Philips Hue recently launched early access for its new sync integration with Spotify. We have a step-by-step guide to walk you through how to get into the action.
Hue bulb owners haven’t had an easy way to sync their lights with Sptofiy without having to ditch their favorite speakers. They had to connect Spotify operations to their desktop or TV (via the Hue Play HDMI sync box) and then connect the cables to said speakers.
This new integration eliminates picture hacks, by linking the Hue app to any running outlet of your Spotify account via the cloud, letting you control mood lighting to the beat of the beat. . However, to try out this new toy, you will first need to overcome a few obstacles.
To get started, you need to join the early access program and you can do so by going to the Explore tab of the Hue app and tapping on the Philips Hue + Spotify card. If you don’t see this map, don’t worry – if you have Hue lights and a Hue bridge, it will happen to you eventually. Once you click on “Enable Early Access”, you will then see a new tab called Sync appear.
You will see a list of options on how you would like to sync your lights. Select “Spotify Account” and browse the prompts which include a privacy agreement and connections for Philips Hue and Spotify – the integration works whether you pay for a subscription or stream it for free. These steps will link these accounts together.
After pairing, you will be asked which light show (um, “Entertainment Zone”) you want to use this integration with – limited to 10 lights yet, but so be it – then select your digital assistant. If you’re using voice commands, you’ll call this integration “music sync”.
After all is said and done, you have a place to control the colors, brightness, and intensity of your Hue lights while letting Spotify handle the music you play and the material you play it on, whatever. be it a Sonos soundbar or a JBL boombox – even if that hardware isn’t in the same room as the lights … which you can enjoy, I guess.
I’m still testing, but it’s working pretty well.
It’s not as responsive as the Windows Hue Sync app. Hope they can improve the algorithm.
Not as configurable. For example, I can set my own colors in Windows Hue Sync, but limited to 5 presets + automatic cloud sync.
– Artem Russakovskii (@ArtemR) September 8, 2021
Hi! We are having technical difficulties with our Philips Hue + Spotify integration. We are aware of this and are working on it.
– Philips Hue (@tweethue) September 8, 2021
There are some limitations and tribulations when using a feature in the alpha-beta-ish phase, such as a limit of five in-app color scheme presets and lagged response times. You can find answers to some FAQs at the bottom of this page.
Like most things in life, it’s a work in progress, but the core functionality is there and it should open up a whole new world of audiovisual experiences for you.