CarPlay Garage Door Openers

dwfaust

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We have two garage doors on our home, both equipped with Genie openers... I am looking for a reliable add-on that will allow us to control the openers via CarPlay / HomeKit. (Sidebar question: Does an opener/add-on that is compatible with HomeKit also work with CarPlay or are they different features?)...

I am not looking to spend a ton of money on this - if I was of that mindset, I'd replace the openers with something that natively supports CarPlay.

So, anyone have suggestions/recommendations? Please and thanks.
 

Varking

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Haven't checked yet but its possible you can install a homebridge server on your computer that you leave running and set up some addons that might have this built in. I do it for my ring devices until I eventually replace them.
 

JTravers

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I have a Genie garage door opener and use this Insignia controller from Best Buy. You just have to make sure you have a strong wifi signal in the garage.

And I believe any Homekit garage door opener will automatically show up in CarPlay if you have Siri suggestions enabled. But it only shows up when you're close to home.
 

cmaier

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The insignia one works up pretty well and does also show up in CarPlay. It occasionally is non-responsive and i have to unplug and replug it in and wait 5 minutes for it to start working again, but it usually works.

It’s also very easy to install.
 

dwfaust

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I just discovered that I have a MyQ... I got it on sale at Amazon a while back, but had not even opened the box... so I got it installed and it works very well, but alas, NO CarPlay or HomeKit support.
 

Varking

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I have the MyQ... I got it on sale at Amazon a while back, but had not even opened the box... so I got it installed and it works very well, but alas, NO CarPlay or HomeKit support.
If you want homekit compatibility on the MyQ they sell an additional hub that allows for it.
 

jdclifford

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We have two garage doors on our home, both equipped with Genie openers... I am looking for a reliable add-on that will allow us to control the openers via CarPlay / HomeKit. (Sidebar question: Does an opener/add-on that is compatible with HomeKit also work with CarPlay or are they different features?)...

I am not looking to spend a ton of money on this - if I was of that mindset, I'd replace the openers with something that natively supports CarPlay.

So, anyone have suggestions/recommendations? Please and thanks.
Why is everyone so keen on using iPhones etc. to open garage doors? Don't most vehicles have wall switches and programmable openers in the overhead consoles?
 

Varking

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If you want to use your iphone to open and close the myQ via voice I can share you a shortcut that makes it possible via the shortcuts app. I got it from reddit and it works perfectly.
 

JTravers

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Why is everyone so keen on using iPhones etc. to open garage doors? Don't most vehicles have wall switches and programmable openers in the overhead consoles?
I find it most useful for the notifications when I'm not at home. Also, it's a simple way to check if you forgot to close the garage door at night or when you've left home for an extended period. Sometimes, paranoia sets in and this puts me at ease, LOL!
 
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dwfaust

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Why is everyone so keen on using iPhones etc. to open garage doors? Don't most vehicles have wall switches and programmable openers in the overhead consoles?
In my case, one of our cars does not have the HomeLink opener... if the technology is there, why not? Especially if it's available within CarPlay...
 

Itinj24

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Why is everyone so keen on using iPhones etc. to open garage doors? Don't most vehicles have wall switches and programmable openers in the overhead consoles?
You can use them in scenes and automations to automatically close at a certain time in case you left them open inadvertently. For example, mine are in my “Goodnight” scene. Also use to open remotely to let the sprinkler guy in or whoever.

One thing to mention, if you have two garage doors, only one door will show up in a Carplay.
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We have two garage doors on our home, both equipped with Genie openers... I am looking for a reliable add-on that will allow us to control the openers via CarPlay / HomeKit. (Sidebar question: Does an opener/add-on that is compatible with HomeKit also work with CarPlay or are they different features?)...

I am not looking to spend a ton of money on this - if I was of that mindset, I'd replace the openers with something that natively supports CarPlay.

So, anyone have suggestions/recommendations? Please and thanks.
What openers natively Support Carplay? I’m very interested.
 

cmaier

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You can use them in scenes and automations to automatically close at a certain time in case you left them open inadvertently. For example, mine are in my “Goodnight” scene. Also use to open remotely to let the sprinkler guy in or whoever.

One thing to mention, if you have two garage doors, only one door will show up in a Carplay.
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What openers natively Support Carplay? I’m very interested.
The insignia add-on that Best Buy sells does. Easy to install.
 

Itinj24

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The insignia add-on that Best Buy sells does. Easy to install.
I have two of the Insignias. That’s a function of HomeKit though, which would make all Homekit openers CarPlay compatible. Speaking of which, there should be Home app in CarPlay. I thought the OP meant strictly through CarPlay.
 

cmaier

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I have two of the Insignias. That’s a function of HomeKit though, which would make all Homekit openers CarPlay compatible. Speaking of which, there should be Home app in CarPlay. I thought the OP meant strictly through CarPlay.
All homekit openers are CarPlay compatible. CarPlay sees the garage door in your “home” and recognizes it.

There are currently no non-homekit, but CarPlay-compatible, openers. Not sure How that would even work - you’d need a CarPlay app, but it wouldn’t integrate into the CarPlay home screen, which would suck.
 

Itinj24

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All homekit openers are CarPlay compatible. CarPlay sees the garage door in your “home” and recognizes it.

There are currently no non-homekit, but CarPlay-compatible, openers. Not sure How that would even work - you’d need a CarPlay app, but it wouldn’t integrate into the CarPlay home screen, which would suck.
I understand that lol. That’s exactly what I posted.
 

inkahauts

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I just discovered that I have a MyQ... I got it on sale at Amazon a while back, but had not even opened the box... so I got it installed and it works very well, but alas, NO CarPlay or HomeKit support.
Get the myQ adapter from Lift master. I have it and it works great.