Apple Watch Walkie – Talkie is a fun way to communicate between Apple Watch users/ It allows the users to quickly chat with someone the same way they might via an actual walkie-talkie. This is a useful feature if you find yourself separated from someone in an unfamiliar place or a very crowded event such as a concert.
To use the Walkie-Talkie feature, you and your friend need an Apple Watch Series 1 or later with watchOS 5.3, or later. You will both also need to set up the FaceTime app on your iPhones running iOS 12.4 in order to make and receive FaceTime audio calls.
Note however, that the Walkie-talkie app is not available in all countries or regions.
How to add and remove friends in the Walkie-Talkie app
The first step in using the app is to add the people you want to talk to in a list of contacts. To do that, open the app on your Apple Watch, tap on the ‘Add Friends’ option and choose someone from your contacts.
Your friend must accept the invitation. Their contact card will appear gray under the list of friends you’ve invited until they accept. When they have accepted, their contact card will turn yellow and you and your friend will be able to communicate immediately.
To remove someone , open the Walkie-Talkie app, swipe left on their name, then tap the Remove icon. Or open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap Walkie-Talkie > Edit, then the minus button and then Delete.
How to Accept a Walkie-Talkie Invitation
This one is pretty easy – tap Always Allow on the notification that appears when someone sends you an invite. If you miss the notification the first time, look for it in Notification Center. Invitations will also appear in the Walkie-Talkie app.
How to Start a Walkie-Talkie Conversation
Now that you have the basics set up, if you want to talk to someone, open the app on your Apple Watch and then tap on the name you want to contact.
Same way you would do on a walkie talkie radio, hold down the talk button and speak. Sometimes a message saying ‘Connecting’ might appear on the screen and if that happens, give it some time. Once it has established a connection, your friend will be able to hear you and reply to you, as they will receive a notification letting them know you want to talk to them.
Once you are done talking, release the button so your friend can reply to you.
If you can’t hear them or the volume is too loud, all you have to do is turn the crown to the desired volume.
How To Enable or Disable The Walkie Talkie App
If you open the app, you will see an option that will allow you to turn it off. If your Walkie Talkie is turned off and someone tries to contact you, you will receive a notification to let you know one of your friends wants to talk.
You can also turn Walkie-Talkie on or off by tapping the Walkie-Talkie button in Control Center. Activating Cinema Mode will also change your status automatically, setting it to Unavailable, same for Do Not Disturb.