Hue Essentials

In-app purchases
3.9
4.51K reviews
500K+
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Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

Imagine unlimited possibilities in your smart home. Set scenes and fast effects to your mood.

Experience Dance Sensation in your entertainment area with Philips Hue Entertainment. Enjoy a more colorful ambiance on your IKEA TRADFRI gateway.

Feel more in control with schedules and automation from sunrise to sunset. Widgets, Shortcuts, Quick settings tiles, and Wear OS help you get more out of your smart lights.

Control multiple bridges simultaneously without switching between them.

Supported devices
• Philips Hue bridge
• Philips Hue Bluetooth lights
• IKEA TRÅDFRI gateway
• deCONZ (ConBee)
• diyHue
• LIFX

Scenes & effects
Create the perfect ambiance from your photos or the included photo library. Experience special animations like lava, fireplace, fireworks, or lightning.

Wake up at sunrise and go to sleep at sunset with fading lights.

Get into the party on the beats of your music. Sync your lights for a night of disco with strobe effects (updates 25 times/sec).

Quick access
Create rooms and groups to organize your lights. You can even put a light in several groups. Place widgets for temperature sensors, easy control of lights, setting color and brightness without opening of the app.

Add shortcuts to your home screen for quick opening of your room. Control your lights through an optional notification in the notification panel.

Smart lights & controls
The unique ‘Touchlink’ search allows you to find new (3rd party, Zigbee) lights. Use included wizards for easy setup of your devices.

You can set scenes, actions, or even multiple scenes on a button to make your switch a real investment. Experience the right ambiance during different times of your day with your motion sensor. All of your creations are stored on the bridge. Easy for you and your family.

Advanced
Configure endless automation possibilities through the Tasker plugin.

Make it look like you are at home using 'Away from Home' (out of home control).

Communicate directly with your Hue bridge using the API debugger. View technical details of your Hue bridge and update its resources like lights and sensors.

You want it all?
Fast performance with ad-free experience. Purchase the premium version to unlock full content.

Share your experience
Community: https://community.hueessentials.com
Updated on
Jul 12, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
App activity and App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
3.9
4.51K reviews
Richard Davis
July 3, 2022
One of my all-time favorite apps just took a major turn for the worst. This has been, literally for years, the ONLY app I use for Hue. Intuitive and powerful, Hue Essentials has been a brilliant app. Now it dove into the worst category by 'updating' alarms to 'Automations'. Now I have to scroll through hundreds of alarm settings for ALL my lights to find the one I'm looking to change or turn on or off. This is truly awful. Whomever thought of this is clueless and cruel. Please put things back.
10 people found this review helpful
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Trevor Jenrich
April 12, 2022
Wish I could rate 10 stars. If you really want to customize your device settings in your Hue ecosystem, this is the app you need to get. I've tried other 3rd party Hue apps and this one gives you the most flexibility IMO. Especially helpful to tweak my switches and motion sensors to program the exact way I want them to operate. I started with the free version, and paid for most of the extras even though the free version did everything i needed it to. Was happy to support a well built app!
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Hue Essentials
January 17, 2020
Thank you so much for your review, Trevor!
A Google user
January 7, 2019
I've bought the app with the one purpose of using it together with Tasker for automation, and for that I would give zero stars. I made a simple profile to turn on living room lights when my phone connects to home WiFi, and the results are really poor. Initially it seems to work when testing, if the app is opened. But on a real life situation, when I'm coming from outside the house, I often get "unable to connect to the bridge". I've done some testing and can elaborate but space here is limited.
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Hue Essentials
January 11, 2019
Please share your findings with us through mail and we will see what we can improve.

What's new

• Automation support for the IKEA STARKVIND (and other air quality sensors) on deCONZ gateway
• Fix for scenes not loading in group widget