How To Use the Walkie-Talkie Feature on your Apple Watch

Ali Mohammadi

Walkie-Talkie Watch

The Walkie-Talkie feature on the Apple Watch offers a unique way to communicate. It recreates the direct and instant communication experience of a traditional walkie-talkie. Users can easily talk to each other using a simple press of a button. This functionality is built into the Apple Watch and uses a dedicated app. Set-up is straightforward, involving the addition of friends to the Walkie-Talkie app. Once added, initiating a conversation is as easy as selecting a contact and pressing the talk button.

Using the Walkie-Talkie mode, users can have instant voice conversations without the need to make a phone call. This feature is especially useful in situations where sending texts is inconvenient or when quick, back-and-forth communication is needed. It’s important to note that for the Walkie-Talkie app to work, both parties need to have an Apple Watch. They also need to be within range to communicate or have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

Wrist-to-Wrist Communication: Mastering the Walkie-Talkie

Adding Friends

  1. Open the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll through your contacts and tap the name of the person you want to add.
  3. Wait for them to accept the invitation. Their contact card will turn yellow once they’ve accepted.

Starting a Conversation

  1. Open the Walkie-Talkie app.
  2. Tap on a friend’s name who has already accepted your invitation.
  3. Touch and hold the Talk button, then start speaking.
  4. Release the button when you’re finished talking.

Additional Tips

  • Talk with a single tap: You can enable “Tap to Talk” in the Watch’s Settings app for easier use.
  • Available status: You can set your availability in the Walkie-Talkie app. Choose “Available,” “Unavailable,” or “Contacts Only.”
  • Notifications: Make sure you allow notifications from Walkie-Talkie in your Watch’s Settings.


If you’re having trouble using Walkie-Talkie, check the following:

  • Compatibility: Make sure both you and your friend have compatible Apple Watch models (Series 1 or later) and software versions.
  • FaceTime: Ensure that FaceTime is set up on your iPhone.
  • Wi-Fi or cellular connection: Walkie-Talkie requires a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to work.

Quick Reference Table

Add a friendOpen Walkie-Talkie app > Tap friend’s name > Wait for acceptance
Start a conversationOpen Walkie-Talkie app > Tap friend’s name > Touch and hold Talk button > Speak > Release button
Set availabilityOpen Walkie-Talkie app > Tap your name > Choose availability
Enable Tap to TalkOpen Settings app on Watch > Accessibility > Walkie-Talkie > Turn on Tap to Talk

Key Takeaways

  • Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch allows instant voice communication.
  • Set-up involves adding friends in the Walkie-Talkie app.
  • Both users need an Apple Watch and a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to use the feature.

Setting Up Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch

Setting up Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch provides a fun and quick way to communicate with contacts who also have an Apple Watch. Users can talk instantly at the touch of a button.

Compatibility and Requirements

The Walkie-Talkie app requires an Apple Watch Series 1 or later with watchOS 5.3 or above. It also requires an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 12.4 or later. Both devices must use the same Apple ID.

Installing the Walkie-Talkie App

Walkie-Talkie comes pre-installed on compatible Apple Watches. Ensure your watch and iPhone are updated to the latest versions of watchOS and iOS. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone to check for any available updates.

Adding and Managing Contacts

To use Walkie-Talkie, users need to add friends through the app. Open Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch, tap Add Friends, and select from your contact list. Once invited, a friend must accept the invitation to communicate with you using Walkie-Talkie. Users can manage their contact list and availability directly on the app.

Using Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch

The Walkie-Talkie feature on the Apple Watch allows users to have real-time conversations with contacts who also have an Apple Watch. It’s a quick and easy way to communicate by pushing a button, much like using a traditional walkie-talkie.

Starting a Walkie-Talkie Conversation

To begin using Walkie-Talkie mode, open the app on the watch and choose a contact. Press and hold the talk button, then start your conversation. The app works over both Wi-Fi and cellular connections. Make sure the person you want to talk to is in your contacts and available for Walkie-Talkie sessions.

  • Open the Walkie-Talkie app.
  • Select a contact to talk to.
  • Hold the talk button and start speaking.

Managing Walkie-Talkie Sessions

During a session, the digital crown adjusts volume. You can add or remove contacts within the app. To ensure you don’t miss important talks, keep an eye on notifications telling you when someone reaches out. Activate Do Not Disturb, Silent Mode, or Theater Mode via the Control Center if you need to silence Walkie-Talkie notifications temporarily.

  • Turn the digital crown to adjust volume.
  • Add or remove contacts in the app.
  • Use Control Center to manage your availability.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If Walkie-Talkie fails to connect or sessions drop, check for a stable Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Issues might also arise if one party’s device is in Do Not Disturb or Silent Mode. For persistent problems, try restarting your Apple Watch and checking for tech news updates or reaching out to Apple Support for assistance.

  • Verify connection stability (Wi-Fi or cellular).
  • Check for Do Not Disturb or Silent Mode settings.
  • Restart Apple Watch or contact Apple Support for help.