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This official Samsung app turns the Galaxy Watch 4 into a walkie talkie

It's probably not the best use of your new smartwatch but could provide minutes if not hours of fun.
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August 31, 2021
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 lying flat on a brick.
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TL;DR
  • Samsung has rolled out its WalkieTalkie app to the Galaxy Watch 4 series.
  • The app allows owners of the wearables to communicate via a push-to-talk system.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic went official just a few weeks ago. Both devices run Wear OS 3 giving them access to a host of apps on the Google Play Store. Now, adding to this utility, Samsung has launched an official Walkie Talkie app (h/t XDA).

As the name suggests, the app effectively turns the new smartwatches into push-to-talk walkie talkies. The app lets users create channels and engage in “instant conversations” with others on their Contacts list. Those contacts will also need a Galaxy Watch 4, though. It’s also an official Samsung app, so you’ll need a Samsung account to make use of it.

samsung walkietalkie app
Samsung

Samsung doesn’t clarify the app’s range of operation, so there’s no telling if the Walkie Talkie app will be of any use to hikers or those seeking a backup communication medium. Samsung recommends first using the app “while the Watch is connected to your smartphone” suggesting that it will operate independently once set up. The app also asks users for optional location access which is used to “create your channel by searching nearby friends through Bluetooth.”

Of course, if you don’t like talking to your watch you can always just pick up your phone and call that contact, but where’s the fun in that?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
$349.99 at Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
$249.99 at Amazon

If you don’t yet have a Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 4 Classic but are interested in buying one, you can grab either using the buttons above. Be sure to grab the Walkie Talkie app from the Google Play Store down below, too.

If you don’t plan on getting a new Samsung smartwatch but do own an Android phone, this list of walkie talkie apps is just the ticket.