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Smart Home Apps Volume Four: Chaimberlain MyQ

I have been a long-time user of Chamberlain MYQ and have for the most part been very happy with the performance of the product although with some of their latest “pay to play” type policy changes I am less than thrilled but that is a topic for another post. What I want to talk about today specifically is the Chamberlain MYQ App. It functions well and does what it needs to do but why does it have to be so horribly ugly? While this is a specialized app to control only MYQ devices and not an entire Smart Home App it is still an app that a lot of people will have in their app arsenal so let’s talk about the good, the bad and the ugly.

I guess we should start with the good, this app functions, can tell me the stat of a garage door and control a garage door all with very few clicks. To me that is a huge plus, I don’t want to have to go through 3 or 4 different screens or scroll through countless devices to find what I am looking for (cough…cough…SmartThings…cough…cough), I want it front and center which in this case my garage doors are. The only navigating I needed to do is a simple swipe back or forth to select the appropriate door. From within the MYQ app you can also change the view of the dashboard which can be super handy for people with multiple garage doors. I really like these aspects of the MYQ app.

The bad and the ugly for me are one in the same for this app. To me it looks like it was designed by someone who took no care it what the finished product looked like. I have a hard time wrapping my head around how you can go from the simplicity of how this app functions to just how ugly it is. It is very plane jane and really could use a bit of prettying up. Now in my case I very rarely use the MYQ app and do my control elsewhere so not a deal killer for me but if I had to use this app everyday I would not be happy with the way it looks. You might say that function trumps form and while I agree with that, an app that a user is expected to use daily should look better than this.

At the end of the day I still recommend MYQ to everyone I talk to looking for garage door control as for me it has always been incredibly reliable. Most people using MYQ will most likely be integrating it into a larger home automation system so after setup probably will not use the MYQ app very much which in my opinion is a good thing.

What are your thoughts on the MYQ app?

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I am passionate about the IoT and connected devices. Using connectivity to automate our lives will empower civilization to achieve greatness.

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