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In a previous review, we set up the Philips Hue Starter Kit on the iPad Pro using the Philips Hue App. However, there is limited automation available from the Hue App itself. If you have an Amazon EchoEcho DotAmazon TapFire HDX8.9 TabletAmazon Fire TV (2015), or Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, you should connect Amazon Alexa to Philips Hue so that you can give voice commands to Alexa and control your Hue lights.

Although Alexa is a competitor to Siri, you can still download the Alexa App on Apple iOS devices like the iPad Pro. However, you can't use the Alexa App on iOS devices to give voice commands. You can use the Alexa App to connect your Hue devices to your Alexa account.

You can download and install the Alexa App from the Apple App store even though technically Alexa and Siri are direct competitors.

Once you open the Alexa App, you need to log in with your Alexa account (or create a new one).

To link your Philips Hue devices to Alexa, you might be tempted to go to the Smart Home screen.

However, if you try to select Discover devices at this stage, Alexa won't find your Hue devices.

Instead, you should select 'Get More Smart Home Skills' and search for 'Hue'.

In the Hue screen, you should then select 'Enable'.

You'll then need to log in to your Hue account, after which the Alexa App will find the Hue bridge that you had set up before. 

For some reason, we had to repeat the Hue linking process to Alexa a couple of times before it was finally successful.

Once the Hue and Alexa Apps are linked, you can start to discover your Hue devices.

Once Alexa has discovered all your Hue devices, you can see all the Hue devices, rooms, and scenes you have set up. 

Once everything is set up, you can start to use Amazon Alexa through your Alexa enabled device (not supported on Apple products) to control the Philips Hue.

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