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Philips Hue: The update to version 5.18.0 is here Delete all formulas in Hue Labs

Delete all formulas in Hue Labs

One week after the surprising update with the new compact view, Philips Hue is already delivering the next update. Version 5.18.0 of the official app can now be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. However, there do not appear to be any major new features this time.

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This is the new compact view in the Philips Hue app How to activate it

How to activate it

Philips Hue released an interesting update on Wednesday. However, version 5.17 did not initially deliver the promised innovations. The new compact view could finally be activated in the evening hours. In this article, I'll show you exactly how it works and what the new view looks like. After updating the Hue app, simply tap on the icon with the three dots in the top right-hand corner.

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Philips Hue: Update promises new compact view New feature with version 5.17

New feature with version 5.17

This morning, Philips Hue released another update for its app, version 5.17 is now available in the App Store. There is an exciting new feature that affects the home screen with the room overview. However, there is still a small problem… Let's first take a look at what Philips Hue is promising with this update.

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HueMenu: New Mac app for controlling lights Simply via the menu bar

Simply via the menu bar

If you want to control your Hue lamps via your Mac, there is now another alternative in the Mac App Store: HueMenu (App Store link). As the name of the €3.99 app suggests, the application is located in the Mac's menu bar and can be called up there with a simple mouse click.

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Philips Hue now with widgets for iPhone and iPad Update to version 5.14

Update to version 5.14

The Philips Hue app has received another update and this is particularly interesting for users of an iPhone or iPad. After a long, long time, there are finally widgets for Philips Hue again. I'll explain exactly what you can expect in this article. Several years ago, the widgets in iOS could still be found in the Today view, and Philips Hue widgets were already available back then.

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Philips Hue: Editing and saving scenes even more easily The new features in version 5.13.0

The new features in version 5.13.0

This afternoon, Philips Hue released another update in the App Store: version 5.13.0 of the official app is now available for download. And once again, a lot has changed – even more than can be read in the update description in the App Store. For example, the latest version of the app makes it much easier to edit and then save an existing scene.

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Not a mistake, but intentional: Cleaned-up home page in the Hue app Now also in the Android version

Now also in the Android version

With the introduction of version 5.12, Philips Hue has made a small change to the start page of its app, which you may have already noticed. While information on the lamps that are switched on or off was previously displayed under each room name, this space is now empty. “5 lamps are switched on” or “All lamps are switched off” was previously displayed there.

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Philips Hue removes useful display from the app Home view is suddenly so empty

Home view is suddenly so empty

When I took a look at the Hue app on the overcast days, something struck me as odd. The start page with the overview of the rooms seemed so empty. However, I didn't immediately realise what exactly was missing. It was only a comment from a reader that put me on the right track.

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Philips Hue: Updates for bridge and app without any real new features Nothing new for Android

Nothing new for Android

It's time again for some updates from the world of Philips Hue. However, I can already tell you that it's not going to be spectacular, as there are probably no new functions. An update for the Hue Bridge was released a week ago. The firmware version 1963089030 merely improves the performance and stability of the system.

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Philips Hue app soon with iPhone widgets again Control light from the home screen

Control light from the home screen

It's been a few years since Philips Hue removed the widgets from its iPhone app, but back then they weren't on the home screen anyway. Apple now allows widgets on the home screen – and since the launch of iOS 17, they can even be interactive. This means that actions can be performed without having to open the corresponding app.

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