Features

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Why use iConnectHue for your Philips Hue system?

  • It’s an app with full feature set – control almost every aspect of your hue lights – and was designed with you as a user in mind
  • Enjoy constant app updates with improvements – and some may even come from your wishes, because iConnectHue has been developed with its users
  • Family focus: Preset sharing, family geofencing (first one turns on the light, last one off – optional), light & group order, group hiding (animation sharing only on devices with same iCloud account)
  • It lets you group your lights – for example by rooms. You can hide groups from other apps that you need but don’t want to see.
  • Everything happens on your bridge – your iPhone can be turned off (except for coming/leaving home functionality)
  • Multiply the possibilities of your Motion sensor
    • Set it up for multiple groups (e.g. to guide the way at night)
    • Let the motion sensor either return to the last state or turn off your lights
    • Up to 5 time ranges / time slots for motion and no motion actions, OR split actions by day and night
    • Up to 3 actions per time range
    • Cancel your sensor inactivity actions with Dimmer, Tap or the app itself – hence your motion sensor doesn’t turn off your lights when it doesn’t detect any more motion
    • Combine two or three sensors for larger or L-shaped areas (with each one cancelling the other)
    • Have time ranges / time slots where nothing happens (simply delete all actions there)
    • Restrict the sensor to only trigger if the affected groups are off
    • You can set up the same group actions as in the Dimmer and Tap editor (including animations, with purchased animation editor)
  • Multiply the possibilities of your Hue Tap and Hue Dimmer switches with the switch editor
    • Fade times for each action can be set
    • Control multiple groups and lights with one button
    • Switch between multiple presets or brightnesses with just one tap button! (for details, see the press release)
    • Four different ways to split up actions
      • Up to 5 alternations for tap and dimmer buttons and multiple actions (per alternation) – cycle through all your alternations with each press
      • Set up up to 5 time ranges / time slots each day with each having different actions
      • Let the switches act differently at day and at night
      • Use the on state of a group (e.g. turn it on when it’s off, turn it off when it’s on)
      • NOTE: you can select the type at the very bottom of the list – but only if there’s not already another alternation type in use. If so, delete all steps except the last and then select to split up the switch (option appears then)
    • Up to 8 actions per button press possible
      • Load presets
      • Turn groups and lights on and off
      • Set color of a whole group
      • Add sleep timers to groups when going to sleep
      • Change group brightness, relative or absolute
      • Color animations (with optional animation editor)
      • Let groups blink (alert family members)
      • Cancel motion sensor inactivity actions
  • Upload color animations to your bridge. No more empty iPhone batteries, and everybody with iConnectHue can stop them!
  • iPad only: Preset browser lets you easily create and choose your presets!
  • 3D touch support on app icon – turn your lights on and off instantly!
  • Directly edit your lights on / off state, lightness and color and save them as your favorite
  • Remote Access: control your lights when not at home
  • Trigger your mostly used presets directly from your iPhone search
  • Drag & drop colors from one lamp to another (on iPad even between groups and bridges!)
  • Save your current colors as a preset or favorite (They are backed up and shared via iCloud. Presets are also shared via bridge to each family member)
  • Disable devices (switches & motion sensor) for a limited amount of time
  • Extensive timer support
    • Timers on each day or certain days
    • Timers on individual lights or groups
    • All group timers can be conditional on
      • your presence (you, anybody, nobody present) (Requires optional Automation)
      • the group state – always, or only if a group is on or off
    • Sleep timers for groups ease your time when you want to go to bed
    • Use colors (for groups and lights) and presets/scenes (for groups) to turn on lights, or just create off timers
    • With additional Animation Editor, start even animations on groups
    • Add random offset of up to +/- 30 minutes for normal timers (without usage of presence)
    • Use sunrise and sunset timers on groups (they auto adjust to your local sunrise/sunset times)
  • Works with multiple devices: All groups, timers and light orders are shared, presets and selections are shared via iCloud (devices need same iCloud account, also works between iPhone & iPad version)
  • TouchLink search – include your Living Colors lights into your Hue system – iConnectHue can find most of them! (without their remote, similar to the old Lampstealer but works with mor recent firmwares; no functionality guaranteed – heavily depends on your Living Colors model and your bridge firmware)
  • Supports lights of other manufactureres, like Dresden Elektronik FLS-PP lp and FLS-H lp and Osram Lightify, Innr
  • Find new lights, new hue taps, add lights from other bridges, update your bridge and lights firmware
  • Fade over to a new preset (tap the symbol with two circles right of the preset in the preset list)
  • Reset HomeKit – if you get “This bridge is being used by another user” error (note: HomeKit itself is not supported at the moment)
  • VoiceOver support for audio assisted navigation
  • Integrated tutorials and FAQ makes it easy to understand the usage and to solve problems
  • Connect faster to the bridge on app start than the original Hue app – no more useless waiting!

