If you're still using the original Philips Hue Bridge with smart lighting, but want to switch to the sweet homeKit and Siri life, then it's time for an upgrade. Switching requires the latest Philips Hue Bridge application, the existing Philips Hue application and a little patience. Here's our guide on how to complete the job in the shortest time.
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How to transfer Hue lights to the latest HomeKit enabled bridge
- Let your old bridge connected to both power and Ethernet. You will need this asset for the transfer.
- Sign in new pod both power and Ethernet. (I had to "borrow" my Apple TV connection; to do what needed to be done.)
- Launch Shade app on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
- Click on Hamburger button to open the sidebar.
- touch Bridge transfer under Notifications.
touch Transfer settings to start the process.
- touch Prepare the transfer at the bottom.
- Press your button old bridge.
Press the button on new pod.
- If yours new pod came as part of a kit, you will first have to reset it to clear the pre-paired lights.
- press restore the button on the back of the button new pod with a pin or pen tip (I used a SIM ejector tool, because!)
- Wait a minute new pod the recipe.
- touch Start the transfer.
- touch flashing lights to test whether the transfer worked.
touch Next → when you are happy.
- press restore the button on the back of the button old bridge with a pin or pen tip (I used a SIM ejector tool, because!) to prevent future conflicts.
- Unwind old bridge and do what you do with it.
- touch Done.
Your new Siri-compatible Hue light system compatible with HomeKit should now be good! Once you've upgraded, you'll need the latest Philips Hue app to control your lighting.
You will also be able to control your lights through the Home application, which keeps all HomeKit accessories in an easy-to-use place. Need a rundown of the Home app and all it can do? See our helpful guide.
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The latest Philips Hue Bridge is the only way to add existing lights to HomeKit. Although it comes with an updated look, it works the same as before. Connect it to your router at home and give it power and you'll be ready to access the Philips Hue app. The large front link button works exactly, just press it when needed to find the latest speed.
You may have noticed that the Philips Hue Bridge enabled HomeKit can cost quite a penny, putting it there at the cost of some starter kits. If you don't mind starting things from scratch, you can avoid the upgrade process and start over with one of the newer packages that include new bulbs and a bridge. Here are our top picks for the newest hot Hue.
Philips Hue white starter kit
($ 70 on Amazon)
If you don't mind getting started fresh, this starter kit offers you two bright new white bulbs plus the latest HomeKit bridge.
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