iConnectHue for Philips Hue
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iConnectHue for Philips Hue

  • Category: Utilities
  • Release Date: 2013-04-29
  • Current Version: 3.5.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 34.44 MB
  • Developer: Crossfire Designs
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Rating Count: 418

Description

iConnectHue will bring out the best of your Philips Hue lights! Organize your Hue Lamps: Assemble groups for rooms, areas or special purposes. Light up your party, dinner or bedroom in your favorite colors and moods with easy to use drag & drop-functions! Want to go to bed? Just start up the integrated sleep timer and close your eyes. Intelligent timers only act when you need them. Have you got a Hue Tap, Hue Dimmer or Motion Sensor and want more flexibility? Colors, scenes, sleep timers, reminders, brightness, blinking, on/off and (w/ optional animation editor) even color animations! The motion sensor can either turn off or return to the last state of inactivity. Philips has made it "app of the month" 3 times: iConnectHue was made to be powerful, but still solves complex tasks with ease. This all comes in a nice clean package. It's possibly the only app you will need for your Philips Hue Lights! THIS IS is the iPhone version! "iConnectHue HD" for the iPad has even better usability thanks to the larger iPad screen. Get more information about all the fantastic possibilities on https://iconnecthue.com PLEASE NOTE: If you have any issues, please contact our support instead of giving a negative rating. Our team will try hard to solve any problem that you may encounter. Why iConnectHue? • Full feature set - control almost every aspect of your hues - and constant updates • Family focus: Scene sharing, family geofencing (first one turns on the light, last one off - optional), group hiding (animation sharing requires same iCloud account) • Everything non-music related happens on your bridge - your iPhone can stay off! • Upload color animations to your bridge. No more empty batteries, everybody w/ iConnectHue can stop them! • Create beautiful Magic Scenes, color your home - they work in every group and are super easy to create • Drag & drop colors from one light to another • Multiply the possibilities of your Hue Tap, Dimmer and Motion Sensor! More flexibility than any other app on the market (details: https://iconnecthue.com/features) • Create the iOS widget you want! Add scenes, switches, sleep timers, reminders, light states and dimmers, motion sensor temperature and more • Access your lights and timers when not at home • Powerful timers: Start them by time and day, by condition (group on/off or presence - with optional Automation), use colors & scenes, use random offsets, at sunrise or sunset time • Instant timers: Darken lights when you go to bed, let your lights remind you (blink), transition to scenes • Include your Living Colors / Living whites and 3rd party lights into your Hue system - iConnectHue can find most of them via Touchlink! • Find new lights & devices, add lights from other bridges, update your firmware • Integrated tutorials and FAQ make it easy to understand the usage and to solve problems • Supports every Philips Hue hardware and most if not all 3rd party lights To allow further development, additional modules are available via in-app-purchase: • Automation turns off lights when the first arrives and the last left, plus individually by user • Animation Upgrade for unlimited animations, upload to switches, use them on your Apple Watch, widget & timers • Discotainment - sync your lights to music with Hue Entertainment and make your home a Disco • REAL multi bridge support - control multiple bridges with just one app, without switching between them • With Watch Plus you can give voice commands (also old bridge), control your groups, adjust their brightness and load their scenes, start sleep timers • Additional animation and Magic Scene packages • All in-app-purchases shared w/ iPad version, if same iTunes and iCloud account used It's less than a single Hue light. App development costs time and money - have a look what app development means: https://iconnecthue.com/app-costs It can do much more than Philips' app: https://iconnecthue.com/features/#comparison Terms: https://iconnecthue.com/terms/eula_en.pdf

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Reviews

  • The best app for hue

    5
    By Cessna131
    I’ve tried every single app for hue control. This one is by far the best. While a little hard to get used to the UI, the functionality is unsurpassed.
  • Worth 100+ dollars

    5
    By AlexandreCzeczko
    I have 45 hue lights of all kinds that I have been purchasing over the years and just recently discovered this app and it’s amazing. Several things that I had just accepted couldn’t be done(light animations, grouping across rooms, advanced setting for remote controls or timers, etc) are available and work beautifully in this app. For those complaining about the in-app purchases, I believe this app is easily worth 100+ dollars.
  • Suddenly it cannot find my bridge

    2
    By Radmom05
    The app worked great for a few months. Now, however, it keeps saying I'm not connected to the bridge (I am). Now it won't work at all.
  • Scam. Don’t get scammed

    1
    By clarkams
    You have to pay to use anything. Buy the actual 1$ hue pro app from Phillips. Again, to do anything, you have to pay 2$, even to create your own setting (lol). Don’t do it. Big scam. Make your own “hues” for free with any other app. This is a knockoff designed to trick you into thinking it’s the other app. You have the wrong app. This is a scam.
  • Greedy

    3
    By Music!Man?
    Be prepared app works great and is super functional but after paying $5.99 for the app they charge you for every single feature you want to use after that. It’s like you pay $6 just for a trial.
  • Rip off!

