Apple Watch's Walkie Talkie feature is a fun way to communicate with friends and family, but it also lets contacts call your laptop without warning. Here's how to turn it off.
Disable Walkie Talkie from the Control Center
The easiest way to turn off the Walkie Talkie is directly from the Apple Watch Control Center. Open the menu by swiping up from the clock's home screen. Then you will find the Walkie Talkie icon. If the feature is currently turned on, the button will be light yellow.
If you touch the icon, the button is greyed out and the Walkie Talkie is turned off.
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Disable It From Walkie Talkie App
Lift your wrist and tap the Digital Crown laptop. Find and tap the yellow Walkie Talkie icon from the grid, scroll in and out using Digital Crown to make it easier to find the button.
Inside the Walkie Talkie app, you should see your contacts using the Walkie Talkie. Swipe down on the carousel of contacts to access the hidden card that is available. Press the switch to turn off the Walkie Talkie.
Temporarily disable it using theater mode
Finally, you can temporarily turn off Walkie Talkie automatically by activating theater mode. This feature is primarily used to stop notifications from illuminating the Apple Watch while in a movie theater, but it also places the Walkie Talkie in an inaccessible state.
You can expect Silent Mode to perform a similar action, but it still lets you hear when people start talking. Do Not Disturb is also not a fully secure method, as it mirrors the Dhone settings of the iPhone and lets designated contacts reach you via Walkie Talkie.
Turning on theater mode is as simple as swiping up the home screen to access the control center. Find the icon for the two stitches and touch it.
It's easy to remember to turn the Walkie Talkie back on because it's related to theater mode.
Turn off theater mode and come back to talk to friends and family, swipe the control center, touch the mask icon, and the Walkie Talkie will come back to life.
Turning off the Walkie Talkie is as simple as that. Especially if you are an avid Walkie Talkie user, these steps ensure that no one starts talking out of the notebook when busy or in a quiet environment.