Google Assistant and Philips Hue: Setup, Review and Voice Commands

In this post, we will configure Philips Hue for Google Assistant. Before we start, we have to say goodbye to multiple Philips Hue bridges and Philips Hue scenes. Finally Google Assistant (Version 1.2.8215) fixes the linking problem to Philips Hue and imports Philips Hue scenes and rooms. I have now updated this post to reflect the recent changes. If you are not so lucky and can’t see the scenes imported yet, you can still find the workaround to control Philips Hue scenes with IFTTT here: Workaround: Philips Hue Scenes in Google Assistant through IFTTT.

For guidelines on how to setup your Philips Hue lights before configuring them in Google Assistant, see Philips Hue –  Smart Lighting needs a Smart Setup.

Setting up Google Home for Philips Hue

With the latest update of Google Assistant (Version 1.2.8215) we no longer need to create rooms before importing our Philips Hue lights. Philips Hue lights, scenes and rooms will be automatically imported. Finally!

Screenshot of Philips Hue App - My Hue Account
Philips Hue App – My Hue Account

A prerequisite for connecting Philips Hue to Google Home is the “My Hue” account. This account will connect to your Philips Hue bridge and enable the communication between Google and Philips. In case you have not already, open your Philips Hue app and tap on Explore / “Log in to My Hue” and then “Log in”. You can create your account here.

Open your Google Home app and go to Settings / Home Control. Alternatively you can open the Google Assistant app and find the Home Control under settings.

Now, we can switch to “devices” and tap the “+” button. When selecting Philips Hue we are guided to link our “My Hue” account with Google Assistant.

Screenshot of Google Assistant - Home Control Devices
Google Assistant – Home Control Devices

After allowing Google to access our “My Hue “account, all lights, rooms and scenes will be synced.

For a better overview, we can switch to the “Rooms” view and review and adapt what has been imported. In my case an “Entertainment Area 1” room was created, which I deleted after moving the contained scenes to the correct room. The rest was imported correctly.

Screenshot Google Assistant - Home Control Rooms
Google Assistant – Home Control Rooms

Like in the Philips Hue app, we can only map one light to one room, which does not give us the option to regroup room segments to larger rooms.

Voice Commands

Here are the voice commands you can use with Google Home to control your Philips Hue lights:

Just a quick note:

  • <…> … fill in your <ROOMNAME>, <LIGHTNAME>, etc.
  • / … Our assistant understands various phrases for the same command. This means either/or, just pick one.
  • ( ) … This part of the command is optional. If you prefer short, snappy voice commands, you can omit this part of the command.

Voice Commands for turning Philips Hue lights ON / OFF

  • Lights off
  • Turn couch on
  • Make the Go lamp in the Dining room go off

OK Google, switch / change / make / set / turn / activate / deactivate (on/off)
[all/my, (the) <LIGHTNAME> / (the) <ROOMNAME> / (the <LIGHTNAME> in/at (the) <ROOMNAME>
(light(s))/(lamp(s)) (go) (on/off).

Voice Commands for setting Philips Hue Scenes

  • Activate office concentrate
  • Activate couch relax

OK Google, activate (<ROOMNAME>) <SCENENAME>

Note, if you omit the room name, all scenes with the same name will be activated. It would be smarter, if only the scene of the room where Google Home is assigned to would be activated, but I am afraid we have to wait a bit for this feature.

Another note, in some cases Google comes back with “Sure, activating 2 scenes”. I am not sure why, seems like a glitch.

Voice Commands for setting the Philips Hue Brightness

  • Bedroom 10
  • Brighten the Kitchen 3 light by 30 percent

OK Google, (make / change / set / turn) ((the) brightness of)
[all/my, (the) <LIGHTNAME> / (the) <ROOMNAME> / (the) <LIGHTNAME> in/at (the) <ROOMNAME>] (light(s))/(lamp(s)) (brightness)
to x (percent) / darker / brighter / less bright

OK Google, dim / brighten
[ all/my, <LIGHTNAME> / <ROOMNAME>] (light(s)) / (lamp(s))
(by x (percent))

Voice Commands for setting Philips Hue Colors

  • Turn the Kitchen to School bus yellow

OK Google, switch / change / make / set / turn
[all/my, (the) <LIGHTNAME> / (the) <ROOMNAME> / (the) <LIGHTNAME> in/at (the) <ROOMNAME>] (light(s)) / (lamp(s))
(to (the color)) <COLOR-NAME>

Note: COLOR-NAME is not documented but many of the color-names here are supported.

Voice Commands for setting Philips Hue Color Temperature

Not supported.

Conclusion

With the latest update (Version 1.2.8215) Google Assistant supports now the import of Philips Hue lights, rooms and scenes. Still, there is room for improvement, like “room-awareness” of the Google Home. This way, we could use snappier commands, by simply omitting the room-name.

Google Home and Philips finally provide a great integration!

In case the scene support still does not work for you, and if you are OK with using a 3rd party service, you can workaround the missing scenes with IFTTT: Workaround: Philips Hue Scenes in Google Assistant through IFTTT.

You can find more Google Home posts here: Google Assistant.

For a comparison with Siri and Alexa, please see: Assistant Showdown with Philips Hue: Who will win? Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant.

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One Reply to “Google Assistant and Philips Hue: Setup, Review and Voice Commands”

  1. Hey!
    After waiting for about a month to get the linking fixed, I could finally update the article with the new scene support. Thanks Google, finally!
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    Have fun!
    K.

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