    1
    By mgallagher
    This is a $5 app that nickel and dimes you for functionality that should have been included. I feel like I bought a half finished demo. This app is deceptively marketed. Nearly every feature after you buy the app requires an additional in-app purchase! Greedy devs selling half a product. I want a refund. USELESS!
  • Even With a Few Bugs Still the Best

    5
    By TransRapid
    Developers are responsive, bugs are always annoying but overall this app is far more feature packed than anything else.
  • Terrible money grubbing interface

    2
    By BiggerTexan
    Complex hard to use interface and wants in app purchase for basic things.
  • Still the best and worth every penny

    5
    By janiemac13
    Intuitive, reliable and outstanding customer support. And excellent free updates, including the latest for outdoor motion sensors. I’ve tried 5 different Hue control apps (all paid apps besides the Philips one), and this one really is the best. Thanks for the Siri Shortcuts update, and the essential last-state update that should prevent all the bedroom lights from turning on if (when) there’s a power outage in the middle of the night!! Love it!!!
  • Everything you want is an upgrade

    1
    By Drawer feller
    This app was highly rated and recommended but not free. I’m fine to pay for an app but out of the box it isn’t anything special. EVERYTHING you want the app to do is an upgrade. Seriously, I am happy to pay for an app; I’m not a Millennial. But unless you want to pay a separate charge for every little scene or feature, skip it.
  • What Philips Should Be Doing

    5
    By DarfNader
    Simply put, this app is made by people who actually use the Hue ecosystem in a manner most like a average user. That is, they want features beyond the minimal (or hacking) functionality offered by the Hue hpp. Counterintuitively, the flow of this app is much more smooth and well thought out as the Hue app. Sure, since it is using the Hue bridge API it is face with some of the noisome limitations of the Hue ecosystem, it does a very good job of working around them in clever ways. While the developers recommend only using this app to control your Hue devices, I have found the with certain restrictions you can safely use Apple Home controls and some other third party apps without too much difficulty. The only thing you need to be careful about is keeping your programming lean so you don’t exceed the Hue Bridge’s wimpy resources. Understanding how it works (RTFM!) will help here, but honestly right from the get-go you will be able to build a MUCH better lighting setup for your home in the first 15 minutes you pick this app up. There are a few minor gripes about the app like how the you can’t enter numeric values for for things and have to do everything with sliders, or how the freestyle grouping can be both a blessing and a curse when you’re trying to find out what group is animating your lights, but overall you can build a wonderful interface to control your home that is completely customized with relative ease. A NOTE ON THE PAY MODEL: while the app is free, use of advanced features costs money. It might feel like nickel and diming, the total cost isn’t that severe considering what it does. P.S. I will warn you that once you get this app you will find yourself replacing every bulb in your house with a Hue bulb when you get this which can put the hurt on your wallet! Just be mindful that older Hue bulbs don’t support the full color spectrum (no green) so do your research before you buy!
  • Buyer’s Remorse

    3
    By ian-eagle
    I thought I would get more from a $5 purchase. They put limitations on the free animations that come with the app, so you have to pay more money to actually use them effectively. I really hate this app- can I get a refund?
  • Great app for Hue... lots of customization

    4
    By DJeTron
    Certainly one of if not the best app for hue lighting. The ability to customize hue switches in this app far surpasses the native app. The design and flow of the app could certainly use some work though. Not very intuitive. Five stars if the app where a little easier to use / navigate.
  • A money pit

    1
    By heltemes
    This app really makes me mad. Basically, you pay money to open the app in order to find out that you have to pay a lot more money to get the features touted in the app description. To the developer- this is a shameless and pathetic money grab. In app purchases for anything other than very basic control? Really? Everything I wanted to use this app for is an in app purchase. But I paid for the app. Now it’s useless because I’m not giving you another penny. I want my money back. Maybe think about changing your pricing around so you don’t gouge your customers who download the app thinking they’re going to get the features you lost for the price paid just for the app itself.
  • More hidden fees than an airline!

