The new Walkie-Talkie feature on Apple Watch, introduced with watchOS 5 is a neat feature to try especially when you are trying to reach someone one-on-one in a crowded place with your Apple Watch. If Walkie-talkie on your Apple Watch is not working correctly, here are a few tips that should help you out.
- 1 Quick Tips
- 2 watchOS 5 Compatibility and the Walkie-Talkie Feature
- 3 Share an Apple ID?
- 4 Not Finding Walkie-Talkie App on Apple Watch? Check FaceTime
- 5 Walkie-Talkie Invitations Not Sending or Being Received?
- 6 Walkie-Talkie Trying to Connect on Apple Watch
- 7 What’s the Range of the Walkie-Talkie App on Apple Watch?
- 8 Sound Issues on the Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie App
- 9 Can’t or Don’t Want to Press The Talk Button Continuously?
- 10 Need to Reset Your Apple Watch Passcode
- 11 In Closing
- 12 Readers Tips
Follow These Quick Tips To Troubleshoot Walkie-Talkie On Your Apple Watch
- Make sure FaceTime is on your device and that you are signed in with your Apple ID
- Verify there’s a checkmark by your phone number AND your Apple ID email in the FaceTime Setting for You Can Be Reached By FaceTime At
- Don’t share an Apple ID–Walkie-Talkie doesn’t work with shared Apple IDs
- Contacts Not Found to Invite. Reset Network Settings on iPhone followed by a hard reset on your Apple Watch
- Incoming Calls Not Showing up on Apple Watch, How-To Fix
- How to Use the Walkie-Talkie Feature on Apple Watch
- watchOS 5, Here are the Best New Hidden Features
watchOS 5 Compatibility and the Walkie-Talkie Feature
The first and foremost thing to do is to make sure that your Apple Watch is compatible for the walkie-talkie feature.
Please remember that the watchOS 5 is not available on the original Series 0 Apple Watch. If the person that you are trying to connect to using walkie-talkie is on an older device, you won’t be able to find them in the app.
watchOS 5 compatible Apple Watch models:
- Apple Watch Series 1-4
The Walkie-talkie feature is supported over Wi-Fi and Cellular LTE.
Walkie-Talkie is not currently available in China, UAE, and Pakistan.
When you open the Walkie-Talkie app, you’ll see a list of people with an Apple Watch you often call, text, or email. On this screen, you choose a contact and invite him/her to join you.
If you share an Apple ID, Walkie-Talkie will not work with anyone you share an Apple ID with. Everyone must have their own unique Apple ID to use Walkie-Talkie.
Many people share an Apple ID with their husbands, wives, children, or friends so they can download purchases, share photos, and other services.
This worked well in previous iOS versions but folks report problems with iOS 12 combining iMessages, FaceTime calls, and Walkie-Talkie not working when Apple IDs are shared between 2 or more people.
Because Walkie Talkie uses FaceTime Audio, you need separate Apple IDs.
Not Finding Walkie-Talkie App on Apple Watch? Check FaceTime
Several readers tell us that if they delete (or hide) the FaceTime app on the paired iPhone, the Walkie-Talkie app disappears!
Although there is no FaceTime app for the Apple Watch—you can receive and make FaceTime Audio calls on the watch. And it appears that Walkie Talkie is dependent on FaceTime Audio to work!
If you uninstalled FaceTime on your iPhone, it removes Walkie Talkie from your watch. If you reinstall FaceTime from the app store on your iPhone, Walkie Talkie will appear on your watch.
- Open the App Store on your paired iPhone
- Tap on Search and then type in FaceTime
- Tap the Cloud icon to download the FaceTime again
- Once FaceTime fully downloads, open Settings > FaceTime and sign-in with your Apple ID and check all your information to ensure its correct
- Make sure there’s a checkmark by your phone number AND your Apple ID email in You Can Be Reached By FaceTime At
- Check you Blocked list to ensure it’s accurate and not blocking someone you want to Walkie-Talkie with
- Finally, look for the Walkie-Talkie app on your paired Apple Watch
After re-installing FaceTime, if you are still not able to locate Walkie-Talkie, you will need to unpair and re-pair your watch. That process helps in bringing up the Walkie-Talkie feature.
Walkie-Talkie Invitations Not Sending or Being Received?
If you have trouble getting the app to send, receive, or accept invitations, try this reader tip:
- Open the Walkie-Talkie app on your paired iPhone
- Go to Watch App > Walkie-Talkie
- Remove anyone listed under contacts by swiping left or tapping Edit and then the minus sign
- You can also remove contacts via the watch app
- Open the Walkie-Talkie app
- Swipe left on the contact and tap the X
- Go to your Apple Watch and tap Walkie Talkie
- Resend the invitation
- Tap the plus sign, then choose a contact. Repeat for each contact
- Wait for a friend to accept your invite–once accepted try it out!
- Names grayed out with the text “Invited” indicate your friends have not accepted your invitations yet
Walkie-Talkie Trying to Connect on Apple Watch
One of the common issues that users find that when they launch the walkie-talkie app is the message Trying To Connect, Connecting to…, or empty circles pulsating where it doesn’t go anywhere from there. And Walkie-Talkie never connects.
