HeyTell's review

    Published: 2015-02-24, by .

    A great idea executed well, but not popular enough to be useful

    • Great voice clarity
    • Add-ons are fun
    • Sometimes takes time
    • Not many users

    "A Compelling WiFi Voice Chat Option"


    There's plenty of competition, from the likes of Skype and now WhatsApp, but HeyTell stands up well. A bit like voice texting, the sound is clear, and group conversations are possible too. There are add-ons too for extra fun.


    The main functionality is great, and it's especially useful when friends who are in different timezones might be sleeping when you want to call them. The Voice Changer add-on is great when you're feeling a bit bored and want to have a laugh.


    Sometimes it takes longer than it should to send or receive messages, presumably because of the file size. Of course, the fact that not many people have HeyTell restricts its usefulness, so you'll have to tell everyone to download it!

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    by Oliver

    Feb 24, 2015


    HeyTell is a cross-platform voice messenger & walkie talkie that allows you to instantly talk with friends & family who use Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 devices 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

    * Works on any Internet connection!

    * Superior audio quality: *twice* the frequency range of a cell phone call!

    * EXTRAS! Check out the Voice Changer or create 25-way chat with Groups! Extras make HeyTell ad-free!

    * Notifications alert whenever a message is received if you enable the Background Service via Menu > Settings > Background Service

    TIP: If you're on wifi & want to avoid late notifications, be sure to set your Wifi Sleep Policy to Never: Menu >Settings > Wireless & Networks > Wi-Fi Settings > Menu > Advanced > Wi-Fi sleep policy > Never.

    * Quickly Friend/Unfriend/Block. Adding contacts as friends ensures that you can always quickly find them by tapping the To: field and tapping "Friends."

    * Choose from 3 different privacy levels to control how users can contact you without an invite:

    Low privacy: All Facebook friends can HeyTell you. Any of your Twitter followers can HeyTell you. People who know your phone number or email address can HeyTell you.

    Medium privacy: All Facebook friends can HeyTell you. All Twitter friends can talk to you. Friends of your HeyTell friends who know your phone number or email address can HeyTell you.

    High privacy: No one can contact you unless you contact them first or unless you accept their Twitter, Facebook, email, or SMS invite.

    * Optionally, 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 TARGET button) when you send the HeyTell message. For privacy reasons, HeyTell does not send location unless you approve & have Maps open.

    Conversations can be saved & replayed offline, or deleted

    TIP: Long-press on conversations & individual messages to access extended View, Delete, and Export options.

    * 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 between earpiece and speaker mode (If you find earpiece sound is too low, enable the speaker)

    * You do NOT need to share personal information to connect with HeyTell contacts & have full control of your personal info. See and for more information about connecting without sharing phone numbers or email addresses!

    TIP: Back up your account so that you do not have to re-add friends when you change phones or update ROMs. To do this, exit HeyTell and enable the Backup options accessed via Menu > Settings > Privacy or Backup & Sync.

    TIP: If you can send messages to friends, but you are not receiving them, ask your friends to respond directly to you by tapping the active conversation. It is likely that the contact information they're using to find you doesn't match what you set for yourself and/or your privacy is higher. However, directly responding to the conversation should always work! :)

    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!

    NOTE THAT CARRIERS MAY CHARGE YOU & YOUR RECIPIENT FOR SMS INVITES, but they're not required--email invites and direct connections to other HeyTell users using phone, email, Twitter, & Facebook are free!


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    Users comments for HeyTell

    A Google user

    by A Google user

    Jan 28, 2017  |  "Awesome"


    Sara Patton

    by Sara Patton

    Jan 16, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    If you drive a lot or have problems with understanding tones in messages, then this is for you!

    Genevieve Bostick

    by Genevieve Bostick

    Jan 14, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Works great until they do an update, but a week later.. works amazing! Perfect for my transport work. Whoever thought of this is a genius! But need to keep up with technological updates dammit

    Toni Miller

    by Toni Miller

    Dec 10, 2016  |  "OK"

    My husband and I used to use this app every day. Now it won't give notification of a new incoming message, and you don't know you've received one until you open the app. This obviously doesn't work for us. I've sent emails to the support address but get no response. I can only assume the app is not being supported anymore.


    by anonymous

    Nov 21, 2016  |  "Awesome"


    Keira Keira

    by Keira Keira

    Nov 16, 2016  |  "Great"

    I've never heard of it before but I could chat with my co-workers using this app and it's pretty neat