How do I use Siri Shortcuts?

Create a Shortcut

  1. Open the Shortcuts app
  2. On the My Shortcuts tab, tap the + button at the top
  3. Tap Add Action
  4. Search for Hue Essentials and add one of the actions
  5. Now configure the action. For example you may need to select a group or a scene
  6. You have created a shortcut. Tap the play icon at the bottom to try it out. Multiple actions can be added to a single shortcut.

Usage of Siri Shortcuts requires Premium package in Hue Essentials.

See also: Run shortcuts with Siri, the Shortcuts app, or Siri Suggestions - Apple Support

Add a Shortcut to the Home screen

You can add shortcuts to the Home screen for quick control of your lights.

  1. First create a shortcut which is shown above
  2. On the Home Screen touch and hold an empty area until the apps jiggle.
  3. Tap the Add + button at the top
  4. Search for the Shortcuts app and add a widget
  5. Tap the widget to configure it (if the apps do not jiggle, long press it instead)
  6. Select the shortcut you created
  7. Tap Done at the top

If you selected one of the larger Shortcuts widgets (for multiple shortcuts), you may need to add your shortcuts to a Shortcuts Folder first before configuring the widget.

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. Choose one of the Shortcuts widgets by tapping the + icon
  5. Tap Done at the top