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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 – 7 years already and counting – and some may even come from your wishes, because iConnectHue has been developed with its users
  • Family focus: Scene sharing, family geofencing (first one turns on the light, last one off – optional), light &, group hiding (locks children out of changing certain groups), Magic Scene and Animation sharing with Pro membership (which also lets you share the membership with up to 5 family members of the same household)
  • It lets you group your lights – for example by rooms. You can hide groups, rooms and zones 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 Automation: coming/leaving home functionality and Discotainment)
  • Voice commands via Siri Shortcuts (requires iOS 12 and newer iOS devices) for these actions:
    • Scenes, Magic Scenes, group colors, Animations (only w/ Animation upgrade), Sleep/Instant timers (only w/ Pro membership)
    • Group off and light on/off
    • Discotainment opening, starting and stopping (only w/ Discotainment addon)
  • Multiply the possibilities of your Motion sensors (indoor & outdoor)
    • Set it up for multiple groups, rooms and zones (e.g. to guide the way at night)
    • Let the motion sensor either return to the last state or turn off your group 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 switches 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 switch editor (including animations, with purchased animation upgrade)
  • Multiply the possibilities of your switches with the switch editor
    • Supports Hue Tap, Hue Dimmer, Smart Button, Friends of Hue switches and Lutron Aurora
    • Fade times for each action can be set
    • Control multiple groups/rooms/zones and lights with one button
    • Friends of Hue receive a 5th and 6th button (top or bottom buttons combined press) (see also Press release)
    • Switch between multiple scenes or brightnesses with just one tap button! (for details, see the press release)
    • Select one of four different ways to split up actions
      • Up to 5 alternations for pressable 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/room/zone (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 scenes and Magic Scenes
      • Turn groups/rooms/zones and lights on and off
      • Set color of a whole group
      • Add sleep timers to groups to fade them down or turn them off within a time frame
      • Add reminders that blink your lights after a set amount of time
      • Change group brightness, relative or absolute
      • Change relative group color temperature (only w/ Pro membership)
      • Color animations / dynamic scenes (with optional animation upgrade)
      • 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!
  • Magic Scene Designer (see Video how it works)
    • Create a Magic Scene once, use it in every group and room you have
    • Magic Scenes can be modified interactively with just a few finger tips and updates in real time in your group
    • Can be used for timers, on switches, in the widget and on the Apple Watch (with additional Watch Plus)
  • iPad only: Scene browser lets you easily create and choose your scenes!
  • 3D/Haptic 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 scenes 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 scene or favorite (They are backed up and shared via iCloud. Scenes 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 or membership)
      • the group state – always, or only if a group is on or off
    • Instant timers
      • Sleep timers for groups ease your time when you want to go to bed
      • Reminders let your group lights blink (once or for 30 seconds)
      • Slowly fade over to a color, scene or magic scene
    • Use colors (for groups and lights) and scenes (for groups) to turn on lights, or just create off timers
    • With additional Animation Upgrade, start even animations on groups
    • Add random offset of up to +/- 60 minutes for normal timers (only works for non-conditional timers)
    • 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, scenes and selections are shared via iCloud (devices need same iCloud account, also works between iPhone & iPad)
  • TouchLink light 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 more 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, Ikea Tradfri
  • Find new lights, new hue Taps/Dimmers/Motion Sensors, add lights from other bridges, update your bridge and lights firmware
  • VoiceOver support for audio assisted navigation
  • Integrated tutorials and FAQ make it easy to understand the usage and to solve problems
  • Create the notification center widget you want, with live preview!
    • Add scenes, Magic Scenes, Animations (latter with optional Animation Upgrade or membership)
    • Switches for lights and groups/rooms/zones
    • Instant timers (sleep timers, reminders)
    • Group light states (as a stripe)
    • Dimmers for groups
    • Enable/disable motion sensors, show their temperature in the widget
  • Fully configure what happens to your light after it lost power (available under the “i” symbol for each light)
    • Start with warm white (default)
    • Return to the last state (do not turn on unless it was on)
    • Return to the last color (always turn on after power loss)
    • Return to a certain color

Additional functionality available via in app purchase or membership:

