating™
Hive Active Heating™ enables you to control your heating and hot water (if you have a separate hot water tank) from your mobile, tablet or laptop to do it all remotely.
With Hive Active Heating™:
• You could save up to £150 a year on your heating bills as you’ll never have to heat an empty home again
• View and change your heating and hot water schedule so it fits with your day
• Set Frost Protection and temperature alerts for peace of mind
• Boost your heating and hot water from 30 mins to 6 hours
• Set a Holiday Mode so your heating has a break when you do
• Activate Geolocation for heating reminders when you’re leaving or returning home
Hive Active Plug™
Hive Active Plug™ lets you control home electrical appliances via your mobile, tablet or laptop. Check and switch off things like your iron or hair straighteners and schedule lamps to turn on and off while on holiday.
Hive Active Light™
Hive Active Light™ lets you switch your lights on and off, set schedules and dim from your phone – great if you go out forgetting to turn off a lamp, don't like returning to a dark home, or are on holiday and want to make it look like someone's in.
Hive Window or Door Sensor
You'll know if a window or door is opened or closed when you're away from home with the Hive Window or Door Sensor. These clever sensors will tell you by sending an alert to your phone.
Hive Motion Sensor
Have extra peace of mind with these small but sophisticated sensors that send an alert to your phone if movement is spotted inside your home.
Discover more and buy online at hivehome.com/buynow.
iPhone X support
Ratings and Reviews
Latest update is awful
I've loved this app since it started. Unfortunately the last two incarnations have got worse each time.
I'm over 40 and I'm trying to avoid wearing glasses where I can but I now need to wear them even to put the heating on boost! Everything is so small, no bold or easy to hit buttons and very easy to hit the wrong thing, even with my glasses on. Rubbish. It wasn't broken so why fix it? Wish I could roll back!
Update - hot water part of the app is also pretty rubbish. There’s no way to advance the hot water.
I’m not sure why this can’t be offered ? It would’ve sensible to be able to. Eg I had the water on yesterday afternoon after the kids had showers but didn’t need it on in the evening as a result. But no way to stop it which is ridiculous. I had to turn it completely to Off and just hope I remembered to turn it back to scheduled again. On normal thermostats you can advance the water rather than on or off so not having this feature on the app is actually a retrograde step.
Each version of the app make this worse for me and for useability. Things I get used to being able to do change or get removed . I still hate the new version of the heating part of the app because it’s inconsistent with the water one re the boost button etc. It’s illogical and not user friendly to have two different formats. Very confusing for someone tech savvy like me so the elderly and those partially sighted must have a nightmare
I like Hive....
I’ve been using Hive app for just over a year now and have always been impressed as to what it does. Control your heating, water, lights, etc. from your phone. They way it works (and it works well) just seems natural. Heading home early.... simply turn your heating on and your home is nice and toasty when you arrive.
My only disappointment up until now had been my lights in the living room. We have three of them and I needed to perform three actions to turn them all on. Now with quick actions I’ve set them up so that I can control all three as a group. All three on or off at the touch of a button. I’m sure that I’ll be making good use of the other action combinations after I’ve fully digested what the system can do.
Many thanks to the Hive development team who continue to provide an excellent interface to the Hive system. Thanks!!
Hi Ynot, so glad you love the quick actions, it certainly does make turning room lights on/off a lot easier. The Hive Team
Just not reliable enough
I really liked this when I first got it - I got it for my heating, and quickly added sensors, plugs and lights.
Since the last update my lights turn on seemingly at random - they don’t turn off when scheduled either. The actions from sensors are hit and miss. Even when I switch them off they still come on - annoying when you’ve turned lights off and disabled the sensor to watch a film.
I changed the schedule of lights for summer to come on later - but they still come on at the old times. I’ve tried resetting everything (I shouldn’t need to).
I have deleted all receipts and just put basic on-off timers on everything and sometimes they come on when I ask and sometimes they don’t.
The geofencing was good - I had really hoped this would improve. I still get asked on my way home if I want to switch the heating on - no need when the temperature is above the target and the heating is switched off, but ok. What would be good is if it would just turn the heating on and not ask me to intervene to do it - I don’t really want to pull over when driving to make sure my light and heating are on - I just want them to come on.
The lack of interaction with Apple home isn’t helpful - after almost three years I had hoped it would be available by now.
I was ok with the pretty basic functionality to begin with - but the developments have been limited and at the expense of existing features.
The system itself isn’t bad - it’s the app that’s just poor.
Hi Cinda, thanks for taking the time to leave us this feedback . Please contact us on Facebook or Twitter @Hive Helper. We also have web chat through the Hive website www.hivehome.com
The Hive Team
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.