Is there any way to open and close MyQ with Alexa?

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Is there any way to open and close MyQ with Alexa?
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Jack Blanchard

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David

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There was, but Chamberlain forced the skill's removal, as they couldn't monetize it.
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Kevin Hocker

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Thanks for the tip Christopher!
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M. W. Robison

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How did you then integrate the wifi switch with Alexa?  IFTTT?  Could you please post a link to the switch you used?  Thanks!
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gryhnd

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If that question is to me, the switch is natively Alexa compatible. I have links all over these forums to my build notes (since Chamberlain hid my notes here on the forum).
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M. W. Robison

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I noticed that.  Thanks for the link!
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M.W Robison,
I have the Chamberlain MyQ-70B Hub already i use for Apple ingratiation. So basically for like $25 i bought a Idevices Switch or you Can use or the Ihomecontrol one as well. And it has to have dual Apple and Alexa. So i create a Trigger that when The switch is activated it open the Garage and another trigger when switch is set to off it closed Garage with a "ALEXA" command. Get it? If you don't use apple home kit this will not work for you.
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Jack Blanchard

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That really sucks!
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Eric

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Seriously, they had the skill and then removed it?  Ugh
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David

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Chamberlain didn't, it was a user who created it.
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Jack Blanchard

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Maybe but Chamberlain took it away. It also worked with Smartthings and they blockednit as well.
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Eric

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I'm surprised they haven't developed a skill for it yet.  I would love the ability to open/close my garage door with Alexa.  Alexa is much more reliable than Siri.
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In the Alexa app somewhere, I saw a message that door open/close skills were disabled due to security concerns. (Imagine a thief simply giving a voice command.)
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Knee Dragon

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Keith your an idiot and an asshole
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Keeth Eugene

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Oh thank god, I was struggling to figure out which one I was. Thank you for clearing that up. Wanna get together and have a beer? I mean, I am busy finishing my PhD and you are busy feeding into your delusion that you are awesome, but besides that I think we would really hit it off. XOXXOOX
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Knee Dragon

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LOL and pampas..  Profile pic indicates a god complex.  No i don't want to share a beer with such an arrogant fukwad with some closet homophilia.  Phd in D-Baggery...  Good luck with that.

Wait Keeth... who the fk are you?  can you not follow the chronology of the thread? Nobody is talking to you unless you were booted for being such a douche.  Perhaps youre such a douche that you think everything is about you, but clearly I was talking to Keith Lyons.  come down off your high horse...
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Keeth Eugene

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Love you too, babe. 
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Ken

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You guys giving Keith shit; he's not really wrong.  I locked my dumb ass out of the house last week, heh.  I tried all the windows, they were locked.  Car keys and phone were in the house so I could use neither my phone Alexa nor the mobile Echo in the car.  Went to the garage, cupped my hands around my mouth and pressed to the door and shouted "Alexa, ask garage opener to open door!!!".  No dice.  Tried three times.  Didn't want to yell too loud and let the neighbors know one can open my door by yelling.  Had an idea then.  I lay prone on the ground, stuck my fingers under the weatherstrip at the bottom of the door to create a ~0.25" gap.  Stuck my face up tight to it and yelled the command and voila, the door opened :)

First thing I did was 1. order a smart deadbolt for my door (with a pin pad) and 2. added PIN functionality to my garage opener skill to prevent others from following suit :)

PS: of course, now that Amazon killed the unofficial MyQ skill, it's a moot point :'(
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Jack Blanchard

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I don’t believe that is the issue. There are many doors locks on the market that work with Alexa. I believe it’s all about making money.
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mo

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Crazy ..if this is all about money, just increase the cost of the unit by $5 to pay for the development of the skill, then Chamberllain can advertise that it works with Alexa. Sounds like a win.

Regarding security, this is very simple. on the myQ app, just name the garage a unique name such as "man cave" so no one can just say "Alexa open garage" instead they will say "Alexa open man cave"
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Sharon Olsommer

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you can train Alexa to respond to only your voice
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mo, these are great suggestions, I'll pass them forward to our internal team. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. Lauren
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Jordan Staha

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Found one that works !!!

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Seriously though - advertising your openers as "smart" and connected, whilst leaving out THE major player in home connectivity - Amazon Alexa, is disingenuous at best, and a seriously off-putting, representative lie at worst. If you're going to play games and nickel and dime me, then why would I not expect the same from your openers and company for the rest of their lives? A seriously bad marketing move on all accounts.
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This is one of the best comments I have seen regarding this strange policy.  Their attitude is truly counterproductive.  The management of this company is and its attitude toward the home automation community as a whole is truly baffling.   
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and its gone
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Not surprised. They even hid my explanation of how I used a smart relay to actuate my door with Alexa (so I moved it to my own website). That has nothing to do with their API, but everything to do with their corporate culture.
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I was informed that it was suppsed to work with IFTTT but only if you pay for a premium membership. I upgraded my membership and I see the IFTTT applets but the one that will check and close the door nightly will not work. I am frustrated and about to cancel my premium membership and by an Alexa enabled garage door controller. Luckily I am still in the free 1 month trial. I don't expect you will keep many customers if your offerings don't actually work.
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Jack Blanchard

