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I have a special fascination with home automation, and I’m usually up for trying anything new in this space. For that very reason, I was super excited to try out the Philips Hue lighting kit when it first launched, and I picked one up on day one. You can watch my Philips Hue unboxing and review here.

Philips has a decent, if not a bit cumbersome to use, app available that allows you to control the Hue lights. I was always a big fan of the hardware, but I thought the software left a lot to be desired.

One of the biggest gripes for me is just having to launch a separate app in the first place. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could turn your lights on and off directly from native iOS? Wouldn’t it be even more awesome if you could control your lighting directly from iOS 7’s Control Center?

And that’s exactly what this recently released jailbreak tweak, entitled HueHueHue, does. It allows you to control your Philips Hue lights from native iOS, including Control Center, and a whole lot more. Take a look inside as I walkthrough this jailbreak tweak’s features on video.

After installing HueHueHue, navigate to the stock Settings app to configure the tweak. You’ll first need to setup an Activator gesture, or utilize a Flipswitch toggle in order to establish the connection between HueHueHue and the Philips Hue bridge.

While Activator is an obvious way of doing this, I highly recommend using the CCControls jailbreak tweak, and utilizing the built in Flipswitch toggle that comes bundled in with HueHueHue. Using this method, you can easily toggle your lights on or off using a simple Control Center toggle.

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The first time you attempt to activate your lights, you’ll receive a pop-up message telling you how to connect to the bridge. It basically involves pressing the button on the bridge, and then pressing the link button on the pop-up box. In other words, it’s extremely easy and straightforward; you’ll be ready to go in a flash.

After establishing a connection, you can venture back into the tweak’s preferences to do things like configure the lighting temperature, and designating which of the connected Philips Hue lightbulbs you want HueHueHue to control. That’s the really nice thing about this tweak. You can select the specific light bulbs that you control, so your changes don’t necessarily have to impact all of the lights connected to your Philips Hue bridge.

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As previously mentioned, you can use an Activator gesture for an even easier way of controlling your lighting. In the video example showcased above, I used a simple triple-press gesture on the Home button to toggle my Philips Hue lights on or off. It really doesn’t get any easier than that.

For $0.99 on Cydia’s ModMyi repo, HueHueHue should be an automatic purchase for those of you who own a Philips Hue and are jailbroken. And if you aren’t jailbroken, but you own a Hue, this is a perfect excuse to get familiar with the world of jailbreaking. You can pick up a Philips Hue starter kit from Amazon.

Are you a Philips Hue owner? Have you toyed around with HueHueHue as of yet? If so, share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

  • Just Abe

    Wow! This is very cool with activator! Just select it when connecting to your wifi and auto lights when entering your home. Disable when disconnecting wifi and auto off when leaving your home!

  • KraKsX

    i want to be able to control more then one light, independently. say one blue and one red… can i with this tweak?

    • Beezure

      You can pick the lights you want to control.

  • How sweet it is…… btw; we are now one step away from asking Siri to do the same thing

    • Gucciipad

      With ifttt u can.

      • yeah too cumbersome tho; …. should be “Siri: desk lamp to 50%; red shade”…..

    • Ethan Gill

      As soon as AssistantExtensions is updated to support iOS 7, I’ll add an extension to HueHueHue. Something like “Turn my lights off” or “Toggle the lights”

      • Brandon Higgins

        Ethan, I made the request to be able to switch specific lights off and then your latest updated appeared… However I would like to see the ability to have two switches in CC for two different lights.

      • Ethan Gill

        This is what I’m working on now, and it should be released before the end of the month

      • Way cool! How about “Siri; turn on the xyz Hue Scene”……

  • Jack

    What theme for the Control Center is Jeff using in this video?

    • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

      thats no theme, its the transparency effect :/ , but for the toggles he is using a tweak, probably cc controls

  • Beezure

    Really great Tweak, it has come a long way!! Devoloper is a Great person that has always responded to my request/inquiry. I highly suggest anybody with Hue light get on this!! (I use it with quick Activator)

  • Emilio Ayala

    Any chance we’ll see something like this for the vera products? I have my whole house automated through a vera lite

    • bsquarewi

      Insteon and Nest too!

  • The way that you tell we are all incorrigible geeks is that we get all excited from going from a double touch; to a swipe and a touch to turn on the lights

  • Bert Renolds

    would love something similar for all of the Belkin WeMo devices.

  • Hue

    Hey there
    Thank you for this great tweak.
    Do you have the same problem as me?
    I can’t use the official hue app because of my jailbroken device!
    Is there any setting to fix that?
    Thank you and greets from Switzerland

  • GQuery

    Could anyone please tell me how well (if at all) this works on iOS 8.4?