    3
    By ThomasOb
    The app charges you extra for basically every little feature. It’s 2 USD for a rainbow, 2 for this and 2 for that. Prepare to spend way more than the initial price if you want to use the features that they advertise on the App Store. Everything seems to work pretty well, though.
  • Full of purchases add ons. Not a fan

    1
    By mojomanflert
    Full of purchases add ons. Not a fan
  • Best all round app to control lights

    5
    By Kathrynelise.art
    I really like this app, and the discotainment I think is worth the few extra bucks. But I would ask the developers if they could add in the ability to set up Siri commands. For the most part you can use Siri suggestions to do automations in the shortcuts app... But specifically what I'm trying to do is have it set up so I can use Siri to turn on and off the discotainment and automatically play music. And I can for the most part, but I can't select any specific lighting preset for the discotainment. It will just turn it on with whatever lighting set up you had it on last. It would be more fun if there was a way for me to say something like "hey Siri, let's have a christmas party" and in shortcuts it opens the discotainment feature, select the Christmas themed lighting setting, turns it on, then plays my christmas playlist. For now, I just can't be that specific.
  • If I could give this less than a star,

    1
    By where ios fails
    If I could give this less than a star, I would. You pay $5 for then there are what feels like hundreds of options for in app purchases. Why I would buy an app.... just to spend more after..... to unlock what I thought I paid for. The developer of this remind me of EA sports in the matter that you continually get bent trying to unlock things you thought your originally purchased. Also for the music integration the best you could come up with was using the microphone to measure the sound, absolutely horrendous app integration
  • Money Pit...NOT WORTH IT.

    2
    By Amcdnl222
    Yes, this apps has tons of features but its gonna nickel and dime you to death! Everything I wanted to do with the app was additional charge - oh and not to mention you have to pay separate for iPad version. NOT WORTH IT!
  • Horrible app!

    1
    By Bad_Andy_77
    The help bar is constantly display at the top which prevents the user from accessing key feature of the app.
  • Great app! Great service!

    5
    By Fkjr2
    I use this app pretty much exclusively now. Thank you for great features and remote access. Cheers
  • Discotainment ( sync music)

    1
    By Venugopal P
    If you are looking for sync music you have to pay $3 more for this option..they don’t mention this upfront..you have to consider this before buying this app
  • Best Hue App

    4
    By Tommy__________
    -Nanoleaf support would be cool -Dreamscreen support would be incredible
  • Have to pay for discotainment and animation

    1
    By jared10k
    You pay 4.99 for an app that has all the same stuff as the philips hue app. Then they charge you 1.99 for discotainment and do animations. Not worth it.
  • Doesn’t work with edge case network setup

    4
    By bsandvik
    Disclaimer: My setup is not typical. But there’s no reason this shouldn’t work. I have installed Hue lights in our vacation home which is located in an area with very limited internet connectivity, but AT&T has great (40mbit/s) 4G LTE connection. The always-on network connectivity is in place for the alarm system, cameras, and to control the Nest thermostat. When we are here, however, we use our own cellular devices for internet use. In order to be connected to the house network while also benefit from fast cellular internet, I have set up the WiFi network on our iPhones without configuring a router or DNS. This means that I can access things like the Chromecast and Hue bulbs using the default Hue app, but traffic that routes to the internet goes over LTE. When I downloaded the app and started it the first time, it did not find the Hue (latest gen) bridge. Suspecting my setup being to “blame” I switched iPhone WiFi to automatic mode, and it then found my bridge immediately and I paired it by pressing the button on the bridge. Everything worked at that point, and I reverted my iPhone network settings back to what I wanted. At this point, there should be no reason for my iPhone with IP 192.168.74.173 could not talk to the bridge with IP 192.168.74.198 without going to the internet. The default Hue app works as expected, by the way. This is a lengthy review hoping to trigger a response from the developer. It seems like the app does everything I want it to do, but for now it is useless to me.
  • Had high hopes

    1
    By dzntz94
    Couldn’t be more disappointed in this purchase. App is clunky and annoying to navigate. Setting up groups is a huge pain as it just pulls groups that were previously made and doesn’t allow you to add any from within the app. No easy access to brightness faders, you have to click on your group to alter anything. For 5 dollars I feel as through they should’ve been able to improve on what philips offers for free.
  • This should be a free app if you charge to do anything in the app.

