WeChat is celebrated it’s 8th anniversary this month. Every day over one billion people log in to WeChat as it delivers seamless communications service and provides new ways to share and connect with friends.
Download the latest version, WeChat v7.0 for Android and iOS now and try out all these new features:
Redesigned Look & Feel
“Wow” Feature in Top Stories
1. Redesigned Look & Feel
WeChat has been redesigned to be lighter and brighter so you can concentrate on the messages and features that are important to you. Aside from a lighter colored WeChat logo (above), we’ve redesigned the icons for all of WeChat’s features, changed to a simpler and lighter color palette, and adjusted the spacing for things like chat bubbles and menus to make WeChat easier to read.
2. Time Capsule
Sharing your life with your phone’s camera has never been so easy. Just go to “Me” and tap the camera icon in the upper-right corner to add to your Time Capsule. Use your camera to capture your pet’s tricks, an awesome basketball shot, or any of life’s little tidbits. After recording a video, you can decorate it with text, stickers, or even background music.
Once your Time Capsule video is completed, it can be viewed for 24 hours by your friends. Likewise, you can find your friends’ recent videos when you see a “blue circle“ next to their profile photos in chats. Double-tap their profile photo to view their Time Capsule videos.
As you collect these videos over time, you’ll be able to revisit old memories by going to “Me“ -> “My Posts“ -> and tapping “Time Capsule“ to see the old Time Capsule videos that you captured. These old posts are only visible to you.
3. Chat Alerts
This new feature ensures you know when you receive that important message from your friend, significant other, or business associate when time is of the essence. If there is a chat that is particularly urgent, you may configure a Chat Alert by tapping the “…” menu in the upper-right corner of the chat screen and enabling “Chat Alert“. For the next three hours, you will receive a special alert when you next receive a message in this chat. Your phone will vibrate and a fullscreen alert will notify you of your new importantmessage.
Use Chat Alerts to make sure that urgent messages receive your special attention.
4. Selfie Stickers
In WeChat v6.7.4, we launched Selfie Stickers as a way to express your inner emotions in a fun and colorful way. Users responded by creating millions of their own, customized stickers. Due to popular demand, we’ve made it easier to find Selfie Stickers. Just tap the “Stickers“ button in the chat bar and tap the “Selfie Stickers“ tab in the stickers bar.
Create your own stickers and share a laugh with your friends as you chat away.
5. “Wow” Feature in Top Stories (available in select regions)
As part of the WeChat’s Official Accounts platform, Subscription Accounts allow media, brands, and individual authors to connect and share news, updates, and posts with a vast base of readers. When reading an article by a Subscription Account, you can now tap the 好看 (“Wow“) button (formerly “Like”) at the bottom of the article to express your appreciation. This will automatically result in the article being shared to your friends via the new “Wow” feature.
Within Top Stories, we’ve added a “Wow” tab that allows you to view each day’s articles shared by friends when they similarly tapped the 好看 (“Wow“) button. As Top Stories is only available in limited regions, you may have to enable the feature first by going to “Me“–> “Settings”–> “General“–> “Manage Discover“. After enabling, you will find on the Discover screen the “Top Stories“ entry, which you can tap and enter to see the new “Wow” tab.
“Wow” makes sharing news and articles easier and more social.
WeChat v7.0 brings a whole new level of convenience and sharing to your phone. Download and try it now from the App Store or Google Play!
Stickers are already a great way to express your inner emotions in a fun and colorful way. Selfie Stickers take stickers to a whole new level by adding YOU into your stickers. Try them out by tapping the “stickers” button at the bottom of a chat screen, tapping the “heart” symbol in the tray, and selecting the “selfie sticker” option.
Tap the camera button to take a selfie photo or hold it to record a selfie video. Be sure to make a funny face!
Decorate your sticker with a caption or even add another one of your favorite stickers to your selfie sticker.
Your new selfie sticker will be added to your favorite stickers collection so you can use them to get a laugh from your friends and family. Selfie Stickers are a new way to make your sticker communications more fun and personal!
Add a new line to your messages
Sometimes a single line is not enough when writing out a message to your friends. We’ve made it more convenient for you to format your messages. When typing out a message, long press the input bar and a menu will appear with a “New Line” option. Select this option to provide a line break in your message and continue tapping.
This option helps you to better format your messages.
Various other improvements have been added with this new version including better compatibility with the most recently released iOS devices including the iPhone Xr, Xs, and Xs Max, so be sure to download the latest update to WeChat for iOS today!
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.
Summer is here! It’s the perfect time to meet new friends and make sure you stay connected, even during your world travels.
Within a chat conversation, tap the Avatar icon on the upper right-hand corner
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!
As the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to get active with the help of our fitness Official Account, WeRun.
By enabling WeRun, you can track your daily step count and see how close you are to reaching your fitness goals. If friendly competition helps motivate you, you can see how you stack up with friends who also follow the Official Account on your personalized leaderboard.
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!
In your Moments timeline, tap the Camera icon in the upper righthand corner
Choose a photo from your photo album
Select “Edit” or “Preview” to draw, add text, stickers, and more
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.