You Can Now Use Your Galaxy Watch 4 as a Walkie-Talkie

You can use push-to-talk with two or more fellow watch users

Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 is getting push-to-talk functionality thanks to a new app.

While being able to use your smartwatch as a walkie-talkie isn't a new concept—the Apple Watch already does this—it's something new to the Galaxy Watch 4. Specifically, the Galaxy Watch 4 and 4 Classic, with no other models listed at the moment. The new app will let you communicate with other Galaxy Watch users (who also are using the app) directly by holding the microphone button.

Person wearing the Galaxy Watch 4 and wireless earbuds

Samsung

According to XDA Developers, while Samsung recommends running the WalkieTalkie app while your watch is connected to your phone, it's not necessary. If you have the WalkieTalkie app installed, you can just pair your watch with a friend's (so long as they're physically close by) using a PIN code. Though if your watch is connected to your phone, you can create a walkie-talkie channel using your Contacts.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Classic

Samsung

You also can connect with more than one friend at a time, which is an improvement over Apple Watch's strict two-person limitation. Whether or not being able to use voice chat instantly with select friends and family is actually useful is subjective, though. There are certainly some scenarios where wrist-mounted walkie-talkies would come in handy—provided everyone is wearing a Galaxy Watch 4.

For the moment, Samsung's new app only lists support for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, so none of the older models are compatible. The WalkieTalkie app is available now as a free download from the Google Play Store.

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