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How to Sync Philips Hue with Spotify Music

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Turn your home into a disco with Hue lights changing color to the beat of the music. Be it through iTunes or Spotify, you can sync the lights in your home to the music.

Syncing Hue lights with Music

If you have Spotify installed on your Mac or Windows PC then you can install Philips Hue Sync, this app will sync your hue lights to the sound of the music.

How to Sync Hue with Spotify via your Mac or PC

Using a entertainment area you set up on the Hue app you can then have multiple lights changing color and lashing to the sound of music from Spotify, or other sources such as iTunes, YouTube or audio files.

  • Download and install Hue Sync on your Mac or PC
  • Load Hue Sync
  • Select your Entertainment area, this can be set up on your phone via the Hue app if not done so already.
  • Select music in the Hue Sync app and turn on sync.
  • Load Spotify on your Mac or PC and play your music

This method works for all audio played via your Mac or PC, so this could be Spotify, but it could also be the radio, Amazon Music, Apple music or from a movie.

Does this work with Spotify Connect? Unfortunately if you play music via Spotify connect from your computer to Sonos or another speaker, the Hue sync app will not work or adjust your lights, it will only work if you play it through your device that is running Hue Sync.

How to Sync Hue with Spotify on your Phone

Hue Sync is a great option if you are playing Spotify through your Mac or PC, however if you are playing it through your phone then there is no app version for this at the moment, therefore you would need to use a third party app.

Using iLightShow

iLightShow for Philips Hue is an iOS app that works on iPhone and iPads, allowing you to sync your lights with the tune and beat of music playing from your phone, this could be via Spotify or Apple music.

There are settings you can adjust, however it really is as simple as downloading, logging in and away you go.

iLightShow works on:

Syncing with Hue Disco

To get the party started you will need to use a third party app, there are many to choose from however we recommend Hue Disco (available for both Apple and Android), it has lots of options, is a well established app and also a very popular choice.

This video by Philips shows to to install and set up the Hue Disco app with your bridge.

Once installed there are quite a few options and settings you can adjust, such as the speed of the light changes, colours, the fading effects and how it adjusts to the beat of the music. This video below shows you how to use it and get the best out of your lighting system.

Get started today with the Hue Disco app, download it here from iTunes here, or the Android store here.

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Mike is the founder of Hue Home Lighting, a huge Hue fan with far too many lights, covering home and garden. A smart home gadget addict and also enjoys the odd bit of DIY

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3 Comments

  1. Mikkel Christensen

    Thumbs down!
    Headline: “How to Sync Philips Hue with Spotify”
    Sub-heading: “Syncing Hue lights with Spotify”
    Video: No mention of Spotify whatsoever. Only talks about using the microphone for syncing. I specifically searched for how to sync the light show to Spotify directly and found this video. Based on the description, I sat through the entire 5 minutes of it. What a waste of time.

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  2. M Dubbeld

    Hello

    I’ve got the app installed and all set up. But a lot of the time after 1 numer not all lights work anymore. So you have to shut it all down and restart. Very annoying if you’re having a party. Any tips or recommendations in settings?

    Reply

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