This afternoon Philips Hue released another update for its official app – and this time it’s a particularly big one. Philips Hue 5.0 prepares the system for the new Hue Secure components that were officially introduced at the beginning of September.
These Hue Secure features have been integrated into the app
I have already answered the most important questions and answers about the Hue Secure cameras and the new security system. But what exactly has Philips Hue now integrated into its app? Here is the official overview:
- Arm and disarm your home security system
- Receive push notifications when a motion sensor, Secure contact sensor, or Secure camera detects activity
- View a timeline of the events that occurred while your home security system was armed
- Trigger alarms that flash the lights or sound a siren on your Secure camera from the app
- Call local emergency services or a trusted contact of your choice with a tap in the app
You can already use these features of the security system
Unfortunately, the Hue Secure cameras and the Hue Secure contact sensors are not yet available and can therefore not be paired with the Hue Bridge, even though the corresponding menus are available with the latest update. Nevertheless, you can already use the Hue Secure system.
Motion detectors, unfortunately only the indoor version at the moment, are also part of Hue Secure. You will find the new section directly on the app’s start page, above your rooms – and will first be guided through the installation step by step.
Currently, however, everything still has to be done manually: You have to arm the system manually and also switch on the alarm with the white or red flashing light yourself. But at least: For the first time, it is possible to receive a push notification with Hue on-board devices as soon as a motion detector detects a movement.
How to ban Hue Secure from your app
If the Hue Secure system on the home page of your app bothers you and you have no use for it so far, you can remove it with a simple tap on the X symbol. It will then only reappear on the home page of the Hue app once it has been reactivated via the settings.
If you decide to use it, a Hue account is mandatory. However, most of you have probably already created one for remote control anyway.