Apple Watch Gaining New 'Walkie-Talkie' App in watchOS 5 so You Can Quickly Talk to Friends

Apple showed off a major new app coming to watchOS 5 later this year, called "Walkie-Talkie." Using the app, Apple Watch wearers will be able to send quick voice messages to friends and family members by speaking into their Apple Watch, similar to real Walkie-Talkies.


To start using the feature, users will have to allow a connection to one another in the app. After, it will show a scrolling list of connected friends, which you can tap, speak your message, and send to their Apple Watch. Apple said the main purpose of Walkie-Talkie is to act as a middle point between sending a text message and calling someone on Apple Watch.

Additionally, a watch-to-watch connection will work over cellular and Wi-Fi.



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19 weeks ago
This is awesome. Love that they used Nextel Yellow ;)
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19 weeks ago
This feature was promised back in 2014.
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19 weeks ago
Only took 4 years. Seems like the new norm for Apple

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19 weeks ago
They announced this as part of watchOS 1 way back when.

"...Still another likes the walkie-talkie ability." ('https://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU?t=2572') (click to see video)
- Tim Cook
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19 weeks ago
Kinda cool gimmick, but you’re very, very rarely going to want to leave that enabled.
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19 weeks ago

So basically, insta-voice mail without the call. Cuz this ain't like no walkie talkie I ever used.


Did your old walkie talkie fit on your wrist and also track your day and physical activity?
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19 weeks ago
This is just sending an audio recording clip in imessage without having to click play or send I guess... not exactly revolutionary
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19 weeks ago
If only i knew someone else with an AW that i'd want to set this up with! Although, i think this will be great for sending random inappropriate voice messages to people when they least expecting it for maximum embarrassment.
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19 weeks ago
To me, this truly was what we envisioned the Apple Watch to be back during the dick Tracy days when he would talk to his watch, now we are to that point. Even though I may not utilize this feature, still fairly interesting.
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19 weeks ago

Hello everyone, I asked this in another thread but I can’t seem to figure it out. I really like the new Wilkie talkie feature. However, since this is real time messages, is there a wait till later to listen feature? The keynote showed the messages coming right through. That would be a pain when people are at work. Or like when I’m in the middle of teaching a class.

Presumably it will not automatically play unless you have the walkie talkie app open.
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