There are a few different styles of smartphone remote controls for a garage door depending on the scenario.
For example, for a home that has a few roommates all needing to open the garage door, each person can install an app to their phone and have access.
There are also wireless controllers that can open and close the door from anywhere in the world via an app and an internet connection.
Each one of these units has its advantages and disadvantages, so let’s break down the main points of each type of unit.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
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Our Picks for Best Smartphone Garage Door Openers
- Chamberlain MYQ-G0201 MyQ-Garage
- LiftMaster 888LM+828LM MyQ
- Asante 99-00900-US
The Chamberlain MyQ-Garage is a universal WiFi garage door opener that can be used with an iPhone or Android.
An app is used to monitor and control the garage door from anywhere there is an internet connection.
It works with almost all garage doors built after 1993.
It requires mounting a WiFi hub close to the garage door controls.
The LiftMaster MyQ controls your LiftMaster (1998 or newer) garage door from any location from your smartphone or tablet.
It comes with a unit to replace the existing wall controller and an internet gateway device that plugs into a router.
If you have a LiftMaster garage door and want to upgrade it to be a wireless unit this may be the one for you.
This Asante kit is unique in it gives a live video stream of the door opening and closing to your smartphone.
After being set up, it can open and close the door anywhere with an internet connection.
It also has an app for iPhone’s and Android smartphones.
Each wireless controller will have its own unique installation and setup.
Since each unit has a different difficulty level of installation, be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to know if it is a good fit for your garage door.
Once a unit is set up, they are very nice to use in many scenarios, such as giving access to a roommate or family member.
The codes can be changed so if, for example, a roommate moves out, their access can be deleted.
Do you have a favorite smartphone garage door opener? Let us know in the comment below.