With Apple devices, a bonus is that you get to use interesting features with other users who are a part of the ecosystem. Take the Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch, for example. It is a great way to keep in touch with your friends regularly, and if you’ve never heard of that – here’s everything you need to know.
In this article, we want to show you how to use the Walkie-Talkie feature and start a conversation with your friends. But before we get there, let’s understand what this feature is all about and all the variants of the Apple Watch that support it. Let’s begin.
What Is Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch
The feature does what it says – it makes your Apple Watch act like a walkie-talkie. You can connect with your friend with an Apple Watch and start two-way, instant voice-based communication. All you need to do is press and hold the button to talk, send your voice message, and wait for your friend at the other end to reply.
Here are the requirements for using the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch.
Requirements to Use Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie
The Walkie-Talkie feature was announced with the Apple Watch Series 4 in 2018. Here are the requirements to use it on your Apple Watch.
- You must have an iPhone running iOS 12.4 or later.
- You must have an Apple Watch running watchOS 5.3 or later.
- You need to have FaceTime enabled on your iPhone. Further, the users who want to add you to Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch must have your Apple ID or phone number (whichever is associated with your FaceTime) saved in their contacts.
- Walkie-Talkie requires both participants to connect via Bluetooth to the iPhone, Wi-Fi, or cellular.
How to Set Up and Use Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch
We’ll guide you with every step, starting with setting up the Walkie-Talkie feature on your Apple Watch. Let’s begin.
Send or Accept a Walkie-Talkie Invite to Apple Watch
Step 1: Press the Digital Crown once to open the app library and tap on the Walkie-Talkie app.
Step 2: Scroll down to find and tap on the contact you want to invite for the conversation.
Step 3: Turn on the toggle for Walkie-Talkie.
Step 4: Wait for your friend to accept the invitation.
Step 5: If not, you can tap on the contact and send the invite again.
Here’s how your Apple Watch will display the Walkie-Talkie invite from a friend.
Once your friend accepts the invitation, you can start the conversation.
How to Connect With Your Friend on Walkie-Talkie
Once your friend accepts the invitation, you will see their name card highlighted in yellow. You can tap on it once, and your Apple Watch will check their availability if they have Walkie-Talkie enabled. If yes, you can begin conversing with your friend.
Step 1: Touch and hold the button you see to start talking. The button will turn green once you begin to speak.
Step 2: Release the button once you are done.
Step 3: Once your friend begins to reply to your message, you will see an indication of the same and can hear what they are speaking.
There you go. That is how to use the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch – it is as simple as that.
However, there are a few caveats. If you have enabled the Walkie-Talkie toggle, your friend can send you a message, and it is automatically played on your Apple Watch. Of course, you wouldn’t want to hear your friend ping your Apple Watch randomly. So, here’s how you can disable the feature and use it only when needed.
Log Off and Exit Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch
Here’s how you can disable the Walkie-Talkie feature on your Apple Watch. All you need to do is to open the Walkie-Talkie app and disable the toggle for Walkie-Talkie.
Therefore, even if your friends try to send a message, it will say that you are unavailable for the conversation.
Additionally, you can also turn off or turn on Walkie-Talkie using the Control Center on your Apple Watch. Moreover, enabling the Theater Mode on Apple Watch will also make you unavailable for Walkie-Talkie conversation.
How to Remove a Friend From Walkie-Talkie
Here’s how to remove a friend from Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch. This way, even if you have Walkie-Talkie enabled, they can’t send you a message unless you accept their invite again.
Open the Walkie-Talkie app, swipe left on the contact card of your friend, and tap on the remove icon. Alternatively, you can tap on the contact card and select the ‘Remove’ option.
That is everything you need to know about using the Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch. If you have any further questions, look at the FAQ section below.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. You cannot have a group conversation on Walkie Talkie on Apple Watch.
You can open the Walkie-Talkie app, turn off the toggle for it or swipe left on your friend’s name card and remove it.
Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch works over the internet, so you technically have an ‘infinite’ range. That said, you can only use the feature in regions with internet connectivity.
No, you cannot use the Walkie-Talkie feature on your Apple Watch without an internet connection.
There is no way to access previously sent audio message history on the Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie.
Walkie-Talkie on Your Wrist
We hope this article easily helps you set up and use the Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch. However, we hope Apple adds a group chat feature to the Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch. Additionally, we also wish Apple had added a way to access the previously sent messages on the Walkie-Talkie.
Last updated on 13 October, 2023
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