How to Connect Walkie Talkies

Last updated on October 13th, 2022 at 10:10 am

Have you wondered how to connect walkie-talkies to your phone? Walkie-talkies are a great way to communicate with your friends and family.

How to Connect walkie talkie
How to Connect walkie talkie


How to Connect Walkie Talkies Among the most frequently asked questions by new owners of walkie-talkies is “Do all walkie-talkies work together?”?Various models or different brands of walkie-talkies, for example, would make it possible to use them together. This article discusses that question.

As long as they are on the same frequency, all walkie-talkies will work together, regardless of brand or design.

It would be best if you had a basic understanding of how walkie-talkies communicate with each other before I can answer your question. Walkie talkies transmit radio signals on a specific frequency,  and if you want to share with another walkie talkie, make sure that both devices are tuned to the same frequency.

Consumers can use Family Radio Service (FRS) or General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) in the United States. 460MHz is the frequency range in which these services operate. Besides the business band, there is also a band performing 450 to 470 MHz reserved for corporate users. Lastly, law enforcement agencies such as the police have their frequencies to ensure that they do not overlap with the public sphere.

Ordinary walkie-talkies should not or cannot access these frequencies used by law enforcement. It’s important to remain on approved channels, although this is easy to do with FRS and GMRS walkie-talkies since they cannot access restricted channels.

Are all walkie-talkies compatible?

Since all walkie-talkies operate on the same frequency, the answer is YES. They can communicate with one another. This means that brands and models should not matter. The same applies to walkie-talkies designed for consumers, but business radios and certain emergency radios won’t work this way.

Standard walkie-talkies used by consumers usually use FRS, GMRS, or both. As long as both FRS and GMRS are supported, they are compatible. As long as you are on the same channel and have the same privacy code on your devices, you should communicate well.

Do walkie-talkies need to be the same brand?

As a rule, we maintain that brands don’t have to be the same. While a similar brand will save you money on bulk purchases, you will also know exactly how the walkie-talkies of each brand work, how to set them up, and how to maintain them.  However, it may be more convenient to purchase only Motorola or only Cobra walkie-talkies because then you have consistent expectations of how to change channels and use privacy codes.

My walkie-talkies won’t communicate with each other. What should I do? Is it possible to connect two different walkie-talkies?

It is important to make sure that all your walkie-talkies are connected to the same channel. There is a way to tune this on each walkie-talkie individually, allowing you to communicate across various walkie-talkies.

Feature sets like a DCS or a CTCSS can sometimes complicate the process, inhibiting communication between the system’s different walkies. It is possible to turn off those features if you are experiencing problems.

Don’t forget to align your frequencies and channels – sometimes, different walkie-talkies list the media differently. You can connect two other walkie-talkies fairly easily.

Is it possible to use two-way radios or walkie-talkies with CB radios?

How do I connect a walkie-talkie to a CB radio?

The frequencies used by FRS/GMRS consumer walkie-talkies are different from those used by CB radios. A walkie-talkie cannot be used to communicate or communicate with a CB  radio. A growing number of hybrid devices are now on the market, allowing users to have a unique combination of capabilities and the opportunity to communicate across many mediums altogether.

What are the differences in walkie-talkies from Motorola, Midland, Cobra, and others?

By aligning your walkie-talkies with different brands or models on the same channel, you can easily connect them. In most cases, you will easily be able to start interacting with your other walkie-talkies as soon as you’re within range. The channels and order of some brands may differ, so it may take some adjusting. However, since most FRS/GMRS  radios operate on a limited number of channels, it is fairly straightforward.

Does Cobra work with Motorola walkie-talkies?

You are in luck if you have Cobra walkie-talkies and want to determine if they can be connected to Motorola walkie-talkies. The most common FRS walkie-talkies that you can get on Amazon or in a store are the Cobra FRS walkie-talkies, and you can align the channel selection and begin talking with a Motorola walk-talkie. Test the connection initially while within range, and follow the advice above to make this connection work.

Is it possible to use a UHF and VHF radio together?

Usually, two UHF and two VHF radios cannot communicate easily. There is a difference in frequency, ultra and very high, which means that they are not aligned. It is possible for walkie-talkies to have alternative modes of communication or to have dual functions.

Business radios are not as simple as personal radios, as we mentioned previously.

Various frequencies are available, starting with business radios, such as VHF, UHF, or 800/900 MHz. It is therefore important to see if two different business radios operate on the same frequency type if you want to use them with each other. Unless they are compatible, you cannot use them together.

Additionally, business radios typically allow users to program their frequencies. If your radio’s frequency is the same, it is still possible for them to have different frequencies, so you cannot communicate.

In other words, if you plan to buy a new business radio to use with different radios you already own but are not sure if they will work together, you should seek advice from an expert so you won’t be caught by surprise.

What is the difference between FRS and GMRS radios?

In addition to the features of the walkie-talkie, the service provided by the manufacturer must be considered. When it comes to walkie-talkies, two basic services are available. Which is better, FRS or GMRS?


Legally, Family Radio Service radios cannot exceed 500 milliwatts. With an antenna, they can reach a distance of a quarter of a mile, possibly as far as two miles, but they still fall short in length compared to other two-way radios.

If you need a walkie-talkie for occasional outings or have a short-range coverage need, these devices might work for you. In addition to being relatively inexpensive, FRS walkie-talkies do not require a license.


FRS radios are more expensive and come with fewer channels, but they are also more reliable and can run for up to five miles. General Mobile Radio Service radios operate on 15 tracks. Some packages claim you can pick up a person 30 miles away, but this is only the case if conditions are perfect and you are directly above them, such as when you are looking down from a mountaintop.

Licenses are required for GMRS radios, which can dissuade some buyers. GMRS license holders must apply to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and be 18 years of age to operate the radio system. You don’t have to take an exam to obtain a license, but it does take a little while to complete it. However, these devices are worth the wait as they are more durable and reliable than the typical walkie-talkie you might find in an electronics store.


To sum up, all the things discussed above are that we can connect two Walkie-talkies despite their brands. All you have to look at the frequency range to operate for both and matched that. One rarely may get an error in getting them to work together, but to keep it simple, we have to keep small things in mind to avoid any mishappening. A walkie-talkie is the best source to communicate in the hilly areas, down the waters, and battlefield. So we pick out the cherries from the plant if and only if we know how to pick them.

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