The Brief: WeChat is a popular Chinese messaging application.


Similar to WhatsApp, WeChat allows users to send messages, photos, videos, and money to each other. It also has video and voice call features. Users can use WeChat to call landline and mobile phone numbers.

WeChat has over 900 million users worldwide and is most popular in China. The app has been subsidized by the Chinese government and is used for monitoring and censorship by Chinese officials.

In China, the app has functions that allow users to call cabs, pay bills, play games, schedule appointments, and more, making it a primary app for many Chinese users. In China, WeChat has added a feature, issuing virtual ID cards to users with the same capabilities as like state identification cards.