HomeKit app is one of the greatest additions to iOS 10. Basically, the new app allows you to control your home accessories when you are away from your house using your iPhone. For example, you can ask Siri to turn off the lights from your iPhone and control a lot of things remotely with the help of Apple TV and iPad you’ve got at home.
Philips Hue comes with a dedicated app for iOS that allows you to control your Philips Hue lights while you are not around. In reality, there are two ways you can use to control your Philips Hue lights: Apple’s HomeKit and Philips Hue app. If you are going for Apple’s HomeKit, you first need to add a Philips Hue set up to your home and use the Home app to control it. We will show how it’s done. In reality,
In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to control your Philips Hue lights when you are away from your home.
Steps to control Philips Hue lights when you are away from home
Steps to set up remote access using the Philips Hue app
Before we begin, make sure that you have the Philips Hue app installed on your iPhone. If you have not already done so, do it first.
Step one: You now need to launch the Hue app and tap Explorer near the bottom-right corner of the app
Step two: Once you are done, all you need to do is to tap Log in to My Hue and tap Log in
Step three: Next up, enter your Philips Hue account details and tap Log in
Step four: Tap Yes in the next screen and you are done
Once you are logged in the app, you now can easily control your lights when you are away from home using the Philips Hue Bridge.
Steps to set up remote access with Apple HomeKit
You can use Apple HomeKit to control Philips Hue setup when you are away from home. This means that you are using Home Hub-enabled devices to control your accessories. Basically, you can use your devices that support Home Hub like the four generation iPad and Apple TV to control your home accessories.
Steps to make your Apple TV a Home Hub
Step one: Launch the Settings app on your Apple TV. Scroll down a little bit and click Accounts. Make sure that you are now signed in with your Apple ID
Step two: Once you are done, click iCloud. After that, scroll down to HomeKit and make sure that it says Connected. If not, click on it to connect
Steps to make your iPad a Home Hub
Step one: First off, you need to launch the Settings app from your home screen and tap Home
Step two: Tap on the toggle next to Use this iPad as a Home Hub
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