My Newest Life Hack: The MyQ Garage

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life hack myq garage door openerHave you ever left the house and within five minutes started to wonder, Did I shut the garage door? This happens to me quite frequently, mainly because I am horrible at remembering to close ours. With kids distracting me, racing out of the house and a million things on my mind, it’s sometimes hard for me to remember to close the garage door.

A friend of mine living in a small multi-unit building with a shared garage said a big issue for them is when the garage sensor gets blocked and the door bounces back up. Residents don’t always notice this as they drive away, and it’s resulted in bikes getting stolen from the garage. 

That’s happened to me, too, so although I did remember to close the garage door, it opened back up without my knowing. Yikes! This lingering worry about the garage door is a frequent occurrence, and one that quite frankly drives me nuts and sometimes even leads me to turn the car back around to go check.  

my q garage door openerSo you can only imagine how excited I was when I heard about the MyQ Garage. This device from Chamberlain allows you to turn your existing garage door opener into a “smart” garage — where you control your garage door from your smartphone. It’s easy to install (well, at least that’s what my husband said!) – it took him all of 10 minutes- and it connects easily to your existing garage door opener. It also syncs with many home security systems and your home wifi, so as long as your phone is connected to a wifi source you can control your garage from anywhere (And if you’re not connected to WiFi, there’s an add on device called the MyQ Home Bridge that can help).

What I love about this product is once you download the app, you can see right there on your phone, no matter where you are, whether your garage door is closed. And if it’s open, you merely tap on the screen and the door closes! From literally anywhere! For safety, the device will beep loudly several times just in case someone is in the garage to alert them that the door will be closing within a few seconds.

You can also set up your app to alert you any time your garage door opens or closes. This gives you the security of knowing if your garage door has opened when you’re not expecting it, and it allows you to keep tabs on things like construction or cleaning crews, and lets you know when your kids have arrived home safely from school.

Another great application for MyQ Garage is it allows you to open your garage door even if you aren’t home! So if you are expecting a delivery, someone picking something up from your home, or have a family or friend coming in to town, you can grant them easy access to your home even when you aren’t there, without handing over house keys or garage codes.

Interested in checking this out? MyQ Garage devices are available online or from Home Depot for just $129.99, which, to me, is a great deal. You just can’t put a price on peace of mind these days. If you have a garage, I strongly urge you to check this out today!

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Meredith is a transplant to the Bay Area and has fallen in love with the weather, gorgeous scenery, and plethora of local wineries. A wife and mother of two, she works part-time as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She hails from Texas, where she attended the University of Texas and will always bleed orange. She then moved to Washington DC to attend Georgetown's School of Medicine, where she fell in love with her future husband, a fellow student, and has been happily married for almost a decade. She and her husband lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years for their medical training and found it the perfect place to start a family. She relocated to the Bay Area a few years ago and has quickly adapted to West Coast living. Meredith enjoys the balance of part-time working and full-time parenting and loves to write about this ongoing struggle. In her persistent drive to find more "me time", she actively pursues her interests in reading, running, soccer, baking, and wine tasting.


  1. It’s also nice you can use Google Assistant to close and only close the Garage Door if it is open.

    It is also on sale at Best Buy for 59.00 right now.

    The set up was a breeze just like your husband said.

  2. There are better products on the market that does the same things, only they don’t charge a monthly fee to use.
    This product is good if you want to turn your phone into a garage door opener.
    If you are looking to automate, for example set up a geofence to open the door as you pull in, then this is not for you


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