While it is possible to remotely control your garage door with the myQ app, there is no native voice support integration with Alexa. So you have three options to have Alexa control your garage door opener.
- Beginner Option – You can use the IFTTT service connected via a myQ subscription (cannot open with this option)
- Intermediate Option – You can use the SimpleCommands app
- Advanced Option – You can wire in a piece of hardware to act as a controller.
It's very disappointing that myQ won't play ball and just provide an Alexa skill to achieve this. There's a claim that it's for security reasons which I don't buy as there are plenty of Alexa integrations with Smart Lock manufacturers which require passcodes when issuing voice commands.
So what's the best option?
Option 1, which utilizes the IFTTT platform can only close the garage door and cannot open it. Also, it relies on myQ APIs, and in the past myQ has charged for the subscription to connect it to IFTTT. While it's currently free, they could easily charge for it in the future.
Option 2, which utilizes the SimpleCommands platform allows you to open and close the garage door which is a major plus. However, in my view, this solution has too much reliance on myQ's APIs. (Which they have a track record of messing with, like when they removed SmartThings access). SimpleCommands has also had its own issues in the past, with changes to its authentication on iOS.
Option 3, is my personal preference, which is to use a hardware controller. The reason is, once you have this set it up, it'll just work and you can then forget about it. This does however require the most effort and up front cost.
Option 3 Hardware Controller
Does Chamberlain myQ Work with Alexa & Amazon Echo?
Chamberlain myQ garage door openers do not have a direct, official integration with Amazon Alexa or Echo devices. However, you can still use Alexa to control your myQ garage door opener through various workarounds such as third-party software (IFTTT or SimpleCommands) or a third-party hardware controller.
No official compatibility – third-party solutions available
Option 1: Use IFTTT
MyQ officially integrates with IFTTT as one of its “Smart Partners“. myQ has previously charged for this integration however as of the time of writing, it is currently free. However, they may charge again in the future.
Note: It’s not possible to open your garage door with IFTTT, which is why I recommended using a third-party controller instead.
Steps to set up the myQ IFTTT Connection
To get started, download the IFTTT app on your phone or use the web app on your computer by going to https://ifttt.com/.
Then, create an IFTTT account. There is a premium version of IFTTT from $2.50 per month, however, you only need 1 applet so you can use the free version. So you can skip any free trials.
Then log into your Amazon and myQ accounts and provide permissions.
You'll get a “Service Connected Successfully” message when connected.
This will let you create applets that connect the two services.
To connect myQ to Alexa, you need to create an applet that tells myQ to close the garage door when you give a specific voice command to Alexa.
You can find pre-made applets on the myQ IFTTT website like this one here.
Or you can create your own under “My Applets” by clicking “Create your Own”, then choosing “If This” and selecting “Alexa” as the trigger service. Then, select the available triggers and tie them to a variety of myQ triggers.
Once you have your applet set up, you can use Alexa to close your garage door by giving a voice command like “Alexa, close the garage door.” If you don't want to say “trigger” in your command, you can set up a routine in Alexa that directly triggers the IFTTT applet instead.
It's important to note that the only action available for garage doors through IFTTT is to close the door, not open it.
IFTTT can trigger an action based on the garage door opening and closing. So it's possible to daisy chain another action when the door is opened. Such as closing it 5 minutes later. Closing it that evening. Turning on a smart bulb when it's opened etc.
- Alexa, trigger close garage door
- Alexa, close garage door
The shorter command requires an Alexa routine to respond to that specific phrase and in turn trigger the IFTTT applet.
Steps to creating the Alexa myQ Routine to remove the word “Trigger” from the Command
Creating an IFTTT routine for myQ is very easy.
- To create a routine first, hit the menu on the top, tap on “Routines”, and hit the “+” button to create a routine.
- Hit the “+” icon to create a name for the routine.
- To set a trigger for the “When this happens” part of the routine, set any command you want to use. For example, “Close Garage Foor”
- Now tap the “+” icon to add an action.
- Tap on IFTTT and select the applet you have already created when connecting your myQ with Alexa.
- Your myQ Garage Door Opener is now connected to Alexa via IFTTT and a Routine.
