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The 7 Best Philips Hue Apps for Android and iPhone

Brent Dirks Updated 13-12-2019

The Philips Hue lighting system was one of the first smart home products to gain traction in the consumer market. It continues to become more popular thanks to an expanding number of products and integration with other smart home devices.


To that end, we’re highlighting some of the best Philips Hue apps that can control your lights and much more.

1. Philips Hue

At one time, the official Philips Hue app was heavily derided thanks to its confusing UI and lack of control options. But that’s no longer the case; it’s now one of the best Hue lights apps.

The app now features a number of shortcuts that allow you to adjust your lights with just a few taps. You can quickly change the light color or even set the bulbs to one of the last four used scenes.

Speaking of color, a new picker allows you to group or ungroup lights in a room and choose a precise shade of white or color from the palette. There’s also a huge variety of different lighting scenes to select from. And if none of those suit your fancy, you can even use the app to extract a specific color from an image and apply that to the lights.


Download: Philips Hue for iOS | Android (Free)

2. Ambify

Think of Ambify as a fun way to turn your Hue lights into part of an interactive jukebox. Just start up the app, pick your lights, and then choose a playlist. The app will analyze it, then visualize your tunes with the Hue lights. You can create different color themes for specific music types and customize the visualizer settings.

You can also send music to an Apple TV or other AirPlay device while the app is still creating the experience.


Download: Ambify for iOS ($3)

3. Hue Disco

While similar to Ambify, Hue Disco offers one big advantage. Instead of having to play music on your iOS device to start the interactive light show, Hue Disco will listen for music through the microphone. So along with any music on your device, it also supports a wide variety of other options like a Bluetooth speaker and more.

A specific microphone sensitivity feature will let you control how often music turns into light. You can also customize the maximum or minimum brightness for the disco setup. It’s also easy to control the color of specific themes; the app even lets you select an image from your photo library to turn into a theme.


Party fans will also be happy to hear that there are a number of different strobe options.

Download: Hue Disco for iOS | Android ($4)

4. OnSwitch

OnSwitch is all about using Hue lights to create a truly interactive experience. The top feature of the app is the 30 different albums featuring more than 200 animated and static light scenes. The scenes combine the lighting effects with audio from the app to create a unique mood. Some of the different scenes include Santa landing on your roof, a spaceship battle, or a New Year’s Eve ball drop.


For everyday use, there’s also an album with clear images of what type of lighting each option provides. You can also use OnSwitch to create and manage a single bulb or different groups.

As a nice touch, the app also supports the popular LIFX smart lighting line as well. Our guide takes a look at the differences between LIFX and Philips Hue systems to help decide which one is best for you.

Download: OnSwitch for iOS | Android (Free, subscription and in-app purchases available)

5. Lightbow

Lightbow is a powerful scene editor and light control app.

Its best feature is the ability to customize a preset. You can add multi-step animation loops, static colors, and other commands for any light or even a group. Each preset can even have a transition, like a crossfade. When you’re done creating a perfect setup, you can run each preset with just a tap.

The app also allows you to organize presets into different collections for quick access. Even better, a quick Siri command lets you activate a preset thanks to the Siri Shortcuts feature.

Since the app is compatible with Philips Hue, LIFX, and WeMo bulbs, you can put hardware from different manufacturers into a single group for easy control.

For access to your lights without pulling out an iPhone, the Apple Watch app provides the ability to set scenes and control bulbs on your wrist.

Download: Lightbow for iOS ($5, in-app purchases and subscription available)

6. Hue TV

Hue TV can help turn a regular night of watching TV into a fresh experience. Just open up the app and aim at the show you’re watching. The app will use your device’s camera to choose up to three of most important onscreen colors and then adjust the lighting to match. It can change Hue, LIFX, and Avea bulbs at the same time.

If the colors are too bright, it’s easy to change the brightness. And a selection tool can help you focus on colors at a specific part of the screen.

Download: Hue TV for iOS ($3)

7. HueMote

For a simple and easy way to control your Hue lights, HueMote is a great choice. With just a few taps, you can change colors, adjust brightness, and save specific light settings into scenes to access later. Thanks to iCloud sync, your light settings will be available on all iOS devices.

