Back in February 2023, I published an article with the headline “Philips Hue soon only usable with an account? Today another news follows, where I unfortunately have to leave out the question mark in the headline. As Philips Hue has now confirmed, the use of the system will soon only be possible with an account.
A corresponding notice has already appeared on the start page of the Hue app for some users:
When asked about this, Philips Hue responded in a statement on Twitter as follows:
Hello, thanks for reaching out. Believe us, this change can only benefit the users, when it comes to security. Soon it will indeed be mandatory to have a Hue account in order to control the lights.
In other comments, Philips Hue states that after signing up with an account, the system will run without an active internet connection. The collected account data will not be sold to third parties and marketing emails will only be sent after consent.
More information on the Hue website
On the Philips Hue website you can find more information about the topic. Among other things, it explains the different user permissions, which is interesting especially in combination with the new Hue Secure System.
I've always used a Hue account
Personally, this announcement does not bother me. I have been using my Philips Hue system with an account since the beginning, because this is the only way that remote control is possible in addition to local control. I have often switched off forgotten lights on the go. This is a comfort and also a safety extra that I don't want to miss.