Hueblog: Philips Hue Bluetooth app now supports routines

Philips Hue Bluetooth app now supports routines

Wake up naturally, go to sleep & timer

Even though most of us still rely on the full-grown Hue system with a bridge, I don’t want to leave out today’s update for the Bluetooth version of the Hue app. It is interesting for beginners who want to start with only a few bulbs – or for children’s rooms where the child’s smartphone should only display lamps from their own room.

With the Philips Hue Bluetooth App in Version 1.13 (App Store link), now routines are also possible for the first time. You can choose between the following three options:


  • Wake up naturally
  • Go to sleep
  • Timer

Wake up naturally lets the selected lamp slowly become brighter so that you can wake up in a relaxed way. The fade in carried out over a period of 10, 20 or 30 minutes until a preset time.

The Go to sleep routine works the other way round and dims the selected lamp until it switches off. The routine can be started either by pressing a button in the app or at a specific time.

The timer works in the classic way. After a set hours/minutes duration has elapsed, the Hue lamp can be made to flash, switched on, switched off or you can select your own scene.

Update: contrary to what was claimed in the original version of this article, the new routines in the Bluetooth app work after initial configuration and activation even without an active Bluetooth connection to the smartphone. I can’t tell you at this time whether time-controlled routines are permanently stored on the lamp, especially if the power is switched off and on in between.

The update for the Android version is not yet available.



Comments 6 replies

  1. I wonder. the person that made the Timer option in the routines, has any experience with scheduling? When someone needs automation he needs it every day !! The timer toggles switch themselves off every day and I have to remember to switch them again on in order to run the following day !! How about recurssions? Daily, Weekly, Monthly schedules?

  2. The routine means you have to open the app every day to enable the routine. Strange routine – it’s the opposite of the set it and forget it 🙁

  3. The bluetooth app is practically worthless. I have to manually open the app to switch lights on/off. What’s the point? I could just go to the light switch and do that.

  4. I am having the same issue – I bought this as a start as I only need 1 bulb to be set on a daily schedule, but can’t seem to repeat daily with just the bluetooth app. Do I need to buy the entire hub system for 1 bulb?

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