Below are my screenshots of this process
Then populate the routine fields and pick your IFTTT applet
Option 2: SimpleCommands
SimpleCommands is a free cloud-based solution for connecting different smart gadgets in your home. Once the connection is complete, you can connect your gadgets, i.e. smart bulbs, smart thermostats, and importantly garage door openers, using simple voice or text commands. https://www.simplecommands.com/garage-door-sc
SimpleCommands App on Android & Live Key App on iOS
As you can see from the comments on this article along with various Reddit threads, the SimpleCommands platform has had numerous issues over the last few years. At one point myQ updated its APIs resulting in the integration failing. In late 2021 SimpleCommands changed how they authenticate between systems and now require the “Live Key” app on iOS.
While some people have had issues with this new app, the old SimpleCommands iOS app seems to still work! So, some trial and error may be required for your particular setup.
There is no Live Key app for Android so I recommend trying the SimpleCommands App here. As of the time of writing, some people have recently had success with this app, while others haven't.
How to set up Alexa to control your Chamberlain myQ garage door with SimpleCommands?
In summary, to integrate MyQ with Alexa through the SimpleCommands application, you need to follow the steps below.
- Download and set up the SimpleCommands or Live Key app, by creating a user account. I recommend checking your Spam folder for the confirmation email as the email from “Live Key” ended up in there 🙁
- You can then log in, on your phone.
- Link MyQ to SimpleCommands by adding your “MyQ Openers” and providing MyQ account details.
- You can then set up scenes within SimpleCommands for opening and closing your garage door, using distinct phrases.
- Connect SimpleCommands with Alexa by activating the “Kloee for SC” skill within the Alexa app and inputting SimpleCommands login data.
- If necessary, set up new scenes by exploring them in the Scenes section of the Alexa app.
- Establish Alexa routines for garage door control by defining voice instructions and choosing the relevant scenes from SimpleCommands.
- And then finally you can verify the routines work by testing them out
How to fix your old integration
If your previous SimpleCommands integration isn't working for you, I recommend you delete the MyQ integration and any associated routines from the Simple Commands/Live Key app, as well as any scenes generated through the Simple Commands skill or the newer “Kloee for SC” skill in the Alexa app.
Then add the MyQ integration again to the Live Key app and set up phrases for opening and closing your garage door. Enable Alexa and add the phrases as scenes in the Alexa app, and create routines for opening and closing each garage door.
Massive shout out to mccarronkevin on Reddit for this hack!
Option 3: Use a Third-Party Controller
A third-party controller is a piece of hardware that is connected to both the opener power head and your garage door. Independently powered, you communicate with this device which then relays signals to your garage door opener, allowing full control.
A controller can be integrated with a number of voice assistants, such as Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
Update: I previously had the Nexx garage door opener listed however it seems to be out of stock for the last few months. Also, the below “Meross” opener is also white-labeled under the “Refoss” brand among others.
- Alexa, open garage door.
- Alexa, close garage door.
- Alexa, is my garage door open?
Simple voice commands such as “Alexa, Open/Close my Garage Door” are what you need to control the Meross Garage Door Opener. People love this gadget because it’s compatible with most garage door openers. Along with opening and closing the garage door when using this app, you can also check the operation history.
- Remote Control Access – Turn on/off your garage door using the Meross App anytime.
- Hands-Free Control – Open or close your garage door using voice commands via Apple HomeKit, Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.
- Highly Sensitive Sensor – Precise sensors enable precise and stable operations.
The Meross Smart Garage Door Opener lets you control your garage door from anywhere using the Meross app or a connected voice assistant.
The device works with over 200 different brands and models of garage doors, so you can be sure it will be compatible with your setup. You'll be alerted about any changes to your garage door status through different notification modes, such as when the garage door is open or closed.
While installation requires wiring, it is relatively straight forward with clear steps to follow. It also doesn't rely on myQ APIs which is a major benefit.
The customer feedback for the product is generally positive. Users appreciate the easy installation process of the product, which takes about 20 minutes on average. The integration of the product with Alexa is also a positive aspect mentioned. Users report that the product works well and is responsive, providing quick and seamless operation.
Some had negative feedback such as the wires being too short, making it challenging to connect the product to their garage door opener. Others have mentioned that the sensor to indicate whether the garage door is open or closed can only "align" when the door is closed, which is inconvenient. A handful of users faced issues with the reliability, with some reporting that it stops working after a period of time.
The device comes with a 1-year warranty which is a bit of a safety net.