The Philips Hue bridge adds Apple HomeKit compatibility. Besides HomeKit, the square Hue bridge offers all the existing features and compatibility with existing Hue lights, Hue taps, Hue wireless dimmer switches, Philips Hue apps for iOS and Android and the broad range of third party Hue apps. The square-shape Hue bridge is ready for the future as it has way more internal memory and more powerful processor than the round-shape Hue bridge.
The Philips Hue HomeKit functionality is restricted to Philips Hue and Friends of Hue products only.
Siri commands and used languages are being handled via Apple. For the best results we recommend that you use names for scenes and lights in the same language as you set Siri to.
For Siri to work please check if you have enabled following on your iPhone/iPad/iPod:
1. Keychain Access: Settings, iCloud, Keychain set to On.
2. Siri needs to be enabled: Settings, General, Siri, Allow
3. Internet connection must be active.
How to setup
In order to make sure that nothing was left out when trying to connect to SIRI, please follow these steps/instructions:
- Make sure all the 3 LED lights on the brige are on
- Please make sure that your router supports MDNS
- Make sure that your iPhone or iPad is connected to the same Wi-Fi router or modem as your Hue bridge and this router is connected to the internet
- You must have Keychain access enabled for HomeKit to work (Setting on your Iphone/Ipad-Icloud-Keychain-and here you can select keychain on)
- You must have Siri enabled (Voice Control is not able to control the lights)
- Make sure that you have the latest Philips Hue app
- Go to the Settings menu to pair your bridge to Siri- Tap ‘Siri voice control’
- In case the pairing via the camera does not work, you can manually pair the bridge by entering the code on the bottom of the bridge
You can see here a list of Siri commands (Apple) and more explanation how to use in general: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204893
Siri Voice Commands must be unique. Duplicate names are not allowed and will be rejected when exporting.
See more details about Siri here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204893
The Philips Hue app tells me my Hue bridge is already paired when setting up Siri voice control
In order to gain access to the Hue bridge, ask the person who has setup the system to share control of HomeKit accessories. To share HomeKit control, open the Hue app, select Settings > Siri voice control > icon on the top right > Invite People. Note: Make sure you only share to trusted persons, since this will share control to all your HomeKit accessories, not limited to the Hue lights.
If you lost your iCloud credentials or no user was previously paired with your bridge, you can remove pairing by resetting Siri voice control on the bridge.
We made a web-based solution (at Hue labs) for this to prevent you from having to reset the bridge completely.
The website does guide you through the process of resetting Siri voice control on the bridge.
The reset Siri voice control website can be found on http://labs.meethue.com/support/siri-homekit
Another option to remove the pairing is by pressing the factory restore button on the backside of the bridge.
Warning: disadvantage of factory reset is that all Hue settings including lights, devices, alarms & timers will be lost.