  • 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 with an unthrottled data connection, iConnectHue installed and this in app purchase or a membership – we recommend the Pro membership, which is thought for families
  • Discotainment (see demo video)
    • Works with your device’s microphone – hence (almost) any audible audio source can be used
    • Color effects with Magic Scenes (which you can pick and create yourself), which can react to the beat (use preferably with beat heavy music as electronic and pop music)
    • Lightness effects which react on music volume
    • Strobe like effects as sparkle and strobe, with many options
    • Really responsive thanks to Hue Entertainment – requires a square Hue bridge, and requires Philips Hue color lights
    • Works with one Entertainment group at a time (with up to 10 lights), works with multiple bridges with optional Multibridge (where on each bridge such a group can be controlled)
  • Animation Upgrade (see press release)
    • Create the color animations / dynamic scenes you want, with colors, scenes and Magic Scenes (Animations only work on groups due to system limitations)
    • Upload them to switches as well as motion sensors
    • Use them in timers or when coming/leaving home
    • Unlike any other app, they run on the bridge, don’t waste your battery, and can be stopped by anyone
    • 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
  • Multiple Animation and Magic Scene Packages
  • 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
    • Adds group access to your Apple Watch
    • Full control for your groups
    • Change group brightness
    • Load scenes and Magic Scenes
    • Change group colors, load favorite colors
    • Start group sleep timers
    • Have access to your widget (only w/ Pro membership)
  • NOTE: If you’re on the desktop, you can open the price list on the App store app page
  • With a Basic or Pro membership many (Basic) or ALL (Pro) features are available without additional in app purchases
  • We need to offer you in app purchases to be able to continue to develop iConnectHue. In app purchases are laid out in a way that you usually don’t need every one of them. If you’re interested in more background, please have a look at the App costs page

iConnectHue in the press and blogs

Requirements if you want to use iConnectHue

  • A Philips Hue bridge, either v1 (round) or v2 (square, recommended), NO BLUETOOTH BULBS without bridge supported
  • At least bridge firmware 1.10 (of October 2015), most recent firmware recommended (update is free)
  • An iPhone 6 or SE (recommended: at least 6S/SE) for iConnectHue, an iPad mini 2, iPad 4 for iConnectHue HD
  • iOS: Always the current and the last major version are supported (e.g. 13 is current, then 12 is last)
  • A local Wifi connection to use advanced features like Animations, Discotainemt or switch editing
  • For automation: A stable at least 3G (UMTS) connection without data throttling

Compared to Philips’ v3 app

  • Use the same lights in multiple groups (as long as you create groups with iConnectHue)
  • No restrictions when using zones, they can be used the same as groups and rooms everywhere
  • No beta, everything is tested – have many Hue labs like features fully integrated in an 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, multi user geofencing, zones)
  • 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 upgrade even on your switches, in watch and widget!)
  • Magic Scenes mag color gradients easy to apply and modify in every single group – create once, use everywhere
  • Supports more light makes than Hue
  • Discotainment allows light sync to music (optional)
  • More flexible timers
    • Auto adjusting Sunrise/Sunset time timers with the ability to act on group “on” state, with offset and, with additional automation, to act on presence of a user
    • 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 – which lets you fake presence automatically)
  • Disable devices (switches & motion sensor) for a limited amount of time, toggle them via widget
  • Trigger your mostly used scenes directly from your iPhone search
  • Include Living Colors lights and Living Whites plugs
  • Completely free configuration of switches (Hue Tap, Hue Dimmer, Friends of Hue) 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, dimmer and Friends of Hue buttons, and you can configure the dimmer/Friends of Hue 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
  • Apple Watch extended features (optional)
    • Voice commands with old bridge
    • Sleep timers via force touch
    • Access to all rooms and scenes
  • 3D touch support on app icon
  • Extended coming home functionality with remote access (optional with Automation)
    • Save money with Living Whites or Osram Lightify plugs by turning off devices with them on leaving
    • Select which scene should be loaded or actions should be taken when you arrive or leave
  • More actions with Siri Shortcuts
    • Turn single lights on and off – also those not under the Hue brand
    • Load favorite colors, Magic Scenes and animations in groups
  • More light power loss return states: Return to the last color (always turn on after power loss)
  • What iConnectHue currently doesn’t offer is HomeKit support – but it supports Siri Shortcuts, which are more powerful at the moment and work properly in conjunction with iConnectHue’s features (which HomeKit can not, by its design)