The article is a tutorial on setting up Chamberlain myQ smart garage door opener with Apple Homekit to integrate with other smart home devices. The article covers:
- Setting up the myQ with Apple Homekit, which requires a Homebridge hub, and how to connect the two devices.
- Features and benefits of the Chamberlain myQ garage door opener, including remote access, scheduled closing, access sharing, and compatibility with Amazon Key-In Garage Delivery.
- Advantages of using Homekit to integrate the myQ with other smart devices, including the ability to control all smart devices in one place, set up scenes and automation, and automate things when away from home.
- A step-by-step tutorial with screenshots and a video to guide users through the installation process.
Here's what we cover:
- Does MyQ Work With Homekit?
- Setting Up The myQ Homekit Connection
- How To Add MyQ To Homekit And Control With Siri
- Plug your Homebridge hub into a power outlet and connect it to your wifi network.
- Open your Homekit app on your iPhone.
- Click the “+” sign on the top right-hand side of the screen.
- Click “Add Accessory.”
- Scan the code on the back of the Homebridge.
- Your bridge should be added. You can assign it a name, etc.
- You will then be prompted to go to your myQ app. Open that app on your iPhone.
- Click the “+” to find the new Homebridge device.
- Click “Add a new place.”
- Enter the serial number from the back of the bridge.
- Give it a unique name.
- You will then be given some on-screen instructions to set up learning between your bridge and myQ devices. Go through these steps on your screen.
- Repeat step 12 if you have more than one garage door opener.
- What Is The Chamberlain myQ Garage Door Opener?
- Why Use A Smart Garage Door Opener?
- Why Use Homekit Instead Of The myQ App?
Does MyQ Work With Homekit?
Yes, the Chamberlain Liftmaster MyQ garage door opener will work with Apple Homekit. However, it does not work natively and you will need to use Homebridge to make it work. Keep reading to learn how to set it up to have your own Apple Homekit garage door opener.
Setting Up The myQ Homekit Connection
How To Add MyQ To Homekit And Control With Siri
Setting up this quickly and easily – like 10 to 15 minutes!
If you have a myQ smart garage door opener, you already know you can control it using the Chamberlain myQ app. This is undoubtedly an excellent way to do it, but what if you could just have it integrated with everything else in your Homekit app.
To do this, you will first need a piece of hardware called a bridge or Homebridge. I would recommend the LiftMaster MYQ 819LMB MyQ Home Bridge, and for the purpose of this tutorial, I will use this Homebridge to show how to install this setup. However, the exact instructions should work with just about any Homebridge.
*Note – if you plan on using Homekit to control your MyQ garage door opener, it needs to be mentioned that the Homekit Hub that I linked to above has been discontinued. However, it appears to still be available on Amazon here. According to the article, while it is discontinued, if you have one, it will still work “for the foreseeable future.” So get yours before they are all gone!
This also assumes that you already have a working myQ door opener installed in your garage and are ready to add it to Homekit.
Setting Up MyQ To Work With Homekit
Total Time: 15 minutes
Plug your Homebridge hub into a power outlet and connect it to your wifi network.
Open your Homekit app on your iPhone.
Click the “+” sign on the top right-hand side of the screen.
Click “Add Accessory.”
Scan the code on the back of the Homebridge.
Your bridge should be added. You can assign it a name, etc.
You will then be prompted to go to your myQ app. Open that app on your iPhone.
Click the “+” to find the new Homebridge device.
Click “Add a new place.”
Enter the serial number from the back of the bridge.
Give it a unique name.
You will then be given some on-screen instructions to set up learning between your bridge and myQ devices. Go through these steps on your screen.
Repeat step 12 if you have more than one garage door opener.
After completing these steps, you should see your garage doors in your Homekit app.
Here is a video that goes through these same steps:
What Is The Chamberlain myQ Garage Door Opener?
The Chamberlain myQ is a smart garage door opener that works with Apple Homekit.
It allows you to control your garage doors from anywhere. The Chamberlain MyQ Home Bridge uses your home’s wifi network to connect to your garage door opener, so you can open and close your garage from anywhere.
This garage door opener is compatible with garage doors manufactured in 1993 or sooner. Once you set it up, you can open and close your garage door remotely.
You can also set a close schedule so your garage closes 30 minutes before you go to bed.
Access sharing is also available so your friends and family can access your garage anytime.
You can also connect your garage door opener to Amazon Key-In Garage Delivery, which delivers packages right to your garage.
When you open the box, it comes with everything you need to install it in your garage:
- The sensors.
- Mounting brackets and screws.
- AC power adapter.
Why Use A Smart Garage Door Opener?
So let me tell you about this time when I went on vacation with my fam as a kid. We were cruisin’ down the road, halfway to our destination, when my grandma started freaking out about whether or not they closed their garage door.
This was back in the day, so there were no cell phones yet, so we had to pull over and use a payphone to call the neighbors to go check it for us. And guess what? They did forget to close it!
Can you even imagine that struggle now? Thank god for technology. Now you can check on your phone or get a notification if it’s open and close it remotely with a tap.
Moral of the story: set up garage door control on your phone, trust me.
Why Use Homekit Instead Of The myQ App?
While the myQ app works very well for opening and closing your garage door, there are some advantages to integrating it with your Homekit system.
- Keep all your smart device controls in one place – since you are already using the Homekit app, this would eliminate the need for a second app for the garage door.
- Integrate with other devices – with Homekit, you can set up scenes and automation for your garage door. For example, you could automatically turn on the lights in the garage before opening your garage door. You could have the garage door close automatically when motion sensors detect motion. Or you could even have the lights automatically turn on in the garage when you walk inside. The possibilities are endless.
- Automate things when you are away – the myQ app has a feature that allows you to set up notifications for when someone enters or leaves the garage. This is great for when you are away on vacation, etc. However, with Homekit, you can set this up based on your location. So, for example, if you have motion sensors set up (or you open the garage with your iPhone), you can have the lights automatically turn on in the garage. Or you could set the temperature automatically to your preferred temperature when you return home. Or have the lights turn off automatically when you leave. Again, the possibilities are truly endless.
There you have it. A step-by-step tutorial for adding a smart garage door opener to your Apple Homekit system. You can now open and close your garage door from anywhere in the world. You can also automate things whenever you are away. And it all happens automatically. No more worrying about whether or not you closed the garage door!