Mac users can chat, message, and share files with other WeChat users without the need for a mobile device. The desktop version contains a limited number of features of the smartphone app.
Social interaction directly from your Mac
Beyond using just mobile devices, Mac users can keep in touch with friends and family directly from their laptop.
WeChat for Mac lets you send files and images straight from your Mac to other people using the program on any device. Like the mobile app, you can send voice messages and use a group chat. It’s free, and pushes out any ads that other programs are flooded with.
The beauty of this desktop version is that all you need is your computer. Just scan the QR code and be up and running. It’s great for people who want to avoid a download of the program to their phone. A bonus is that it requires very little storage space on the computer.
WeChat has some handy features. Use the screenshot tool to snap an instant image and send it on. It’s easy to get lost in a group chat, so this software gives members a notification when their name gets mentioned.
Quick messaging can lead to making mistakes. The program features a recall option. However, the limitation of this feature is that it is only relevant for the last one sent and within 2 minutes only.
The app is heavily used in China and across parts of Asia. Yet, it hasn’t had the same uptake globally as its competitors, making it a weak choice outside the key countries.
Where can you run this program?
WeChat runs across all platforms and mobile devices. A desktop version is available for Mac and Windows.
Is there a better alternative?
Yes, there is. WeChat is very popular in China. However, Line or WhatsApp are more widely used worldwide.
WeChat for Mac allows desktop users to access limited features of the smartphone app. Only recommended for users in, or with, an extensive network in China
Should you download it?
Yes, but only if you want to use your Mac to contact users of Wechat. Otherwise, there are other options.