How to Use Walkie-Talkies to Listen to Conversations

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How to Use Walkie-Talkies to Listen to Conversations
Smaller walkie-talkies have a limited range but are more easily hidden. (walkie talkie image by mangia from

You can listen to conversations from a remote location by preparing and properly positioning one walkie-talkie from a matched pair. Walkie-talkies transmit and receive radio signals to allow audio communication over varying distances. The microphone inside a walkie-talkie is engaged and receiving audio when the button on the side of the device is fully depressed. Leave one walkie-talkie microphone turned on to constantly send the audio feed a live conversation to the second radio in the pair.

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Things you need

  • Black electrical tape
  • Houseplant (optional)
  • Earpiece (optional)

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  1. 1

    Read the operating instructions for the walkie-talkies to understand how they are operated. Radios with multiple channel choices should be set to the same clear and quiet frequency.

  2. 2

    Turn both walkie-talkies on and depress the button on one unit to activate the microphone. Speak into the activated radio's microphone while listening to the other walkie-talkie to test the connection. Move both walkie-talkies to another channel if audio is not transmitting between the radios.

  3. 3

    Tape down the button on one of the walkie-talkies so that the microphone is constantly engaged. Wrap the tape around the device until it is secured without covering the microphone.

  4. 4

    Turn off the radio without tape on it to avoid the possibility of feedback noise while placing the activated device.

  5. 5

    Hide the taped walkie-talkie in a houseplant or other well-hidden position that is approximately four to eight feet off the ground. Make sure the walkie-talkie's microphone is not blocked or covered.

  6. 6

    Go to a location that is hidden and well within range of the listening device before turning on the second walkie-talkie. Keep the volume on the radio low or use an earpiece to avoid having your position discovered.

Tips and warnings

  • Black and camouflage walkie-talkies are easier to hide than those with bright colours.
  • Do not record or use overhead information in a manner that is illegal. Breaking into a private living area to place a hidden listening device can only be done legally with a warrant.

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