Official Apple video shows you how to use the Walkie-Talkie feature on the Apple Watch

Remember those pre-cellphone days when you used to communicate to your friends using Walkie-Talkies? Those days are back thanks to the new watchOS 5 operating system that Apple rolled out the other day. The new OS build installed on an Apple Watch Series 1 or higher, allows you to employ the device as a Walkie-Talkie as long as the person on the other end of the conversation is also wearing a watchOS 5 powered Apple Watch (Series 1 or higher, of course).

After installing watchOS 5, make sure that your watch is set to make and receive FaceTime calls. Adding a Walkie-Talkie buddy requires you to press the "+" button and tap on a contact. Once that person accepts your invitation, the box carrying that contact's name turns from gray to yellow. To engage in a conversation using the feature, open the Walkie-Talkie app and toggle the switch to "available." Then, select a person to chat with. Wait until the watch shows that you have "connected" with the other party. Once that takes place, press on the "Talk" button to say something, and let it go when you're done talking. The person at the other end of the conversation will hear what you are saying as you say it.

The Walkie-Talkie feature has several modes. If you don't toggle to "available," you will receive a notification if someone tries to contact you, asking if you'd like to talk. In Silent Mode, you'll hear chimes and the other person's voice. In Theater Mode or Do Not Disturb, you will be unable to use the Walkie-Talkie feature.

If you are more likely to understand these directions by seeing them in action, Apple has released a video that shows you what to do step-by-step. You can find it at the top of this article. You can also head over to the web page that Apple created for the Walkie-Talkie feature by clicking on the sourcelink below. For now, we're "over and out."

source: AppleSupport



1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Seriously? This feels rather gimmicky. Just call the person and use the watch to talk

3. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I agree. I had a Gear that also had this feature using Valkie or something like that. It wasnt instant. It actually recorded your message and then sent it to the other person. But the Gear had to be connected to your phone or have cellular capability. Then tmwhen the receiver got the message they played it and respond and the cycle continues. I hated it. It was too slow. A text or as you said a call is much quicker.

2. gamehead unregistered

Im not gonna complain about options, but I will probably never use this. Shouldve spent those resources towards split screen and dark mode for ios 12

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

iOS does offer splitview features in certain apps. Maybe Samsung has a patent on using 2 apps on the screen at the same time, and any copy would be an infringment.

5. apple-rulz

Posts: 2027; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I’ll buy the Apple Watch series 4 only when it has split screen, picture in picture, Apple Pencil support, free floating widgets, customizable launcher and a headphone jack. #miami

6. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Like i can find people using Apple Watches

7. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

This is the dumbest thing I've seen yet. But, most apple fanboys will probably love it. Shoot, most people text more than talk. I just can't see this being "a thing" but for the trendy people. If I want to talk to someone, I'll call them. Doesn't cost me anything to call anyway, not like it was when the walkie talkie feature was around on pre-smart phones.

8. miketer

Posts: 514; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Actually, what's the difference between this feature and sending a voice message on WhatsApp.

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