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by Voxilate

(119 user ratings)


Download size: 26.81MB
Version: 3.4.1
Released: 2010-02-10
For ages: 4+

HeyTell® is a cross-platform voice messenger that allows you to instantly talk with friends and family. No account needed—just start the app, choose a contact, and push the button to start talking!

- Send and receive voice messages with other HeyTell users with the press of a single button

- Voice messages are quicker than SMS—and free!

- Very low data usage, no more than sending an email

- PUSH NOTIFICATIONS alert you whenever a voice message is received and the app is closed

- NEW: Apple Watch support for sending texts through HeyTell

* TIP: If you did not enable Pushes on initial install, open the Apple Settings app, select Notifications, ensure it's set to On, select HeyTell, and ensure that Badges and Alerts are both set to On.

- Works on 3G, 4G, EDGE, 1X or WiFi (i.e., any Internet connection)

- Superior audio quality: At 16 kHz, HeyTell delivers twice the frequency range of a cell phone call

- Favorites: Favorite and export messages you like to email or Facebook!

- Export messages you record to Facebook, Twitter, Email, and more!

- Extras: Use the in-app purchase function to set alert tones, send messages to groups, change your voice, automatically expire and batch-delete messages, and add emojis to your name!

- Quickly friend, unfriend, or block contacts. Adding contacts as friends ensures that you can always quickly find them by tapping the To: field and tapping "Friends."

- Choose from three different privacy levels to control how users can contact you without an invite:

+ Low Privacy: Anyone who knows your contact information can connect with you without an invite.

+ Medium Privacy: Anyone who knows your contact information and is friends with one of your HeyTell friends can connect with you. Otherwise, they must invite you to connect.

+ High Privacy: No one can connect with you until you accept their invitation.

NOTE: Carriers may charge you & your recipient for SMS invites, but email invites & Low privacy direct connections should be free.

- If you want to, share your location with selected contacts while you talk

* TIP: To send your location information to a contact, you must have the Maps page open (tap the Target button) when you send the HeyTell message. For privacy reasons, HeyTell does not send your location unless you approve and have Maps open.

- Conversations can be saved and replayed offline, or deleted on-demand

* TIP: Swipe left or right on the conversation and click the DELETE button to delete messages.

- All data and audio you transmit to HeyTell and your friends is encrypted in transit

- Earpiece and speakerphone functionality: Press the SPEAKER button to toggle earpiece vs. speakerphone mode (If you find earpiece sound is too low, enable the speaker)

- Supports iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices (2G and 3G iPod Touches require external microphone)

- You do not need to share personal information to connect with HeyTell contacts. See http://heytell.com/privacy and http://heytell.com/faq for more information about connecting without sharing phone numbers or email addresses!

Use HeyTell as a walkie talkie, intercom, or instant voice messaging system to send quick voice messages to friends and family with iPhones or iPods. Use the integrated geolocation feature to find your friends when they've given you bad directions and you're just around the corner!

Problems or questions?

- Check out our FAQ at http://heytell.com/faq

- Email us at support@heytell.com!

- Follow us on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/heytell

- "Like" us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/heytell!

* TIP: IF YOU GET AN "INBOX FULL" message, there's no need to delete the app or messages: This just means that your friend has to listen or reply to the messages you sent before you can continue to send them messages. Once they listen or respond, you can keep on talking!
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Customer Reviews
Pop up ads

What is with the pop up ads now. They interrupt conversations. This was a great app till now


Just by clicking the app it hangs up all other calls.

Please Update!

I have always loved this app and I use it with my friends and professional acquaintances. I wish, however, that they would 1. UPDATE IT, and 2. integrate use with AIRPODS. But mainly just update it. Lots more app hiccups nowadays! G

Update Needed

You guys going to update this app and fix the bugs??? It’s been my favorite app use it like 1000 times a day. Need update now!!!!


I love this app bc it's so much easier to use than the voice recording features in all the other apps, but it's SUCH A PAIN IN THE BUTT TO SET UP. it's way too complicated to add contacts and connect with them. and it's next to impossible to convince ANYONE else to use it because of this. and if nobody else uses it, I can't use it... ☹️

Was a great app but now crashing with IOS 13.2

I’ve used this app for years but after upgrading to IOS 13, things started to get strange, mostly with random crashes. Now after upgrading to 13.2, the app won’t even launch, just crashes. Best not bother with this app until they fix it.

Most used app

This app is literally one of my most important apps. Easier than texting, safer as well. I have been using this app since 2010.


I just got it and the first message I received from my daughter ( or it said it was her) and the message played music and at the end a mans voice said “Have u been kidnapped?” So I would not give them one star. It’s a scam.

Apple Watch

Please update! Apple Watch app does not function. Cannot listen to messages, are able to send messages.


Great app, me n my friends we love it!!! fast upload ( im on edge w tmobile ) !!!!!!!!!!!! Still amazing many years later... 2/20/2019

Please update! Keeps crashing

I use this with several friends but it keeps crashing. Please update!


This is stupid! Had it 10 minutes and wanted to throw it out!

Easy alternative to texting

I like Hey Tell a lot. It meets a need for me in communicating when I just don't have time to text. I never have TIME to text!! There is no misconstrued "tone of voice" when the recipient can hear your voice. This app is a must have.

Great functionality

Love this app. Perfect for quick messages and prefer it over audio chat options while driving. Also like the ability to listen to older conversations.

Crashes w iOS 12

I’ve used HT for many years. When it works, it’s great. Problem is that it’s so flakey and tends to break w every iOS upgrade.

Outdated, but still works!

