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How can I add widgets to my Home screen?

Widgets are mini ‘apps’ on your Home screen. Hue Essentials gives you the ability to control your lights right from your Home screen.

Adding widgets to your Home screen is as simple as the following:

Android

  1. Press and hold on an empty space on your Home screen
  2. Tap widgets
  3. Place one of the Hue Essentials widgets

Usage of widgets requires Premium or Widgets package in Hue Essentials.

See also: Add apps, shortcuts & widgets to your Home screens - Android Help

iOS & iPadOS

  1. On the Home Screen touch and hold an empty area until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add + button at the top
  3. Search for Hue Essentials and add a widget
  4. Tap the widget to configure it (if the apps do not jiggle, long press it instead)
  5. Tap Done at the top

You can also add Siri Shortcuts to your Home screen which allows for actions like toggling your lights or activating a scene. See for more information: How do I use Siri Shortcuts?

Usage of widgets requires Premium package in Hue Essentials.

See also: Use widgets on your iPhone and iPod touch - Apple Support

Old Today View widgets (iOS & iPadOS 13)

  1. Go to the Today View on your Home screen (1st page)
  2. Scroll to the bottom
  3. Tap the Edit button
  4. iOS & iPadOS 14.0+ only: Scroll to the bottom again and tap the Customise button
  5. Choose one of the Hue Essentials widgets by tapping the + icon
  6. Tap Done at the top

If a widget is missing from the list, restart your device and try again.