    2
    By J2daON
    *DO NOT BUY THIS APP!* I bought this app because it said it would let me play my music and have Discotainment. It also said I could make my own animation. Well yes you have to buy the app for $5 and then another $2.99 charge to unlock the music and $1.99 for EACH CUSTOM COLOR ANIMATION. Don’t buy unless they make it a subscription model or make it free with just in-app purchases. To have both is just a money hungry app where they purposely put limitations on it so you can buy EVERY SINGLE THING if you want the app to do what it says it “can” do. If the developer believed in itself they would set the price of the app higher if they can’t cover the costs. You get functionality of a free app for $4.99 that you spend on this one. Not worth the headache, but apparently the developer has plenty of time to get on here and write novels in response to other people complaining of the same thing! Don’t argue with customers, that’s never a way to do business.
  • Delivers very little functionality for the $5 base price.

    2
    By Duncan Beard
    I expected this app to be somewhat decent given Philips’ recommendation and the high user reviews. I was disappointed to see that almost all features are locked behind more paywalls in the app. It would be another $10 at least to enable everything. Music syncing IS NOT included for $5. If Apple didn’t make refunds such a pain I would return this app.
  • The EA Games of apps

    2
    By Tinderplaya
    Okayish app, but you pay 5 bucks for it, and then get super limited functionality unless you shell out MORE money through in-app purchases, with the minimum amount extra being $2 for each additional feature. Hell, you can’t even add a second hue bridge without shelling out another $4. There are free apps that do most of the stuff this thing nickles and dimes you for, and the only features that would make it worth a full 5 smackers are extra $! My smart home friends were considering buying this app and I got it as the guinea pig. Luckily for them though now they know to stay away unless they’re looking to drop like 20 clams on getting most of the features and presets. Sad!
  • Crashes

    1
    By Biga034
    Paid the 2.99 for unlimited disco play now crashes every time waste of money
  • Great for old phone users.

    5
    By Lol pic lover69
    I checked the app out because it was iOS 10 and later. My phone is a 6s+ and updating anymore would slow my phone down. At first I thought my only options were to spend a grand on a new phone or buy a smart hub and have everything I say be recorded. Both options were way more expensive than this app. I can't speak for it in comparison to the Hue app...because I couldn't even download it. I needed iOS 11 to turn my lights on. The user interface is straight to the point but gives tips to ensure you figure it out. Love it, you saved me the disappointment of returning my bulbs and saved me the frustration of buying more products.
  • Pay $4.99 to only have pay again in-app

    1
    By Surdivit
    This is the first time I got tricked into buying an app that basically gives you a few features and the majority of other features are in-app purchases. Don’t waste your money and read fine print buried somewhere in description.
  • The ONLY app you need for Hue

    5
    By TheBoomer
    WOW! I’ve tried many other app’s and have been EXTREMELY pleased with iConnect! Phillips should buy this app from the author, or better yet, hire the author to continue to add functions and make things easier! I have 2 hubs in different parts of the country and can manage EVERYTHING oh so easy!
  • And it keeps getting better!

    5
    By Larceny1
    I've tried a lot of Hue apps, along with hundreds of home automation apps. IConnectHue still surprises me with new features constantly. By far the best light app I've used yet! Been using it for a year now. The only thing I would update would prob be the user interface. But it's difficult to get all those features into something clean and simple and intuitive. Fantastic animations.
  • You can re-program your Hue Dimmer Switches

    5
    By Pa_Ga
    I use this app to re-program my Hue Dimmer Switch and I can assign functions to buttons, that other apps around can’t do. Recommended!
  • Y’all greedy

    1
    By Bunnybear123
    You make me pay $5 for this app and then continue to make me pay for more animations and scenes? Stupid app and waste of money
  • Features you want behind paywall

    1
    By The jwire
    The initial purchase of $4.99 unlocks just a little more than the free hue app itself. Turn the lights off/on, change color, dimmer, adjust switches. There are some free features that are on useless timers or one free trial which isn’t enough to see if it does everything. So you are paying for nothing new. Everything else you want costs extra and even certain features within a feature cost extra. Say you want the animation feature; well now you gotta pay $1.99 for each set. I would pay an amount to unlock everything but after paying $4.99 already the app dev is a bit greedy here. The perfect hue app search continues.
  • Solves all the issues

    5
    By Bakes42
    I’ve had the iConnectHue app since I got the first bulbs. I also purchased a handful of other apps. IConnectHue looks good, runs quickly and has a great flow that makes a lot of sense to me. But, there’s one advantage of this app that is SO huge that I’m almost reluctant to say it because I feel the gang there at iConnectHue deserve all good things for this one and the competition will try to take it. So simple but so powerful is the fact that lights can exist in more than one group. It’s major. When you start making scenes soon you see that without this feature you can’t do anything good and the app would be like the rest of the apps (save for running great and looking even better).
  • Need to spend more money

    3
    By D Rubh
    Well It works... Kind of. Because buying the app from the store wasn’t enough. You still have to pay a lot more money for functionality. Even though the developer claims that the basic functionality is worth the $5 dollars, and he may have a point from he’s prospective. At the end of the day, the basic version does not do anything more then the free apps that you may already have... just change the price to 20$, give us everything, and stop hiding in app purchases
  • Sell then say not designed for my iPad?!

