Here's how you can use Apple Watch Walkie Talkie mode

April 4, 2020

Apple Watch is designed to do more than simply tell time! You can use it to send text messages, answer calls, and even track your calories burnt. A new feature, however, enables you to communicate with other Smartwatch users. known as Walkie-Talkie, the feature lets you chat back and forth with other smartwatch users. Let's dive in and learn how to enable Apple Watch Walkie Talkie mode!

How to enable Apple Watch Walkie Talkie mode?

Apple Watch Walkie Talkie mode makes for a quick and convenient form of communication but it isn't available in all countries or regions. Still, if you want to know how to use this feature, read the instruction below!

  1. Update to watchOS 5.0 or later.
  2. Go to Home Screen.
  3. Tap the radio (Walkie-Talkie) icon.
  4. Add friends by selecting contacts.
  5. Look for the notification.
  6. Wait for a few seconds to get connected.
  7. Start talking.
  8. Scroll down and tap '+' to add more people.

 Thus, with Walkie-Talkie mode enabled, you can audio chat with anyone on your contacts list in real-time. It only requires a minimal amount of setup!

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How to use walkie talkie on Apple Watch?

Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home Screen of your Apple Watch.

Tap the radio icon on your smartwatch.

Walkie Talkie Add Friends
Walkie Talkie Add Friends

Tap ‘Add Friends’, then choose a contact.

Until your friends accept the invitation, the walkie-talkie icon will be greyed out. It turns yellow following the acceptance of the invitation. You and your friend can then start talking instantly.

To do so, touch and hold the talk button, then say something. When you're done, let go. Your friend will instantly hear what you just said.

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If you see ‘connecting’ on the screen, wait for Walkie-Talkie to connect. After Walkie-Talkie connects, your friend can hear your voice.

Walkie Talkie Always Allow
Walkie Talkie Always Allow

As long as your friend is wearing his smartwatch and has Walkie-Talkie turned on, they receive alerts when you want to talk.

To remove a friend, open the Walkie-Talkie app, swipe left on the friend, then tap the delete button (marked as a red cross). Or open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap Walkie-Talkie. Then, choose ‘Edit’ and tap the minus button, then tap ‘Remove’.

Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie range?

Since the app is a Push-to-Talk FaceTime audio connection, the Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie distance works no matter what is the distance range between you and your friend. Just make sure your cellular provider allows FaceTime over their cellular network.

Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie not working?

To make the app work for you, it is essential that both, you and your friend have Apple Watch Series 1 or later and run WatchOS 5.3 or higher. In addition to this, both will need to set up the FaceTime app, running on iOS 12.4 to make and receive FaceTime audio calls.

Source - Apple.com

UPDATE - We have now learned that Apple has disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app due to an undisclosed flaw that could enable a person to hear another person’s iPhone without seeking his consent.

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