If you like Philips Hue smart home devices, you will find that you spend a lot of time in the Philips Hue app. Get ready for a big change as Signify (parent company of Philips hue) started rolling out an overhaul of the app today. You get new colors, features, and better automations.
The app update will be rolling out in the coming weeks, but if you want it now, you should be able to go to your respective app store and ask for the update. Once you update, you will be greeted by a new home screen. Now you see all your lights and scenes in one place instead of just the rooms and zones before them. And that̵
Another new feature in the home screen is the ability to switch between multiple Philips Hue bridges from one place. Under the old system, that was a hassle. And now settings for Lighting, Rooms and Zones can now be configured in any section of the Home tab. And instead of going to the settings tab to add a new light, you can add it to the room tab, which removes the extra steps of linking a device to a room later. You can even specify where in the room a new light comes in, and it will update its lighting to match other Philips Hue lights in the app.
The updated app will add splashes of color throughout and match the actual color of your lights in most cases. As you switch between scenes and colors, the light in the app will change to match the light in your room. But one of the biggest changes revolves around routines.
Instead of routines, the Philips Hue app now has automations, although the concept is the same. But many of the old limitations with routines are now gone. Now when you create automations around sunset or sunrise, you can get even more specific. New options allow you to turn on the lights five, ten, or even fifteen minutes or more before or after sunset and sunrise.
The Philips Hue app is also getting a huge new feature for the Coming Home and Leaving Home automations. Under the previous routines, if you set up a Leaving Home routine to turn off all the lights, it would also activate if other people stayed at home. Now if more than one person in the household uses the Philips Hue app, the app will recognize that not everyone has left and skip the automation. The same goes for the Coming Home automation.
Philips Hue 4.0 is currently rolling out and you can check the update in both the iOS and Google Play stores.