All posts by Kimberly Lee

Travel During China’s National Day Holiday: The most remote destination posted to WeChat Moments was from…

In celebration of the final day of China’s extended National Day holiday, the WeChat team presents our “WeChat National Day Holiday Data Report”: Which cities had the most people traveling abroad? What were the most popular destinations abroad for tourists this year?

 

China’s National Day extended holiday has become the most popular period for Chinese tourists to travel each year, and in recent years there has been tremendous growth in the travel industry and in travel to regions and countries abroad.

 

Let’s take a look together at this year’s data.

 

Read More Travel During China’s National Day Holiday: The most remote destination posted to WeChat Moments was from… >>

3 Ways to Add New Friends and Stay Connected While Traveling

Summer is here! It’s the perfect time to meet new friends and make sure you stay connected, even during your world travels.

  1. Within a chat conversation, tap the Avatar icon on the upper right-hand corner
  2. Select your contact adding method:  “Friend Radar,” “Join Private Group,” or “Scan QR Code”

 

Friend Radar
Meeting a lot of cool new people, but don’t have time to add all of them? Friend Radar lets you quickly add friends within your vicinity. It saves you time and skips the one-by-one adding!

friend radar full

Read More 3 Ways to Add New Friends and Stay Connected While Traveling >>

Customize Photos with the New WeChat Annotation Feature for iOS and Android

Did you know you can edit images within WeChat from your photo album before sharing to your Moments timeline or chat conversations? Just update your app to the latest version of WeChat 6.5.5 for iOS or WeChat 6.5.4 for Android, then follow the steps below to start customizing your pictures! 

 

Moments TimelineBasketball_WeChat

  1. In your Moments timeline, tap the Camera icon in the upper righthand corner
  2. Choose a photo from your photo album
  3. Select “Edit” or “Preview” to draw, add text, stickers, and more
  4. Hit “Send”

Read More Customize Photos with the New WeChat Annotation Feature for iOS and Android >>

Users Ring in the Lunar New Year with 2.1 Billion Minutes of Free Calls on WeChat

WeChat aims to connect users to the people they care about around the world. One of the most popular times to connect and call loved ones is during the holidays. This Lunar New Year, users made 2.1 billion minutes of free calls on WeChat – five times more than the previous year.

 

A total of 46 billion red packets were also exchanged during this Spring Festival holiday.

 

Learn more about how WeChat users celebrated the holiday in the data report below created by the WeChat team.

2017微信春节数据报告_170203_EN-01

Read More Users Ring in the Lunar New Year with 2.1 Billion Minutes of Free Calls on WeChat >>

WeChat for Mac 2.1.0 – Free Voice and Video Calling Straight from Your Desktop

WeChat for Mac 2.1Introducing our latest WeChat for Mac update – 2.1.0! Now available for download on your Mac desktop. Call and video chat your friends for free directly on your computer without missing a beat.

 

What’s New in Version 2.1.0?

  • Place voice and video calls for free with friends
  • Convert audio messages into text messages for easy reading (Chinese-only)
  • View our improved screenshot feature
  • Forward and favorite chat scripts
  • Scroll over animated stickers to preview before sending  
  • Enjoy our optimized larger fonts 
  • Easily adjust the height of your input chat field to fit even your longest messages

Be sure to upgrade today to experience all the new WeChat for Mac 2.1.0 features!

Free Global Calling for Thanksgiving – WeChat Out Limited-Time Offer

In celebration of Thanksgiving, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to you, our users.  Starting today, WeChat users outside China will receive one week of free global calling on WeChat Out!

 

That’s right. As you are enjoying your delicious Thanksgiving meal, share your thanks by calling loved ones in more than 100 countries and regions – absolutely free.

WeChat Out Thanksgiving Offer

Consider this our way of saying thanks! Simply tap the “Discover” tab on your WeChat menu bar  > click “WeChat Out” to access the feature.

 

The holiday season is a time to reconnect with friends and family to express gratitude. Be sure to participate in our holiday offer valid November 24, 2016 – November 30, 2016.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us on team WeChat!

