When Apple unveiled watchOS 5 at WWDC 2018, the company revealed many new features. While we have touched on the fitness and notification features, there are even more, including Walkie-Talkie.
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This mode of communicating was first shown off on the Apple Watch when the first iteration was unveiled. However, it’s been three years, and we have seen no other mention – until now.
There is now a Walkie-Talkie mode on your Apple Watch, allowing for short voice messages to be sent back and forth. The process of doing this is extremely simple, including setting things up.
How to setup Walkie-Talkie
After the Walkie-Talkie app is opened for the first time, you will see some suggested contacts. This list consists of those with compatible Apple Watch’s, making it easy for you to get started.
If you want to add new contacts to the list, you can do so by scrolling all the way to the bottom. From there, you will see a “+” icon and can add contacts at your discretion.
How to use Walkie-Talkie
Now that your contacts list is ready to go, you are going to want to send a few messages. You can do so by either opening the Walkie-Talkie app, or by setting up a specific complication.
After the app has been opened, you can tap the yellow “card” for the contact of your choice. At the top, you will be able to tell whether that contact is “available”, making life just a bit easier.
The person on the receiving end of the message will have to give permission to the app. This is a one-time permission granted, allowing the conversation to proceed as planned.
After the permission is granted, the corresponding Apple Watch’s will be trusted. Doing so means that you will be able to send or receive messages without any hiccups.
Send a message
Walkie-Talkie is all ready to use and your contact is selected, so what’s next? Just tap the big, yellow button named TALK. Your message will be recorded for as long as you hold down the button, and then you let go and play the message back.
If you need to step away from a conversation for a moment, Apple has you covered. There is a mute button in the top right-hand corner which will allow you to turn off the audio.
Apple has really thought of just about everything with the release of watchOS 5. The software is currently in beta status, but should be rolling out to everyone this Fall.
If you have played around with Walkie-Talkie just yet, sound off in the comments and let us know. If you run into any issues, be sure to let us know and we’ll help to the best of our abilities.