Actually, it was supposed to be ready in spring, in the end we had to be patient a bit longer. But now it is here: Matter support for Philips Hue. As of now, it can be activated in the settings of the Hue app – but there are some details to keep in mind.
The Matter integration of Philips Hue is done via the Hue Bridge. In my opinion, this is the most elegant solution there can be for such a full-blown system, because after all, all lamps, switches and sensors are made compatible with Matter and no new hardware is required.
All you need is a Matter Border Router
All you need is a Matter control centre, the heart of the system. Here you have very individual options, for example one of the following devices:
- Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD (4th generation)
- Apple HomePod or HomePod mini
- Samsung SmartThings Hub
- almost all Echo speakers from Amazon
- Google Home or Home Mini
- Nest Hub, Nest mini, Nest Audio
How to activate the Matter integration
In the settings of the Hue app, you will now find an item called “Smart Home”, previously it was called Voice Control. There you can access the Matter setup via the plus symbol and other apps. You will receive a pairing code that you can then enter in the app of your control centre, for example the Alexa app or the Home app from Apple.
Connecting Philips Hue with other systems via Matter
But how exactly does it work now? To be able to use Matter, you definitely have to be connected to a Philips Hue account. After that, you receive a pairing code, which you can then use to continue on the other platforms. I would like to show you exactly how using Amazon Alexa as an example.
- Open the Alexa app and tap on the plus icon in the device tab to add a new device.
- select Matter under “other”
- instead of scanning the QR code, tap on “try number code instead” and add the pairing code.
The subsequent search will find the Hue Bridge and add the devices connected to it to Alexa. This process can be repeated with other bridges and works very similarly on platforms such as Apple Home or Google Assistant.
Why actually use Matter?
If your system runs smoothly and you are satisfied with the existing integration into Smart Home systems such as Apple Home, then in my opinion there is currently no reason to switch to Matter. Please also bear in mind that the control of Hue lamps via Matter is only possible in a limited way, similar to Alexa or HomeKit so far. Special functions, such as gradient light bulbs, are not supported. However, the following points will be interesting:
- Integration of third-party light bulbs into HomeKit.
- Coupling of several Hue Bridges with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
These two points were not possible until now. You are welcome to describe in the comments how the Matter setup worked for you and for what purposes you use it.
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