How to Connect Hue Bridge to WiFi

Today's TipsMake will show you how to set up the Philips Hue Bridge - a bridge device that powers smart lights in your home. Philips has a line of smart light bulbs that can fit into all standard light sockets available today. After connecting the Hue Bridge directly to your Internet router, you can wirelessly connect to Hue smart lights in your home via the Philips Hue app on your mobile phone or computer.

Connect the bulb and bridge

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Install any Philips Hue bulb into an existing light fixture. If you want to connect Philips Hue lights to the Bridge in the most convenient way, you should pre-install the bulbs before setting up the Hue Bridge. Hue smart bulbs are designed to be compatible with all standard size A19 and E12 bulb sockets.

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Make sure the light switch for the Hue bulb is turned on. Hue smart bulbs will automatically turn on when properly installed, powered, and ready to connect.

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Plug in the Bridge. Use the AC adapter to plug the Hue Bridge power cable into any available electrical outlet located near the wireless router.

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Connect the Bridge to the wireless router. Hue Bridge connects to any available Ethernet port on the wireless router via an Ethernet cable. You just need to plug the included Ethernet cable into the bridge, and the other end into an empty Ethernet port on the router. Once the four lights on the Bridge light up, the device is ready for setup.

Hue Bridge does not have built-in Wi-Fi.

Install the Philips Hue app

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Open your mobile app store. Open your mobile app store to find and download the Philips Hue app.

On Android, you need to open the Google Play Store.

On your iPhone or iPad, open the App Store.

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Tap the search bar and enter philips hue. The search bar is at the top of the screen. As you type, suggested apps will appear below the search bar. Tap the Philips Hue app when you see it.

On iPhone, you can tap the "Search" tab first and then tap the search bar at the top.

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Tap the GET or Install button next to the Philips Hue app. The app features the multicolored word "Hue" above the Philips logo. There are a number of third-party Philips Hue apps, so you'll need to make sure you download the official Philips Hue app. Wait a few seconds for the application to begin installing.

Connect to lights

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Open the Philips Hue app. You can tap the "Open" button from within the app store if you've just installed it, or tap the icon on your home screen. It's the app with the multicolored "Hue" lettering above the Philips logo.

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Click Set up . This orange button will appear once the application finds the Hue Bridge on the wireless network.

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Click the Push-link button. This button is in the middle of the app and looks similar to a Bridge device.

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Click Accept . This yellow button is at the bottom of the screen. This action indicates that you agree to the application's Terms and Conditions. You can click on the underlined "terms and conditions" to read this content.

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Click Update . Once the Bridge is detected, the application may need to be updated. Click the Update button to update the Bridge to the latest firmware.

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Click Done . After Bridge has finished updating, click Done to continue.

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Tap Pair Bridge (iPhone only). This green or yellow button is at the bottom of the screen. The smart home setup process will begin.

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Scan code on Bridge (iPhone only). The code is in the frame, at the bottom of the device. Point your phone at the code so it appears in the camera. The phone will automatically scan the code.

You can also tap Enter manually and then enter the code manually.

Add lights

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Tap or Add Lights . This button is circular with a plus sign inside and is located in the lower right corner. The process of adding lights will begin.

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Tap Search . This yellow or green button is at the bottom of the screen. The light bulb search will begin and take a few minutes. Once completed, the bulb number will appear at the top of the screen.

If the app hasn't found all the bulbs, you can tap the "+" icon again, tap "+Add serial number" and then enter it manually.

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Click i to rename the bulb (optional). Once the app finds the bulbs, the lighting system will appear on the screen. You can tap the "i" button next to the bulb and enter a name in the bar that appears at the top.

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Click or Add Lights to add light bulbs. On iPhone, this is a white icon with a plus sign (+) in the lower right corner. On Android, this button says Add Lights and is located in the upper left corner.

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Click Next or the arrow icon. Once all bulbs have been added, click "Next" in the upper right corner.

Set up the rooms

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Tap or Create Room . On iPhone, you need to tap the white button with the plus sign (+) located in the lower right corner to add a new room. For Android, tap Create Room at the bottom of the screen.

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Enter a name for the room. Use the text box at the top of the screen to name the room. You can give it generic names like "Living Room" or "Bedroom".

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Tap the drop-down menu for Room Type. This menu is below the room name you just booked. A page will open allowing you to select a room type.

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Select room type. There are several types of rooms that you can choose from, such as living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and so on. Take a look at the light bulbs associated with that room. Click on the check box next to the light located in that room. Uncheck the lights that you don't want associated with the room you're currently setting up.

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Click New to add a room. If you want to add a room, tap New at the top of the screen to create a new room.

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Tap or Save . When you're done setting up your rooms, tap the button in the upper right corner to continue. On Android, this is the check mark icon, and on iPhone it will be the Save button .

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Click Let's Go . This button is at the bottom of the screen. So you have all the lights and rooms in your house set up.

Light control

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Open the Philips Hue app. The app is white with multicolored "hue" text. To do this, you can click on the application icon located on the home screen or application menu.

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Tap the switch located next to the room where you want to turn the lights on or off. This button is located to the right of the room name on the Philips Hue app. All lights in that room will turn on or off.

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Use the slider located below the room to control brightness. You can adjust the light level for all bulbs by pressing and dragging the slider below the room name.

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Click on a room to see all the light bulbs in it. A list of all lights in the room will appear with separate control buttons.

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Click the switch next to a light to turn it on/off. You will be able to control each light in the room.

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Use the slider located below the bulb to adjust brightness. You can adjust the brightness of each light individually.

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Click on a certain light to select it. If you want to change the light bulb color, tap the light to select.

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Adjust the whiteness of the light. You can adjust the color tone for white lights with options such as pure white, blue white or yellowish white. Tap the list icon on Android to see the white color picker. With iPhone, you need to tap the "Whites" icon. Then, click on the white color you want to set for the light.

You must use a color-changing light bulb to use this feature.

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Change light bulb color. To change the light bulb color, tap the bulb listed in the room and then select the rainbow icon. Then, click on the color you want to choose for the light.

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Choose a background for the lights. You can choose a pre-set color palette, or scene. To choose a scene, select the light, then tap the artist palette icon on Android, or the "Scenes" icon if you're on iPhone. Click on the background to set the lights.

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