Hueblog: Guide: Transfer scenes from the Hue app to HomeKit

Guide: Transfer scenes from the Hue app to HomeKit

No automatic transfer possible

Sometimes even I, as a proven Hue expert, have to start the search engine to get a simple thing done. I wanted to integrate a scene from the Hue app in HomeKit in order to use it with a HomeKit switch.

In detail, the following task is involved: with an Eve button, not only several Hue lamps, but also the Nanoleaf Light panels should be switched on with a certain color setting. The Nanoleaf scene is already present in HomeKit, but the scene from the Hue app is not.

Unfortunately, there is no way to automatically integrate a scene from the Hue app into HomeKit. But the necessary detour is not very complicated: you activate the desired scene in the Hue app and then open Apple’s Home app. There you tap on the plus icon at the top and create a new scene.

HomeKit takes over the current settings for new scenes

In the following screen, simply select all Hue lamps that are part of the scene and save them under a desired name. HomeKit will automatically apply the current colour and brightness settings. To create another new HomeKit scene, simply switch to the Hue app and select the desired scene.

Now I can use a HomeKit switch to not only switch my Nanoleaf Light panels on and off in two different scenes, but also let the Hue lamps in the room light up with the desired setting at the same time.

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Comments 2 replies

  1. The integration of Hue scenes with HomeKit continues to completely suck. I have never, ever been able to get the Home App to accurately reproduce the Hue scenes. Despite what the above article says, “HomeKit does [NOT] take over the current settings for new scenes.” It will remember some of the light settings but not others. Some of the lights will NOT be the correct color when you test the scene, or some of them may not even turn on at all. Every few months I go back to the drawing board and try it again, and every time I’m reminded that the integration of Hue with HomeKit is embarrassingly horrible.

  2. I had the same issues but have found the solution. For some reason when HomeKit saves a scene with Hue lights in it ignores the colour settings, so this what I’ve done.

    Download and install the Eve App
    Using Hue set the scene you want
    Using the Eve App create the scene but ensure you have selected the Colour, power and brightness options only.

    Save the scene and it will sync with HomeKit, if you ever need to edit the scene use the Eve App otherwise it may wipe the colour settings.

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