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Smart garage doors have become a common feature of smart homes, faithfully notifying homeowners whether their garage door is open or closed. They also allow you to control your garage door remotely. In addition, many systems can be installed on new models of garage doors, so you do not need a complete replacement.
Download the IFTTT app
One of the most common smart garage systems is the Chamberlain MyQ model line. Those with Alexa devices may wonder if MyQ works with the voice assistant. It can be really handy to ask your Echo if the garage door is open when you’re not sure! While there’s no native support for Alexa in MyQ, the two can be connected using the popular IFTTT (If This, Then That) platform for a nominal fee. Here’s what to do.
Step 1: Download the IFTTT app on your favorite device. Here is the version for Android and here is the version for Apple. You can also use the web app on your browser if you prefer.
2nd step: If you haven’t already, create an IFTTT subscription to connect.
Step 3: Go to MyQ’s IFTTT page, which you can find here. To select Relate, and enter your MyQ login information from your smart garage setup. This requires a subscription fee, which is currently set at $1 per month, although there are occasional offers where you can get IFTTT support for free.
Step 4: If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to visit the Amazon Alexa IFTTT page. Choose Login to login with your Amazon account information. You will want both platforms to be connected for IFTTT to work properly.
Finding the Right Applets
IFTTT encourages users to create their own applets, but for MyQ compatibility you won’t need to do much work. MyQ’s IFTTT webpage has a list of common applets that already exist, and there’s a particularly useful version for garage doors.
Step 1: On the MyQ webpage, select Amazon-Alexa.
2nd step: Select the Close car garage door applet.
Step 3: To select Relate.
Step 4: Now you should be done! This applet should allow you to say “Alexa, close the garage door”, and MyQ should respond and close the garage door.
Create your own applets
If you want to be more inventive, you can now create a variety of applets to control how Alexa works with your smart garage.
Step 1: Go to Create in the IFTTT app.
2nd step: Choose If thatthen type “Alexa” to select a service and visit the available triggers.
Step 3: You can choose from a variety of triggers, including saying a specific phrase. This allows you to customize more direct garage door controls.
Step 4: When ready, select So that to continue, and type “MyQ” in the services section to see possible MyQ triggers. Garage door triggers are pretty simple, usually opening or closing, but you can link them to a variety of Alexa commands. To show creativity!
Interested in renovating your garage? Check out our list of smart garage door openers! You might also be interested in our list of the best Alexa commands.