What Is WeChat?

With over 1 billion daily users, WeChat is the most popular messaging App among Chinese consumers. 

 

WeChat was first released in 2011, and 8 years later it has only grown in popularity. 

 

“WeChat is more than a messaging and social media app- it is a lifestyle for one billion users across the world,” says the WeChat Application, which is located in the Apple Store. 

 

WeChat is a multi-purpose application that makes paying bills, booking a flight, and messaging friends convenient, and within seconds of arriving in China you often find yourself being asking, “Do you have WeChat?” 

 

Why is WeChat important?

Pay bills:

Once you have set up a WeChat account, WeChat allows you to pay bills or transfer money to a friends. When you go to your personal account, you will see that you can also top up your phone bill and pay utilities. This feature is also used in most restaurants and stores in China. 

 

A local street cart vendor uses WeChat. 

 

 

 Book a trip: 

With the help of a third-party operator, WeChat provides options for booking train tickets, plane tickets, or hailing a ride. This third-party operator also provides options for booking hotels. 

 

Message friends:

In China you will find that WeChat is the sole communication tool.  Whether you are meeting someone for the first time, or you are making plans to meet a friend, WeChat is the primary communication tool. 

By using your personal QR code or scanning your friend’s code, you will be able to communicate quickly.

After adding friends, you are also able to see them on your newsfeed. Similar to Facebook’s newsfeed, WeChat allows you to scroll through your homepage and see what your friends are posting. 

 

Bekah Guthrie
Author: Bekah Guthrie