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What’s new in WeChat 6.6.2 for iOS

The WeChat Team has just released WeChat version 6.6.2 for iOS and it contains five new improvements:

  1. English Voice Input: English and other non-Chinese interface users can speak and have their English speech automatically converted into a text message
  2. Login Manager: Conveniently switch between different WeChat accounts
  3. “Discover” tab management: Show or hide features shown via the “Discover” tab
  4. File size limit raised: Now send files in chats up to 100MB in file size
  5. Animated GIFs support in Favorites: Animated GIFs saved to Favorites will display as animated

1. English Voice Input

English and other non-Chinese interface users can now use “Voice Input” from within the chat “+” menu to send text messages. Voice input allows users to speak into WeChat in English and immediately convert their words to text so you can send a text message instead of a voice message.

As shown below, tap on “Voice Input” and a “Hold to Talk” button will appear.

Press and hold the “Hold to Talk” button and begin speaking your message and you’ll see the converted text appear on-screen in realtime. Once your done speaking, you can check and edit you message as necessary before sending the text to your friend. This not only saves time, but is also a convenient way to text long messages or to send text messages when on-the-go.

 

2. Login Manager

Do you frequently switch two different WeChat accounts on the same device. Now you can use Login Manager  by going to “Me” > “Settings” > ”Login Manager” to easily switch to another account. You will be logged out of your current account (meaning that you will no longer receive system notifications when you receive a message on the prior account) and logged in to the new account.

Tap the “+” button and enter your login credentials to log in your second WeChat account. After logging in to your second account, return to this screen by going to “Me” > “Settings” > “Login Manager” again to easily switch back to your original account. For your account’s safety, you’ll need to verify your identity by entering a password, SMS confirmation code, or Voiceprint verification each time you switch between accounts. You can also tap “Edit Accounts…” to remove an account from the Login Manager screen.

3. “Discover” tab management

At WeChat, we work hard to bring you innovative, new features that enrich your app experience. In order to make the WeChat experience more suitable for all users, we’ve added the ability for you to show or hide features that appear in your WeChat “Discover” tab.

Go to “Me” > “Settings” > “General” > “Manage Discover” and you will have the option to show or hide the various optional features displayed within your “Discover” tab.

4. File size limit raised: Now send files in chats up to 100MB in file size

Share files up to 100 MB in size when sending from WeChat’s mobile app . On iOS, a “Files” button has been added to the “+” menu in chats which allows you to select a file from  iOS “Files”.

 

5. Animated GIFs saved to Favorites will be animated as well

Animated GIFs saved to Favorites will display animated. Previously, saved GIFs would only show the first frame of the animation, but now you can have the whole animated experience within Favorites.

As seen below,  adda GIF image from your Photos Album to your Favorites.

Once saved to Favorites, the GIF image will be shown animated.

Be sure to upgrade to the latest version of WeChat on iOS today.

What’s new in WeChat 6.6 for iOS

The WeChat Team has just released WeChat version 6.6 for iOS and it contains two feature enhancements:

  1. Notes in Favorites can be saved as an image, making it easier to share them to Moments or chats
  2. After recalling a message, just tap a link to quickly edit the recalled message

 

1. Notes in Favorites can be saved as an image, making it easier to share them to Moments or chats

WeChat has made it easier for you to share the notes that you’ve saved to Favorites to Moments and chats. Now you can tap the upper-right corner menu and select “Save as Image” to save your entire note as a single image. Post the entire image as a Moments post or to a chat.

Alternatively, now you can choose to share the note directly to Moments. From the upper-right corner menu select  “Share on Moments” and your note will be shared to your friends.

2. After recalling a message, just tap a link to quickly edit the recalled message

Sent a message with a typo? Recall the message, reuse the old content to edit your message and send! When you recall a message in version 6.6, a Re-edit link will appear next to “You’ve recalled a message”. When you tap on the Re-edit link, the message input box will contain the recalled text. Now you can easily modify your original message to correct the typo and send again.

Be sure to upgrade to the latest version of WeChat on iOS today.

 

What’s New in WeChat 6.5.22 for iOS

WeChat’s most recent release (v.6.5.22) includes key new features and improvements to make your WeChat experience on iOS devices even better:

  • Compatibility with iPhone X
  • Set a reminder to a chat message
  • New dual-column design for iPad
  • Enhanced Notes in Favorites
  • Improved chat history search experience (China)
  • Generate your own Reward Code (China)

Be sure to upgrade today!

 

Compatibility with iPhone X

 

WeChat has been updated to support Apple’s latest release, iPhone X. In addition to a visual design suitable for the unique screen design on iPhone X, additional features include support for Face ID to verify your transactions when using WeChat Pay and an improved design for system notifications when receiving messages on iPhone X.  

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

“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.

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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.

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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.

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New Data Revealed – Spring Festival 2016 on WeChat

WeChat Red Packets

Lunar New Year is known as China’s largest holiday. This year was no exception as people in Asia and all around the world ushered in the year of the monkey with WeChat.

 

Through WeChat, users participated in the holiday’s time honored traditions in new and fun ways.

 

Red Packets or Lucky Money are gift envelopes stuffed with cash typically exchanged between family and friends. Through WeChat Red Packets, users were able to instead give digital cash in the form of communication. On this Lunar New Year’s Eve alone, over 8 billion Red Packets were sent and received by 420 millions users. This represented eight times more than last year’s holiday.

 

Read the full “Spring Festival 2016 on WeChat” white paper and learn exactly how WeChat helped family and friends connect this year:  CLICK HERE

Hong Kong WeChat Users Can Now Send Red Packets for Chinese New Year

This Chinese New Year, Hong Kong WeChat users for the first time can spread the joy of giving and receiving Lai See even further with WeChat’s new Red Packet feature. Regardless of how far apart you are from loved ones, no one will have to miss out as we welcome in the year of the Monkey.

 

Giving & Receiving Red Packets Like a Pro

Aside from just giving set amounts, you can also test the luck of your friends and family through the WeChat Red Packet game! Simply choose a lump sum to send to your chat group and let WeChat randomly assign an amount of money to put in each of your designated Red Packets. Your group will have to be quick-fingered to get your good wishes. Test their luck by grabbing Red Packets like a pro with these tips:

 

1. Have Your WeChat Wallet Ready

Make sure you download or update to the latest version of WeChat and activate your WeChat Wallet to save the Packet money sent to you. Simply connect your Hong Kong credit card (MasterCard or Visa) with your WeChat Pay account to set a 6-digit pin code, and you are ready to start grabbing Red Packets!

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