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.
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!