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Zello Walkie Talkie for iOS

By Zello Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Oct 8, 2017

Zello Walkie Talkie may have made the news and topped the App Store during recent hurricanes, when word spread that volunteers were using it to coordinate rescue efforts. But the push-to-talk wide-range communication app is useful in more temperate times as well.


Great during emergencies: It's far easier to press and talk than to make phone calls or tap out texts when you're in a high-pressure situation.

Various use cases: Zello Walkie Talkie is handy for open group communication during an emergency, but you can also use it as a means to communicate with family, friends, coworkers, or your hiking group, for example, at any time. If you run a business, you can also use it to engage with customers. Finally, you can join channels based on myriad interests, such as movies, music, cooking, or astrology, and start meeting and talking to new people.

Easy to find and add channels: Tap Channels, under the main menu, then the Add Channel button to find public channels by name or subject, trending channels, or QR code. Better yet, you can easily set up your own channel with a private password and then invite others. A channel can have from two to 1,000 people on it.

Various ways to add contacts: Tap Contacts, under the main menu, then the Add a contact button to connect with your friends, family, or colleagues. You'll be able to locate them by entering their username, email, or phone number; allowing Zello to search your Address Book for existing users; or by scanning a QR code from a business card, for example.

Only as available as you want to be: You can mark yourself as Available to receive live messages, Solo to receive live messages from specified contacts (the rest are saved to your history), Busy to receive only visual notifications (all messages are saved to history), and Offline to disconnect entirely.

Customizable alert notifications: Under Options, then Alert tones/vibrate, you can choose which alerts you wish to receive, such as when you receive an incoming message, when the delivery of a message is delayed, or when your connection is restored. You can also select whether the alert is a vibration or a tone. If you're unhappy with Zello's default tones, then you can choose from dozens of others from Zello's extensive library or even music from your own collection.


Data connection required: If there is no Wi-Fi and no cellular data service, then Zello will not work.

Bottom Line

Zello Walkie Talkie is a great communication tool during hurricanes, earthquakes, or any time, actually.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.43

The update fixes several minor bugs on iOS 11


Release October 9, 2017
Date Added October 9, 2017
Version 3.43

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements iOS 8.0


Total Downloads 1,801
Downloads Last Week 3
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Developer's Description

Zello turns your phone into a walkie talkie and works anywhere in the world as long as you are connected to the internet!

Join millions of people who use Zello instead of texting and calls. You can use it one-on-one with a friend, for a live group call with your family or soccer team. The Zello app can even replace 2-way radios at work.

Zello is the only place for live open group communication - old school CB Radio style. Create a live Zello channel for your forum or customers, or enjoy conversations from across the globe.

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