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FAQ: Walkie Talkie in watchOS 5

With the announcement of watchOS 5 at WWDC 2018 came "Walkie Talkie," a new Apple Watch feature that lets you instantly talk to other Apple Watch users like it's the future or something. Here's what you need to know!

Which Apple Watches can us Walkie Talkie?

Series 1, 2, and 3 should all be able to use Walkie Talkie, since they'll all be getting watchOS 5 (sorry, original Apple Watch owners).

How does Walkie Talkie work?

Almost exactly like a classic walkie talkie. The Walkie Talkie app on your Apple Watch will compile a list of your contacts who have Apple Watches and that you call, text, or email often. All you'll have to do it invite them to join you in walkie talkie-ing, and away you go. Tap Talk to do just that, and your contact will hear you in real time.

Let go to listen back (just like a real walkie talkie). You'll get haptic feedback when someone's about to talk to you, and your friends will feel it to when you talk to them.

Once I accept an invite, can that contact talk to me any time?

It certainly seems that way, and those were basically Kevin Lynch's exact words. Though, looking at Apple's preview page (opens in new tab), it does look like you can set yourself to unavailable.

Any other questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

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7 Comments
  • Can I toggle this off completely, so I won’t be bothered by it at all? (I have zero interest in this feature.) I don’t want to even be bothered to say no when somebody tries. Just don’t register me as somebody who can receive walk-in-talkie at all.
  • You don't have to reply to them. Same with the heart beat thing and the doodles
  • Scribble and Quick Responses are silent and much more respectful in public.
  • Walkie Talkie is basically talking to someone, are we no longer allowed to speak in public?
  • The major disruption is using a speaker to do so. It's very different than people having a conversation.
  • How is it different? The voice is coming out of a speaker instead of a person, and the Watch speaker isn't exactly the loudest thing in the world
  • I wish they would bring this to iPhones. I loved this on the old Nextel phones.