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I just cancel the trial. It would only allow me to close garage not open it. Paying a monthly fee is not acceptable! Don’t buy Chamberlain products!
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Ricky Granada

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I did the same. I thought by paying for the premium service I would be able to achieve what I wanted. Cancelled the subscription and I’m thinking about getting rid of my MyQ controller and going with another company instead.
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Mark, can you tell me the specific Applet you're using? Many Applets are written by third-parties, but if it's one of ours we'll try to diagnose and fix the issue. Lauren
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I did some research into the problem today that I am experiencing and it appears the "account.getDevices()" function of the API is not working. This makes using the API nearly impossible. I am willing to work with someone to fix this as I am actively looking for a solution. That can be here at Chamberlain or I will gladly take my money elsewhere. Again not trying to open the door just insure that it is closed at a certain time every night. If you cannot open the door for safety reasons surely you can help me insure that it is closed for safety reasons. 
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Mark, I'm not giving an lee way to Chamberlain here (we know how they treat their customers with respect to home automation integration), however I do make sure my door (8550) is closed at night by setting it up in the MyQ app to do so automatically at two times in the evening (10pm and 1am). It's not Alexa connected of course, but it is a set-and-forget.
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Mark Reeves

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I tried that and it doesn't work either
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Someone else had that problem, iirc, whereas I do not. Are you running a MyQ Garage? I have an 8550 with it all built in and have no issues saving.
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Yes I have the MyQ Garage versus the Unit with everything built in. My thoughts are if they offer it as a product it should work. Not kinda work just do what it is supposed to do. I am very close to finding a solution that works and is not Chamberlain/Liftmaster. I find this website false and misleading chamberlain.com/myqpartners this says I should be able to just ask google home if the door is shut but this doesn't work. Says something about a subscription but noe clear way to resolve.
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If it’s one of yours why should we pay for it!
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I recently purchased the premium package to use with IFTTT and Alexa. I would really like for my garage door to automatically open and close when I leave or arrive via Geotagging. Unfortunately, the applets don’t work due to security issues. I’m cancelling the subscription. BTW $10 a year isn’t really that bad for a product that would actually work.
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Ricky, we appreciate you sharing your interest in Geotagging as a feature with MyQ. Thank you for your feedback. -Chuck
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Knee Dragon

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I just bought this useless tool. I bought it because it was advertised as compatible. I'm returning it and telling everyone to avoid your products.
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I did the same.  I just signed up and then configured IFTTT.  Simple process, but it did not work.  I guess this whole IoT in the home has a lot of maturing.   
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Jim you can't just Sign up to IFTTT you need to create IFTTT Triggers like Setting when you say to a Alexa Trigger on Kitchen light it triggers the MyQ kitchen light on. The IFTTT command for Alexa is "Trigger" to set one for on one for off ( see example) of d
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My house at this point is fully automated minus MyQ garage door. If you need experts then look how the door locks and other garage door companies do it. I give Alexa a pin to open. Never have problems. I've been waiting for years for this company to get its act together. I will be removing the device and replacing it with a more user friendly one as will some of our friends.
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Let’s us know what you switch to other customers like me are planning on doing the same thing.
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I have been watching these discussions for five months thinking surely Chamberlain can get this figured out—add a pin—I can start my pickup from the other side of the earth with an Alexa skill for gosh sakes! Contact legal and add a waiver/acknowledgement to those MYQ customers who voluntarily add the Alexa Skill for MYQ. MYQ community manager—“we appreciate your interest thank you for your feedback—great idea.” So Official Rep is Chamberlain going to add an Alexa Skill to it’s product or not? I would “appreciate” an answer so I can decide whether or not to invest in your product or one that works with modern technology. Thanks—Chuck.
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For Alexa, go with Linear Spott and be done with it. Chamberlain develops new features at an excruciatingly slow pace. They won’t tell you one way or another and you could find yourself waiting years if they ever do launch Alexa support. Look at HomeKit and the still awaited multi-user support as proof of exceedingly long timetables.
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Found one that works !!!
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LOL. Scott you're so right. Here's a video demo of Alexa controlling a garage door and it clearly shows using a PIN and explains the security reason for it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IRK_v3ewq4&t=2s
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I checked up on Tailwind and it looks great. Unfortunately, I can’t find their app in the IOS store, nor can I find the Skills for Alexa.
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Mark Reeves

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Agreed could not find the skill in Alexa so I will  not be buying the Tailwind product until it is truly a viable option
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Mark Reeves

