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The Best Secrets of WeChat

Smartphones are pretty handy these days (boy is that an understatement!). We use them to do lots of different tasks, in addition to connecting with friends, family and people all around the world. To do all of this, we tend to download different kinds of messaging and social networking apps, and there are indeed tons of choices. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who only has one type of social app on their device. But of course, some apps outstand the others and gain incredible popularity due to their features, functionality, services and the value experience they offer to their users.

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WeChat is one of those top apps in the world. WeChat makes messaging, communicating and meeting new friends much easier and more fun.

WeChat is a free messaging application that replaces cellular text messages. It supports sending texts, photos, videos, and making free audio and video calls. WeChat is an app that is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Nokia S40, Symbian, and BlackBerry smartphones. It’s also available on Mac OS X.

WeChat’s best kept secrets

WeChat includes some hidden features and tricks, which you can use to get the most out of it while having as much fun as possible. Here are some of the “hidden” features of WeChat that you might not be using:

  • WeChat Moments

If you want to post some exciting pictures or videos and share your funniest and most precious moments with your WeChat friends, “Moments” is the answer. Privacy secret: You can customize who can see the picture you are posting from visibility settings by selecting the names of the contacts you want to share it with. You can also send text updates via WeChat Moments

  • Voice chat

WeChat provides voice chat. It’s a brilliant feature that turns your smartphone into a walkie-talkie.

  • Video calls

Users can make face-to-face video calls with WeChat and enjoy connecting with their near and dear – even if they are on the other side of the world.

  • Shake to find new friends

This is a WeChat unique feature; you can find and connect with people around the world, and it’s super fun to do. Just find the “Shake” option in the “Discovery” tab, shake your device once, and the app will find you lots of friends who are also shaking their devices to find new people.

  • Drift Bottle

This is a new and really fun feature that most people don’t know about yet. It needs to be enabled first from the app’s settings. It’s a game where you get to bring out your inner Sting and send a “message in a bottle” that holds a text message or a voice message you record, and wait until someone finds it. If you find someone else’s bottle, you can open it up for the secret message inside.

WeChat keeps growing

In China, people use WeChat to do almost everything: in addition to video calls and in-app games, they order food, send money to friends or pay for goods and services, read the news, book an appointment in a medical care center, and the list goes on. WeChat’s features are slowly reaching the rest of the world, too. Maybe it won’t be long before you can order take out on WeChat in the US!

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New WeChat for Windows with Video Calling

As their reach continues to expand out from China to Europe and North America, WeChat is constantly rolling out cool new updates, features and platforms to attract even more users (apparently the 600 million they have right now isn’t enough).
Among the latest updates are a native WeChat desktop app for Windows PC, which includes a lot of the features you already love about WeChat mobile.

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Introducing WeChat for PC/Windows

The creation of an app for Windows PCs is something that people have been wanting for a long time. There has been a native app for Mac OSX computers for quite a while now, and now PC devotees can get the same benefits. Using WeChat on your desktop or laptop computer gives you a lot of advantages that you just can’t get on even a larger smartphone screen or tablet. The much larger screen of a PC allows you to multitask easily with multiple conversation windows open simultaneously, and typing on a regular keyboard is still more comfortable for some people than tiny mobile keyboards with bad autocorrect.

But one of the best features of WeChat for Windows is the free video calling. No, video calling isn’t anything new or particularly groundbreaking, but video calls on the big screen are much nicer (and more comfortable) than video calls on your mobile phone.

With the WeChat Windows app, you can easily send files to your friends, who can receive them on their mobile device or their own PC, if they’re using the Windows app too. It’s also easy to take screenshots and share them with your friends in WeChat.

As with the mobile app, WeChat for PC lets you un-send a message within 2 minutes of sending, in case of typos, second thoughts or accidentally sending to the wrong person (hey, it happens). You can also keep group chats organized with mentions; all you have to do is type the “@” symbol and a list of names of the group chat members will pop up, allowing you to direct a message specifically to one person, who will receive a special notification. That way, no one ever misses an important message in all the chatter.

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How to download WeChat for Windows

Downloading WeChat on your PC is easy. You can get the download link from the official WeChat website, and follow the instructions on screen to finish the installation to your computer. When it’s time to log in, the Windows version of WeChat will show you a QR code that you’ll scan with your mobile version of the app; that way, your account gets synced and you know that you’re the one logging in to your WeChat. You only have to do the QR code business the first time you log on to a particular PC. After that, when you go to log in, you’ll get a message on your mobile version asking to verify that it’s okay to log you in on the computer. It’s very secure for a desktop application; your WeChat messages are stored only on your mobile device so that any random person using your computer can’t see them.

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