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New Philips Hue app update brings interactive widgets

The Philips Hue app has been updated to version 5.14.0. (Image source: Philips Hue)
The Philips Hue app has been updated to version 5.14.0. (Image source: Philips Hue)
The Philips Hue update version 5.14.0 for iOS and Android apps is now available. The software returns interactive widgets to Apple devices, with options to display them in three spaces. Also noted in the change log are new features for Friends of Hue switches and a faster way to save scene changes.

A new update has arrived for the Philips Hue app, version 5.14.0. Now available for the iOS and Android apps, it brings a range of features to the brand’s smart lighting products and third-party accessories.

The version 5.14.0 change log for iOS notes that more advanced Philips Hue widgets are now available. Earlier this year, we reported on rumors which suggested that the company would bring back this interactive feature. The widgets make it easier to access smart lighting controls and are available on your Home Screen, Lock Screen, and Today View. To add a Philips Hue widget, tap and hold on the screen, click the ‘+’ icon or the ‘+ Add Widgets’ button, and search for ‘Hue’. You can then press and hold the widget to customize its size and functionality, choosing a room, zone or switch to control.

The iOS and Android app release notes include improvements to the Friends of Hue switches, like the Lutron Aurora, which we covered earlier this month. These third-party devices can now access the natural light scene, scene cycle mode and time-based lighting. The final improvement listed is an easier way to save a change to a scene; users reported this tool in March. Rather than clicking on the pencil icon to edit your scene, a new ‘Save’ button in the top left corner of the app allows you to quickly save changes to your settings. You can download the Philips Hue app version 5.14.0 from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The change log for Philips Hue app version 5.14.0. (Image source: Apple App Store)
The change log for Philips Hue app version 5.14.0. (Image source: Apple App Store)
You can choose the size of your Philips Hue widget.
You can customize your Philips Hue widget.
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Polly Allcock, 2024-04- 3 (Update: 2024-05-20)