How to Setup Hue with Amazon Alexa

With the Amazon Echo, Tap, or Dot you can turn on and off your Philips hue lights, set a scene, or adjust brightness levels. Follow the guide below to get started setting up your Alexa with your Hue system.

You can change scenes but only with a generation 2 Hue Bridge (square shaped bridge). You can not tell Alexa to change lights to a specific color, only change scenes, power on/off, and brightness levels.

Step 1: Setting up your Amazon Echo, Tap, or Dot

Install the Amazon Alexa Application.

Follow the setup process,

Select which device you have.

Select your language.

Connect to wifi

Make sure the orange light is circling before continuing. If it is not hold down the button with the dot on it for 5 seconds, then continue.

Open your devices wifi settings and select the Amazon network that shows up.

Connection to the Amazon device.

In this case we are using an Amazon Dot.

It will start setting itself up.

Setup Complete

Updating the device.

You have to play this video to get to the next page, you can skip to the end and then the option to continue will appear.

Try out Alexa to ensure it is working

Another test to try out Alexa.

Home Page

Main Menu

Step 2: Setting up Hue With Alexa

Now that Amazon Alexa is setup press the button on your hue bridge and  say “Alexa,  discover devices”. Alexa will scan your network for your Philips hue bridge and once found it will add all of your Hue lights to Alexa.

From the Main Menu go to Smart Home.

Select Discover Devices.

Your lights will show up.

Now that all of your lights show up in the app, you address the lights as what they are named here. For example: “Alexa, Turn on Hue Lightstrip Plus 1”

If you want to change the name of a light, you must do this in the Philips Hue app, this is where Alexa is getting the name of the bulbs. Once you have changed the name in Settings/Light Setup, tell Alex to discover devices again to update the bulb names .

Alexa with Hue Scenes

Open the Skills Menu in the Alexa App and search for Hue

Select Enable Skill

Sign into your Philips Hue Account.

Alexa has been linked

Select Discover Devices

All your scenes will be added as devices

Now you will be able to tell Alexa to turn on/off a scene, this is currently the only way for Hue to change colors with Alexa is by the scene. For example, “Alexa, turn on Night in My Room.

If you want to change the names of any of the scenes or update them, do this in the Philips hue application and once you are finished tell Alexa to Discover devices to refresh the changes you have made.


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