Hikers Essential Gadget — Turn Your Smartphone Into A Walkie Talkie!

A fun app!

I appreciate that you can use apps such as Messenger or WhatsApp to send audio files back and forth, but its no way near as much fun as Voxer! There is something quite primitive but exciting about holding down the walkie talkie button, talking and then letting it go! Our club uses this app to communicate between the tail walker and the walk leader. The notifications are instant.

Other examples of using Voxer

With the Voxer app, you can create groups. I set up a group for the hikers that completed the South West Coastal Path in October 2020 and it was such a giggle. The communication started from the moment we got into the car, and continued all the way to Minehead. If you leave the app open then it presents through the car handsfree kit like a phone call, except you don’t need to press “play”, it happens automatically.

Features of Voxer

#1 — You can hear messages as people speak, or listen later at your convenience.

But there are some cons

As with all apps, there are some cons to using this system rather than a radio. It does not use the satellite’s therefore it needs access to wifi or mobile phone signal to enable you to use the app. This therefore can not be used if you are out of signal. I would not rely on this app if I was hiking in remote areas such as the Peak District, or the Lake District. But, for our little local walks then it is perfect.

The “Pro” features.

If you upgrade and pay £3.99 a month (which I do), then you have lots of additional features.

Summary

The free version of this app will be fine for most people. It is safe with end-to-end encryption and SSL encryption and it is just a fun way to communicate without being distracted by other apps. You know if you have a Voxer notification then it will be related to the group that you have created.

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