One of the great new features in WatchOS 5 for the Apple Watch is Walkie-Talkie. With a push of your Watch’s screen, you can talk in real time to a contact through your watch. It is a handy feature, particularly when you are with your partner or family in a large venue and need to find each other. Personally, this is going to be a well used feature this ski season with my wife and friends.
The catch with Walkie-Talkie however is that, you don’t get much warning if someone sends you a message. That is, if someone uses the feature, you will just get the message played to you, out loud, from your Apple Watch. That’s great while skiing on a big mountain. That’s not so great if you are in a meeting and your partner wants to know why you left the laundry in the dryer.
Fortunately Apple has made it easy for you to quickly set yourself into a do not disturb-like mode in Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch and I will show you how to do that in this How To.
First, open up the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch as you would normally to use it. You will note at the top of the display, there is an Availability toggle. If it is enabled (green), then contacts who you have authorized on the feature will be able to contact you. If, however, you disable it, they can’t. No more worries about those laundry questions in that meeting.
The good news is, you still get notifications of your contacts trying to reach you via Walkie-Talkie. If you are set to unavailable, when someone attempts to message you, you will get a notification about it. You can see who contacted you and you have the option to immediately contact them back from that notification.
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