14 Best Apps for Philips Hue for Android & iPhone
Th great things about the Philips Hue smart system are the number of apps you can use that help maximise the use of your lights. There are lots of Hue apps for Apple iOS and Android, from simple apps for creating scenes, flashing your lights to the beat and sound of music, as well as apps such as hue Dynamic and iConnectHue that will help unlock features and customise your hue buttons, scenes and animations.
Best App for Hue Lights
So what are the best Philips hue apps to download? We have rounded up our top Philips hue lighting apps for iPhone and Android, many are free, some are paid or have paid features you can buy to unlock.
hueDynamic for Hue Pro is a powerful app that can be downloaded for iOS and Android, it has a lot of features, from create scenes, dynamic lighting settings to go with your music, a nice dashboard showing temperatures from your Hue motion sensors.
You can also edit your switches and dimmer unlocking powerful features, such as cycle through ambiences, enable & disable color loop, cycle through brightness levels and much more!
Camera support means you can point your device at your TV and sync your lights to your viewing for a truly immersive experience! Movie night has never been so good. Enjoy an advanced sampling mode – predominant multicolored with adjustable smoothing. Speed and brightness control is also supported.
Finally, this is a powerful app and what I love is that you pay the one off fee of $4.99 and the app and all the features are yours, no premium features to buy and unlock, its all there.
Our number one app is iConnectHue! This is one of the more costly apps that people are going to find today, especially if they are interested in getting all of the features that come with the iConnectHue. However, as the name suggests, this is very much the sort of app that is going to allow people to interface with their lights more effectively than the majority of others available today.
People can control individual lights, groups of lights, and other arrangements of lights in a way that would be difficult otherwise.
This is an app that will allow people to get some of the coolest lighting effects that anyone could ever expect. These are subtle lighting effects that will manage to evoke the feeling of a place. Some of them will be reminiscent of a desert and some of them will be reminiscent of seasons like autumn or winter. One way or another, people will be able to change the emotional character of their rooms effectively.
This app works with both Hue and Lifx bulbs allowing you to combine and operate them both. The app comes with built in ready to use scenes and settings, some are free and some are premium.
If you want to create a certain mood, but don’t want to use the flamboyant lights created by one of the music app, the OnSwitch may be what you are looking for. From the desert colors of its Albuquerque program, to the warm orange and yellows of its Autumn Leaves setting, the OnSwitch app transports you to a different place. Included is a setting for Christmas lights, and other holiday theme colors are on the way. Download for iOS or Android.
Stunning light visuals and scenes to suit every mood, browse and select beautiful light scenes, there are 50 dynamic light animations from 6 different moods, these are Relaxing, Sleeping, Romantic, Party, Working, Winter.
The app is free to download as a trial for 7 days, then with an in-app purchase you can continue to use.
The Huemote is one of the easiest apps that people can use in order to really manage their Phillips Hue lights. Huemote is simply a remote that is quick and fast to use allowing you to quickly turn lights on and off, adjust the brightness quickly and colour.
It is a simple app built for your iPhone and iPad, and is simple and innovative to use, there is also an app for your iWatch too, so you don’t even need to get your phone out your pocket. This app is a great way to control your Philips Hue Lights and makes it very easy to turn on and off, as well as adjusting the brightness quickly and easily.
Both apps are easy to use and work together well, if you want an app that simple allow you to control your lights quickly and easily then this is the app you need.
Few smart lamp apps could ever be as efficient as the Lightbow app. This is an app that is capable of regulatingLIFX, WeMo, and Hue bulbs, making it very versatile and efficient. People can control groups of bulbs or individual bulbs, which will give people that much more of an influence over the lighting in their environment.
If controlling the lightning in a single room isn’t enough, the lightbow app provides user with a method for controlling an entire house, using a system of interelated smart lights. Easily the most comprehensive app for the Philips Hue Lights, it is also the most expensive. Still, the price isn’t bad – just $4.99
There’s no reason you shouldn’t use Hue Disco app when you own an android or iOS device. This app is unique in that it listens to outside noise coming from the microphone, thus you can play music from just about any device while your smartphone will control the lights.
The Hue Disco app is one of the many apps that is capable of getting the lights and the music in sync, which is going to allow people to have an even more energetic party. This app is simular to Ambify, but it is a little more convenient. If you don’t have access to the iTunes library, an external microphone will play music from any source. Just set it up next to your stereo speakers and soon your Philips Hue Lights will fill your room with a mirage of dancing lights.
