Apple introduced watchOS 5 at its WWDC event this year. One of its key highlights is the walkie-talkie feature, which allows two users to communicate with each other via their Apple Watches. However, the first beta version of the OS did not come with that feature. Now, Apple has finally rolled out the walkie-talkie feature with its watchOS beta 2 version, released on Tuesday.
After updating the Apple Watch to the second developer beta, users can simply go into their contacts, find the person they want to connect with, and click on the walkie-talkie option to talk to them. The person on the receiving end will be notified of the message with the help of a beep, along with an option to the approve the connection on the screen. Once the connection is established, users can engage in a conversation by holding down the Talk button on the Apple Watch. The feature allows you to have multiple conversations at once, all of which are listed within the app.
It should be noted that at the moment there is only a “Always Allow” option available. You will get notifications for the walkie-talkie feature, even if your Apple Watch is on silent mode or Do Not Disturb mode. The only way to avoid calls is to reduce the volume of the beep by turning the Digital Crown. You can also go to the top of the application and switch off the “Available” option. After doing this, users who try to connect with you will get an unavailable message, and you will also receive a notification.
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At the moment, watchOS 5 is only available for beta users. However, Apple is expected to launch the final update around September. Along with the walkie-talkie feature, the new watchOS 5 also comes with improvements to Siri watch face, grouped notifications, and support for Siri shortcuts as well.