The popular Chinese social media and messaging app WeChat has more than 400 million users across the globe. If you aren’t one of the app’s many users, you’re probably wondering what makes the app so special.
The answer? It’s unique features. Here is a short (but exciting!) breakdown of a few of WeChat’s special features.
- QR Codes
This WeChat feature allows users to find and add their friends by scanning their individual QR code using the app’s built in scanner. To find your unique code, open the app and hit the “Me” tab at the bottom of the screen. Then, click on your profile at the top of the page and select the “My QR Code” option.
If you want to make some new friends on WeChat, you can just shale your phone. If it sounds crazy, that’s because it kind of is. The app uses special technology to match you with other users who chose to shake their phone at the same time as you. Once you have a match you can message your match or shake your phone again to get another match. To use this feature, though, you need to enable location services on your device.
- Walkie Talkie
The walkie talkie feature of WeChat offers users a fun throw back to childhood. Simply push the walkie talkie button to send voice messages to one friend or a group of friends. In group situations, only one person can talk at a time, though. If everyone spoke at once, no one would be able to hear and the feature would crash.
- Friend Radar
This feature’s name is pretty self-explanatory. The Friend Radar feature uses your location to find friends who are near you. To get in contact with someone in your area, just click on their profile when they pp up on you radar. To activate this feature, go to the “Contacts” page of your app, and then tap the “add contacts icon” at the bottom of the page. Users who are nearby will then start to show up on your screen.
WeChat has a handful of unique features that make it popular with its users. Most of these features are unheard of within other messaging apps, so it’s no wonder that WeChat has so many dedicated users. After all, everyone wants the best messaging app and the best way to communicate.