While text messaging has taken over communications, there are still alternatives for those who prefer to hear the other person’s voice to enjoy an interaction that feels more human. Apart from traditional phone calls, there are options like Skype and FaceTime for iOS, which support video calls. It is also possible to find modern solutions that offer old school communication methods such as push to talk apps. If you want brief, but efficient voice conversations, this could be a great choice. In this article, we will explore the best walkie-talkie apps available for iPhone and Android users.
Voxilate offers an impressive voice messenger solution that supports multiple platforms. You don’t need to create an account to use HeyTell, simply launch the app, select a contact and push the button to talk. The app stands out for its ease of use and for offering a true walkie-talkie feel. Instead of sending a text message, you can send a voice message using HeyTell without incurring in fees. It works with any internet connection and uses very little data. HeyTell will alert you when a voice message is received, even if the app is closed.
You can manage your privacy preferences to choose if you allow others to start a talk session without invitation. Other features include selecting your favorite messages and exporting them to Facebook or email, as well as recording your own messages and sharing them via social networks. HeyTell can be downloaded for free, but to get access to additional features like voice changer, emojis and group talks, you will need to upgrade to the premium version.
TiKL – Touch to talk
Created by TiKL Inc, this app is one of the most effective options to turn your smartphone into a push-to-talk walkie talkie. It is completely free and supports group conversations, as well as 1 to 1 talks. You just need to press one button to start talking and the receiver will listen to your voice without having to press anything. With TiKL You can talk to your friends or send them text easily and there is no configuration required.
The app automatically syncs your phone contacts and you can enjoy instant, real-time voice calls or send instant text messages with delivery confirmation. It only uses data or WiFi connection so it won’t consume your SMS or voice minutes. TikL supports multiple mobile, so you will be able to communicate with anyone who is also using this app.
Zello is a great alternative to text messages and it can also act as a 2-way radio for communications at work. It supports individual conversations or live group calls and you can even create a live Zello channel for all your family or for work purposes. There are also public channels that you can join to talk to people across the world. Zello lets you enjoy free live voice conversations over data or WiFi connection on any network. You can send photos instantly and play messages again. To talk to someone, just select them from your contact list and press and hold the main button at the center of the screen to start a conversation.
TwoWay! is an app created by Vinay Selvaraj, which gives you the possibility of talking to any number of users instantly. You don’t need to register for an account or provide any personal information. The app features an easy to use interface and it offers a simple communication method to stay in touch with friends, family or work colleagues. Once you open the app, you just need to tap the “Talk” button to start a talking session. You don’t need to keep the app open to continue a conversation. TwoWay! is a fun option to connect with people near you because the app offers a map that allows you to find other users who want to talk in your location.
Roger! by 47 Center is another convenient app for anyone who wants to try walkie-talkie style conversations. You can talk in groups for free and the app allows you to listen to your messages, even when you are offline. Once you reply, your message will be saved and transmitted once you get connected to internet.
Roger! is ideal for staying in touch with friends and family that live far away because when you talk to someone, you will get to see their local time, city and current weather through the app’s amusing animated backgrounds. The real-time feedback lets you see when your friends are talking or listening to your rogers (messages). Roger! also supports integration with Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa, as well as Facebook, Twitter and other services.