If you have equipped your home with Philips Hue color change and a smart home speaker from Google Home (or any other Assistant-equipped device), you know it's possible to check the color of your lights from the Home app. Google added the feature to the home app just last month.
Unfortunately, the current version of the app only allows you to set a single color for all lights in the room or a color for each light at a time. This is not as versatile as the official Philips Hue app, which lets you create scenes of light that blend in with multiple colors.
It is said that it is much more convenient ̵1; and fun – to be able to control your Hue lamps through your Google homepage instead of having to switch to the dedicated Hue app. Here's how.
Before you begin, your Philips Hue lamps and bridges should be functional and paired on your Google homepage. If you don't already have one, here's a Philips video about connecting your nuances to Google Assistant.
Change the color of all lights in the room
- First open the Google app. If your shade lights are connected to your Google Assistant-equipped device, you'll see a small light bulb. Tap it and select the room you want to check. (In my home app, the room is called several Hue-connected lamps "Stef & # 39; s Room".) Once you have arrived at the room's control screen, you can control specific lights or all lights in different ways.
- To change the color of all lights in the room, press "Color" and then select one of the available 42 shades from the menu. Your lights should be changed immediately.
Change the color of specific light in the room
- If you want to set different colors for specific lights in a room, go to the room screen and press the "[Number] light" button. (In my test room I only made two lights.)
- You will see a menu item that has each light indicated. Touch the name of this light.
- On the next control screen, select "Color" and set the light to the desired color.
Do the same with your voice
Of course, fun part of using a Google Home device uses your voice rather than an app. So when you're done, try it. For example, you can say "Hello, Google. Turn on the lights and turn them to red."
You can also set colors for specific lights that use your voice. For this you must know the names of each light. In my test case, I used the default names "Hue color lamp 1" and "Hue color lamp 2," so the spoken command was quite simple: "Hi, Google. Turn on Color lamp 1 and turn it to red."
If you looking for more than just color control with your voice, here is the full list of supported Philips Hue / Google Home commands.
Congratulations! Now you can control your Philips Hue lamps using your Google Assistant app or by talking to your Google Startup device. With luck, one day soon, you will be able to do even more.
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