WeChat is celebrated it’s 8th anniversary this month. Every day over one billion people log in to WeChat as it delivers seamless communications service and provides new ways to share and connect with friends.
Download the latest version, WeChat v7.0 for Android and iOS now and try out all these new features:
Redesigned Look & Feel
“Wow” Feature in Top Stories
1. Redesigned Look & Feel
WeChat has been redesigned to be lighter and brighter so you can concentrate on the messages and features that are important to you. Aside from a lighter colored WeChat logo (above), we’ve redesigned the icons for all of WeChat’s features, changed to a simpler and lighter color palette, and adjusted the spacing for things like chat bubbles and menus to make WeChat easier to read.
2. Time Capsule
Sharing your life with your phone’s camera has never been so easy. Just go to “Me” and tap the camera icon in the upper-right corner to add to your Time Capsule. Use your camera to capture your pet’s tricks, an awesome basketball shot, or any of life’s little tidbits. After recording a video, you can decorate it with text, stickers, or even background music.
Once your Time Capsule video is completed, it can be viewed for 24 hours by your friends. Likewise, you can find your friends’ recent videos when you see a “blue circle“ next to their profile photos in chats. Double-tap their profile photo to view their Time Capsule videos.
As you collect these videos over time, you’ll be able to revisit old memories by going to “Me“ -> “My Posts“ -> and tapping “Time Capsule“ to see the old Time Capsule videos that you captured. These old posts are only visible to you.
3. Chat Alerts
This new feature ensures you know when you receive that important message from your friend, significant other, or business associate when time is of the essence. If there is a chat that is particularly urgent, you may configure a Chat Alert by tapping the “…” menu in the upper-right corner of the chat screen and enabling “Chat Alert“. For the next three hours, you will receive a special alert when you next receive a message in this chat. Your phone will vibrate and a fullscreen alert will notify you of your new importantmessage.
Use Chat Alerts to make sure that urgent messages receive your special attention.
4. Selfie Stickers
In WeChat v6.7.4, we launched Selfie Stickers as a way to express your inner emotions in a fun and colorful way. Users responded by creating millions of their own, customized stickers. Due to popular demand, we’ve made it easier to find Selfie Stickers. Just tap the “Stickers“ button in the chat bar and tap the “Selfie Stickers“ tab in the stickers bar.
Create your own stickers and share a laugh with your friends as you chat away.
5. “Wow” Feature in Top Stories (available in select regions)
As part of the WeChat’s Official Accounts platform, Subscription Accounts allow media, brands, and individual authors to connect and share news, updates, and posts with a vast base of readers. When reading an article by a Subscription Account, you can now tap the 好看 (“Wow“) button (formerly “Like”) at the bottom of the article to express your appreciation. This will automatically result in the article being shared to your friends via the new “Wow” feature.
Within Top Stories, we’ve added a “Wow” tab that allows you to view each day’s articles shared by friends when they similarly tapped the 好看 (“Wow“) button. As Top Stories is only available in limited regions, you may have to enable the feature first by going to “Me“–> “Settings”–> “General“–> “Manage Discover“. After enabling, you will find on the Discover screen the “Top Stories“ entry, which you can tap and enter to see the new “Wow” tab.
“Wow” makes sharing news and articles easier and more social.
WeChat v7.0 brings a whole new level of convenience and sharing to your phone. Download and try it now from the App Store or Google Play!
Stickers are already a great way to express your inner emotions in a fun and colorful way. Selfie Stickers take stickers to a whole new level by adding YOU into your stickers. Try them out by tapping the “stickers” button at the bottom of a chat screen, tapping the “heart” symbol in the tray, and selecting the “selfie sticker” option.
Tap the camera button to take a selfie photo or hold it to record a selfie video. Be sure to make a funny face!
Decorate your sticker with a caption or even add another one of your favorite stickers to your selfie sticker.
Your new selfie sticker will be added to your favorite stickers collection so you can use them to get a laugh from your friends and family. Selfie Stickers are a new way to make your sticker communications more fun and personal!
Add a new line to your messages
Sometimes a single line is not enough when writing out a message to your friends. We’ve made it more convenient for you to format your messages. When typing out a message, long press the input bar and a menu will appear with a “New Line” option. Select this option to provide a line break in your message and continue tapping.
This option helps you to better format your messages.
Various other improvements have been added with this new version including better compatibility with the most recently released iOS devices including the iPhone Xr, Xs, and Xs Max, so be sure to download the latest update to WeChat for iOS today!
Download and install the latest version of WeChat version 6.6.7 for iOS and check out the latest features.
