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How to change the battery in your Philips Hue Dimmer Switch

The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch functions both as a remote and a wall switch and it runs on a single CR2450 battery that'll need to be changed from time to time. Here's how to do that.

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How to change the batteries in your Philips Hue Dimmer Switch

  1. Remove the Dimmer Switch from its cradle on the wall.
  2. Remove the battery compartment screw from the Dimmer Switch using a Phillips head screwdriver.
  3. Remove the battery compartment cover.
  4. Remove the current battery from the compartment and discard it.
  5. Place the new battery in the compartment.
  6. Place the battery compartment cover back on the Dimmer Switch.
  7. Put the screw for the battery compartment back into the Dimmer Switch.
  8. Place the Dimmer Switch back into its cradle on the wall. Or don't. You can, after all, use it as a remote.

If your battery replacement doesn't work right away, make sure that your Philips Hue Bridge, which is already required to use the Hue Dimmer Switch, is up to date with the latest firmware available. You should now be free to dim or brighten your lights as you see fit, using the Hue Dimmer Switch either as a wall switch or as a portable remote.

What you'll need

This is what you'll absolutely need to change the battery in a Philips Hue Dimmer Switch. In addition to having the Dimmer Switch itself, you'll also need a single CR2450 coin battery.

The Hue Dimmer Switch is simpler control compared to the Hue Tap switch and isn't able to set scenes. However, it's great for dimming your lights and turning them on and off. It's also half the price of the Tap switch.

CR2450 batteries are easy to find and cheap to pick up. You can get your hands on one for under $10 at Amazon.

Additional Equipment

You might need to pick up a specific tool if you don't have one already.

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MulWark 6-piece Mini Screwdriver set (opens in new tab) ($14 at Amazon)

These screwdrivers should be small enough to open up the battery compartment on the Hue Dimmer Switch.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.