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How To Use Walkie-Talkie On Your Apple Watch
By KYLE ENCINA
Unlike conventional two-way radios, the range of the Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie is unlimited and allows conversations between friends and family to take place instantly at a push of a virtual button. However, getting your Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie app working means having to meet certain requirements.
First, you need an internet connection via WiFi or cellular data, FaceTime installed, and your devices to be updated to WatchOS 5.3 or later and at least iOS 12.4 on your Watch and iPhone, respectively. When traveling outside the U.S., make sure the country you’re visiting is included in Apple's WatchOS Feature Availability list; otherwise, the service might not be available.
Now, on your Apple Watch, jump into the app menu to find and open the Walkie-Talkie app, which appears as a yellow tile with a black radio transceiver icon in the middle. With the app open, tap on the yellow plus sign (+) at the bottom, choose the person you want to talk to from the contacts list that appears.
Wait for the contact to accept your invitation — their name will appear grayed out until they do — but once the contact’s name turns yellow, you can finally tap on it. Afterward, you will see a yellow "TALK" button; press and hold this button, then simply talk into your Apple Watch mic. When you're done talking, let go of the yellow button to deliver your audio message instantly.
If a contact invites you via the Walkie-Talkie app, you'll receive a notification instead. To accept, tap on "Always Allow" and start chatting. To decline, simply tap "Dismiss." To remove contacts from your Walkie-Talkie app interface, scroll to the name of the contact you want to remove, swipe left on the contact name, and tap on the red “X” button on the right.