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How to update your Philips Hue firmware



  A Phillips Hue Bridge
Craig Lloyd

Your Philips Hue lamps, bridges and switches all work with firmware that you can update. That is of crucial importance now, because a vulnerability allows malware to be installed on a Philips Hue bridge. Here you can read how you can check for and install updates from Hue.

Updates are installed via the Hue app for iPhone, iPad or Android. They can be installed automatically, so you never have to think about it again. We recommend that you enable automatic updates if you have not already done so. The update that fixes the vulnerability was released in mid-January 2020, so there is a good chance that it is already installed on your hardware.

Checking and installing tint updates

Open the tint to check for app updates on Android, iPhone or iPad.

Tap the & # 39; Settings & # 39; icon at the bottom of the screen. Scroll down and tap "Software Update" at the bottom of the list.

 Checking Software Updates in the Hue App

You see the "Check for Updates" message while the app checks for updates to your devices. This may take a while.

When it is finished, you will see a list of connected devices, including bridges, lamps, and switches. If the app says "No updates available", you already have the latest updates.

 Tint app that says no updates are available

If the app says updates are available, find the device that needs an update in the list. There is no green check mark next to it. Tap the device name and then tap the "Update" button. The Hue app downloads the update and installs it on your device. Your light may blink during the process.

 A list of up-to-date devices in the Hue app

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How to enable automatic tint updates

We recommend that automatic updates are enabled so that you never have to worry about this again. This is especially the case now that we see security updates for the Hue software – not just bug fixes and feature updates.

Tap the "Automatic Update" option on the Software Update screen to find these options.,

 At the top of the Software Update screen in the Hue app

Make sure that the Automatic update option is enabled here.

You can also select the time of day for Hue to install updates. Your lights may blink during this process, so choose a time when this will not be annoying for you. You probably don't want your bedroom lighting updated (and blinking) while you sleep.

 Automatic update options in the Hue app

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