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Hive

by British Gas
Rated: All Ages

Price: Free Download Price inclusive of VAT if applicable.
Sold by: Amazon Media EU Sarl
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Languages Supported: English

This app needs permission to access:

  • Access fine (e.g. GPS) location
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.2.2.03
  • We've given our Hive app a makeover - your Hive products can now be viewed at a glance and reached with just one tap from an easy-to-navigate dashboard.

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Product Features

  • You could save up to £150 a year on your heating bills as you'll never have to heat an empty home again
  • View and change your heating and hot water schedule so it fits with your day
  • Set Frost Protection and temperature alerts for peace of mind
  • Boost your heating from 30 mins to 6 hours
  • Choose between 30 mins and 6 hours for hot water boost

Product Description

Hive is a British Gas innovation that creates connected products designed to give people the control they want for their homes anytime, anywhere.

Hive Active Heating™

Hive Active Heating™ enables you to control your heating and hot water (if you have a separate hot water tank) from your mobile, tablet or laptop.

With Hive Active Heating™:

• You could save up to £150 a year on your heating bills as you’ll never have to heat an empty home again
• View and change your heating and hot water schedule so it fits with your day
• Set Frost Protection and temperature alerts for peace of mind
• Boost your heating and hot water from 30 mins to 6 hours
• Set a Holiday Mode so your heating has a break when you do
• Activate Geolocation for heating reminders when you’re leaving or returning home

Hive Active Plug™

Hive Active Plug™ lets you control home electrical appliances via your mobile, tablet or laptop. Check and switch off things like your iron or hair straighteners and schedule lamps to turn on and off while on holiday.

Hive Window or Door Sensor

You'll know if a window or door is opened or closed when you're away from home with the Hive Window or Door Sensor. These clever sensors will tell you by sending an alert to your phone.

Hive Motion Sensor
Have extra peace of mind with these small but sophisticated sensors that send an alert to your phone if movement is spotted inside your home.

Download the free app to demo Hive. Discover more and buy online at hivehome.com/buynow.

Technical Details

Size: 10.8MB
Version: 1.2.2.03
Developed By: British Gas
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Access fine (e.g. GPS) location
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Access coarse (e.g. Mobile-ID, Wi-Fi) location
  • Act as an AccountAuthenticator for the AccountManager
  • Open network sockets
  • Access information about networks
  • Access the vibration feature
  • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
  • Manage the list of accounts in the AccountManager
Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0
Approximate Download Time: Less than 90 seconds

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Impressed with versatility and capability after an hour of familiarisation. Set up on iPad, iPhone and Kindle and can operate from all three simiultaneously,. Found all previous criticisms petty since all issues can be overcome with a little thought.
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Yes occasionally you have to login twice. But as time goes on the process is easier and quicker. I would recommended HIVE unreservedly.
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First off, the app needs a Hive thermostat installed by British Gas in your home. This cost us £99 and took about an hour to install and set up. The thermostat looks smart and is unobtrusive.

The app lets you control your heating and/or hot water infinitely. It also features replication so when you leave home, your heating will turn down, turn off or turn up, depending on what you want. Then, at a present distance from home, your heating will turn back on again. This means absolutely no wasted gas heating an empty house, but maximum comfort by not coming back to a cold house either.

The app is clear and simple to use, I would recommend this system to anyone who has central heating. You will make the cost back in 12 months, and then it's just saving you money! What's not to like?
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This system is so simple, easy to understand and practical. No mess with installation, and guidance given was clear and thorough. We operate our heating on a "constant" basis, adjusting the temperature on the thermostat rather than on a "timed" basis, so it is great being able to turn the heating up without having to get out of bed, or on our way home (using the app) but Hive makes it much easier no matter which method you use.
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The equipment was fitted by a BG engineer who explained how to use it. I used to have a basic timer and thermostat on my heating system, which had little flexibility. Now I have full control on a day by day basis and the ability to set up a schedule for the heating and hot water. I can use the iPhone, Kindle or computer to adjust the settings or the thermostat controller provided. The system has some nice features. The only drawback is that my wife isn't tech savvy and is not interested in learning how to use the system. My daughter would have to take over remotely, if I wasn't around.
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Installation was straightforward. I installed the components in the order recommended (hub, receiver, thermostat) and all found each other without a problem. The various bits are very well designed and packaged, even down to the cables and adapters.

The biggest issue I had was registering an account to use the app and cloud features. As I'm based in Ireland I could not register online because a UK postcode is required. The Irish supplier is Bord Gais but do not provide self-install kits so I couldn't register with them. I emailed Hive support, was given a number to call for tech support and was able to get it figured out with them over the course of a full day and three phone calls. Kudos to the very helpful support folks, but the lack of a clear process to support Irish self install customers is disappointing and wastes time unnecessarily. It definitely took away from the new toy wow factor...

The thermostat unit is exactly as it looks in the picture. It was slightly bulkier than I expected. The on-thermostat user interface is very intuitive and clear, and the physical buttons for boost work well. Setting up a schedule is about a thousand times easier than a traditional digital time clock. Some will be glad the thermostat shows nothing on it's mirrored surface unless you press a button. Others (like me) might want to see the current temperature always, or at least have the display stay on longer than the 5 seconds or so you get. The Nest has a proximity feature that illuminates when you are nearby that is probably the best of both worlds. I believe the short display time on the Hive is to save the batteries, there is no option to permanently power the thermostat even if you have mains power available at the wall location.
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What a great device/gadget one touch and you can adjust the heating to your comfort and control,great having a child proof lock/control,amazing to switch and control your heating from your kindle/laptop/phone etc....you can control the heating from out with your home.if you go on holiday you can switch off/on by leaving instructions on the system.Not difficult to operate so simple and easy what a godsend,no wires or having to climb or go into a cupboard to switch on,clear instruction's and the sytem will keep you right.
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Well, the app is only a means of accessing the boiler controls, but it does the job well and it can be extremely useful to know what temperature your house is at and, more importantly, set the controls so that heating is on when you need it from a remote location (so long as you are somewhere with wi-fi access).

The app does the basic job well. A minor quibble is that it is sometimes not too intuitive to work out how to change the settings, but the display itself is clear. Whilst the app itself is free, of course you need the associated hardware installed on your boiler. That is not free!
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