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Walkie-talkie in Apple Watch not working: Quick Fix

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The Apple Watch is packed with features that are meant to enhance the iPhone user experience and provide standalone functionality. One of the many additional features you get with an Apple Watch is the walkie-talkie feature that lets you get in touch with nearby friends with a tap. 

However, this feature might not work as expected all the time. In this article, we’re talking about the walkie-talkie feature in Apple Watch not working as expected, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem. 

What causes this error?

The Walkie-Talkie feature requires an Apple Watch Series 1 or later with watchOS 5.3 or later. You also need to set up the Facetime app on your iPhone with iOS 12.4. Outside of these requirements, there are several other reasons why the feature might not work for you. 

  • The Walkie-Talkie feature isn’t supported in your region. 
  • No internet connectivity on your iPhone.
  • Facetime isn’t set up properly. 

Also read: What is the difference between 40mm vs 44mm Apple Watch?

How to fix this?

Here are four fixes you can try out. 

Restart your iPhone and Apple Watch

One of the first things you should do is try and restart your iPhone and Apple Watch to see if that resolves the issue. Restarting your device can solve many seemingly random issues that would be tricky to debug.

Check your internet connection

You need a stable internet connection to be able to access Facetime which powers the feature. Check to see if your device has an active internet connection. If you’re connected to a WiFi network, ensure you have enough signal strength and speed. If you’re on mobile data, check to make sure that you’ve got good network coverage and that it’s enabled. 

Check if Facetime is working

Since Facetime powers, the Apple Watch’s walkie-talkie feature, make sure that Facetime is working properly to ensure that the walkie-talkie feature is working fine too. 

Read our detailed guide on how to fix Facetime errors here

Check if Walkie-Talkie is supported in your region

Finally, also make sure that the walkie-talkie feature is supported in your region. You can check out Apple’s WatchOS support site to check region eligibility here

Also read: How long does it take for Apple Watch to charge?


Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: [email protected]