Hot new Apple Watch feature gives wearers a serious dose of FOMO | Cult of Mac

Hot new Apple Watch feature gives wearers a serious dose of FOMO


Walkie-Talkie is the best new watchOS 5 feature.
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The new Walkie-Talkie app is being lauded by Apple Watch owners as the best new feature that came out as part of watchOS 5. But for some wearers, there’s a serious problem: they can’t find anyone to talk to.

Walkie-Talkie gives Apple Watch owners the ability to turn their wrist into a sort of digital two-way radio transceiver to talk with friends and family. It’s a super-convenient way to have short bursts of conversation when you don’t want to talk on the phone. If you don’t have any friends with a compatible Apple Watch, though, there’s no way to get in on the action.

Twitter has been full of people feeling the pains of Walkie-Talkie FOMO the last few days:

How to Walkie-Talkie the right way

To enable the Walkie-Talkie feature you’ll first need to upgrade to watchOS 5 and make sure you have the FaceTime app installed. The feature works on the Apple Watch Series 1 and above; if you have an original Apple Watch, you’re out of luck.

Even if you do have friends with a compatible Apple Watch, finding them is a bit tough. Apple doesn’t indicate whether your contacts have an Apple Watch, so you’re kind of left to guess. Even worse, scrolling through your list of contacts on the Apple Watch proves pretty cumbersome.

If you use the Digital Crown to scroll fast through your contact list, it enables a speed scrolling feature that pops up the letter allowing you to move quickly through your contact list. That helps, but it’s still a bit of a nightmare if you’ve got a lot of contacts. (It’s even worse if you’ve got dupes.)

Don’t have Apple Watch but want to get in on the action? Grab one of the new watches! Apple Watch Series 4 hits stores on Friday, September 21.


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