If you are facing these issues on your Apple Watch while trying to use the walkie-talkie feature, your best bet is first to make sure that you have a strong Wi-fi or cellular connection on your Apple Watch.
Wi-Fi Connections on the Apple Watch require an 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz. If you are trying to connect to a public 5GHz Wi-Fi network, it will not work.
Walkie-Talkie App Not Showing Any Contacts to Invite
This was a struggle for the first few hours after the update. Contacts field appeared Grey and there were no contacts found to be invited using the App. Checking Apple Watch, the contacts were there.
Here is what helped fix the issue.
The first step was to reset the Network Connections (Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Connections) on the iPhone followed by a hard reset on the Watch (Press Crown and side button simultaneously for several seconds till apple logo appears).
Once the Watch started up again, checked the contacts and then tried inviting contacts and it worked.
Check the connectivity status on your Apple Watch
- Remove your contacts and try sending out invitations again
- See steps above in the section “Walkie-Talkie Invitations Not Sending or Being Received?”
- Swipe up on your Apple Watch and make sure that you don’t see the disconnected status
- Check that your Walkie-Talkie status is Available–and toggle on
- Open Walkie-Talkie
- Swipe from top to bottom or scroll up with the Digital Crown to show the current status
- Toggle Available on if it’s off
- When someone tries to reach you while you’re unavailable, a notification appears asking if you’d like to talk.
- If Silent Mode is on, you still hear chimes and your friend’s voice.
- When Theater Mode or Do Not Disturb are enabled, Walkie-Talkie is made unavailable
- If you are using cellular on the Apple Watch Series 3 or WiFi (for all series) for your walkie-talkie feature, please make sure that the signal strength is excellent
- Check it on the control center on your Apple Watch
- If your Apple Watch’s wi-fi connection is primarily driven via your paired iPhone, try and Reset Network Connections on your iPhone and then restart your Apple Watch to see if the connection is better and if it supports the Walkie-Talkie mode
- Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings
- On a newer Apple Watch with GPS + Cellular, swipe up to open the control center and tap on the Wi-Fi icon
- It will turn to white showing that it has disconnected
- Now, restart your Apple Watch and try connecting it to the Wi-Fi network and see if that does the trick for you
- Try Toggling the Cellular to OFF and then ON a few times to see if the signal strength improves and the walkie-talkie “trying to connect” message goes off
- Toggle Airplane Mode on (either on watch or phone)
- Wait 20-30 seconds
- Tap Airplane Mode off
What’s the Range of the Walkie-Talkie App on Apple Watch?
Also be mindful that the range of the Walkie-Talkie app is about 35 feet without WiFi or Cellular for applicable Series 3+ watches (using Bluetooth only).
If you have a cellular watch, there is no range limit for this feature.
Sound Issues on the Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie App
To check sound related settings on your devices, start by tapping on the Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap on My Watch and select the watch that you are using
- Select General
- Tap on Accessibility and scroll down to locate ‘Tap to Talk’ under Walkie-Talkie
- Make sure that this is enabled. When enabled, this allows you to use tap once to start talking and requires another tap to pause talking
- Toggle this Tap to Talk setting a few times
Check the Do Not Disturb Settings
One of the new features on the watchOS 5 is the ‘Workout Do not Disturb’ mode. If you are in the workout mode and have this setting enabled, you will not be able to connect with friends or family on your Apple Watch.
Tap on My Watch > General > Do Not Disturb to review this setting.
Missing Contact Names on Apple Watch
If you are having trouble seeing the names of your contacts on your Apple Watch, there might be a data sync issue. Please check out this related article to make sure that you have looked for the usual problems.
Unpairing the Apple Watch and Resetting it
If you have checked all the tips above and are still experiencing issues, you can try to unpair the Apple Watch from the iPhone and re-pair it. Sometimes most problems on the Apple Watch can be fixed with a simple un-pair and re-pair step.
Can’t or Don’t Want to Press The Talk Button Continuously?
To assist folks who have a hard time pressing and holding the Talk button, Apple added a method that uses just a single tap, without a hold, to talk with the Walkie-Talkie app.
Tap Once to Talk, Tap Again to Finish Walkie-Talkie Conversation
- Open the Apple Watch app > My Watch
- Go to General > Accessibility
- Toggle on Tap to Talk
- Now just tap once to talk, then tap again when done talking
Need to Reset Your Apple Watch Passcode
If your Apple Watch passcode isn’t behaving or if you’ve forgotten the passcode, check out this article for how to reset your Apple Watch passcode.
In short, to reset the passcode
- Connect your watch to its charging cable, with power connected
- Press and hold the side button until you see the Power Off slider
- Press firmly on Power Off
- Do not slide it – press down firmly
- Tap on Erase all content and settings
- Pair your watch using the Watch app, choosing to Restore from Backup
Last but not least, with new features that are released, there are often issues that sometimes make the app not function properly. Usually, Apple follows up with a subsequent update that addresses the problems.
Keep an eye out for new watchOS updates and make sure to update it to the latest version and then check if the walkie-talkie feature works well on your Apple Watch.
- If anyone else encounters this issue, try to reset your AppleWatch and setup it up as new. On Apple Watch, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings