How to transfer your old Hue lights to your new HomeKit bridge

I've been using Hue lights from Philips for a while now so when the new, HomeKit-compatible bridge came out, I jumped on it. Serenity Caldwell has already shown you how to get started with HomeKit and Hue, but if you're upgrading, you're going to need to know how to transfer. It's not difficult, but I'll walk you through it just so you don't have to worry about any surprises.

How to transfer your Hue lights from your old bridge to your new HomeKit-compatible bridge

  1. Leave your old bridge plugged into both power and Ethernet. You'll need it active for the transfer.
  2. Plug in your new bridge to both power and Ethernet as well. (I had to "borrow" my Apple TV connection; do what must be done.)
  3. Launch the Hue app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
  4. Tap the Hamburger button to open the sidebar.
  5. Tap Bridge transfer under Notifications.
  6. Tap Transfer settings to begin the process.

  7. Tap Prepare transfer at the bottom.
  8. Press the button your old bridge.
  9. Press the button on your new bridge.

    1. If your new bridge came as part of a kit, you'll first have to reset it to clear the pre-paired lights.
    2. Press the reset button on the back of the new bridge with a pin or pen tip (I used a SIM ejector tool, because!)
    3. Wait a minute for the new bridge to reset.
  10. Tap Start transfer.
  11. Tap blink lights to test if the transfer worked.
  12. Tap Next when you're happy.

  13. Press the reset button on the back of the old bridge with a pin or pen tip (I used a SIM ejector tool, because!) to prevent any future conflicts.
  14. Unplug your old bridge and do what you will with it.
  15. Tap Done.

Your new, HomeKit-compatible, Siri-powered Hue light system should now be good to go!

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