Additional functionality available via in app purchase:

  • Automation with Family Geofencing – the most powerful Hue geofencing available
    • Actions for all users: Lights e.g. turn on when the first arrived and off after the last left
    • Actions individual users: e.g. turn off your work place lighting or your room when you leave
    • Extremely flexible configuration, with the same actions available as in the switch editor
    • Separatable by day and night (use wizard to split it up)
    • Note: To use this feature for multiple people, every affected person needs to have an iPhone, iConnectHue installed and this in app purchase
  • Animation Editor (see press release)
    • Create the color animations you want, with colors or presets (note: the color circles in some delivered animations are actually almost the same as presets – see FAQ)
    • Upload them to Tap and Dimmer switches
    • Use them in timers or when coming/leaving home
    • Up to 8 steps with each step having a fade and next step wait time of 60 seconds
    • Have them on your Apple Watch and your notification center widget
  • Animation Packages
    • Christmas animations – create christmas feeling with a finger tip
  • REAL multi bridge support – use multiple bridges at multiple locations in just one app at the same time, without switching! (See press release)
  • Watch Plus adds more functionality to your Apple Watch
    • Full control for your groups
    • Change group brightness
    • Load presets
    • Change group colors, load favorite colors
    • Start group sleep timers
    • Use voice commands to control your lights with your voice (works with the old bridge, too!)
  • Create the notification center widget you want, with live preview! Add presets, switches, a shortcut to the sleep timer, light states and dimmers. In case you have a motion sensor, you can also show its temperature in the widget.
  • Save energy by turning devices off with Living Whites and Osram Lightify plugs when you are not at home (comes with optional automation)
  • NOTE: All in app purchases shared between iPhone and iPad version, if same iTunes and iCloud account used

iConnectHue in the press

Requirements if you want to use iConnectHue

  • A Philips Hue bridge, either v1 (round) or v2 (square, recommended)
  • At least bridge firmware 1.10 (of October 2015), most recent firmware recommended (update is free)
  • An iPhone 4S (recommended: 5S) for iConnectHue, an iPad mini, iPad 2 for iConnectHue HD
  • iOS 9 or newer (always the current and the last major version are supported)
  • For automation: A stable at least 3G (UMTS) connection without data throttling

Compared to Philips’ v2 app

  • Use the same lights in multiple groups (as long as you create groups with iConnectHue)
  • No beta, everything is tested – have many Hue labs like features fully integrated in app (examples:
    Sunset timer, no motion no fuss, tap dimmer, tap toggle, sensor snooze, sensor couple, three times is a charm – here it is five times, living scenes, scene playlist, meditation lights)
  • iConnectHue HD actually uses the grown space on the iPad with adapted controls
  • Apple Watch can access your rooms with the optional Watch Plus addon, start sleep timers, change brightness
  • Color animations (with optional animation editor even on your switches, in watch and widget!)
  • Supports more light makes than Hue
  • More flexible timers
    • Auto adjusting Sunrise/Sunset time timers
    • Instant start, easy to adjust sleep timer on each group
    • Flexible, easy to access timers
    • Timers on single lights
    • All group timers can act depending on group state (always, or only if group is on or off) and on presence (with optional Automation)
  • Disable devices (switches & motion sensor) for a limited amount of time
  • Trigger your mostly used presets directly from your iPhone search
  • Include Living Colors lights and Living Whites plugs
  • Completely free configuration of Hue tap / Hue dimmer and advanced motion sensor configuration
    • Up to 8 actions per button press or on activity, which allow completely free configuration
    • Cycle through up to 5 alternations on switches
    • -or- different actions for day and night on switches
    • -or- create up to 5 time ranges / time slots each day with different actions
    • Motion sensor: Create up to 5 time ranges / time slots for activity AND inactivity, let sensor only fire if no affected group is on
    • Much more configurability for tap and dimmer buttons, and you can configure the dimmer long press
  • Multi bridge (all bridges usable at once without switching) and multi location support (both included in optional multi bridge addon)
  • Favorite color list lets you add, name and order your favorite colors
  • Faster bridge connection and faster command execution
  • Fully configurable widget (optional)
  • Apple Watch extended features (optional)
    • Voice commands with old bridge
    • Sleep timers via force touch
    • Access to all rooms and presets
  • 3D touch support on app icon
  • Extended coming home functionality with remote access (optional)
    • Save money with Living Whites or Osram Lightify plugs by turning off devices with them on leaving
    • Select which presets should be loaded or actions should be taken when you arrive or leave
  • What iConnectHue currently doesn’t offer is HomeKit / Siri support. But compared to the enhancements you see above it overall gives you much more functionality.