There’s no need to even open the app to control your lights, as a widget provides access directly from your iPhone or iPad lock screen.

Download: HueMote for iOS (Free)

Unleash the Power of the Best Philips Hue Apps

These apps will give you all the power you need to control your lights just the way you want. They’ll add some serious atmosphere to your house no matter what you have planned—a party, movie night, or just a quiet evening in.

And if you’re just starting out with the smart lighting system, make sure to take a look at our comprehensive guide on how to set up and use the Philips Hue starter kit How to Set Up and Use the Philips Hue Starter Kit Everything you need to know about setting up the Philips Hue starter kit smart lights and using them in your home. Read More .

Related topics: Android Apps, iOS Apps, Philips Hue, Smart Lighting.

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  1. Rodrigo
    November 2, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    "Lights and Music" (iPhone or iPad) is pretty good for Spotify or Apple Music sync. It's free to download but has in-app purchase :S

  2. Abhishek Bansal
    August 19, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I would like to mention the only Philips Hue focused learning app in the market as of now. Hue for Kids ( is a learning app that makes learning fun for young kids.

    This app makes learning futuristic and immersive by making Philips Hue lights react to actions of a child as he get to know about different colours, fruits, flowers and vegetables.

    Hue for Kids iOS version is officially a featured app by Philips Lighting (

  3. Rahul Yadav
    May 5, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Hue Disco is the best among above.
    Try "Hue Power India" for power outage default color setting issue. If you use that, your light states will be retained across the power outage.

  4. Martin Lavoie
    October 17, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Where are apps for Windows ?? How i could control Hue light with a windows desktop PC or laptop ?

    • Dann Albright
      October 21, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      I'm not sure; I came to this article with a focus on mobile apps. I'm sure there are some good desktop ones out there, though!

    • Raymond
      January 28, 2018 at 3:30 am

      Windows and Smart Home - lol

  5. Mauricio
    May 26, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Will any of these apps appear on the lockscreen of an android phone? Quicker to go to the actual switch rather than unlocking the phone, searching for the app, etc.

    • Dann Albright
      May 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Not that I'm aware of, but I'm not an Android user, so hopefully someone with experience with these apps will chime in with a better answer!

  6. Mirimon
    December 29, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Hm, so far none of the ambilight type apps or addons function nominally. Xbmc is the fastest to respond, but I also need something smart enough to dynamically adjust several lights accordingly based on positional values of lighting on screen.

    Honestly, I have a feealing the only way it will really work well lag free would be through built in code that comes with the film, or some sort of passthrough hdmi link and assigning positions relative to the sources.

    • Dann Albright
      January 2, 2016 at 2:00 am

      Built-in code would be fantastic; I wonder if that's something that companies are looking into. I can see why it would be a little slow to update, as that's quite a bit of information that needs to be transmitted and processed. If you find another app or system that works better, please let us know, and I'll keep an eye out for any other information on improving performance!

    • bobby
      January 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      that is correct, otherwise there will always be lag, which takes more out of the experience than adds to it, amhik. plus the popcorn effect is pretty prevalent with even the second generation hue bridge.

      • Chris
        February 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm

        The SyFy channel just released an app (aptly named SyFy Sync) the syncs Hue with their TV shows. I've only tried it once and it works well. It's subtle which I like so that it does not distract you from the show.

        • Dann Albright
          February 10, 2016 at 9:08 pm

          Cool! Thanks for pointing that out—sounds like a good sign for more TV channels doing that in the future. That'd be really great if Netflix or Amazon Prime integrated this tech into their shows. I have no idea how much effort it would take to do that, but I can imagine that customers would really appreciate it.

  7. Costis
    November 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Kodi/xbmc has an addon for Philips hue as well. Ambient lighting for movies, music... check it out.

    • Dann Albright
      November 27, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Anonymous
    June 26, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Ah you guys forgot - it's voice control, search api for millions of themes!

  9. Anonymous
    March 20, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Also checkout Hue Camera:

    • Dann Albright
      March 29, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Another one I was not aware of–thanks for the recommendation!

  10. Hue Menu
    March 20, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    You can add for Mac! A great Mac App for Philips Hue lights!

    • Dann Albright
      March 29, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      I hadn't seen that before, but it looks like a great app. Thanks for posting!