Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

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

✳ 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!



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

This app is 100 percent accessible. Remember to double tap and hold the "hold and speak" button and hold it down until you have finished speaking.

The developer is willing to fix voice over issues when found.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.


0 people have recommended this app



Submitted by Unregistered User (not verified) on Monday, September 19, 2011

HeyTell works great with VoiceOver!!  I have had absolutely no problems as far as accessibility goes.  The developers did a great job with this app!

When you recieve a HeyTell message be sure to do a three finger double tap to turn the speech of VoiceOver off before listening to your message. If you don't, voiceOver will talk over your message and you will have to replay it. This isn't a big deal, just something I had to figure out for myself.  HeyTell uses very little data, about as much as sending an e-mail. This app is a great alternative to texting! I use it almost every day.

Submitted by Katrine on Thursday, August 30, 2012

This is a great app! It's fully accessible and really useful! I'd recommend it to everyone who is tired of typing long messages!

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

New features worth checking out. What's New in Version 3.1.0 * The Ringtones Extra has 5 new ringtones. * The Groups Extra now allows up to 50 members. * HeyTell now supports iOS 6 and iPhone 5. * In previous versions, friends were retained across app reinstalls, but groups weren't. As of 3.1, your groups should also be retained when you reinstall.

Submitted by DJHey20 on Saturday, January 11, 2014

HeyTell is an amazing app! All my friends I've recommended it to love it! It's such a fun way to communicate with family and friends. Best of all, I like how you can pick whatever privacy level works best for you when it comes to how people can contact you. But also, it's very useful for when you might not have time to text the person or make a phone call. And of course, it's very easy to use and completely accessible with VoiceOver. If you're interested in it, I would say definitely give it a try. :)

Submitted by Jenni Kent on Friday, March 31, 2017

I may take up using heytell again if i can find anyone who still uses it.

Submitted by Use Small Words on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Can you create groups on this app

Submitted by gamer2004 on Friday, March 13, 2020

is this app availeble on android? i really loved when i read discription

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