It happens to the best of us: you leave the house, drive away and realize you left the lights on. With Hue, you don’t have to worry about that anymore: you can set your lights to turn off automatically when you leave the house (and turn them on automatically when you get home).


Hue does this using a function called geofence which is a fancy term that describes a virtual fence that surrounds a specific location. When you enter or exit this fenced area, a certain action occurs. In this case, your Philips Hue lights can turn on when you enter this virtual fenced area, and they can turn off when you leave.

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Geofencing uses a combination of your phone’s GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular coverage to determine your location. This combination allows your phone to save more battery than other GPS-based apps, making this trick quite effective. It won’t drain your battery like, say, a navigation app.

To set this up, open the Philips Hue app on your phone and tap the menu icon in the top left corner.


Select Geofences.


If «Geofence» is grayed out, it means Philips Hue apps do not have permission to use your location, so you will need to go to settings on your iPhone or Android device and grant it access.

Once you log in, there are two geofencing options, Arrival and Departure, and you can enable both if you wish. To have your lights turn off automatically when you leave, select Leave.


Click on «Lights» at the bottom.


Choose which lights you want to turn off when you leave the house. Click «Select All» to select all of them at once. Then click on the arrow in the top left corner when you’re done.


Click «Save» in the top right corner.


If you want to turn on the lights when you get home, the process is very similar. Turn on the «Arrival» toggle, and then click «Stage» at the bottom of the next screen.


Select the scene that will be activated when you return home.


Below «Scene», you can enable «Only after sunset», which will activate the «Arrival» geofencing function only during the dark time of the day. Otherwise, it will be disabled.


Click «Save» in the top right corner.


Geofencing is now enabled and your lights will automatically turn on and off when you return home and leave respectively.

Be aware that even though it won’t use as much battery as a navigation app, it will still drain your phone’s battery faster than if you turned this feature off, so you may experience a slight impact on battery life.

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