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Your personal wireless lighting that lets you easily control your lights from any device and create the right ambience for every moment. The Philips Hue app is designed around you, your home and your everyday life. Play around, create and explore the limitless possibilities of the world's most connected light.
What's New in Version 2.8.0
- Set the entire room to a specific color by tapping the room icon! Just like you can with an individual light.
- Create a scene from your current light settings from the “plus” button in the scenes tab of a room.
- No longer will you need to detach your finger to reach the settings icon! You can now find the settings in the tab bar.
- Adding new rooms or reshuffling your lights? Now Siri & HomeKit automatically learn about new rooms, lights, scenes and update them automatically.
- Using widgets or Hue accessories? We’ve now made it easier for you to select your entire home.
- Various bug fixes and stability improvements.
I Actually Like It
I'm not a developer. Having gotten that out of the way, I will now bravely state I actually like the Philips Hue app. I'm new to the product, only just having installed within the last week. I run a modest 14 different bulbs (5 3rd gen white and color ambiance A19s, 3 3rd gen white ambiance A19s, and 6 2nd gen white and color par 16 spots), and haven't had any trouble getting the app to do what I want when I want it done. It was pretty easy to figure out, to pair my bulbs with my bridge, and to set up scenes which interface with Apple HomeKit and iOS widgets etc. for my devices. I particularly appreciate the Apple Watch app, which is handy for when I'm entertaining and want to make a change without calling too much attention to what I'm doing. I'm guessing people reviewing the app negatively might have been through several iterations of this app, and as I don't have that same perspective this may be affecting my overall impression of it, but I've had zero difficulty. Though the app is fairly basic, it's out of the box a good and (for me) fully functional tool to dip my toes into the smart lighting sea change. I look forward to future updates.
Buggy. Bad Design
I've invested a lot of money in Hue hardware, and continue to be disappointed by this app. It still crashes on me regularly, and I dislike the design. Simple tasks like turning on and off lights and dimming them require finger dexterity due to small controls. Half the time I find myself accidentally dimming the lights just because I tapped the app in the wrong place. Some of the new features aren't even working. Some lights randomly show unreachable in the app, even though they work, which cripples the Home app functionality. I'm sure some people love "millions" of colors, but personally, I just wish there were some basic choices of white that could be selected universally across all types of lights, without fussing over a bunch of custom scenes. The scenes includes are worthless to me; I just go in and delete them. Bottom Line: Ive spent a LOT of money on the Hue ecosystem, and I am disappointed in both hardware and software. The hardware is not consistently reliable, and the version 2 app has never been good. About to shift to Lutron...
Terrible - routines don't work
This second gen app is such a disappointment. I finally received notice that the first app no longer was going to be supported. So I switched over all my alarms to the new "routines". Well, low and behold, I just woke up and my lights were NOT on despite my wake up being set to turn on >30min ago. I checked my network and it's working, I checked Fing and it sees my Hue Bridge. I checked my app and I was able to manually turn on my lights. So what gives? Having the light turn on is critical to my routine. On top of all this, it doesn't even remember my last theme setting on my lights and keeps reverting to "relax" mode if I turn one on and off. I may have to go back to the unsupported app. Why make a new app and break every feature that made the old one great? And WHY is there even a second app? Why couldn't the first one just be updated or at least give the second a working import setting for the alarms. This is such BS! Make this thing work!!!
- Category: Lifestyle
- Updated: Jan 30, 2017
- Version: 2.8.0
- Size: 73.2 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Seller: Philips Lighting B.V.
- ©2017 Philips Lighting Holding B.V. All rights reserved.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.