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About this app

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 https://heytell.com/privacy and https://heytell.com/faq 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!


- Email us at android@heytell.com!
- Follow us on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/heytell
- "Like" us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/heytell!
- Circle us on G+ at https://www.heytell.com/+!
Updated on
Apr 24, 2020

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Steve Daigle
May 14, 2020
Update: didn't seem to fix it at first but now it's working great thank you so much. Used to have this app and not this problem... Now I CAN'T CHANGE THE NOTIFICATION SOUND. the option in the app does not actually have an option. settings for app on phone are same. If the app is closed it uses ring tone sound not notification. The damn thing rings and rings until you unlock your phone and go to the app(cannot silence the ring like a normal call) .
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Voxilate, Inc.
April 24, 2020
It's a little involved in the latest versions, but it's possible! :) From inside HeyTell, tap the Settings button, then Ringtone. That opens the Android system's App Info for HeyTell. Beneath Show notifications, press Messages to expand it, then expand Advanced. Click Sound, then select a ringtone.
A Google user
March 5, 2019
have had this app for a while all was great. then it updated and i no longer get a notification when somebody contacts ne. plus now i have an icon at the top of my phone that when checked (thinking sombody contacted me) just tells me its active. grrr. go back to the irigional please or fix it. i went through everything pissible in ny phone and on the app to try and fix it no luck.
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Christina D Osbourn
January 1, 2023
Tells you in helpful hints how to change notification sound. Too bad the instructions are to tap on screens or options that don't actually exist in the app. There is no option to change the tone.
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What's new

Google pushed an update that caused the app to crash; until Google fixes the problem permanently this app update works around the bug. https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/154855417