The Apple Watch is capable of much more than just displaying the time. It also allows you to send text messages and emails, in addition to letting you make phone calls. You may tune in to your favorite podcast, listen to music, and even keep track of the amount of sleep you get.
With the watchOS 5 upgrade, the Walkie-Talkie function is now available for usage on your device, allowing you to converse with other people who use Apple Watches. It is not necessary to use headphones if you and your companion are both equipped with a watch that runs watchOS 5 or a later version in order to communicate with one another using a Walkie-Talkie app on your respective watches.
The good news is that this capability can be used by watches that simply have Wi-Fi capabilities as well as watches that also have cellular connectivity. You can make a call using your Apple Watch as long as you either connect to a Wi-Fi network in the area or utilize your data plan. In either case, you won’t need to worry about using your phone at all. The one and only catch is that in order to communicate, Walkie-Talkie requires the audio component of FaceTime; thus, in order to connect your devices, you will also need to install FaceTime on each of your individual phones.
It is important to be aware that the Walkie-Talkie app is cumbersome to set up and use, and that it is compatible with just the Apple Watch. It is not possible to communicate with other people using it when they are on an iPhone or iPad. In spite of the fact that it has certain shortcomings, Walkie-Talkie is an app that you should definitely try out at least once, even if we hope Apple will fix and upgrade it in the future.
Update to watchOS 5
First things first, check to see that both you and your companion Walkie-Talkie user have upgraded to watchOS 5 on their respective watches. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone to complete this step. Tap the General menu, then About. As long as the version number is at least 5.0, you should be ready to go. If this is not the case, scroll back one step and choose the Software Update option to download and install the most recent version.
Invite a Contact
Launch the Walkie-Talkie application from the Home screen of your watch (the one with a black walkie-talkie encircled in yellow). Swipe your finger along the list of contacts on the screen of the Walkie-Talkie until you select a person who you would want to chat to. Simply tapping a contact’s name will initiate a conversation with that person. You will get a message on a pop-up window informing you that the individual in question has been invited. Now, you wait.
Invite More Contacts
You are free to send out invitations to other individuals while you wait for your first friend to react to the invitation you sent them. To add more, tap the + symbol. Swipe down the list until you find the name of the person you want to chat to on the Walkie-Talkie, and then touch on their name. The application will notify you and then cancel the invitation if the recipient does not have an Apple Watch. In the event that this is not the case, you will be required to wait for a contact to accept your invitation.
Cancel an Invitation on Apple Watch
One of the most vexing issues that arises with Walkie-Talkie is the sending of invites. If someone you invite does not answer, the invitation will remain on your watch until you decide to remove it. You are in luck since there is something that can be done to fix this problem. Swipe to the left on the invitation that the person has sent you in the Walkie-Talkie app on your watch. You should notice a button with a red X next to it. To withdraw your invitation, just tap the button.
Cancel an Invitation on iPhone
You may also examine and delete any invites using the Watch app on your iPhone. On the screen that says “My Watch,” scroll down until you find the Walkie-Talkie app, and then touch it. You should see the contacts you invited. Tap Edit. You may then press the Delete symbol and tap Remove to cancel those invites.
Responding to an Invitation
Swipe down from the top of the watch display to see the most recent notifications. This will allow you to see any invitations that need a response. If you want to always accept Walkie-Talkie calls from the person who gave the invitation, you may do so by tapping the invitation and then tapping the Always Allow button. You may also check invites using the Walkie-Talkie settings in the My Watch app on an iPhone and react to those invitations using those settings.
If you are the one who sent out the invites, you will get a message that the person has accepted, and after they have, you will be able to communicate with each other via the Walkie-Talkie.
Talking Through Walkie-Talkie
You may start a conversation with a person by tapping on their name in the contact list. The application will notify you that it is attempting to connect to the network. After the connection has been made, keep your finger pressed down on the Talk button so that you may communicate with the other person. Take your finger off the button to give the other person a chance to answer. Carry on with the discussion in this manner by depressing and holding the Talk button when it is your time to say something, and then releasing it when it is their moment to speak so that you may listen to them.
A missed called notice will be provided whenever there is an instance in which one user attempts to contact another but there is no response from the recipient of the call.
Answering and Silencing a Walkie-Talkie Call
The use of a walkie-talkie may be made easier with the following hints and suggestions.
- In addition to selecting the app from the Home Screen, there are many more methods to launch Walkie-Talkie. You’ll be able to tell when others can reach you by the presence of a little walkie-talkie symbol at the very top of your watch face. To start the application, tap the icon.
- You may ask Siri to “Open Walkie-Talkie.”
- You may adjust the volume of a Walkie-Talkie call by rotating the Digital Crown to the right or left while the call is in progress.
- Open the Walkie-Talkie app, and then turn off the option that says “Available” if you do not want to be disturbed by a call from the device.
- If you use the “Theater Setting” or “Do Not Disturb” mode on your phone, walkie-talkie callers will see that you are unable to speak with them.
- Even if you switch your watch to Silent Mode, you will still be able to hear the chimes that indicate an incoming Walkie-Talkie call as well as the voice of the person on the other end of the line.
Add Walkie-Talkie Complication
You also have the option to personalize a watch face and add the Walkie-Talkie app as a complication to the watch face. Launch the My Watch app on your iPhone in order to do this. Tap the face you wish to modify the settings for. You will need to tap the location where you wish to put the Walkie-Talkie symbol before you can add it to that location. Now, anytime you use that watch face, you can quickly open Walkie-Talkie by touching on its symbol. This is available to you whenever you use that watch face.
Apple provides some recommendations in the event that you struggle when attempting to utilize the Walkie-Talkie app. Check that FaceTime is working properly and that you are able to make calls using it. Still experiencing problems? Try again once you’ve restarted both your watch and your phone.
Why can’t I see my Walkie-Talkie invite?
If you don’t see the Walkie-Talkie app
Launch the Settings app, choose FaceTime, and then hit the On button to activate FaceTime. Launch the FaceTime app on your device. It is recommended that you give FaceTime a test call before using it for the first time. You will need to restart your Apple Watch.
How do you work a Walkie-Talkie on iPhone?
To communicate with the other person, you must push a button to speak, and then release the button to begin listening when you are ready for them to respond. Walkie-Talkie calls for both users to be connected to the internet, either via their iPhones’ Bluetooth connections, their Wi-Fi networks, or their mobile data plans. Note: Walkie-Talkie is not available in all regions.
How do I make myself available on a Walkie-Talkie?
Simply launch the Walkie-Talkie app and slide upwards from the bottom of the screen. It will seem like a toggle, and you may touch it to make yourself accessible or unavailable to the other person. There is still another approach to take, one you could find more satisfactory. Instead of tapping the Walkie-Talkie symbol in the Control Center, you may access it by swiping up from the clock face, which will bring up the Control Center.