Tag Archives: Privacy

Voiceprint: The New WeChat Password


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.

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Why You Won’t Find Blue Ticks in WeChat

At WeChat, our users’ privacy is top of mind in all aspects of product development. For our over 468M monthly active users, it is important to us they have the ability to control their own privacy and information shared when communicating on WeChat.


To ensure this, we have made the following product decisions to empower users:


No Message Read Confirmations

This is why we decided not to include message read confirmations because we believe the exact time you read a message in WeChat is your business and no one else’s – unless you make that decision yourself. Users can chat freely in WeChat knowing the other party will not see any timestamp or receive information about your messaging behavior other than the content of the conversation you choose to share.


Other WeChat privacy functionalities include:

  • Keeping your mobile number private – While WeChat enables you to make free voice and video calls, we do not display your mobile phone number for others to see. After all, you wouldn’t give out your number to just anyone would you?
  • Easily control who and when people can contact you – In the app, users can simply tap “Me”-> “Settings” -> “Privacy” to switch on “Friend Confirmation.” This feature requires other users to send an initial friend request before being able to chat with the other user. The Privacy tab also includes the ability to turn on or off the “Find Me” option, allowing the user to determine if he or she would like to be found by WeChat ID or mobile number.

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