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I emailed Tailwind and got an initial response that their Alexa skills were in the process of being approved. I got a follow up email that stated the first skill should be available today ( I checked and it is) and the following skill will be available in a day or 2. I have also looked into several other solutions but have not pulled the trigger on any as of yet. I am pretty handy and have considered the Alexa enabled momentary switch wired to the push button and a Zwave tilt sensor to provide status for the door. Shame that I have all the technology present to do this but Chamberlain is not making it so because they haven't figured out how to monetize it. I own several houses and will likely need a garage door opener replaced but won't be a Chamberlain/ Liftmaster I will assure you. I will post what I decide and let you know if I get it working.
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It is very possible to open your garage door with Smartthings and Alexa and NOT pay Chamberlain their money grabbing fee(s).  Search for virtual switches, MyQ, and Smartthings.
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Jack Blanchard

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Use to work but not anymore
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Dan Baumann Jr

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Still works perfectly for me!
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Knee Dragon

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The skill is a program you downloaded when it was still available. It's no longer available. It won't be supported but probably hasn't changed either. I wish there was some way for you to share it.
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It's not all about the garage door.  I invested in MyQ light switches and lamp controllers, I'd like them to work with Alexa.
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KJ

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You should return the products or sell them on Ebay/Craigslist otherwise you will be paying a subscription fee when they finally add Alexa functionality in 2020.... Get a product that doesn’t charge subscription fees for basic use.
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For switches and lamp controllers, Lutron probably makes the nicest stuff on the market. Investing in MyQ for that stuff was an unfortunate misstep.
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Well this is all very unfortunate to read.  I don't know why a company the size of Chamberlain/Liftmaster can't get up to speed with technology.  I've had my opener for a couple years now and it still works great, so I'm not going to go buy a new one just yet......but I promise the next one will not be this brand if they can't make some changes soon.  I just got my first Echo yesterday, and was excited to make my garage door work with Alexa the way I've already made dozens of other items in my house work.  Shame...shame...shame...
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Jack Blanchard

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Don’t wait because they can do it but won’t. It actually worked at one time then Chamberlain took it away. They are lying and should just admit it will never happen because they don’t want to.
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There is a way to do it for $20 or less if you're handy with a soldering iron to tie in a momentary switch that is Alexa controlled. I haven't done it yet but plan to. It won't tell you what position the door is in, but that's no different than triggering the door using spare opener in the kitchen as we do now.
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I've given up waiting for Chamberlain, and today successfully connected my 8550 to Alexa (also works for Google home) for $30 worth of parts (plus a USB cable and 5V USB charger I had laying around). Could have been less than $20 if I purchased the relay from China directly, but I was impatient.

One limitation is an Alexa one(?). I can't say "open garage door" I have to say "turn on garage door". So for now I've set up IFTTT so I can just say "Alexa, trigger garage" (plus other variations my family could utter). I might try and delve into custom functions via Amz Lambda at some later date (baha).

In the meantime, for my 8550 with Security+ 2.0, I decided to pick up a $12 833LM push button to solder into rather than risk frying my much more expensive smart control panel. With that done a-OK, a cheap smart pulse (or inching) relay "USB 5V DIY 1 Channel Jog Inching Self-locking WIFI Wireless Smart Home Switch APP Remote Control Module for IOS/Android" does the rest of it. All from Amazon.

It may sound like a lot, but in reality it was all pretty straightforward. The hardest part was setting up the relay which came with no instructions.

Here's a collage of the kit, mounted on the stringers in the ceiling just behind the opener.

Unfortunately I neglected to get a shot of how I wired in to the 833LM board before reassembling the button, but it was simple, if delicate. The B&W wires are soldered to the microswitch leads and then connect to the smart relay. The red and white wire are the standard for the button to the opener.

"Alexa, trigger garage"

Even my wife is all smiles!

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To bypass the "turn on garage door" command you can create a routine in the Alexa app to invoke when I say something. name it "open garage door" then ad the garage door as a smart home item and put it in the on/open state. Reverse the state by creating a second routine named "Close the garage door". I do this with my Lutron casita shades to avoid the "Turn on the living room shade" non sense
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The module I use to "push" the button is 3rd party and can be IFTTT controlled. Read my description of the build up above. The point of my exercise was to get away from Chamberlain's pig headedness about Alexa controls.
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Thank you all for this information, thread is hilarious for a Monday morning read about do i really want to upgrade my Liftmaster to a new MyQ.  So long story short, no, my older Liftmaster is working great, just noisy.  This was my work around getting Alexa and IFTT to work with my coming home and the garage opening up for me by geofence or by app on smart things.  https://www.lowes.com/pd/Iris-Universal-Garage-Door-Internet-Gateway/50213045  The garage door opener thinks you activated the push button on the wall, that simple and it works.  
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Here is the missing photo for the inside of the button soldering required. Thanks for the tip, this is working great. I even hot glued the components into this box below and made it look even nicer.

Box: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0193XS25O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Stole your pic Ryan, and added it to my new build notes.  Thanks for getting that!
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gryhnd

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Chamberlain blocked my V2.0 post. You can find it here now.
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gryhnd

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I've updated my build for this. Switched to a two channel relay instead. Check it out.
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Well, all this conjecture is pointless. The truth is that they have an exclusive agreements with Apple and Google. So unless you use Homekit or use the Google device you're in the cold until those agreements expire.
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Customer feedback is never pointless if it’s loud enough