Set up Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to control Hive central heating, hot water, lighting and more with this easy guide...
Alexa is fast becoming the go to solution for voice-activated smart home controllers – and now you can use the Amazon assistant to control your central heating if you have a Hive thermostat.
Hive is the wifi-based smart home hub designed by British Gas primarily as a way to control your boiler and central heating although now there are now hive lighting, plugs and sensors available for sale.
Normally you control Hive through your smartphone – but now you can use any Amazon Alexa compatible device to use your voice to tell Hive what to do.
Step by step: how to set up Hive with Alexa
1. Enable the Hive Skill.
You can do this in 2 ways:
Via your smartphone
- On the Hive app on your smartphone, on the left-hand navigation panel tap on Skills.
- Search for Hive and then tap Enable
Via the web
- Point your browser at https://amazon.co.uk/skills
- Log in to Amazon if you haven’t already
- Search for Hive and click on Enable.
2. Link your Hive account
- Once you have clicked on Enable you will then be prompted to link your Hive account
- Enter your email address and password for the Hive account
- Tap on Allow
3. Start talking to Alexa and controlling Hive
You can now talk to Alexa and control your Hive heating and other devices.
These are the Hive voice commands that work with Alexa
“Alexa, tell Hive to switch my heating to 21 degrees”
(Note: that you have to say ‘tell Hive’ and that only single degree increments currently work).
“Alexa, tell Hive to put my heating off”
“Alexa tell Hive to boost my heating”
(Note: this will boost your heating to 22 degrees C for 60 minutes)
“Alexa tell Hive to boost my hot water”
You must use the name of the light that you entered in the Hive app. Check Manage devices in the app to check the names and re-edit them if necessary.
“Alexa tell Hive to turn the kitchen light off”
“Alexa tell Hive to turn the bedroom light on”
Again you must use the name of the plug that you entered in the Hive app. Check Manage devices in the app to check the names and re-edit them if necessary.
“Alexa, tell Hive to turn the fan on”
“Alexa, tell Hive to switch my TV off”
What’s the difference between the Hive and Hive – Optimised for Smart Home skills?
You may notice that when you search for Hive in the Alexa skills section you find 2 Hive apps: Hive and Hive – Optimised for Smart Home.
The help article above shows you the set-up for the Hive app, the Hive – Optimised for Smart Home app has some subtle but important differences.
First, with Hive – Optimised for Smart Home you don’t need to use the phrase ‘tell Hive’ in your voice commands. Instead you can just use the name of the device being controlled.
“Alexa set my heating to 22 degrees”
(Note: in the above example, the name of the Hive thermostat is set to ‘heating’)
The Hive – Optimised for Smart Home app also gives you more control of devices like the Hive Active Light such as the ability to brighten and dim the bulb.
“Alexa brighten my living room light”
“Alexa dim my TV room light”
Hive – Optimised for Smart Home also allows you to add several devices to an Alexa group.
“Alexa turn on basement lights”
Find out more information about groups at Amazon Alexa Support.
For best results, we recommend that you install and enable both the Hive and the Hive – Optimised for Smart Home skills.