How to use Walkie Talkie in watchOS 5

Walkie-Talkie is one of new communication features ships with watchOS 5. As the name suggests, this feature lets Apple Watch users send short voice messages to each other. Here is how you can setup and use Walkie Talkie on Apple Watch.

Walkie-Talkie is a feature that lives up to its name. It works when both you and the person you’re communicating with, are active on Apple Watch. When communicating with each other, you can send audio using the built-in microphone in Apple Watch, and get a response played back through the speaker of the wearable. You can also use AirPods with the Apple to send and receive audio, without having to put the watch to your ear or for added privacy. Alternatively, you can use any pair of Bluetooth headphones and earphones if you don’t have AirPods.
How to Use Walkie-Talkie in WatchOS 5

Before you proceed, here are a few things you should be aware of:

  • You can still hear your friend’s voice when the Apple Watch is on Silent.
  • It can not bypass Do Not Disturb.

If you want to add contacts to communicate with, follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Walkie-Talkie App.
  2. Use the Digital Crown to go through your contacts. Make sure contact is also on watchOS 5.
  3. At the bottom, you will see a + Button. Tap on it and choose the contact to initiate your conversation with.
  4. If the circle continues to pulse constantly, it means they aren’t on watchOS 5.
  5. If you get a “Connecting With [Name]” message, your contact will now have a yellow card with their name in the Walkie-Talkie app.
  6. Adversely, if your friend adds you, you will get a notification telling you that they want to establish communication with you. You will need to tap on the card and tap on “Always Allow”.

To start a Walkie-Talkie session on your Apple Watch, you simply need to do the following:

  1. You start the Walkie-Talkie App on your Watch.
  2. Tap on the card of the friend you wish to communicate with. (You have to make sure the friend meets all of the requirements; (watchOS 5 and iOS 12)
  3. Tap and hold down the “Talk” button, and say what you want. If the circle is pulsing, it means your message is being recorded.
  4. When you’re done talking, release the button. When your friend is responding you will get a notification.

Note: If either party is holding down the “Talk” button, you have to wait for the message to be delivered before responding.

If you want to adjust the volume of Walkie-Talkie voice messages, open up a contact card and turn the Digital Crown upward to boost the volume or downward to reduce volume.

Setting your status and deleting contacts:

  • If you wish to go offline, open the app and scroll up to a toggle that shifts between Available and  Not Available. If the toggle is filled in green, you’re online and if its empty, you’re set to Not Available.
  • If anyone tries to contact you when you’re set to Not Available, they’ll get the message “[Name] is Not Available”
  • If you wish to remove a contact, go to their card and swipe to the left. This will bring up a box with an X on it. Tap on the X to confirm removing a contact in Walkie-Talkie.

Note: Walkie-Talkie can also be set as a complication on Apple Watch’s watch faces.