Although WeChat may be little known outside of Asia, it does offer an English interface that is easy to use and available for visitors who want to experience this piece of Chinese culture for themselves. WeChat is China’s digital life force. With over 1 billion monthly active users, this so-called “super app” is omnipresent in practically every aspect of daily life. Locals use it to chat with friends, post updates, pay for almost everything, and more, making WeChat a mainstay of modern Chinese society.
In the guide below, we will help you understand how to download and configure WeChat, how to use WeChat to stay in touch with people.
How to configure WeChat on your smartphone
- Download the WeChat app from the App Store. Watch out for potential imitators: the name of the app is WeChat and it looks like this for iPhone on the App Store and so for Android on the Play Store.
- After downloading the app, open it, and click “Subscribe”.
- Type your phone number in the appropriate field.
- Configure WeChat using your number. Make sure you select the correct country code based on the country of origin.
- WeChat will send a text verification code to the number used for registration, enter them in the box for activating WeChat.
- After verifying your number, you will be asked to enter your name and create a WeChat ID to complete the configuration of your account.
And this is all! Now you can use WeChat to connect and communicate with other WeChat users.
How to add contacts on WeChat
- To add more users, we recommend that you go to the main “Chat” page, where you click on the small “+” icon in the upper right corner. From this menu, select “Add contacts”.
- From here, you can search for contacts in a couple of ways. First, you can search for a user by entering their phone number or WeChat ID in the space available at the top of the screen.
- You can also add a user by scanning a QR code from their phone. To do this, simply select the “Scan QR code” option from the menu.
- Then, place their QR code inside the box in the center of the screen and voila! You will be able to add them as a contact. If someone wants to scan your QR code to add you as a contact, select the green “My QR code” option from the scan page.
Now that you have some contacts on WeChat, it’s time to start chatting. Now do you know all about what WeChat is and how to use it will you start using it?
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