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
- Hit “Send”
Read More Customize Photos with the New WeChat Annotation Feature for iOS and Android
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.”
Read More Introducing WeChat 6.2.5 for iOS Featuring Favorited Rich Media Messages
With over 600 million monthly active WeChatters around the world, we are always excited to hear how WeChat has created and strengthened connections among our users. Through our new series, WeStory, we plan to highlight a few of these standout stories.
This week, we feature Melisa and her boyfriend, Mickey – two lovebirds from Israel who are a living example of the modern fairytale, with WeChat as their fairy godmother.
It All Began With A Chat
Melisa first learned about WeChat and its robust features at a work meeting. For business reasons, she and her colleagues downloaded WeChat and began sending goofy selfies to each other.
Mickey, on the other hand, was more familiar with WeChat and used it as a way to communicate with the people he met while traveling and studying in China. When he returned to Israel, he often used the “People Nearby” feature to meet new friends and other Chinese speakers.
But one day as he activated this Discovery feature, there was a particular person who stood out among the others.
Read More WeStory – Love at First WeChat
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.
Read More Out Now: WeChat 6.2 for iOS and Android Featuring Moments Translation
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.
Read More Voiceprint: The New WeChat Password
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
- Select “Sight”
- Choose from Sights
Read More Tech Tip – How to Use Sight on WeChat
To help you celebrate, we’ve packaged six red envelopes filled with WeChat tips and tricks to ensure your Chinese New Year holidays are fun-filled and smooth sailing from here on out.
Ringing in the New Year
Show off your sensational Sights
Start your Lunar New Year with the festive lion dance! Capture and share the loud drum celebrations and dance action by recording a Sight video. To get started, visit your “WeChat” tab > Swipe to the bottom > “Hold to Capture” > Begin recording > Post it to Moments or share it privately with your friends. You can also save it in your “Drafts” if you’d like to send it later.
Read More Happy Chinese New Year From WeChat
Whether it’s through sharing Moments, sending Sights, versing a friend in a favorite WeChat game or just chatting with loved ones, there’s no question – WeChat is helping users to connect their online and offline worlds in more ways than any other chat app in the market. And now, WeChat is bringing you the ultimate feature to help merge your worlds, the ability to control your smart room all from the palm of your hand.
During this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we partnered with Ayla Networks and Caesar’s LINQ Hotel & Casino to showcase the first connected suite in Las Vegas. 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.
Read More Check Into the Smart Room of the Future Controlled by WeChat
For 2015, we’re introducing a new series of tech tip posts featuring the loveable BubbleBot, your WeChat “How To” guru. Each month, we’ll give a special tip straight from our team to make sure your New Year chatting is the best one yet.
After recovering from the holiday festivities, it’s now time to start on those New Year’s resolutions and spruce up your 2015 style – starting with your WeChat account.
Your personal WeChat QR code says a lot about you, so make sure it’s as fun as you are!
1. Click on ‘Me’ in the bottom right corner of your WeChat screen. This will bring up your ‘Me’ settings screen where you can click on the section displaying your profile summary and name
Read More BubbleBot Tech Tip: Style Your QR Code
This holiday season, WeChat is bringing you five fun ways to celebrate and share your holiday cheer. Whether your loved ones are near or far, stay in touch with friends and family in true festive style as you get into the holiday spirit.
1. Christmas-ize and Personalize your stickers with MojiMe
Sending personalized MojiMe stickers is one of our favorite ways to light up a chat conversation. Our new range of Christmas stickers are now ready for you to customize and share with friends and family.
Download the MojiMe for iOS or MojiMe for Android Christmas version and dress yourself up as a Christmas tree, snowman or even Santa Claus. It’s sure to bring lots of laughs and smiles.
Read More Celebrate the Holidays WeChat Style
Have you ever sent a message to a friend on WeChat and to your surprise emoticons fell from the sky? Wonder why this happened? Well, we are here to tell you – hidden falling emoticon Easter eggs.
And right now, just for our Chatterbox readers, we are demystifying the secrets behind which keywords trigger these fun surprises.
Falling emoticons are unique to WeChat and drop from your screen when you type in certain keywords to your friends and family. There are three favorite emoticons that will always fall and these cascade down when WeChatters type in “Happy Birthday,” “Miss You” or “XOXO.” But don’t just take our word for it. Try them out for yourself.
Happy Birthday (available in all languages)
Read More Secret WeChat Falling Emoticons Revealed
Ever sent a message and immediately thought “Uh oh”?
Yep, we have too. That’s why WeChat created Recall—the feature that allows you to take a sent message and *POOF* make it completely disappear. Here are some of life’s sticky situations that Recall can save you from.
Too Many Typos
When you’re typing too fast, hit send and realize your message is a mess—Recall.
For the times you send a message to the wrong person or the wrong group— Recall.
Read More Some Things Are Better Left Un-Sent
Getting back into the back-to-school swing of things? WeChat helps you ace your school life—academically and socially—with all kinds of cool ways to capture, connect and collaborate both in and out of class. Here’s how:
Use your phone to take notes, snap a shot of the whiteboard, or record what you’re learning in class. Just tap “Me” > “Favorite Messages” > “+” > Choose Text, Audio or Image. When you’re finished, add a tag such as “History Notes” or “Club Meeting Minutes” to easily find later in your Favorites folder.
Read More 5 Tips You Can Bring Back to School
Summer is almost over, which means it’s time to kick things into high gear. With work, school and a social life to juggle, sometimes we all need a little help. Lucky thing you have WeChat to make your life a whole lot easier. Here’s how:
1. Make group chat your best friend
Why have 25 separate chats when you can just form one group chat and communicate with everyone simultaneously? Think about it – one chat to coordinate everything from deciding what flick to see, to sending directions to the theater. You can even avoid those long work email chains!
2. Simplify your chat messages
Next time you’re spending hours drafting a long text message, think about sending a WeChat voice message instead. You just press and hold the “Hold to Talk” button to record and release to send. Or you can send an animated sticker that perfectly sums up your emotion with one tap.
3. QR codes = boss business cards
You know the routine. Go to a meeting, exchange business cards, enter contact information into phone, then email to follow up. With WeChat, you can consolidate this into two easy steps. Each WeChatter has a personalized QR code and scanner. Just scan each other’s QR code after your meeting to add them as a contact then start chatting instantly!
Read More 6 Ways to Simplify Your Life with WeChat