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Install a Philips Hue Sync Box with a TV



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The Philips Hue Sync Box is a great way to make your TV content more immersive when you pair it with your existing Philips Hue lights or the Philips Hue Gradient Lightstrip. It̵

7;s pretty easy to set up – here’s how.

First, download the Hue Sync app for your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Keep in mind that this is different from the regular Philips Hue app. As soon as you open the app for the first time, you will be greeted with a welcome screen. Select ‘Get started’.

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You will then be asked if your Hue Bridge is set up. If so, great! Go ahead and tap ‘Yes’. If not, check out our guide on how to set up your Philips Hue lights.

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The app will then ask you if your Hue Sync Box is set up. To do this, simply connect the Sync Box to the power supply, make sure all the HDMI inputs you want to use are connected, and then make sure the Sync Box is then connected to your TV via HDMI. When all is done, tap Yes.

If your Hue Sync Box is already set up, tap

When set up correctly, the LED on the front of your Hue Sync Box should flash blue. If so, tap Yes. If it flashes a different color, select “No” and the app will walk you through some troubleshooting steps.

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Accept the Terms and Conditions by selecting ‘Accept’.

Agree to the Terms and Conditions by tapping

Then make sure your mobile device’s Bluetooth connection is turned on, hold it close to your Sync Box and tap ‘Search’.

While Bluetooth is turned on on your mobile device, tap

The app will then search for the Sync Box to pair. A Bluetooth notification should appear asking you to confirm whether you want to pair your phone with the Sync Box. Tap ‘Pair and connect’.

When the notification appears, tap

If it is set up correctly, you will see a success confirmation. We then set up WiFi by tapping on ‘Set up WiFi’.

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Select your home WiFi network. On the next screen you will be asked to enter your password. Do that and hit enter.

Choose your home network from the list and enter your Wi-Fi password to continue.

You will then be asked to confirm the connection. Press and hold the power button on the front of the Sync Box until the LED on the front flashes green, then release.

Confirm the connection by pressing and holding the power button on the Hue Sync Box.

It will then automatically check for updates and update if necessary. While the update is being installed, the Sync Box may restart. When it is done, you will be notified that the update was successful. Select ‘Continue’.

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Next, we need to connect the Hue Sync Box to the Hue Bridge. This is easy. Select ‘Search for Hue Bridge’.

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It searches for a Bridge on your network. Then, when prompted, press the center button on the Hue Bridge.

Press the center button on the Hue Bridge

Once the connection is established, tap ‘Next’.

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The app will then ask you in which room or entertainment room you want to place the Sync Box. If you’ve already set up an entertainment section in the Philips Hue app, just select it. If you don’t, tap Create Entertainment Space.

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Tap ‘Create Area’.

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Select the lights you want to use in the entertainment area. Only lamps with color function appear here. Once you’ve selected your lights, tap Continue.

Select the lights you want to use and tap 'Continue'

Determine the position where your lights will be placed. Tap and drag the lights to the correct areas in your room. For this example, I placed my Philips Hue Lightstrip behind my TV and my lamp to the right of my sofa. When you’re done, tap ‘Next’.

Place your lights and tap

Then you can change the height of the lights by tapping the light you want to edit. Once that’s done, tap on ‘Test Area’.

Adjust the height of your lights and tap

Your entertainment area has been created! Select ‘Got it’.

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Now you will go back to the original screen where entertainment areas were searched. Now that we’ve created one, give it a moment and you’ll be taken to a new screen. Select the entertainment space you just created. (For this guide, this is “Nightlife Area 1.”)

Select your entertainment area

Name your HDMI inputs. If you tap the HDMI icon, you can even select presets such as ‘Xbox’, ‘PlayStation’ or ‘Chromecast’. Then tap ‘Next’.

Name your HDMI inputs and tap

Your area has been set up! Tap “Let’s Go!”

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The app will now take you to the home screen of the Hue Sync app. You can select different modes, intensities and brightness. Your lights are not immediately synchronized with the content of the screen. Select ‘Start’ at the bottom of the app to start syncing.

Tap to start syncing

Now your lights should match the video on your TV! From this menu you can also adjust the intensity of the lights, change inputs on the Hue Sync Box and change the brightness and sync mode. To stop, simply press “Stop” at the bottom of the app.

Tap to stop syncing

RELATED: How to get the most from your Philips Hue Lights




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