Hive devices are compatible with other products and services like Amazon Echo, making your home even smarter.
If you’re new to Echo, it’s a super smart speaker from Amazon that responds to your voice.
With our Hive Hub you can connect Amazon Echo to all your Hive services. That way if you want to turn on your lights, all you need to do is ask. Alexa, lights on!
Getting started with Amazon Echo
Once you've bought Amazon Echo and downloaded the Alexa App, you’ll just need to enable the Hive skill to connect to Hive Active Heating, Hive Active Light LED bulbs, and Hive Active Plug.
Enable the Hive Skill
In your Alexa app, tap Skills in the menu and search for Hive. Tap Enable.
Enter your Hive username and password and follow the onscreen instructions.
Talk to Alexa
Now the fun part. Ask Alexa to control Hive. Check a full list of things you can control by clicking here.
Now you can use Google's voice-activated speaker to control your Hive Active Lights and Hive Active Plugs. With the Google Assistant, you can turn on your lights without pressing a button!
You can also set the dim and brightness level of Hive Active Lights as well as changing the colour of the light.
Getting started with Google Home
Start by getting the Google Home app and setting up your Google Home if you have not done this already.
Add Hive Action
In the Google Home app tap the menu icon and select Home Control. Then tap the + button to see a list of Actions tapping Hive to select the Action.
Link your Hive Account
Now follow the in-app instructions to link your Hive account. Once complete you'll be able to say 'Ok Google, turn my lamp on' or 'Ok Google set hallway to 50%'.
IFTTT stands for If This, Then That. It’s a platform that gets different apps and devices talking to each other, making life even simpler.
It means you can link you favourite sports app, for example Strava, to your Hive devices. This way the hot water turns on automatically when you are coming home from a jog. Or if you like, set the lights to turn on as soon as it gets dark by linking to your weather app.
Getting started with IFTTT
Sign up to IFTTT
Head to the IFTTT website here, and follow the instructions to set up your account.
Find your Hive Products
Search for your Hive products and select either Active Heating or Active Light.
You’ll be asked to grant permission to IFTTT to link with Hive. Tap Yes and enter your Hive details.
Hive and Philips Hue now work together to give you even more ways to get your home working seamlessly around you.
If you have both Philips Hue and Hive devices, you can use and connect them all together in the Hive app. Getting started is easy and you'll then be able to manage all of your smart lights together and bring them to life with Hive Actions.
Getting started with Philips Hue
You need a Philips Hue bulb and Bridge, plus a Hive Hub and at least one other Hive product.
Link your Hue Bridge
Go to your Hive app and follow the set-up steps to link your Hue Bridge to your Hive Hub.
Manage your lights through the Hive App
Philips Hue bulbs will then appear in the Hive app dashboard ready for you to use. Turn them on, off, adjust the colour, dim and get them working together with other Hive devices.
Siri Shortcuts let you control things in Hive simply by asking Siri on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or HomePod. There are two types of shortcuts that Hive supports:
Quick Action Siri Shortcuts: Use your Quick Actions hands-free simply by asking Siri, using a name or phrase of your choice. Works on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and HomePod.
Hive View Siri Shortcuts: Check your View live feed quicker than ever, simply by asking Siri, using a phrase of your choice. Works on iPhone and iPad.
Getting started with Siri shortcuts
To set up Siri Shortcuts ensure that you have iOS 12 or later installed on your iPhone or iPad, and that your Hive app is up to date.
- Open the Hive app and navigate to the settings screen for the Quick Action or Hive View camera you’d like to use with Siri.
- Tap ‘Add to Siri’ (or for View, tap ‘Siri Shortcuts’ then ‘Add to Siri’) and choose a custom phrase.
- That’s it! You can now say your chosen phrase to Siri to trigger a Quick Action or Check your camera live feed.