Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch: This is how the

Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch: This is how the

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Owners of an Apple Watch can conveniently communicate with each other via the walkie-talkie app – quickly, easily and reliably. We reveal how you can use the feature on your Apple Watch.

Get in touch with someone quickly with just a tap – no problem with two Apple Watches. Because: Every Apple Watch is equipped with a walkie-talkie function that enables direct contact without having to make a phone call or video call. A range like a classic walkie-talkie does not exist with the Apple Watch, since the conversation works over the Internet.

These are the requirements for the walkie talkie

  • Apple Watch Series 1 or later
  • watchOS 5.3 or higher
  • iPhone with iOS 12.4 or higher
  • FaceTime app must be set up and FaceTime calls possible

Add and delete contacts in Walkie-Talkie app

To be able to use the walkie-talkie option on your Apple Watch, you must first add one or more contacts.

  1. Start the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap "Add" to select a contact.
  3. Now you have to wait until your contact has accepted the invitation. As long as the invitation card remains gray. When this turns yellow, you can communicate with your contact via walkie talkie.
  4. If you want to delete a contact, slide your finger to the left over its name and tap on "Delete".
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You can easily add new contacts in the Walkie-Talkie app. Image: © Apple 2021

Start a walkie-talkie call on the Apple Watch

  1. Open the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Now tap on the contact you want.
  3. Hold down the talk button and say something. When you're done, let go of the talk button.
  4. If only "Connect" is displayed on the Apple Watch, you have to wait until the Apple Watch has successfully established the connection.
  5. You can change the volume of the walkie-talkie call using the Digital Crown.

Switch the walkie-talkie app on and off

  1. Open the Walkie-Talkie app and use the slider to switch the function on or off.
  2. If the function is deactivated and someone wants to speak to you, you will receive a notification as to whether you want to accept the call.
  3. Alternatively, you can switch the walkie-talkie function on and off in the control center of your Apple Watch.
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In the Walkie-Talkie app, you can control your availability using the slider. Image: © Apple 2021

You can do this if you have problems with the walkie-talkie app

The walkie-talkie app is not displayed.

  • You may not have FaceTime installed on your iPhone. FaceTime is required for the Walkie-Talkie app. In this case, download FaceTime on your iPhone again.
  • Make sure FaceTime is also active: "Settings> FaceTime".
  • Check that FaceTime is working properly by conducting a test call through the app.
  • Restart your Apple Watch.
  • Restart your iPhone.

If you have correctly set up FaceTime but cannot find the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch, you will have to download it again from the App Store on the Apple Watch.

Problems sending and receiving invitations.

  • Go to the settings on your iPhone and switch to the FaceTime menu. Make sure you are signed in with the correct Apple ID.
  • Also check whether your correct e-mail address is stored in "FaceTime available at:".
  • Restart your Apple Watch.
  • Restart your iPhone.
  • Send your invitation again now. To do this, swipe left over the name and then tap the plus symbol to add the contact again.

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