Apple Watch Walkie Talkie Not Working (Step-by-Step Fix 2023)

by | Sep 18, 2023

You bought your Apple Watch to make life easier, right? The Walkie Talkie app can be a fun way to communicate with friends and family without having to get on a phone call.

The last thing you want is for a feature like Walkie Talkie to stop working when you need it the most.

If you’re on this page, you’re probably wondering why your Apple Watch Walkie Talkie isn’t working.

In this article, we’ll discuss some common issues with the Walkie Talkie app, as well as the steps you need to take to get it working again.

Why is Walkie Talkie Not Working On Apple Watch?

There are several reasons that could lead to your Apple Watch Walkie Talkie not working. Some of these reasons include:

  • Walkie Talkie isn’t turned on
  • Software glitch
  • No internet connection
  • Incompatible software

There is a lot of misinformation online stating that it is necessary for Facetime to be activated for the Walkie Talkie app to work, this is not true.

How to Fix Your Apple Watch Walkie Talkie Not Working

To get your Walkie Talkie working again, follow this step-by-step process:

1. Make Sure Walkie Talkie Is Turned On

It’s pretty straight forward, if your Walkie Talkie app isn’t turned on, it’s not going to work.

To check if it’s turned on, follow these instructions:

  1. For WatchOS 9 and earlier – Swipe up from the bottom of your watch and check to see if the Walkie Talkie icon is lit up yellow.
  2. For WatchOS 10 – Click the right side button and check to see if the Walkie Talkie icon is lit up yellow.
ensure walkie talkie app is turned on

2. Check For Internet Connection

In order for you Walkie Talkie app to work, you need one of the three:

  • Cellular data connection on your watch
  • WiFi connection on your watch
  • Bluetooth connection to your iPhone that is on WiFi or cellular data

This means, if you don’t have a cellular plan on your Apple Watch, you need to make sure you’re Bluetooth connected to your iPhone and your iPhone has connection.

If you don’t have your iPhone with you, and your Apple Watch has no WiFi or cellular data, the Walkie Talkie app won’t work.

3. Restart Your Apple Watch

Restarting the Apple Watch can fix a host of minor glitches and bugs, including issues with the Walkie Talkie feature.

To restart your Apple Watch, simply hold the right side button and the digital crown for a few seconds until it restarts. Give it a few seconds to turn back on.

For a list of other methods, check out our guide to learn how to restart an Apple Watch.

4. Update Your Apple Watch

Walkie Talkie works on WatchOS 5.3 and newer.

Chances are, you’re not still stuck on this WatchOS, but if you are, you’ll need to update your watch first.

Apple Watch Walkie Talkie Connection Failed

If your Walkie Talkie connection fails, it is likely because the person on the other end is not available, you don’t have internet connection, or your connection is too weak.

To move forward, check your internet connection, then make sure the person you are trying to Walkie Talkie is available to talk.

Can I Use Apple Watch Walkie Talkie Without My iPhone

You can use the Walkie Talkie app on your Apple Watch without your iPhone if your Apple Watch is connected to either WiFi or it has an active cellular data plan with cellular connection.

Your iPhone is not needed for your Walkie Talkie app to work, contrary to popular belief.

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Ken Lynch

by Ken Lynch

Ken is a Technologist, Healthcare Data Analyst, and the owner and sole contributor to The Wearable Guy.

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