Google Home in the bookshelf
Google Home reading the interview of his fathers. Philips Hue Lightstrips, glued to the back of the shelf, are his Reading Light.

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.

UPDATE 2018-08-02: Another nice update has sneaked in the past days into some of our Google Homes! It is finally room aware, which means we can omit the room name in our commands. Make sure your Google Home is assigned to the right room in the Google Home app: Top left burger menu, Home control, tap on your Google Home device under Assistants and assign it to the room it is in. You will find more information on that in the command section below, as this basically affects all commands.
In case you are revisiting this page, updates are in green.

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.

What if I add some lights or scenes?

In this case, assuming you have configured everything in Philips Hue, you can either try:

“Hey Google, sync my lights” or “Hey Google, sync Philips Hue”

And in case this does not help, you will need to unlink and re-link the Philips Hue service: Under Home control, tap the “+” and then the Philips Hue icon and select “Unlink account”. Repeat the linking process as described above.

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

So, the shortest command to turn on the lights in the room where your Google Home is located, is to say “Hey Google, lights!”, nice! Note, if you want to control other rooms, just add the room name. Or if you want to control all lights use “all lights” in the command.

The full syntax, just in case you are looking for alternatives looks something like this:

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 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.

Seems Google and Philips are reading this blog =). We can now omit the room name and Google will activate only the scenes in this room, if you want to set the scene of another room, just add the room name. 

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

Note, I cannot observe this bug anymore.

Voice Commands for setting the Philips Hue Brightness

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

If you omit the room name, you will control the brightness of the room Google Home is assigned to.

The full syntax, just in case you want to play with alternatives, looks something like this:

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

  • Change the lights to Air Force blue
  • Turn the kitchen to school bus yellow

If you omit the room name, you will control the color of the lights in the room Google Home is assigned to.

Here are some alternatives:

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.

As of 2018-08-02 Google Home is room aware! I guess the feature has been already released in the cloud in the past couple of days. Please note, that Google features are released in iterations. If your Google Home does not support this feature yet, hang in, it will come.

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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If you have questions or want to share your ideas and experiences with Philips Hue and Google Assistant, please leave a comment below! You can subscribe to the comment section to receive notifications about updates.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Google Home is finally room-aware, which helps making our commands shorter! =)
    I have updated this post with the changes.

    Cheers,
    K.

  2. 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!
    You can subscribe for notifications about updates through the link below.
    Have fun!
    K.

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