In August, the timers returned to the Philips Hue app, but one important function was missing until now: You could switch lamps on or off and activate scenes after the timer had expired, but you could not make the lamps flash. This is now possible again. To use the function, you must first create a timer – this can be done in the Automation area.
I announced this new feature a few months ago, and with the launch of iOS 15 earlier this week, I can now announce it's a reality: There is an easy option to set a timer for Philips Hue lamps. And of course all other HomeKit devices that can be switched on and off.
Philips Hue has released app version 4.2 for iOS and Android. And as of now, the timers are back. They are well hidden: You can find them in the “Automations” section and have to scroll down quite a bit – the timers have made it into the app as the penultimate function.
In addition to the criticism around the widgets, one thing can be read again and again in reviews and comments around the new Philips Hue app: users would like to see the timer function back. Shortly after the launch of the new app, already more than one and a half months ago, Philips Hue promised to bring back the functionality with a future update.
As alternative to a motion detector, do you want to switch on the lamps in a room with a dimmer switch, Smart Button or Friends of Hue switch for a few minutes and then switch them off again automatically? What doesn't work with the official Hue app is no problem with third-party apps.
The light should switch off automatically after exactly one hour? You want to receive a visual reminder in seven minutes? All this is no problem for the smart lighting system with the latest updates from Philips Hue. In addition to the official Hue app, we once again recommend iConnectHue because it offers respective settings.