If you live in China, the most popular messaging app isn’t Messenger or WhatsApp — it’s WeChat. And with over one billion active users each month, the app has a clear stronghold in the country. It also has payment, services and city features, which is why you must download Wechat for PC and use it from the comfort of the big Windows screen. But the question is how?
Before going there, let us have a look at some of the app’s features.
– Enterprise WeChat for work-life balance
– Sending money to individuals and groups using credits
– Go Dutch feature for splitting the bill
– Moments similar to those of Facebook and Instagram
– Heat map to show crowd density
– Mini Programs to allow businesses to create apps within WeChat
– WeChat Index for identifying the popularity of a given keyword
– WeChat Out VOIP service for landline and mobile calls
– City Services for accessing services in select Chinese cities
– Integration with other social networking apps like Facebook
Now let’s jump on to the methods for getting this app on your desktop.
Operating System: Windows 10 version 14393.0 or later
Processor: Intel or AMD x86 CPU
Hard Drive: 125MB free storage space
How to Download Wechat for PC/Windows?
Option 1: Get it from the Microsoft Store
Step 1: Go to the Microsoft Store here.
Step 2: Click the Search icon at the upper left side and type in ‘WeChat For Windows’.
Step 3: Click the first results
Step 4: Select ‘Get’ to proceed to the Microsoft Store app.
Step 5: On the Microsoft Store app, click ‘Get’ once again.
Step 6: Sign in with your Microsoft account once prompted. This will also allow you to install WeChat on multiple Windows devices.
Step 7: Click ‘Install’.
You now have WeChat on your Windows PC.
Option 2: Use Your Smartphone or Tablet
Step 1: Download the WeChat app on Google Play Store or iOS App Store.
Step 2: Open it.
Step 3: Sign in with your account or create a new one first.
Step 4: Click the ‘+’ button at the upper right corner.
Step 5: Click ‘Scan QR Code’.
Step 6: Open your web browser on your PC.
Step 7: Go to this link and wait for the QR code to appear.
Step 8: Use your smartphone or tablet to scan the QR code. If your device successfully scans the WeChat QR code, your WeChat profile picture will appear on your PC.
Step 9: Choose ‘Log In’ when it appears on your smartphone or tablet.
The home screen of your WeChat app is now on the web browser of your PC. If you want to log out from your PC, tap the Menu icon on the left side and click ‘Log Out’.
Option 3: Use WeChat for Windows
Step 1: Go to the official WeChat website here.
Step 2: Select the Windows icon located below the download links for Android and iOS devices.
Step 3: Click on ‘Download’.
Step 4: Choose a file location for the installer file.
Step 5: Right-click on the file and choose ‘Run as administrator’.
Step 6: Wait for the installation process to finish.
Step 7: Click ‘Run’ when it appears on the dialog box.
Step 8: Log-in to your WeChat account on your smartphone or tablet.
Step 9: Tap the ‘+’ icon on the app.
Step 10: Choose ‘Scan QR Code’ on the app to open the QR scanner.
Step 11: Use the QR scanner to scan the WeChat QR code on your computer screen.
Step 12: Select ‘Log In’ when it appears on your phone or tablet.
Note that as long as you are signed in on your computer, any notifications on your phone or tablet app won’t appear.
FAQs About Using WeChat
1) Is there a way to know if my friend has read my message?
Unlike Facebook’s instant-messaging app Messenger, WeChat does not have a feature stating the time your message was read by the recipient. You will know when someone is typing a message, but only up until that as WeChat is concerned with issues of privacy.
2) Why is WeChat Pay unavailable?
You can use WeChat outside of China. Unfortunately, its wallet feature is currently only available in the following: China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and South Africa. However, you can still get the mainland China Wallet feature if you receive a Red Packet and have your real name verified within 24 hours.
3) How can I save my chat history?
WeChat no longer uses cloud storage as a way to protect user privacy, but there’s still a way to keep your conversations. First, connect your PC and smartphone or tablet to the same internet connection. Next, go to the app and choose ‘More’ found in the lower section.
Select ‘Backup and Restore’ and then ‘Back up on PC’. Then sign in to your WeChat account on your phone or tablet and choose the chat history you want to save. Confirm the conversation and wait for the app to complete the backup.