Just imagine how incredibly cool would it be if you could open and close your garage door with a simple voice command? In this article, we will explore does Chamberlain MyQ work with Alexa and also look at a few workarounds for the same.
While MyQ is literally among the smartest garage door openers available in the market, it’s not compatible with voice control devices like Alexa.
If this is throwing a damper in your plans to have Alexa open your garage doors for you, then take a chill pill and relax as we may have good news for you later on.
So, let’s first clearly answer the question at hand: Does MyQ work with Alexa? Continue reading to find out.
Does MyQ Work with Alexa?
Today, most smart homeowners ask questions on Google like: Does Liftmaster work with Alexa, or does MyQ garage work with Alexa?
There’s no doubting that the Chamberlain MyQ smart garage door openers are economical, inexpensive, and incredibly easy to use. However, the larger question remains: Does Chamberlain MyQ work with Alexa officially?
Unfortunately, the Chamberlain MyQ is not automatically compatible with Amazon Alexa. At the same time, you can control it via your Google Assistant upon paying a subscription of $10 per year. I will explain how later.
However, do not lose heart yet as several workarounds can help you connect your MyQ garage door openers to Alexa. This will help you save both time and effort in the long run.
Can MyQ Work with Alexa?
The answer to the question; can MyQ work with Alexa is a resounding YES.
Your Chamberlain MyQ garage doors can be connected to Amazon Echo or Alexa via a third-party controller or by using IFTTT/SimpleCommands.
While many people wonder whether it’s safe for them to control their garage doors via voice commands. The truth is, it’s perfectly secure to control your garage doors via Alexa.
Once connected, you can tell Alexa to open and close your garage doors, and also check their status. So, in fact, using voice commands will only help make your garage doors more secure as you can simply tell Alexa to close them if they are partially open.
Just follow the steps outlined below and you will find your answer to does Chamberlain MyQ work with Alexa?
How to Connect MyQ to Alexa
Now that I have cleared the air on does MyQ work with Alexa, it’s time to see what are the different workarounds to connect your smart garage door opener to Amazon Alexa. I will explore different combinations, including:
- Third-Party Controllers
- IFTTT MyQ Alexa
- Simple Commands MyQ Alexa
Via a Third-Party Controller
You can easily connect your Chamberlian MyQ to your Alexa device by using third-party controllers. One added advantage of using these devices is that they allow you full access or control over your garage doors.
- These devices are synced to your Alexa and also connected to the garage door and your opener powerhead.
- This way you can give instructions to Alexa, which then relays your command to these third-party devices.
- The device then further relays the command to your garage door opener, i.e., MyQ to open or close your garage doors as per your voice commands.
- You can explore our top 3 picks for third-party contollers below.
The supported commands on Alexa are as follows:
- Alexa, lock my garage.
- Alexa, unlock my garage.
- Alexa, is my garage unlocked?
So, what are you waiting for now? I have answered your question on can MyQ work with Alexa by showing you how to connect the two via third-party controllers here.
Do you wish to explore more approaches to resolve the problem of does MyQ work with Alexa? Continue reading below.
Another way you can control your MyQ garage opener using voice commands via Alexa is by creating an IFTTT account. You can then use IFTTT to create command routines to connect the two.
In simple terms, IFTTT or ‘If This Then That’ is an automation tool that allows you to connect two or more smart devices, apps, and services.
You may have to get an annual MyQ IFTTT subscription of $10 from Chamberlain to activate your license, just check the current price and also check to see if they are offering free subscriptions as they sometimes tend to do so.
You will need to download 3 apps and create accounts on them for complete integration:
- IFTTT App
- MyQ App
- Alexa App
Now, here’s how you can integrate the 3 together:
- First, you need to connect MyQ to Alexa using IFTTT and then create an applet.
- Secondly, you need to create an Alexa Routine that triggers the IFTTT applet.
Here’s how you do it:
- Create an IFTTT account and log in.
- We will first create a new IFTTT applet.
- Go to your IFTTT home page and click on Explore.
- Next, select Create. This is where you add your Alexa device as the IF trigger.
- Now, click the + button (IF) and search for your Alexa service, please check that your Alexa device is active at this stage.
- Once your device has been detected, click on Say a Specific Phrase. For example-Open Garage Door.
- In the last stage, we will add MyQ as the Then That action.
- Once again press the + button (Then).
- Search for and connect to the MyQ service.
