What’s New in WeChat 6.5.22 for iOS

WeChat’s most recent release (v.6.5.22) includes key new features and improvements to make your WeChat experience on iOS devices even better:

  • Compatibility with iPhone X
  • Set a reminder to a chat message
  • New dual-column design for iPad
  • Enhanced Notes in Favorites
  • Improved chat history search experience (China)
  • Generate your own Reward Code (China)

Be sure to upgrade today!

 

Compatibility with iPhone X

 

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:

  1. Long-press on a message bubble
  2. Select ‘Reminders’ and choose a date and time to be reminded for this message
  3. 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:

  1. Tap the “+” menu on the chat list screen
  2. Select “Money”
  3. Select “Reward Code”
  4. 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.

 

Source: Official Wechat Blog

Ignite China is featured in Australia China Business Review – Discusses WeChat Marketing

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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.

Read the full article at http://www.acbr.com.au/crossing-great-digital-divide

Travel During China’s National Day Holiday: The most remote destination posted to WeChat Moments was from…

In celebration of the final day of China’s extended National Day holiday, the WeChat team presents our “WeChat National Day Holiday Data Report”: Which cities had the most people traveling abroad? What were the most popular destinations abroad for tourists this year?

 

China’s National Day extended holiday has become the most popular period for Chinese tourists to travel each year, and in recent years there has been tremendous growth in the travel industry and in travel to regions and countries abroad.

 

Let’s take a look together at this year’s data.

 

Source: Official Wechat Blog

3 Ways to Add New Friends and Stay Connected While Traveling

Summer is here! It’s the perfect time to meet new friends and make sure you stay connected, even during your world travels.

  1. Within a chat conversation, tap the Avatar icon on the upper right-hand corner
  2. Select your contact adding method:  “Friend Radar,” “Join Private Group,” or “Scan QR Code”

 

Friend Radar
Meeting a lot of cool new people, but don’t have time to add all of them? Friend Radar lets you quickly add friends within your vicinity. It saves you time and skips the one-by-one adding!

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Join Private Group
Whether you’re near or far, you can create private groups with WeChat by setting a four-digit code. Your friends can enter in the code to join the group and continue the conversation.

join private group

 

Scan QR Code

Open the WeChat scanner, scan a friend’s QR code within the frame, and add a friend within seconds. You can also prompt up your QR code to be scanned by others.

QR Code

These are just a few quick tips to add new connections over the summer: adding nearby friends with the Friend Radar, joining a Private Group with a secret code, scanning friends’ QR codes, and more.

 

Stay connected and keep chatting!

Source: Official Wechat Blog

Staying Fit with WeRun on WeChat

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As the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to get active with the help of our fitness Official Account, WeRun.

 

By enabling WeRun, you can track your daily step count and see how close you are to reaching your fitness goals. If friendly competition helps motivate you, you can see how you stack up with friends who also follow the Official Account on your personalized leaderboard.

 

No matter how you rank, you’ll be able to like your friends’ steps, share your results to Chats, and even post them on Moments. As an added incentive, if you finish first on the leaderboard by the end of the day, you’ll be able to set the cover photo on all your friends’ leaderboards!

 

If you already use a fitness tracker, WeRun can also be paired with select wearable fitness devices.

 

How to Activate WeRun

WeRun Setup (1)

  1. Search for the Official Account “ID: WeRun-WeChat”
  2. Select “Enable”
  3. With your permission, link your device’s health app to WeRun
  4. “Invite Friends” and start running! 

See how fun fitness can be with the WeRun, exclusively on WeChat!

 

Source: Official Wechat Blog

Customize Photos with the New WeChat Annotation Feature for iOS and Android

Did you know you can edit images within WeChat from your photo album before sharing to your Moments timeline or chat conversations? Just update your app to the latest version of WeChat 6.5.5 for iOS or WeChat 6.5.4 for Android, then follow the steps below to start customizing your pictures! 

 

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  1. In your Moments timeline, tap the Camera icon in the upper righthand corner
  2. Choose a photo from your photo album
  3. Select “Edit” or “Preview” to draw, add text, stickers, and more
  4. Hit “Send”

 

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  1. Within a chat conversation, tap the “+” menu and select “Photos” or “Album”
  2. Choose a photo from your photo album
  3. Select “Edit” or “Preview” to draw, add text, stickers, and more
  4. Hit “Send”

 

Upgrade to WeChat 6.5.5 for iOS or WeChat 6.5.4 for Android today and start sharing your own customized photos with friends!

 

Source: Official Wechat Blog

Users Ring in the Lunar New Year with 2.1 Billion Minutes of Free Calls on WeChat

WeChat aims to connect users to the people they care about around the world. One of the most popular times to connect and call loved ones is during the holidays. This Lunar New Year, users made 2.1 billion minutes of free calls on WeChat – five times more than the previous year.

 

A total of 46 billion red packets were also exchanged during this Spring Festival holiday.

 

Learn more about how WeChat users celebrated the holiday in the data report below created by the WeChat team.

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We wish you and your family a happy and healthy “Year of the Rooster”!

Source: Official Wechat Blog

The 2016 WeChat Data Report

We recently unveiled our “2016 WeChat Data Report” at the 2017 WeChat Workshop Pro Edition event in China. What’s new with the WeChat lifestyle this year? Let’s take a look at a few data points:

1 Intro2 Overall 3 Messages 4 VOIP 5 Moments 6 Travel 7 Red Packets 8 End

Finally, let’s listen to some of our senior citizen WeChat users to see what important words they have to share with us.

 

 

Source: Official Wechat Blog