5 Best Walkie Talkie & PTT Apps For Android
Today’s technology gives us many ways to communicate. However, sometimes the old school is the best way. There is still a pretty big use case for walkie talkies. They understand emergency situations, construction sites, and other places where quick but short voice communications are required. Hardware solutions always work best in this area, but you can recreate it with your smartphone without much hassle. Here are the best walkie talkie apps for Android!
It must be said that all of these devices use some sort of VoIP technology for its walkie-talkie functionality. Most mobile devices don’t have the hardware to broadcast over radio frequencies like real walkie-talkies. If you need something like this, you should probably go for a hardware solution with dedicated radios for this type of communication.
- Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger
- Zello PTT walkie-talkie
- PTT Carrier Solutions
- Premium: Obtain a radio operator license
Price: Free / $ 2.99
HeyTell is an old school app that does walkie talkie stuff pretty well. It’s a cross-platform voicemail service with push-to-talk functionality, just like a walkie-talkie. The app also features a voice changer, notifications when you receive messages, very low data usage, and a social system with a friends list, block list, and other similar tools. The app has its ups and downs with every update, but it generally performed well in our testing.
Two Way is another decent walkie talkie app. It enjoys above-average privacy, with no registration or data collection. It works more like a traditional walkie talkie. You and a friend (or friends) select a channel number, then press the button to send communications. It has low data usage and low battery impact in our testing. The app certainly has its issues, but it’s definitely better than most.
Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger
Price: Free / $ 3.99 per month / $ 29.99 per year
Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger is a decent mix of a messaging app and a walkie talkie app. It supports individual and group messages as well as the ability to listen to messages later if you don’t have time at that time. The app also offers encryption, groups for up to 500 people, cross-platform support, and more. You can also pay the subscription fee to get unlimited message storage compared to the free version’s 30-day storage history as well as other commands and functions. Some people have a lot of issues with this one and others find it to work perfectly. We strongly recommend that you try the free version first.
Zello PTT walkie-talkie
Zello PTT Walkie Talkie is the most popular walkie talkie app on this list. It has a ton of features and a powerful free version for home users. The app includes real-time voice broadcasting, text and voice messages, group channels with up to 6,000 participants, and it can even map your PTT button to a hardware button on your device. This app has been used in a few disaster areas in the US over the past few years and it is rock solid experience overall. There is a premium subscription version, but we’re pretty sure you don’t have to worry about that unless you’re a business. You can find out more about Zello’s official site here.
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Operator push-to-talk solutions
Price: Free (usually)
Many carriers offer a not-so-secret push-to-talk service for plan subscribers. We were able to find apps for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. We are sure that they are also available on other carriers. These apps use the carrier’s network to send short voice communications, much like a walkie-talkie. However, it is not available on all phones, so you may need to contact a customer service representative from your carrier to find out more. Be warned, however, that these apps all seem to have their fair share of problems. The Sprint app is linked to the button below. You can find the AT&T PTT application by clicking on the link.
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Bonus: get your radio operator license
Price: Free / Varies
A really fun idea is to get a legitimate radio operator license. You can then use and connect to exclusive radio networks around the world. You usually need hardware for this, but there are a few Android apps that require an operator license in order to use them, such as EchoLink. We have linked an app below that allows you to take practice versions of the Radio Operator License Test for practice and you can click on the EchoLink link to see what types of things you have access to with such a license. . We included it as a bonus because, well, you can get this feature without a license.
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