How to Connect Philips Hue Lights to Amazon Echo

Do more than just dim or brighten the lights with Alexa

Amazon Echo device resting near a smart light bulb

Take your Amazon Echo to the next level by connecting your Hue light bulbs. You’ll be able to ask Alexa to turn your lights on and off the lights for one, but not just that, there are at least eight clever commands the Hue and Echo connection enables.

This guide is focused specifically on Philips Hue. Lifewire has a guide for connecting other smart lights

Connect Your Echo with Your Hue lights

Step one is take existing Hue lights and connect them to your existing Echo device. To do this, you’ll start with the Alexa app, which is available on iOS or Android mobile devices.

  1. Download the Amazon Alexa app, available for iOS and Android. This is the same Alexa app used to set up the Echo.

  2. Launch the Alexa app.

  3. In the top left corner, tap the three horizontal lines icon.

  4. Tap the Smart Home section.

  5. Tap Add Device.

  6. The app will search for all smart home devices, including all Hue lights and display those results.

This will work to connect Hue lights to any Echo device you have, such as an Echo Dot, Echo Show, Fire TV Cube, and more.

Setup Groups Through Amazon Alexa App

In the same Smart Home section where you searched for Hue lights, you can also set up groups that will let you control multiple lights at the same time.

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa app used to set up your Echo.

  2. In the top left corner, tap the three horizontal lines icon.

  3. Tap the Smart Home section.

  4. Across the top, tap Groups.

  5. Tap Create New.

  6. Select a provided room name for your group or create one yourself.

  7. Select an Echo device that’s closest to the light group, and which lights you want to be included in the group.

Enable the Hue Skill for Added Functionality

The Echo will detect your Hue lights automatically, following the steps above. You can add additional functionality when summoning Alexa by connecting Hue’s official Echo skill. For example, it can bring in past scenes created through the Hue app. To do this:

  1. Tap the same three horizontal lines icon in the top left corner of the screen.

  2. Tap Skills & Games.

  3. In the search box at the top of the screen, type Hue, then tap Search.

  4. The first option should be Hue, from Philips Hue.

Customize scenes and settings

In the same Smart Home section, where you added devices and created groups, you can also customize scenes. If you tap one of the scenes listed, you'll be able to edit the name, set a description, and even disable it.

You can't create additional scenes directly in the Amazon Alexa app and can only see ones created in the Hue app. If you create additional scenes in a different room after connecting the Hue skill, you can tap Discover Scenes in the same section to bring in the newly created ones.