    1
    By Come on people.
    Seriously what the heck I just decided to give this a try only to be greeted with a message after I purchased saying this is not going to work very well with my iPad and then redirecting me to spend another 5 bucks for the one that is designed to work with the ipad. Crooks!!! Developer should delete the old version if it is no longer relevant. And yes they are greedy nickel and diming for every little feature. Such a deplorable business model. Probably an EA subsidiary...
  • Steroids for your Hue system

    5
    By Mssg overloaded
    This it the one and only app you need to make the most out of using your complete Hue system. I entered the world of Philips Hue lighting only recently, and tried a few other apps as I was ramping up the user learning curve. In the process I discovered that this is the one that puts all others to shame. Even Philips' own app. IConnectHue puts your whole Hue Ecosystem on steroids, and will give you super powers to make your place your own Light-Wonderland. This app's UX and UI is so intelligently designed, it puts the "smart" in your "-phone" when it comes to managing and controlling your Hue setup. And the in-app purchases are all so worth it, too! (even the add-on to use the app from Apple Watch). App runs smoothly and feels flawless. And on top, support is prompt and they answer fast to any question. Go confidently with this one and look no further when it comes for a #1 main go-to app for your Hue system.
  • Great!

    5
    By Kyle Warendorf
    I needed a replacement for the Phillips Apple watch complication, which was spotty at best. The iConnectHue watch is rock solid. If you’re looking for an Apple watch controller for Phillips Hue this is it!
  • This is the EA sports of the light world

    1
    By TheRealNotFakeBoss
    You literally pay 5 dollars for NOTHING I think this app is terrible. Everything is extra money and it is annoyingly expensive
  • The app became useless

    2
    By PoohFromSpb
    Maybe someone needs this ‘disco’ but I liked the convenience of a non-fun setup: i use hue as main lights across the whole house. Recently developer removed support for common profiles and all integration with official hue app and google home/alexa went nowhere:(
  • Very robust but they charge you for EVERYTHING

    3
    By Sturtzandco
    My first 3rd party app for my Hue. Already up to about $15 in the app cost and all the ridiculous add-on features! They charge you for EVERYTHING - oh, wants some more colors, how about geolocation? ...Boom how about pay us another $. Seems like the app works great and has about every feature I could want, probably because they have the best paid developers around lol.
  • This is a rip off

    1
    By Techguru88
    Okay so first you have to pay $5 for the app that has all the functions of the regular hue app. Now they have some neat features like animations that are not available in the native app, but you can only use them for a short time before you have to do an in app purchase to fully unlock it. I heard people rave about this app and what it could do, but $5 price is really misleading to me. I want my money back.
  • Upgrade to the Philips App

    5
    By ack
    This app is much better than the application provided by Philips, which has enhanced my user experience many times over. There are some cool scenes provided at no cost and others you can purchase. You can control multiple Philips Bridges through a single interface which in my case makes things much easier to operate since I have a Philips Bridge on each floor of my home. The application provides notifications when there are firmware updates for Bridges, Devices and Bulbs. Last but not least the UI(User Interface) on iConnectHue is laid out in a much more user friendly way than the default Philips Hue app.
  • Garbage

    1
    By Tango Batman
    After paying 4.99 for this I find out that all the basics I would want has another cost to it. Even the piece when playing music causes the lights change. Not to mention that while testing the 60 second version the lights picked up when I coughed throwing everything off. This is very expensive to get a few extras. Totally not worth it and honestly I would like my money back.
  • Amazingly powerful hueness

    5
    By Jasonn85
    I can’t say enough good things about this app. The magic scenes are great for creating animations with varying colors, and you don’t even have to edit them when you add/remove lights from the room. Setting up motion sensors and light switches works much better than the official Hue app. The in app purchases all feel like something that’s worth buying. The developer continues to improve the app consistently, adding new one-time purchases that I’m happy to buy.

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