Float a web page window
When reading an Official Account article or viewing a web page, swipe and hold right and a small “Float window” area will appear in the lower right corner. Drag and release to this corner and your web page will be minimized to a small, floating icon so that you can continue to use other parts of WeChat and return to reading your web page later.
Use “Scan” to translate English to-and-from Chinese
Go to the “Discover” tab and select “Scan” and a new “Translate” option is offered. Place text such as from a menu or a newspaper in screen and tap the camera button and it will automatically translate the text. This is a great option for when you’re traveling or on-the-go.
This feature converts English to Chinese or Chinese to English and we hope to add additional languages over time.
Voice Input now supports English, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese Chinese
Want to send a message while on-the-go or when it’s inconvenient to type a message out? Within a chat, tap the “+” button, select “Voice Input” and start speaking your message to have it automatically converted to text. Now, “Voice Input” supports English, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese Chinese making it even easier for you send messages to your friends around-the-world.
Spring time has arrived and a new version of WeChat for iOS brings a useful new feature.
Share your life’s favorites memories to your friends by posting your photos to Moments. In the latest version of WeChat, if you need more time to assemble your Moments post, you can tap “Cancel” in the Edit screen and select to save a draft of your Moments. This allows you to continue to browse your Moments or check your chat messages and return to your draft later.
Download the latest version of WeChat for iOS from the App Store.
WeChat is more than just a chat app. Now, WeChat can help you on your travels around Europe! WeChat and the Netherlands Royal Communications Group (KPN) launched WeChat Go “Europe Experience” Mini Program in late March.
This Mini Program follows the cooperation between WeChat Go and KPN in July 2017 where a KPN WeChat Go SIM card was launched offering coverage in over 32 European territories. The WeChat Go “Europe Experience” Mini Program has launched for six of the most popular travel destinations in its first phase: Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Rome, London and Barcelona. It’s a one-stop platform for tourists to obtain detailed information about these six cities, including tourist attractions, culinary delights, and shopping.
Not only does it offer details such as opening hours and location descriptions, the Mini Program also allows users to purchase tickets for popular places and receive promotional discount vouchers for local vendors.
These are among the latest steps that WeChat has taken to establish a comprehensive travel experience for Chinese outbound tourists. Following in the footsteps of its collaboration with KPN, WeChat is also now looking to upgrading users’ experiences in United States and Southeast Asia and open more opportunities with overseas business partners.
With all of these new features constantly being rolled out, it is clear that WeChat is increasingly becoming more than just an app. It’s a lifestyle.
English Voice Input: English and other non-Chinese interface users can speak and have their English speech automatically converted into a text message
Login Manager: Conveniently switch between different WeChat accounts
“Discover” tab management: Show or hide features shown via the “Discover” tab
File size limit raised: Now send files in chats up to 100MB in file size
Animated GIFs support in Favorites: Animated GIFs saved to Favorites will display as animated
1. English Voice Input
English and other non-Chinese interface users can now use “Voice Input” from within the chat “+” menu to send text messages. Voice input allows users to speak into WeChat in English and immediately convert their words to text so you can send a text message instead of a voice message.
As shown below, tap on “Voice Input” and a “Hold to Talk” button will appear.
Press and hold the “Hold to Talk” button and begin speaking your message and you’ll see the converted text appear on-screen in realtime. Once your done speaking, you can check and edit you message as necessary before sending the text to your friend. This not only saves time, but is also a convenient way to text long messages or to send text messages when on-the-go.
2. Login Manager
Do you frequently switch two different WeChat accounts on the same device. Now you can use Login Manager by going to “Me” > “Settings” > ”Login Manager” to easily switch to another account. You will be logged out of your current account (meaning that you will no longer receive system notifications when you receive a message on the prior account) and logged in to the new account.
Tap the “+” button and enter your login credentials to log in your second WeChat account. After logging in to your second account, return to this screen by going to “Me” > “Settings” > “Login Manager” again to easily switch back to your original account. For your account’s safety, you’ll need to verify your identity by entering a password, SMS confirmation code, or Voiceprint verification each time you switch between accounts. You can also tap “Edit Accounts…” to remove an account from the Login Manager screen.
3. “Discover” tab management
At WeChat, we work hard to bring you innovative, new features that enrich your app experience. In order to make the WeChat experience more suitable for all users, we’ve added the ability for you to show or hide features that appear in your WeChat “Discover” tab.
Go to “Me” > “Settings” > “General” > “Manage Discover” and you will have the option to show or hide the various optional features displayed within your “Discover” tab.
