Apple Watch Walkie Talkie: How To Use it [Beginners Guide]

Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie is an entertaining app for talking to your friends easily. We are going to show how to set it up and get chatting.

We’ve always been able to receive phone calls and respond to iMessages, as of 2018 we got another form of communication; an audio chat app called Walkie-Talkie. We are going to show you how to use the Walkie-Talkie app to talk to your loved ones.

What is Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie?

Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie app arrived with the watchOS 5 updates and remains in watchOS 6. It’s intended to replicate the experience of using a real walkie-talkie. Also, to allow you to talk in real-time to another person through your watch.

How to set up Apple Walkie-Talkie

As you open the Walkie-Talkie app, you’ll see a list of people you can talk to. To add more people to talk to, tap the plus sign at the bottom of the list. Next, the Walkie-Talkie app will show people from your contacts list. Whenever you want to add multiple contacts to Walkie-Talkie’s list, tap the plus sign.

How to start a Walkie-Talkie conversation

Start the app – there’s a new complication that lets you do this straight from your watch face – and select one of the yellow contact icons on the main screen to start a conversation with that person.

The first time you attempt to contact someone through Walkie-Talkie, they will have to permit the conversation to proceed. The button they tap is named Always Allow. Afterwards, your devices will view each other as trusted and permit discussion to be started by either party. Also, the other will get a haptic humming, and the conversation will start.

How to use Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie

The app is an easy to use interface: just a massive yellow circle labeled TALK. You hold down the button to talk, then let go to listen. It’s as simple as ABC.

Troubleshooting the Walkie-Talkie App

In short, the Walkie-Talkie is simple and easy to use, and I haven’t found any issues. But as we know, every tech function must have gone wrong somewhere at least once. Here are some problems you might have encountered.

During summer 2019, the Walkie-Talkie was disabled for a short period due to an unspecified vulnerability that could allow iPhone eavesdropping. Later it was restored with the iOS update. If you encounter any problem with the Walkie-Talkie app, you should update iOS on the companion iPhone to the latest version. Also, update the watchOS to the latest version.

There are also some obstacles to pass when starting conversations as well. The receiver of your chat must have an Apple Watch-and when combing through your list of contacts, and it isn’t immediately obvious to know which one has one and don’t. That can lead to a tiresome trial-and-error process where you continually try to invite people before Walkie-Talkie tells you they must have an Apple Watch.

Also, the receiver’s Apple Watch needs to be charged up and turned on. In theory, the toggle Available should be of help here. But we noticed that at times a contact still shows up despite having an Apple Watch out of juice sitting on a desk somewhere. Finally, if you’re unable to reach someone, a power-drained Apple Watch may well be the problem, and you should try contacting them through other means.


That’s the end of our Walkie-Talkie tutorial, and we hope you find this article helpful. Also, we provided a guide on How to use an Apple Watch, and if this new feature persuades you to purchase an Apple Watch, here’s a link to get one directly from Apple.

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