Do you want to control your garage door by voice with Alexa?
The Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener is one of the top smart garage door openers on the market. But does MyQ work with Alexa and is it even safe to control your garage door by voice?
In this article, you will find out how Chamberlain MyQ can work with Alexa.
Does Chamberlain MyQ work with Alexa?
MyQ can work with Alexa if you use IFTTT or the SimpleCommands app. The Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener does not directly work with Alexa. However, you can connect MyQ to Alexa using IFTTT to close your garage door by voice or trigger your MyQ garage door to close in an Alexa Routine. The SimpleCommands app gives additional functionality of opening or closing your MyQ garage door with an Alexa Routine.
The MyQ IFTTT integration is compatible with Alexa Routines. You can easily close your garage door using a simple command such as, “Alexa, close garage door”.
How do I Connect Chamberlain MyQ to Alexa?
The easiest way to connect MyQ to Alexa is with IFTTT. IFTTT is a web-based application that allows you to connect and automate different tools using simple “If This Then That” commands.
There are two steps needed to close your garage with a simple command such as “Alexa, close the garage door”. First, we need to connect MyQ to Alexa using IFTTT and create an applet. Second, we need to create an Alexa Routine that triggers the IFTTT applet.
The second step is optional but allows you to remove the IFTTT trigger language:
- IFTTT Only = “Alexa, trigger close garage door”
- IFTTT + Alexa Routine = “Alexa, close garage door”
I prefer the more natural language and don’t want to say “trigger” in the command.
Connect MyQ to Alexa with IFTTT
The first action is to create an IFTTT account and connect the MyQ and Alexa services.
Make sure you have “subscribed” to the MyQ IFTTT subscription service before continuing. This is currently a free subscription, but MyQ has charged for this in the past.
Follow the steps below to connect MyQ to Alexa
1. Start a New IFTTT Applet
- On your IFTTT page, click “Explore” in the upper right corner
- Then click “Create” where it says make your own from scratch
2. Add Alexa as the IF Trigger
- Click the + Button (IF)
- Search for the Alexa service
- Select “Say a Specific Phrase”
- Type “Close Garage Door” or something similar (this is the phrase you will use if you only use IFTTT to trigger the garage)
3. Add MyQ as the Then Action
- Click the + Button (THEN)
- Search for the MyQ service
- Select “Close Garage Door”
- Choose the Garage Door you want to control
- Select “Create Action”
4. Name Your IFTTT Applet and Finish
You can save and activate your IFTTT applet using any name.
You can now close your garage door by saying:
Alexa. Trigger close garage door.
Follow the steps below to create an Alexa Routine so you don’t have to say the word “trigger” in front of your command.
Create MyQ and Alexa Routine
You created an IFTTT applet for Alexa to close a MyQ garage door. But you don’t want to start the command with the word “Trigger”.
You can easily add a custom Alexa command to start your IFTTT applet to close the garage.
Create a New Alexa Routine
- Click the hamburger menu in the upper left corner of the Alexa app
- Select “Routines”
- Click the + button in the top right corner to create a new routine
- Complete the 3 steps to create your Alexa Routine with MyQ
Create a Name for Your Alexa Routine
Tap the + button and create a name for your routine. I used “Close Garage”.
Create When this Happens Alexa Command
Tap the + button by “When this happens” to build the trigger to start the routine. Choose “Voice” and type in the customer Alexa command you want to say to close your garage. I simply used “Close Garage”.
Add IFTTT Action to Close Garage
Tap the + button by “Add action”. Select IFTTT and choose the applet you created that linked your MyQ Garage Door to Alexa. Click save when you are done.
Congratulations! You are done. Your MyQ Garage Door Opener is now linked to Alexa using a Routine and IFTTT.
You can now close your Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door by simply saying:
Alexa. Close Garage.
What Voice Commands can I Create for My Garage Door?
Currently, you can only close your MyQ Garage Door with Alexa.
MyQ doesn’t allow you to open the garage door with a voice command.
If you want to Open and Close your garage door with Alexa, then I recommend choosing a different smart garage door opener than Chamberlain MyQ.
Is Controlling Your Garage with Alexa Safe?
There are two considerations when controlling your garage by voice:
- Is controlling the garage by voice secure?
- Is controlling the garage by voice safe?
MyQ Voice Control – Security
The first consideration is how secure is it to link MyQ and Alexa. As mentioned above, you can only close your MyQ garage door by voice (unless you use the SimpleCommands app). Opening the garage by voice would bring in additional security concerns.
MyQ doesn’t ask for voice PINs or other security codes to perform the actions. Without a voice PIN, you wouldn’t want to create a voice command to open your garage. This would be a security risk.
Without a PIN, a person could yell through your windows and trigger Alexa to open the garage. Limiting voice controls to closing your garage ensures the process is secure.
MyQ Voice Control – Safety
The second consideration is safety. When you close your garage by voice, you can’t see if someone or something is in the way.
MyQ makes remote voice control safer by sounding an alarm and flashing lights for several seconds before the garage door closes. The audible and visual alerts only occur when the garage is closed with the app or by voice.
This doesn’t solve the issue of something in the way of the garage like a car. You should always ensure the garage door path is clear. Most garage doors use a laser light and pressure sensitivity to prevent a door from closing if it is obstructed.
What Other Garage Door Openers Work with Alexa?
The Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener is a great device that is extremely simple to set up. However, it doesn’t integrate with systems such as SmartThings and you can only close your garage door with an Alexa voice command.
There are several other smart garage door openers for you to consider that provide additional functionality.
Make sure you reset your MyQ opener to factory settings before selling or returning the device.
The NEXX garage door opener is the most popular option other than MyQ. NEXX states you can open and close the garage door with Alexa commands. However, the device can’t be used in an Alexa routine.
NEXX is a good choice if you need to open and close your garage by voice.
MyQ and Alexa – Conclusion
For me, the combination of MyQ Garage Door opener and Alexa (using IFTTT) provides all the functionality that I need.
I can conveniently close the garage door by voice or through an Alexa Routine. For example, a “Good Night” routine can shut off all the lights, lock the front door, and close the MyQ garage door.
Opening the garage door by voice would be convenient. However, I’m more interested in the security aspects of closing the garage door.
I use the Chamberlain MyQ with Alexa in my home. You can’t beat it for simplicity and value.
If you prefer Google, you can learn how MyQ works with Google Home.
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