(3 stars)



100,000,000 - 500,000,000 downloads

  • Multiplatform (also iOS, Windows and Symbian)
  • Free
  • Additional features and voice calls
  • It needs a stronger customer base outside Asia
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"Do we chat?"

Reviewed by / Nov 27, 2014

A powerful messaging service.

Here's one of the major players in the messaging board, and indeed one of the strongest alternatives if your current service is about to expire. Of course, you'll have to win your friends over. WeChat is backed by Tencent, which is one of the largest Internet providers worldwide.

Along any usual multiplatform messaging features as texts, images and videos over your data plan or wifi, WeChat allows voice messages and voice and video calls. In addition, there are a zillion animated smileys available, and a fun walkie-talkie mode, which might be useful under certain circumstances. Supports all usual languages and Facebook Connect option.

Therefore, WeChat may be your best alternative. However, how will you bring your friends is another kettle of fish, though perhaps it's time to ponder the benefits of having more than one messaging app installed at once.

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Developer's original description available here
WeChat is a free messaging & calling app that allows you to easily connect with family & friends across countries. It’s the all-in-one communications app for free text (SMS/MMS), voice & video calls, moments, photo sharing, and games.
•ALWAYS FREE: No annual subscription fee. Absolutely free for life.
•FREE VOICE & VIDEO CALLS: High-quality free calls to anywhere in the world.
•GROUP CHAT: Create group chats with up to 500 people.
•MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING: Send video, image, text, and voice messages.
•STICKER GALLERY: Hundreds of free, fun, animated stickers to express your feelings from some of your favorite cartoons and movies.
•MOMENTS: Share your best moments on your personal photo stream.
•BETTER PRIVACY: WeChat gives you the highest level of control over your privacy. It’s the only messaging app to be certified by TRUSTe.
•MEET NEW FRIENDS: Use “Friend Radar”, “People Nearby” and “Shake” to meet others.
•ADDICTIVE GAMES: Compete with your friends on some of the hottest games.
•REALTIME LOCATION: Instead of having to tell others where you are, just use real-time location sharing.
•LANGUAGE SUPPORT: Localized in 20 different languages and can translate messages to any language.
•AND MORE: Desktop app, custom wallpaper, custom notifications, group walkie-talkie, official accounts.


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What's New in WeChat V6.2
- Translate Moments into your language with a long press
- Save a Sight and share it with friends later
- Combine multiple messages into one and forward it to other chats
- Support phones with pedometer and challenge friends to beat their scores via the "WeRun-WeChat" Official Account
- Change font size for better readability
- Use Android watch to reply with stickers, voice messages and heartbeat data

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Changelog and permissions

PermissionsChangelogPackage com.tencent.mm
  • - Know where you approximately are.
  • - Know exactly where you are. It uses GPS.
  • - Know what access (wifi, 3G…) you have at every moment.
  • - Access information about Wi-Fi networks.
  • - Act as an AccountAuthenticator.
  • - Use Bluetooth to connect to a paired device.
  • - Track nearly Bluetooth devices and pair them with yours.
  • - android.permission.BODY_SENSORS
  • - Broadcast sticky intents, thus allowing quick data retrieval held by the system.
  • - Be able to access the camera device.
  • - Change Wi-Fi connectivity state.
  • - android.permission.DOWNLOAD_WITHOUT_NOTIFICATION
  • - Have access to the list of accounts linked to your device.
  • - Find out how much space is used by any package.
  • - Get info about the currently running tasks.
  • - Send and receive internet info.
  • - Manage the list of accounts linked to your device.
  • - Modify audio settings.
  • - Perform I/O operations over NFC (Near Field Communication).
  • - Read your contact data.
  • - android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
  • - Read phone state. Used to know whether you're in a call or not.
  • - android.permission.READ_PROFILE
  • - To read SMS.
  • - Read the sync settings.
  • - Know if the system has finished booting.
  • - Record audio.
  • - Open windows on top of all other applications.
  • - Request authentication tokens from accounts linked to your phone.
  • - Use the vibrator.
  • - Prevent your device from sleeping or screen from dimming (turn brightness down).
  • - Write, but not read unless allowed by another permission, your contacts data.
  • - Write whatever to your SD card.
  • - Read or write the system settings.
  • - Change the sync settings.
  • - Broadcast when an alarm condition is set.
  • - com.android.launcher.permission.INSTALL_SHORTCUT
  • - com.android.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
  • - com.android.launcher.permission.UNINSTALL_SHORTCUT
  • - Sell digital goods through in-app purchase.
  • - com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE
  • - com.huawei.android.launcher.permission.CHANGE_BADGE
  • - com.huawei.authentication.HW_ACCESS_AUTH_SERVICE
  • - com.tencent.mm.ext.permission.READ
  • - com.tencent.mm.ext.permission.WRITE
  • - com.tencent.mm.location.permission.SEND_VIEW
  • - com.tencent.mm.permission.C2D_MESSAGE
  • - com.tencent.mm.permission.MM_MESSAGE
  • - com.tencent.mm.plugin.permission.READ
  • - com.tencent.mm.plugin.permission.SEND
  • - com.tencent.mm.plugin.permission.WRITE
  • - com.tencent.mm.wear.message

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    by xiaoyanl on 29/07/2014

    It is a necessary app for Chinese to have since almost every Chinese use this app in different Chinese communities. The easiest and quickest way to communicate with others. However, there is no way to upload video on the share discover.

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    by kristinagartner25 on 28/07/2014

    Wechat is a very good app but I think in sometime this new app which has the amazing chat features of whatsapp, snapchat and wechat will take over the market very soon! Btw Photo4tune is also available for download on Playstore!

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    by Dean Hasdan on 21/05/2015

    I loved it

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    by Abdul Malik on 21/05/2015

    Easy to sms n chat