[Updated] Philips Hue can't connect or won't work with Apple HomeKit a known issue, but no ETA for fix (potential workarounds inside)
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on March 24, 2022) follows:
Philips Hue is the lineup made up of Philips Smart Lights products. The system allows you to create an atmosphere to your liking by tweaking the colors of the ambient lights.
Like other Smart Home products, you can easily manage your Philips Hue lights through a dedicated app or Smart Home platform. However, many Apple users are facing performance conflicts.
Apple ecosystem users can control their Smart Home devices through the Apple HomeKit platform. But, currently many can’t connect Philips Hue devices to Apple HomeKit.
Philips Hue can’t connect or won’t work with Apple HomeKit
Can’t connect my Phillips Hue to my HomeKit
Hust got my first HomePod mini and tried to connect it with my Phillips Hue Bridge but it just does not work. Already added successfully another accessory to the HomeKit App.
I used to have an Alexa who could control the Hue products and yes I have already disconnected Alexa with Phillips Hue.
My Router connects to a Switch and than to the Phillips Hue bridge. I have to wifi signals. One 2,4 Ghz and one 5 Ghz signal. While trying to connect the Hue Bridge I have tried using both Wifi signals on my iPhone.
In some cases, the connection between Philips Hue devices and Apple HomeKit suddenly stops after years of working fine, for no apparent reason.
IOS home app can no longer control hue?
So I’ve been using the home app to control my hue lights for a few years now. But recently it stopped working. It now says “no remote access” and says I need to setup a home hub. I am local on my network though. Same network my hue bridge is connected to. I don’t have an apple speaker or Apple TV though so I don’t think I can setup a home hub.
Any work arounds for this?
Some workarounds that could help
If you are facing the issue in question, there are some workarounds that could help you. The first is to add an Apple device (such as a HomePod) to the same network as the Philips Hue devices (including the Hue Bridge).
As an alternative, you can follow the troubleshooting below:
Finally, if the above doesn’t work, doing a factory reset might work.
To factory reset Apple HomeKit, you must follow the process below:
-In the Home app, click on the Home icon at the top right.
-Scroll until you see Remove Home. Tap on it and confirm that you want to delete your home.
-Once you do, you’ll need to recreate your HomeKit settings for your location from the Home app.
The Philips Hue team is already aware of the issue and is working on a fix, but there is no ETA for it yet.
We will update this story as new developments on the matter arise in the future.
Update 1 (May 09, 2023)
Luckily, Philips Hue support has acknowledged this issue and they are currently investigating it.
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