However, people can adjust the sensors and the settings more easily with theHue Disco app than they can with other apps, which should allow people to prevent their guests from getting sensory overload more effectively.
The Huey app is good for a very different type of party. People can use an app like this during a gaming party or a movie party. The Huey app can be used to position the lighting correctly, so the screens are illuminated or else get all of the lighting that they need to be as cool as possible.
There is no longer any need to to fill your home with the same unimaginative lights while you watch your favorite movies, or play you most exciting video games. The Philips Hue Lighting system is capable of matching the colors on your screen with simular colors that it then projects on to the walls. As the tension mounts on the screen, the ambient light reflected around you will enhance the experience.
Best Hue Apps Android
If you have a specific light theme in mind for Philips Hue Lights, but don’t want to be restrained by preset colors, the Scintillator app gives you complete control over the colors your system projects. Of course, this is more complicated than the Huey app, and will take time to set up, but if your creative juices are flowing, give it a try.
People will cycle their lights all the time in order to get all sorts of cool lighting effects during a party. However, those cycles are sometimes beyond their control in a way that can be fixed with the right app. The Scintillator is just the sort of app that can allow people to get control over those cycles, which can enable people to truly get the lighting effects that they want.
It’s usually a great idea to start with a free offering when venturing out for a new app. Hue Hello is one of the highest ranked free Philip Hue apps available. It has 8 basic presets, meaning it does all the work for the user, has different adjustments for each room that a user has smartlights installed, and gives you a way to create groups of lights.
This Philips Hue app is free but does have adverts and a few limitations unless your pay for it, but is quite a bit more complex than Hue Hello. It is very highly rated, and is one of the most used Philips Hue apps.
Of its many advantages, a few are that it has support for the temperature sensor, movement sensor, and this Philip Hue app allows the user to set a lot of rules, conditions and actions to their own liking.
This offering for Philips Hue app users has one intention: to help the user relax and de-stress. It certainly does that with 12 different preset offerings. This user-friendly app does all the work; the choices include ‘relaxing spa’ and ‘Japanese gardens’. It’s the ultimate meditation app, with a refreshing soundscape and meditative lighting to go with it. One downside is that it is a newer Philips Hue app, so it only works on newer androids that were created after July 2016.
Once a user is more comforter with their Hue Lighting system, this is an absolute must to have in Philips Hue apps. This helps the user to manage and control all groups, sets trigger events like alarms or motion sensors, and can help the user create rooms, scenes and transitions. This app is known for its ready-to-custom lava lamp scenes.
This Philip Hue app falls into the relaxation category for many users. If a user happens to be afraid of thunder, no worry, this app is fairly expansive on the definition of the word ‘thunder’. Settings include light drizzle and heavy rain pours down. If someone is looking for more excitement, tornado alley and hurricane mayhem are some other options. An inexpensive way for user to get their daily zen, fall asleep, or even imagine themselves inside of.
This app is being included along with the other Philips Hue app to show Philips’ versatility. Both this app and Hue Thunder have great ratings, a comparable amount of users, and each has different effects to make it its own app.
Ambify is certainly one of the best music apps available for the Philips Hue lighting system. It will adjust your lighting to the music being played, all in sync, lights will flash, or fade up and down, change colour all based on the music. The great thing about this app that makes it different and better is that it is all in sync, there is no delay between the lights and music, it is all in sync, lights will flash with the bass, no delay but all in time.
You can also different types of effects, allowing you to program individual bulbs to respond to the bass, mids, and highs in your tunes.
As well as for you phone, you can get an app for your Mac and play tunes from Spotify, iTunes etc through to your speakers or through Airplay. and your lights will work in sync, bring your music to life through light. Find out more here: http://getambify.com/mac.html
What apps do you use and recommend? Have we missed any off our list? Let us know below.
My personal favourite is iConnectHue, it is very powerful, up-to-date and always being improved. If you want to create more complex settings, or buttons, scenes and animations then this app is certainly worth checking out.
For music then HueDisco is great, some great settings and easy to use. There are lots of apps for Philips Hue but these are our top 10 and some great choice that are worth downloading.
What apps are you using? What are your favourites?
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