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 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.
We’re excited to share with you WeChat 6.2.5 for iOS. With this update, WeChatters can now create and save rich media messages under their “Favorites,” or send them to another conversation. The rich media message format allows WeChatters to combine texts, images, locations and audio messages all into one simple message.
Create and Save Rich Media Messages
Whether you’re working on a reminder or a message for someone special, it’s fast and easy to create and save rich media messages under your “Favorites.”
Users are utilizing WeChat for more than just messaging and brands are using official accounts in new and different ways to make users’ lives easier every day.
We’ve scoured the globe and brought you a few examples of ways brands are helping users embrace the WeChat lifestyle and helping them make payments, shop online or talk about their favorite TV show all within one app – WeChat.
The LINQ Smart Room
By scanning a room-specific QR code, WeChatters were able to connect to the suite and control various aspects of the room remotely through their phones via WeChat.
Imagine walking into your hotel room after a big day out and being able to switch on the lights, open the blinds and curtains and play with the room temperature, all from the comfort of your couch or bed. This and more is possible at the LINQ Hotel connected suite where WeChatters can also control how devices interact with each other. For example, users can pre-program the “sleep” scenario on WeChat so that once selected, the room automatically switches off the lights, closes the blinds and curtains and locks the door.
Singapore celebrations have already begun in anticipation of the nation’s 50th birthday on August 9, 2015. And do we have a treat for you! WeChat is bringing Ang Ku Kueh Girl (AKKG) stickers straight to WeChat.
Wang Shijia, the designer of the AKKG stickers, was inspired to create AKKG from the traditional Singaporean snack Ang Ku Kueh, or red tortoise cake, a soft sticky glutinous rice pastry wrapped around a sweet center.
The stickers are meant to spread the beauty of Singapore’s local heritage and culture through universal values such as love, kindness, tenacity and gumption.
Here at WeChat, we understand how rewarding it is to get in touch with the people you love. And because we love our loyal WeChatters, we want to take that gratifying experience one step further.
Today, we’re re-introducing our WeReward program. This time in the Philippines, as part of the newest “WeChat Pa More” campaign, allowing WeChatters to do more of what they love: chat more, share more, express more – all to be rewarded with exciting prizes! From now until July 20, simply make a WeChat video or voice call to your friends each day to earn daily points. These WeChat points are then tallied in the WeReward platform and can be used to redeem voucher codes and other benefits from our WeReward partners. Simply visit the WeChat Team official account to check your balance or to claim your rewards.
With partners like Philippines’ most popular online retailer Lazada, premier online food delivery portal Foodpanda, boutique nightclubs Raven and URBN Bar & Kitchen, along with Runtastic, a running and fitness wearable company, we’ve got a robust offering of prizes you could win, from saving PHP100 on your next Lazada outfit, to receiving free entry and a complimentary drink from URBN. It’s instant gratification for everyone.
So what are you waiting for? Place your video or voice call and take advantage of this exciting campaign. Download WeChat today to start collecting points and redeeming awesome prizes.
When it comes to communication, we’re focused on making the experience faster, better and easier for WeChatters all over the world. That’s why we’re eager to introduce WeChat 6.2 for iOS and Android, now with translation for Moments. We’ve also simplified the chat history migration process when switching to a new device, added a new photo picker tool to make sending images even faster, included a few upgrades for Android Wear and much more.
Have you ever forgotten a password and been locked out of your account?
With the endless list of apps and online accounts today, all of which require a password for security and identification measures, it’s no wonder we sometimes forget that magic password.
To make life easier for all our WeChatters out there, we would like to introduce Voiceprint – a voice recognition system that can be used to log in to your WeChat account, available on Android and iOS. Just like your fingerprint, your voice is unique and once you’ve enabled this cool feature, our smart systems can recognize your specific voice and intonations to verify your identity.
One year ago, we took a big step in our mission and launched CliffCentral on WeChat. It has been an exciting journey since then, and we’ve accomplished more than we could have imagined. As we celebrate CliffCentral’s first year, we can’t help but to reflect on all of their amazing achievements.
In 12 short months, CliffCentral has amassed more than 131,000 followers on WeChat, and more than three million podcast downloads. With CliffCentral’s growing popularity, it’s now even easier to join the CliffCentral team. WeChatters can instantly tune into the revamped CliffCentral Official Account (OA) on WeChat, and easily search and discover podcasts and the Msg2Show options. Read More CliffCentral Turns One On WeChat>>
Some moments in life are better told through video. And now you can capture and share them all in six-second clips with WeChat’s Sight feature. Here’s a handy guide to help.
Sight Shooting is Simple
You can access Sight with a swift pull-down of the main chat screen. Once the eye icon appears, you’ll be able to start recording your Sights. Simply press and hold the green video button to record, and release to send. You can then choose to share your video with friends through Moments, private chats, group chats, or just save it as a draft for later.
Pro-tip: if you double tap when shooting a Sight, you can zoom in and out.
Save Sights for Later
There will be times when you won’t want to publish your Sight right away. Luckily, Sights taken from the main screen can be saved in your drafts for up to 14 days. Just select the option “Save to Draft” after recording.
To publish a saved Sight to Moments:
Click Discover > Moments
Tap the camera icon on the upper right hand corner