Editors' Note: The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.
WeChat is a social app that gathers all of your sharing and communication tools in one place, including video calls, text messages, and images. To fully experience the app, you'll need to get your friends to use it too, but it's a great way to connect with your friends across all platforms.
To get started with WeChat, you'll need to create a user ID and password, which requires you to enter your phone number and a four-digit code that is sent to you via text message. The app will need access to your Address Book, which is par for the course with this type of chat/text app. The interface has a very simple design and no ads to accidentally tap, which we greatly appreciated.
Four navigation buttons line the bottom of the screen: Chats, Contacts, Social, and Settings. The Chats screen lists your most recent chats, so you can continue a previous conversation or start a new one by tapping Magic Wand in the right corner. We got a friend to download the app and were able to text back and forth without any trouble. We loved the Web WeChat feature for moving from an iPhone to a PC, which was simply a matter of visiting the site on our PC and scanning the QR code using the app's scanner. In a matter of seconds, we were ready to chat with our other WeChat friends on our PC. If you're brave, the Social feature lets you look around for other WeChat users to chat with, or browse your own contacts. There is a very ample Settings menu for updating your WeChat profile, adjusting privacy settings, and browsing a helpful FAQ.
With the explosion of smartphones has come an explosion of social apps. WeChat stands out as a viable contender and we recommend it to all users.
Free texting, voice messages, and video calls in your pocket. 300 million people love WeChat because it's fast, reliable, private, and always on. Talk faster on the go with voice messages Crystal clear voice and video calls Instant messaging with group chats and animated smileys Chat with your friends or with people nearby Sending photos and videos has never been simpler Real walkie talkie mode with up to 40 friends Always on, no logouts, never miss a message Get message alerts instantly with push notifications Share, like, and comment on photos with your friends Import contacts and add friends instantly Available on iPhone and all other smartphones, all for free Download loads of new animated stickers from the Sticker ShopWeChat works over your phone's existing data plan or any WiFi connection.
What's new in this version:
-Input the required digits to create a group with friends nearby -Add tags to favorite messages for quick searches -Select multiple messages and add them to Favorites -Long press a message to translate it