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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 9 votes out of 9 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.5.5
  • Total Downloads:
    375,364
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.
  • File Size:
    105.29MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    527
  • Platform:
    iOS

Editors' Review

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WeChat enables you to connect in a variety of ways with your contacts all over the world.

Pros

Easy signup for new members: Enter your mobile number, and you'll receive a text with your verification code. Input it, then fill out your profile with your name and a photo from your gallery. Then add your mobile contacts.

Multiple communication methods: WeChat supports standard messaging, group chats, photo and video calling, and voice memos. If someone messages you in another language, just long-press their message and click Translate in the pop-up menu.

Multiple ways to add contacts: Add contacts via importing your mobile contacts or Google contacts, searching their IDs, scanning QR codes, or checking Friend Radar, which searches for friends in your vicinity.

Make new friends: Use the People Nearby and Shake features to meet new people. With People Nearby, enable your location to see a long list of strangers in your immediate area. With Shake, just shake your phone and you'll be matched with a foreigner for chat.

Location sharing: Within chat, click the plus button and then Location to share your whereabouts with friends.

Free animated stickers: WeChat offers hundreds of free animated stickers that you can't get elsewhere.

Moments: Share your own photos to the Moments page or scroll down the photo stream to see what your contacts are up to.

Security features: Before adding your contacts, WeChat sends a notification that your contacts and their data will be encrypted and never stored on its servers. Also, you can log in with a passcode or with Voiceprint, where you read a code and WeChat's voice-recognition software detects whether it's you.

Privacy options: Hide yourself on WeChat by disabling others from finding you by your phone number or your WeChat ID, or within their mobile contacts or Google contacts. You can also keep your Moments private.

Cons

Calls: WeChat's voice and video calls are free, which is great for international calling. In testing, however, we found the sound quality choppy, and there was a speech delay.

Walkie Talkie: We were excited to test this feature but unfortunately found it very glitchy. Sometimes we heard each other in testing and other times we didn't.

Difficult log-in process on new devices: If you're logging in with an existing account on a new phone, WeChat expects you to verify your ID by scanning a QR code that pops up on your new phone from your old phone. Alternatively you may invite two WeChat friends to verify you by texting a verification code to you via WeChat. Both of these processes are unnecessarily complicated.

Bottom Line

WeChat is easy, offers many communication options, and promises a lot of great features, though not all of them work well. That may make the app a hard sell if your contacts prefer Messenger, WhatsApp, or Viber. We were also impressed with the app's security and privacy features.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.5.5
Latest Updates: Minor bug fixes. Recent Updates: Edit and annotate photos before sending them to friends. Sticky articles you're reading to the top of Chats- Share videos from album to Moments or Chats.
General
Publisher Tencent
Publisher web site http://www.tencent.com/en-us/index.shtml
Release Date February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version 6.5.5
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Social Networking Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Download Information
File Size 105.29MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 375,364
Downloads Last Week 527
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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