Want to stay connected to your child when they’re at school, at practice, or out playing with friends—but you feel like they aren’t quite old enough to have their own smartphone? That’s why we created Relay, the screenless smartphone alternative that kids love and parents trust. If you don’t have a Relay of your own yet, here’s what you need to know:
- Easy push-to-talk communication with powerful nationwide 4G LTE range
- Made for play with rugged spill-and-splash-proof design
- Screenless by design so your kid can stay focused on being a kid
- Relay companion app for iPhone and Android makes talking to your kid even easier
Relay can do many things, but it’s capable of even more. In our newest update, we’re introducing the Channel store. It’s a new part of the Relay app where you can access new features and add them to your Relays for free! Here’s a quick look at the Channel Store, how to use it, and what you’ll find there.
Relay Channel Store… What’s that?
The Channel Store gives you the power to transform your Relay into the perfect tool to complement and enable your lifestyle—it sets Relay apart from anything else on the market today. The Channel store is a place to see all available Relay features and add them to your account, customizing each Relay for its owner. It’s controlled from your Relay app, putting you in control of the features each of your kids can access. Like adding apps to customize your smartphone, adding channels is the best way to use Relay your way!
How do I get to the Channel Store?
It’s easy! In your Relay app, just tap the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner of the screen, then tap “Add Channels,” and you’re there—free to explore, add, and manage new and existing features! You can also quick-add new channels from the push & talk screen by tapping the “Change Channels” banner at the bottom of your screen, then tapping “Add Channel.”
Take a virtual walk through the Channel Store with us in our tutorial video!
Which new Relay channels can I use today?
We have some exciting new features to offer—features that will make staying in touch that much easier. Here are some of our newest additions.
Custom Chat channels
Want to have separate Relay channels for each of your kids? Do your kids want to talk to each other when they’re out playing without mom and dad getting notifications? Simply create custom channels through the Relay app so everyone can reach who they need to reach—without sending the message to everyone on your account.
Instant Chat channels (Beta)
Your kid wants to talk to their best friend via Relay, but they’re on different accounts. No problem—just bump the two Relays together and have an Instant Chat channel that lasts until mom calls them home for dinner. Next playdate, they can bump their Relays together again! This feature is still in its “beta phase,” so we’ll continue to improve it as time goes on.
One of our original channels, the echo channel repeats your words back to you in funny voice filters and is a playtime favorite!
Which features can I expect in upcoming Relay Channels?
Relay was built to be powerful, versatile, and surprisingly simple—it can support many features, many use cases, and endless innovation. We’re working on several new features to expand what Relay can be and the ways it can make peoples’ lives easier. For a complete list of upcoming features, visit our website—and if you have an idea for a Relay feature, we’d love to hear it!
What does this mean for me?
This means you can create individual chat channels for all your family members. It also means you can choose features that each of your kids will enjoy, making their Relays feel unique and customized to their needs. And with all new features turned off by default, you are in control of the content your kids can access. In the future, this means Relay can take on more features and fill even more useful roles for your family. Relay grows and evolves through channels, and your voice matters when we create new features and content. So don’t be shy about what you’d like to see!