WeChat is an extremely popular social and messaging app developed by the Chinese Company Tencent. Users who are living in China can do basically anything you can imagine using WeChat, from ordering takeout to making a doctor’s appointment and paying their utility bills. These functions are somewhat limited outside the country, but international users still get all the features they would expect in a great instant messenger app, plus a few fun extras that makes it easy to meet new people anywhere in the world.
If you want to start using WeChat’s free texts, video calls, in-app games and more, you’re going to have to download the mobile app and create a WeChat account. The standard way to do this is using your mobile phone number; however, if for some reason you don’t want to have your phone number attached to your WeChat account, there is an alternative that works for some people (but no guarantees!).
How to create a WeChat account with mobile number
The first step is to download the WeChat application just like you would normally download an application. You can easily find the app in the Google Play Store, iOS App Store, etc.; it’s free to download and free to use, with optional in-app purchases and possible mobile data charges depending on how you use your device.
After you install and open the app, there will be two buttons at the bottom of the screen: “Log in” and “Sign up”. Tap on the second button to start registering for your new WeChat account.
You’ll need to enter your name, verify your country code, type in your mobile number and choose a password. It’s very important that you enter your phone number correctly because WeChat will send a code to that number via SMS that you’ll need to use to verify the account. When all the information is entered, tap “Sign up”.
When you receive the SMS, type the code into the verification box in WeChat, then click “Next”.
You’ll be taken to your WeChat home screen, where you can get started adding contacts, playing games, or meeting new people. Your account is all set up, and what you do next is completely up to you.
How to create a WeChat account without a mobile phone number
There is an alternative to using a mobile number to create a WeChat account, but it might not work for everyone. It involves signing up for a QQ account (also owned by Tencent) and then using the QQ account information to log in to WeChat instead of signing up.
Sign up for your QQ account here: https://ssl.zc.qq.com/en/index.html. Once you fill in all the required information, you’ll get an email containing your QQ ID number, which you should write down or save somewhere to use in the next step.
Next you’ll have to verify your identity. Unfortunately, the remaining steps are in Chinese, so I recommend checking out this post: https://mmos.com/editorials/how-to-set-up-a-qq-account-and-play-chinese-mmos, it will walk you through the Chinese steps to verify your account.
Once your QQ account is verified, open WeChat and tap “Log in”. You should be able to log in with your QQ ID number and the password you chose for the QQ account.