Though I like HeyTell for its simplicity and reliability, I would like to see an update to the software that includes a makeover for the presentation of the app. There are are other “walkie talkie” apps out there that look more modern and are free. HeyTell has always been reliable and easy to use, which is what I like about it. I would just like to see it more modernized. This is the only reason for four star rating.


It appears that this app has been abandoned. No updates in two years since iOS 9.

Like it.

This is a really good app for something in between a phone call a text message because it’s slightly more personal than texting but doesn’t distract you like a phone call, especially if you’re driving. The only thing is, you need to get rid of the time limit. I hate when it cuts me off midsentence and I can’t continue until the listener checks their messages. Can you just make it unlimited speaking in one of your further updates?

Best App ever

My family, friends and I absolutely love this app. We use everyday. Please add a dark screen mode. That would be great!!! 👍🏽

No Suppor

Been using this app since 2010. It is great but there is no support for it. There are crashes that need to be fixed.


Just wish I can use through Bluetooth somehow.

One of my favoritest apps

I like this here app and I use it a lot. That's the way it is and I like it. Heytell is one of my favoritest apps in the whole world and one of my mostest used apps in the universe. If I were single and Heytell were a hot babe, i'de totally marry her!

It's handy

Get it??

Great app

Works great. A lot of my coworkers utilize this application. Great so you're not texting while driving.


Love it


Makes it so easy to keep up with friends that live far away without having to send awkward selfies through snapchat!

Great comm app

I've been using this app for years with great success. Communicating with friends via heytell is much easier than texting but less formal than a phone call. Highly recommend if you're long winded like me and enjoy keeping up relations.



Fix the proximity detection

The app works fine, but the major bug is when listening without speaker phone mode. As soon as I lift the phone to my ear, it stops playing because the app ignored the proximity sensor, and my face clicks a different message. Fix this and the app is 100% Latest update still didn't fix the face blanking out the screen! Update: heytel crashes all the time now with iOS 9.2 Sept:24,2016. Still no update. Not sure this app is being supported anymore!

No more typing

i use it for everything from business to personal no more typing to fast and simple

Needs Work!!!

This used to be a great app. Did not like the new design. Did not like the option to open close and listen. Also keeps crashing when I am sending a voice message. Also would not play the message sometimes. Need some work to become a five-star app again. Please fix these issues. Will then be a five-star app again. Use to love this app. Use to always use it. But now that is so unreliable we did not use it much. Please fix!!!

It's ok

It's ok

Great stuff !!

Amazing and extremely handy for my family!! Perfect for quick messages and prevents getting stuck on the phone (whether busy or not so much at the time). Nice to review favorite, saved voice messages from my babies. Definitely recommend this app for everyone with friends or family.

Awesome. Makes talkin with pals so much fun.

We love it. My group of pals are spread across the country and are in our late 30s and early 40s. We stay in touch almost exclusively thru Heytell (in chipmunk voices). We all wish that a setting could be enabled so that we could capture and keep our favorite heytells of each other to save or send to others. It may be a privacy issue, but surely it can be made to be adjusted so that the message creator can allow his or her messages to be shared by others. It also crashes constantly on the iPhone now. Can we get help with our favorite app please? We use it all the time and don't mind paying! I'd pictures could be sent it would be awesome. My group toggles back and forth from Heytell to FB messenger to get the features of both. Thanks for the great APP! Please fix the crashes on iOS?!

Good, needs work

He app itself functions well for me, i wish it blocked text notifications while recording though. Thats annoying as can be. The major issue, what you brings you down more then a star for me is the notification menu. You have a close button and an options button. If you hit close, okay its done. But you hit options and you hit open or listen and it opens the app and then theres a close button again. This is a ridiculous design. Why not just have an open and close button. No options needed? The only reason to have options is if you can actually listen right from the notification and not open the app. This update did NOT fix the notification/options issue

Love it but...

First off I just wanna say that I do love this app and that I use it every single day. Yes the proximity sensor could be fixed but the crashes are happening alllll the time now and that's the most frustrating issue that I have with this app. Just needs some stability updates.

Good but....

Still getting options on iOS 8. Also when you hold up to eat it doesn't go dark but my ear presses buttons.


Easy to use tool

Love it.

Even with the audio feature that apple added me wife and close friends still use hey tell. I just got an Apple Watch and was super pumped to see there was an Apple Watch app. What 80's kid didn't dream of a watch her one day talked to you, you could ask questions, and you could communicate with someone? My only gripe is that I wish the Apple Watch was less steps to send the message. I love the simplicity of gold the button, let go of the button on the app. On the watch you tap the talk button, talk, tap the button to stop, then tap send button. Still love that the option is there but I wish it would just send as soon as you stop it.

HeyTell is fun

I enjoy the quick conversations I am able to have with a couple of "besties."

Best app.

Best app.

Good app

Easy to use, helpful, fun. It's a great communication tool. I highly recommend it.

Great app

I love Hey tell. I wish more of my friends used it!

Interesting app

It's like sending a text message, but with your voice. Use it like a walkie talkie sometimes.

Great Little App

This app is saving my company money. Replacing our radios now with this app.

HeyTell RULES!!!!!

HeyTell is a cool way to talk to other people. you should get HeyTell!!!

I love this app but...

Used this app for years but suddenly started sending me either an error message or an "audio can not be played" message! It started just closing by itself and I'm constantly having to restart it to use the app! Very frustrating! Otherwise, would give it 5 stars!

Pretty Good App but...

I have used the free version for YEARS and love it. The only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 stars is that I have started getting ERROR messages that Audio could not be found causing me to have to go out and come back in each and every time. Looking at new apps now. No new updates here in a while.

Crashes every time

I have the free version. I would not pay for anything from this company. This app barely works for my iPhone 6. It will freeze up and crash during every exchange. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling many times to no solution.