HomeKit automation for lights/scenes

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Anyone able to turn their lights on via HomeKit? Under "new automation" garage door is not listed. For me the whole point is turning on the appropriate lights when my wife opens the garage door.
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Tristan

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I'm sure Chamberlain will correct this in a few years, for a monthly service fee. 
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Jake Wesley

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Well looked like iOS 11 actually solved the issue, never mind!
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randy.wilkey

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Doesn’t work for me IOS 11.
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Randy, 

Are you still unable to turn your lights on via HomeKit? If this still isn't working, I'd like to help. 

Can you describe what steps you've already take to connect your lights to HomeKit? 

-Chuck
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Mathew, thanks for the tip.
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Randy, let me know if that does the trick for you. Lauren
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I had/have the same problem as the OP. Contacted Chamberlain through Facebook, email and phone. Long stories short, they punted that it was an Apple issue even though the *only* device I couldn't get an Automation task to "save" for was my MyQ.

Ran across this thread yesterday and followed Mathew McAdam's advice ... and .. Tada! Was able to successfully set up automations for MyQ but *only* if I first turned off wifi and then *also* force quit the Home app in iOS -- something that editing the subsequent rule also required in order to update it. Once I did both of those, easily able to create a rule that: when garage door opens -> and it's "night" -> and a user is home -> turn on doorway light.
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Great news, thank you for sharing! Lauren
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frank

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This was killing me - thanks for the posted fix!!
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I am having the same problem. I am trying to make an automation so when the garage door opens it will control another homekit device. When finishing the setup it says “ could not add automation garage door opens”
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Michael, I'm confirming this is the case. Lauren
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Michael, I have confirmed that you cannot control Hue Lights via MyQ technology. Lauren
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I was just successful setting up an Automation for HomeLink.  Initially I was getting the same "Could not edit......" error that Scott B posted earlier (2 mo. ago) when I attempted to set up the Automation sequence via my iPhone 6 running Sys v10.2.1.  My HomeLink hub is an iPad Air running Sys v11.1.1 (not the latest, but close).  After going to the Home app on my iPad Air I was able to successfully set up the Automation.   It was accepted with no error screen as seen on my iPhone 6.   My Automation is geofenced - "When I Arrive Home" (at at distance of 850 feet) Open the Garage door.   The Test check seems to work and the garage door opens, but I have not yet been able to test this "scene" in a real world situation.  Hopefully can do that later today and I will report back if it is successful or not. 

I also notice that the Automation I set up on my iPad hub showed up automatically on my iPhone 6.  That is a good sign since it will be the phone's location that triggers the scene.
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Spyder63, thanks for insights. Let us know how it works. Lauren
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I had one opportunity to test my Arrive Home scene and it did not work. I am now wondering what the top message in the image means??? Do I have to interact with my iPhone (or Apple Watch) in some way to give this automation permission to proceed? If so what will I see and where/when? If something popped up on my phone’s screen as I approached my house, I missed it.

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For any trigger that could grant access to you home, homekit requires you to unlock your phone and allow the action. It’s a security function to prevent accidental or unauthorized access based on automatic triggers (i.e. some one steals your phone and can open your house, or you go for a neighbourhood walk and inadvertently unlock your front door because of geofencing).
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@RS - Thanks.  I suspected it was something like that.  I just did not see (or hear) the security alert.   I'll pay more attention next time.  Pretty much just curious to see if the automation scene works for the garage door.  I will probably disable it once my curiosity is satisfied.  :-)   I have an IFTTT geofence recipe that works, but it just turns on some lights.  
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It’s a bit of a pain, but I understand the security implications. I haven’t bothered to try working around it but I’ve heard others have had success by “chaining” some other automations together, at least for door locks (so I assume for GDOs too).

The work around I’ve read about is to set up a geofence that turns on a light when you arrive home. Then have another automation that opens door when that same light turns on. Not sure if it would really work but worth a shot if you really want to circumvent the restriction.