4. File size limit raised: Now send files in chats up to 100MB in file size
Share files up to 100 MB in size when sending from WeChat’s mobile app . On iOS, a “Files” button has been added to the “+” menu in chats which allows you to select a file from iOS “Files”.
5. Animated GIFs saved to Favorites will be animated as well
Animated GIFs saved to Favorites will display animated. Previously, saved GIFs would only show the first frame of the animation, but now you can have the whole animated experience within Favorites.
As seen below, adda GIF image from your Photos Album to your Favorites.
Once saved to Favorites, the GIF image will be shown animated.
The WeChat Team has just released WeChat version 6.6 for iOS and it contains two feature enhancements:
Notes in Favorites can be saved as an image, making it easier to share them to Moments or chats
After recalling a message, just tap a link to quickly edit the recalled message
1. Notes in Favorites can be saved as an image, making it easier to share them to Moments or chats
WeChat has made it easier for you to share the notes that you’ve saved to Favorites to Moments and chats. Now you can tap the upper-right corner menu and select “Save as Image” to save your entire note as a single image. Post the entire image as a Moments post or to a chat.
Alternatively, now you can choose to share the note directly to Moments. From the upper-right corner menu select “Share on Moments” and your note will be shared to your friends.
2. After recalling a message, just tap a link to quickly edit the recalled message
Sent a message with a typo? Recall the message, reuse the old content to edit your message and send! When you recall a message in version 6.6, a Re-edit link will appear next to “You’ve recalled a message”. When you tap on the Re-edit link, the message input box will contain the recalled text. Now you can easily modify your original message to correct the typo and send again.
WeChat has been updated to support Apple’s latest release, iPhone X. In addition to a visual design suitable for the unique screen design on iPhone X, additional features include support for Face ID to verify your transactions when using WeChat Pay and an improved design for system notifications when receiving messages on iPhone X.
Set a ‘Reminder’ to alert yourself later of a chat message
Have you been receiving important messages that you haven’t been able to reply to because you’re too busy? We value your time and, so we now provide an option to remind yourself of an important message that you would like to review at a later time. With “Reminders,” you will be able to set an exact date and time to receive the notification.
Here’s how it works:
Long-press on a message bubble
Select ‘Reminders’ and choose a date and time to be reminded for this message
Tap “Set Reminder”
You will be sent a Notification about the message and can view the reminder within “Service Messages.”
A whole new design for iPad including a dual-column layout
We have improved the design for iPad for WeChat by adopting a dual column layout. This provides users with an even more convenient way to use WeChat with the iPad’s bigger screen, enhancing the WeChat Lifestyle user experience. The Discover & Moments sections are also laid out on a dual column design, improving usability.
Enhanced Notes in Favorites
We have made two major enhancements to notes in Favorites. First, you can now create bulleted and numbered lists as well as add checkboxes when you’re creating a shopping or to-do list. Second, we’ve added a “Sticky on Top” option to allow you to place a banner at the top of your chat list screen so you have easy and convenient access to important notes.
With the new ability to format Notes with bulleted and numbered lists, you will be able to organize your Notes in more readable format as seen below.
With the “Sticky on Top” option, you can revisit your notes more easily and update it as and when needed directly from the chat list screen.
Enhanced Chat History Search for Payment Transactions (China)
We’ve been working hard to improve the search experience for our users. With that in mind, we have introduced an additional option in the Chat History to filter searches to just WeChat pay transactions. With this new ”Transaction” option under “Search History,” you will be able to view all payment transactions performed within a single chat.
Generate your own Reward Code (China)
WeChat Pay users can now generate their own Reward Code and present it to other WeChat users to receive a monetary tip from them.
Here’s how to create a Reward Code:
Tap the “+” menu on the chat list screen
Select “Reward Code”
Tap “Enable Reward Code”
This creates a special QR code specifically for you that other users can scan in order to easily send you a tip safely and anonymously. You can further customize your reward code by entering six different reward amounts.
The Reward Code is currently only available to WeChat Pay users within China, and is great whether you are a streetside performer or you’re a restaurant waiter seeking a safe and easy way to receive tips.
We are proud to be featured in the November 2017 edition of the Australia China Business Review. We discussed the importance of WeChat in the Chinese marketing system and how Australian businesses can take advantage of the massive opportunities in this new category frontier to capture significant market share of Chinese consumer attention, in China and also the Chinese in Australia.
The Tencent Global Partners Conference was held in Chengdu on Nov 9th 2017, to showcase the robust WeChat ecosystem for partners globally. At the conference, the WeChat team presented the latest key insights below into the WeChat Lifestyle of now 902M daily logged in users.
Source: Official Wechat Blog
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