I announced this new feature a few months ago, and with the launch of iOS 15 earlier this week, I can now announce it’s a reality: There is an easy option to set a timer for Philips Hue lamps. And of course all other HomeKit devices that can be switched on and off.
Besides the need for your Philips Hue Bridge to be connected to HomeKit, you also need a HomeKit hub that is equipped with the latest update. This could be a HomePod or an Apple TV, for example. Then you can simply pick up your iPhone or iPad with iOS 15 and use the following voice commands, for example:
- Hey Siri, turn off the floor lamp in 15 minutes.
- Hey Siri, turn on the lights in the living room in 25 minutes.
- Hey Siri, turn off the power socket at 10:15 p.m.
These voice commands create unique automations that are also visible in the corresponding tab in the Home app. This certainly helps not to lose track if you should use many of these voice commands. After execution, the automations are automatically removed from the Home app.
In my view, this is a great way for Apple users to quickly create a timer. Of course, this is now also possible via the Hue app or via third-party apps such as iConnectHue. There you certainly have more options and can, for example, dim the light slowly or select a certain scene – but all this is not as quick as a short voice command.