- Select Open Garage Door.
- Choose the garage door you wish to control and then tap on Create Action.
- So, IF you command Alexa to open the garage door by saying Alexa, Trigger Open Garage Door, MyQ will initiate the action sequence and open it or vice versa.
Alternatively, you can also control your MyQ via Alexa by using the IFTTT to create Routines. Here you don’t have to say Trigger after Alexa.
Creating a New Alexa Routine
- Log in to your Alexa app.
- Click on the + sign in the upper left corner.
- Tap on Routines and click on the + icon.
- Follow 3 simple steps to create a new routine.
- Create a name for your new routine.
- Now you need to create a When This Happens Alexa Command as shown above.
- Next, click on the + button by “When this happens” to kickstart the routine.
- Tap on Voice and type in the command you wish to say to close your garage. I went with a simple Close Garage.
- Select your voice trigger and add IFTTT action to Close Garage as highlighted above.
- Click on the + button by Add Action.
- Tap on IFTTT and select the applet created to link your MyQ opener to Alexa. Hit save once you are done.
- Congratulations, you can now control your MyQ garage door opener via your Alexa device.
Eager to learn another answer in response to the question: Does MyQ work with Alexa? Well, I have another trick up my sleeve. let’s find out more below.
SimpleCommands is a great cloud-based app service that helps you create different combinations to trigger, automate, and link multiple smart home devices.
Discover How You Can Integrate Alexa with Simple Commands MyQ
- First, you need to download the SimpleCommands app from Play Store or the Apple app store.
- Select Create an Account and register.
- Submit your details and confirm your email address to complete registration. If you do not get the confirmation mail, check your Spam folder.
- Log in to your SimpleCommands account.
- Go to the home page and select the Add/Remove button at the bottom.
- Search for myQ- Openers and tap on Add.
- You will be asked to enter your MyQ email and password, and sync it with SimpleCommands.
Switch Over to the Alexa App
- Open up your Alexa App and go to Skills & Games.
- Search for the skill kloee for SC and tap on Enable to Use.
- You will then be asked to grant Alexa access to your SimpleCommands account. For this, you will be asked to submit your SimpleCommands email and password.
- Now, you have successfully linked Alexa and MyQ to your SimpleCommands.
Creating Routines on SimpleCommands
- Log in to your SimpleCommands account and open Menu at the top left and select Routines.
- Give a name to your Routine. Click on Create Routine.
- You will be asked to add an item from a drop-down list of all connected devices.
- Look for your MyQ garage door and select it by clicking Add.
- Select the garage door you wanna control and then select Add Command.
- Select the desired command, and you will be redirected to the Routines page.
- Here you can see the routine that you have just created.
- Click on it to edit.
- Then, select Enable Voice Companion Alexa and/or Google Assistant from the menu.
- Enable voice trigger and add a phrase for your voice command.
Switch Back to the Alexa App
- Now go to the Alexa App and tap on Devices.
- Tap again on the + icon and select Add Device.
- Next, go to Other, and select Discover Devices.
- You will next see a message that says 1 scene discovered, just tap on Done.
- Now go back to the home screen of the Alexa app and select Routines.
- Create a new routine by clicking on the + sign in the top right.
- Tap on the + sign in the Add Action section.
- Select Smart Home, followed by Control Scene.
- Select the scene that you have just created, tap on Add.
- Enter a Routine name, and select When this happens.
- Select voice, enter your voice command, and save the routine.
- That’s all there is to it! Now try commanding Alexa to open your Garage doors. Create new routines and execute different commands.
Here’s the Final Verdict
I have shown you 3 different strategies you can adopt in answer to your question: Does MyQ work with Alexa?
You can follow any of the strategies listed above to achieve your ends whether it be IFTTT MyQ, Simple Commands MyQ, or third-party controllers.
At the same time, Alexa is not the only voice control app you can use with your MyQ device, you can also control it via Siri or your Google Home device.
Alternatively, you can also look at other garage door openers. For instance, many people ask, “Does LiftMaster work with Alexa?” I will answer that in another article. By the way, do you know a fun fact here? Both Liftmaster and MYQ belong to the same parent company i.e. Chamberlain Group!
Try out the instructions listed above and let me know what worked for you in the comments below.
As an engineering graduate (and a full-time layabout), I am always looking for smart technological innovations to make my life simpler and more automated so that I can be even lazier than usual.