Now Available: WeChat for Mac 2.0

Have you checked out our latest WeChat for Mac update?

 

Version 2.0 includes a new sleek interface, ability to share all your favorite downloaded stickers and more.

 

What’s New in Version 2.0.1?

  • Sleek and optimized user interface
  • View Favorites straight from your desktop, including saved photos and links
  • Send all your favorite custom and downloaded stickers
  • Enjoy quicker login
  • Seamlessly toggle between devices as 2.0 now retains your chat history

Be sure to upgrade today to experience all the new features!

9 Ways WeChat Can Improve Your Day

Through stop-motion animation, our new video, “One Day with WeChat,”  captures how WeChat integrates into the everyday lives of our users in China. For these users, WeChat is not only an app, but a lifestyle, a new way to connect and interact with their world.

So how exactly does WeChat in China, known as Weixin, make the lives of our users easier? Follow our video to see how people utilize the app at any time of the day.

 

1. Wake up in the morning and check out social updates in Moments

WeChat Moments

Read More 9 Ways WeChat Can Improve Your Day >>

“Invite Friends, Get Free Calls” with Latest Release of WeChat Out Globally

WeChat users in 12 countries including the United States, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, Thailand and India can now use WeChat Out to make calls to mobile phones and landlines in over 200 countries for nominal rates. WeChat Out is the latest milestone offering of the world’s fastest growing social app with 762 million monthly active users around the world.

 

New WeChat Out users will receive more than an hour* of free calling credit. And all users can earn even more rewards by participating in our “Invite Friends, Get Free Calls” campaign.

 

One Click to a Free Call

“Invite Friends, Get Free Calls” is simple – the more you give, the more you get.

WeChat Out

1. After upgrading your app version, enter the event screen and tap “Invite Friends, Get Free Calls”

2. Share WeChat Out gift cards with friends

3. Once your friends redeem their gift card and make a call, you’ll receive one too for the same amount you gave. View all your gift cards under My Coupons.

Read More “Invite Friends, Get Free Calls” with Latest Release of WeChat Out Globally >>

WeChat for Windows 2.1 – Now with Free Group Voice and Video Calling

Sometimes you just can’t replace a call or face-to-face chat with friends, whether it be on your mobile or desktop. That’s why in our latest version of WeChat for Windows, we are introducing group voice and video calls now available directly from your PC via WeChat!

 

Be sure to upgrade now to WeChat for Windows 2.1 to get started and check out all the latest updates.

A computer flat wide screen isolated on white background

What’s New in WeChat for Windows 2.1? 

1. Place voice and video calls within group chats

2. Send files 4 times as large with the new files size limit increase from 25 MB to now 100MB!

3. Experience the newly designed look of your chat bubbles

4. Enjoy improvements to the embedded browser for a better user experience.

 

“WeChat Out” VOIP Feature Now Rapidly Expanding Around the World

In January, we launched “WeChat Out,” a breakthrough VOIP feature allowing users to make low-rate calls to mobile phones and landlines around the globe via WeChat.

 

After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from our initial rollout in the United States, India, and Hong Kong, we are excited to announce the official launch of the feature in Thailand, Laos, Macau and Italy. This brings the total countries and regions where WeChat Out is available to seven.

 

If you are in one of the countries WeChat Out is now available, be sure to update to the latest version and start calling. WeChat will provide free call credit and discounts for you!

 

What is “WeChat Out”?

“WeChat Out” is a new feature in WeChat that enables calls to landline or mobile phones. Using WeChat Out, users can easily make affordable and high-quality calls from anywhere in the world to anywhere else.

 

WeChat Out is easy-to-use. Just update to the latest version of the app and navigate to the “Discover” screen to find the new WeChat Out feature. Tap “WeChat Out” and WeChat will show your address book, a dial pad, and your WeChat Out call history. Now placing a call via WeChat is as easy as dialing a few numbers.

WeChat

Read More “WeChat Out” VOIP Feature Now Rapidly Expanding Around the World >>