It is one of the demands that Philips Hue users have repeatedly made: A backup function for the Bridge to be able to restore the installation that was set up with great care if the worst comes to the worst. I have never experienced a hardware defect that would make a backup necessary over the years, but you never know.
The online blog ifun.de is now reporting that Philips Hue is working on a backup function for the Hue Bridge, although no specific sources are mentioned in the report. Allegedly, Philips Hue is planning a cloud solution to back up the data and settings of the Bridge externally.
When exactly the backup function for the Hue Bridge will be available is still up in the air. However, I can assure you that Philips Hue is indeed looking into the subject of backups. So it's probably only a matter of time before the function is integrated into the Hue app.
How have you dealt with the limitation so far? Do you use a third-party app to create at least a limited backup of the system?
All 4 Hue offers a backup function with restrictions
This would be possible with All 4 Hue, for example – but only with restrictions. You have to manually connect all lights, switches and sensors to the new or restored bridge. The hardware is “linked” at the start of the restore process. All 4 Hue obtains the unique serial numbers of the various devices from the backup and links these with the new identifications that the devices have received after pairing with the new bridge.
Only then does it continue automatically. The developer tells us: “Software resources are elements that are created on the Hue Bridge via apps such as All 4 Hue, i.e. memory sensors, light groups, zones, rooms, light scenes, room scenes, timers, alarms, rules and rule groupings. All 4 Hue is able to recreate all these resources automatically as part of the recovery process.”
All 4 Hue charges a one-off fee of 6.99 euros for this functionality. Let's just hope that Philips Hue won't charge us extra for this “luxury”, which should actually be a basic cornerstone of a smart home system…
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