How to setup Hue Bluetooth with Amazon Alexa

Philips Hue Bluetooth smart lighting works directly with Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen), Echo Plus and Echo Show (2nd Gen), with support for additional Echo devices available in the fall. Simply, power on the light and say ‘Alexa, discover my devices’. We advise to connect and control up to 5 lights for the best experience. For additional lights we recommend upgrading to a Philips Hue Bridge and connect to Alexa via the Philips Hue skill.

Devices that will never become compatible are Echo first generation, Echo dot first generation and Amazon Tap, rest of Echo devices will receive a software update in the fall.

If you have purchased the Philips Hue Bluetooth lights via Amazon.com with your Amazon account, the lights will be pre-linked to your account via the Frustration Free Setup (FFS). When you receive and screw in your light, Alexa will automatically discover the lights without need for setup.  

If you have purchased the lights via other channels, you can screw in the bulb and ask ‘Alexa, discover devices. You can also follow the instructions in the Philips Hue Bluetooth app. 

If you have bought the lights via Amazon and they are connected to your account, you can follow the instructions in the Philips Hue Bluetooth app to reset the light via settings, this will also make the light factory new. 

If you have not used the lights, you can just give the light as planned. The connection to your Alexa will not be made if the light is not in Bluetooth range. 

The range from the bulb to the connected speaker indoors is approx. 10 meters, but it depends on the lighting fixture and surroundings (e.g. walls, fish tanks) in the home.

We advise to connect and control 5 bulbs, as a higher limit will impact the speed of response. For additional bulbs we recommend upgrading to a Philips Hue bridge for the best experience.

If you are looking to connect a light to multiple speakers, this is not actually needed; a light is connected to your Alexa (via a speaker in Bluetooth range of the light). You will be able to control that light via any connected speaker in your network 

Functionality supported by Amazon Alexa 

Using Alexa with your voice

  • On/off 
  • Dimming 
  • Shades of white 
  • Colors

Using the Alexa app on mobile

With the Alexa app, you can easily manage your home setup, but also directly control your Philips Hue Bluetooth lights. 

  • On/off 
  • Dimming 
  • Shades of white 
  • Colors 
  • Out of home control 
  • Add your lights to Alexa Routines 
  • Add your lights to Alexa Guard 

Related Questions

How to migrate to a Bridge when already connected to Amazon Alexa?

This will work for Bluetooth lights, but also lights that are connected via Zigbee to Echo Plus and Echo Show 2nd Gen Echo devices that are Zigbee enabled.

  1. In the Amazon Alexa delete you device from the app (Devices -> Lights -> Select light -> Settings -> Waste Basket)
  2. Do step 1 for all devices you want to migrate
  3. In the Hue app search for new devices after setting up your bridge (Settings -> Light Setup -> Add Lights) as the lights will be factory new, they will be found as a normal new bulb

Other option, in case all your lights are also connected to the Hue Bluetooth app:

  1. Follow the instructions to migrate the lights to the bridge (Settings -> Transfer to Hue Bridge)
  2. Follow the steps to link with the Hue skill in the Alexa app. (Home -> Sills & Games -> Search “Hue” -> select and Enable Hue Skill)

The advantage of the last option is that you will keep the light names as defined in the Hue Bluetooth app.

In case you cannot find the light in the Hue app, you can follow the normal instructions to add a light to the Hue bridge (e.g. 6 hex code)

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