Philips Hue iOS App Updated With Siri Shortcuts Support

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The Philips Hue app for iOS this week updated with support for Siri Shortcuts, allowing users to add their lights to a Shortcut to turn on scenes like "Movie Time." Siri will also now learn when people are using their favorite scenes and suggest them for quick activation on the iOS lock screen, in Siri search, and on the Siri Apple Watch face (via 9to5Mac).


The Shortcuts app launched to the public within iOS 12 in September, allowing users to create multi-step shortcuts using first and third-party apps that can be activated by Siri voice command. Shortcuts are deeply customizable, and third party apps like the Hue app are able to develop quick actions for Siri that can be incorporated into Shortcuts recipes.

During the original announcement, the company explained how Hue shortcuts are compatible with other shortcuts, so you can have a whole "Dinner Time" setup that not only changes the lights, but also does things like turn on music and text family members that the food is ready.

The launch of Shortcuts for Hue lights comes after the company revealed new light fixtures last August, aimed at providing light for an entertainment area. These include the Hue Play (seen above) and Hue Signe lights. Philips Hue also now sells a range of outdoor lights, including an Outdoor Lightstrip, spotlight, and path light.

For the new Siri Shortcuts integration, Philips Hue version 3.6.0 is available to download now on the iOS App Store.

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27 months ago
Philips Hue is already integrated into HomeKit scenes so I’m not sure how this will be any different. You can already call up a HomeKit scene from Shortcuts.
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27 months ago

This is great, anyone come up with some cool shortcuts yet? Please share!

I have an Alexa routine set up which you could probably duplicate in Siri. You say “Night Night” and she replies “Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs murder you in your sleep, ha,ha,ha ha ha ha”, then she turns off all the lights in the house and starts playing the theme from “The Exorcist” It really helps us settle down for the night.
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27 months ago

Well I didn’t know they made TVs with the lights built in so I learned something!

UK only (for now, at least). :(
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27 months ago
I did my entire 1st floor with hue lights. It’s awesome. I love them. Really makes every room feel special and different. Asking Siri to turn off or on lights in rooms just feels like the future. Can’t wait to get hue play.
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27 months ago

I like how lighting closely matches what is on the screen, is this the actual feature of these bulbs, or is it just a directed shot?

The TV in the photo are TVs made by Philips (Philips Ambilight) which have the lighting effect built into the back of the TV itself.
https://www.philips.co.uk/c-m-so/tv/p/ambilight
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27 months ago

I think article says it’s a TV using the Hue Play lights that just came out this month. And the matching colors on the screen is using the hue sync app.


Ah yes...sorry. Serves me right for not reading the article fully! ;)
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