Philips Hue App Requires Account Creation for Users Starting Next Year

Cupertino, September 28, 2023

Philips Hue, a leading smart lighting brand, is implementing some changes to its system. In addition to launching a new security system and supporting Matter, the company now requires users to create a Hue account in order to use the app. While this may not be a significant change for many people who already have a Hue account, some users are unhappy about the requirement as it removes the option to use the smart lighting line without sharing personal information. According to Signify, the parent company of Philips Hue, starting next year, users will need to create a Hue account using their email address or third-party sign-in options. This change has been made primarily for security reasons, allowing users to manage their system and control who has access to it. It also supports the integration of new devices like cameras and security systems. Signing up for an account does not affect the functionality of the system and users will still have full local control. However, to manage applications and user access to the system, users will need to be logged into their Hue account. The account system also allows for the use of multiple Hue bridges in the same home without creating separate accounts. The privacy policy states that Hue will have access to system configuration for software updates and will only use data for marketing or share it with third parties with additional permission. The company does not require users to share information about how they use their products. However, if users choose to use cloud services, an account is required and data will be processed. Users who do not want to create a Hue account can still integrate the bridge directly into platforms like Apple Home, although this option will eventually require the setup of an owner account. Alternatively, users can integrate the bulbs with other Zigbee or Bluetooth hubs without a Hue account, but they will lose some app features. Overall, signing up for a Hue account and using the app offers benefits that outweigh potential concerns, as long as data sharing remains optional. However, if users prefer not to have cloud integration in their smart homes, they may want to explore alternative options.

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