Open Chat: Relay is Better with Friends, So Get Chatting!


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Relay keeps people connected. It connects families, letting parents keep track of kids. It lets kids find freedom without being exposed to smartphones before they’re ready. But Relay is also fun for kids—that’s what sets it apart from the trackers and boring kids phones out there. And now Relay is keeping kids connected to their friends. If kids needed another reason to love Relay, to want to carry it with them on their playtime adventures, this is it. We’re proud to announce Open Chat Friends deserve channels of their own. With Open Chat, you can connect your Relay or app…

Allow Relays to talk to Relays on other accounts

Thank you!!! :hugs: Our kids are so excited to finally be able to talk with cousins and are already thrilled with the new languages and joke of the day. Thank you!


I’m so glad your kids are enjoying it! We’re super excited to be able to bring these features to Relay


This is sick and it is the reason I’m now using my relay as an adult with a smartphone and no kids.


Will it be possible to set up Relay accounts without having to add a Relay? It seems to still require setup before one can get into the app - but one of the ways I wanted to use this feature was with an ex (we share custody, but not finances, so I want to give her the ability to communicate with the kids but not change account settings) or grandparents (who have cell phones, but don’t really need their own Relay to talk with the kids this way). Will there be a no-physical-Relay Relay account option available sometime soon?


We are looking to building a user app but have not set a date. Right now the app is meant for parents but does not take into account users who should not have admin access.


In the meantime, it seems like you’re pretty close. Any way to request an account be created without any Relays in it, for purposes of using with this Open Chat option?


Would you want that or just to have user(non-admin) version of the Relay app? If you have any ideas please add them or vote on them here #share:ideas


This isn’t working for us. We followed the steps and created a new channel, and we’ve tested it out with all users being on the same channel and we always get the notification “another member of the group is talking” even when we know this is not the case. Any thoughts on why this would be?


Hi again. I just tried to set this up with a different friend who just got a Relay, and now I cant even get it to send an invite. When I try it via text, I just get a white screen. When I try it via email, it opens the email link and then quickly closes again before I can type anything. Is Open Chat functional for other users so far?


I possibly solved this (not certain because friend has not yet replied) by saving the link to my Notes page and then copying and pasting into text format. Seems like it’s a bug, though. I’m on IOS, latest version.