WeChat 5.2: Taking Up the Ante for Social Scenes with 6 New Features

1219WeChat’s 5.2 upgrade for Android and iOS is boosted with 6 new features that will help you breeze through your activities while you’re on the go. As we all know, the first quarter of the year continues to brim with social scenes—with music festivals, food fairs, new clubs, sporting events, and pop-up markets have been sprouting across the country. As more of these are about to come our way, you can count on WeChat’s 5.2 upgrade for Android and iOS to match your energy for these affairs.

1. Menu Bar


More convenient and sorted to fit the habits of smartphone users, WeChat 5.2 opens to a clearer interface which has its many features compartmentalized into three sections: Chats, Discover, and Contacts.

  • Chats – lets you continue with your current conversations
  • Contacts – allows you to start new exchanges with your friends
  • Discover – easily takes you to your Moments feed as well as options including Scan QR Code, Shake, People Nearby, Drift Bottle, Games, and Sticker Shop.

2. Friend Radar

WeChat’s Friend Radar feature can automatically identify other users within the vicinity and give you the option to add them to your contact list with one tap of their images, if you’re attending events with a fresh set of buddies. This crosses out the fuss of having to exchange little details and gives you more liberty to continue chatting with your new found clique. Whether you’re in La Union for a yoga-surf-flow retreat or in Cebu for a festival, Friend Radar accessed through the Menu Bar > Add Contacts does the digital friend-scanning for you, as you connect with the same people in person.

3. Real-time Location-sharing

Planning to go bazaar-hopping with a group of friends for the weekend? Never leave anyone behind and keep everyone in the loop by using WeChat’s Real-time Location-sharing feature. Invite your friends to share where they are and help them navigate their way on the WeChat map and through an integrated walkie-talkie session. Simply open a chat > + > Locations > Real-time Location > to view one another’s maps.

4. Group Chat Photo Album

If you want to upload photos in your social networking accounts but having problems scrolling through endless chats, WeChat’s 5.2 has the solution for you. With the integration of a Group Chat Photo Album, photos shared in your group chat—whether for skating trips in the metro or diving sessions at Palawan—are arranged by date and then stored in one location accessed through one tap of the Photo Album icon.

5. Universal Search


Don’t worry if you forgot that important date or name in a chat conversation.  With WeChat’s Universal Search feature, you can quickly refer back to any message or contact by typing into the search field within the Chats tab.

6. Contact List Customization


Reveling in social setting such as Bonifacio Global City or 71 Gramercy can build up your contact list as quick as a wildfire. Manage your networks by with WeChat’s Contact List Customization feature, which gives you the option to add photos, addresses and business cards to your friends’

Apart from these updates, WeChat 5.2 for Android also comes with enhanced versions of its staple features. Among these include more animated stickers from Sticker Shop which capture your experiential responses; Group Chat Mention Notifications which will notify you when your name is mentioned in a Group Chat; boosted quality for Video and Audio Chats; and a LinkedIn Account in WeChat which lets you grow your professional circle. All of this, complemented with the new, easy-to-use interface means more possibilities for your social life. To upgrade now and for the latest updates, visit www.wechat.com.


About WeChat

WeChat envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. A mobile social communication app designed for smartphone users, WeChat is the world’s fastest growing social app with over 100 million registered accounts internationally.

WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways by bringing together messaging, social communication and gaming in one seamless, interactive experience, with comprehensive privacy and security settings that can be tailored as needed.

WeChat is an all-in-one app that enables users to add friends with several innovative features. These include highly convenient and reliable QR code scanning, phonebook and location-based connection services such as “Hold Together”, “People Nearby” and “Shake.” The platform facilitates social interaction with real-time “Walkie Talkie,” “Voice Call,” and “Video Call.” Supported on data networks and Wi-Fi, WeChat makes it easy to stay connected with friends anywhere, anytime. Users can choose to communicate and share photos one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”. The popular WeChat Sticker Shop has a variety of fun animated emoticons to express any emotion.  Also, with a host of addictive WeChat Games, users can play and challenge their friends on the move, share scores and even find competitors nearby.

WeChat is available free for download on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows operating systems.

Learn more about WeChat and download the app at www.wechat.com

WeChat Philippines Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WeChatPH




  1. March 13, 2014 / 4:46 am

    I don’t have WeChat. 😛 I do have Viber and I think they are similar right? Will check this one out, the features sound great. 🙂

  2. March 13, 2014 / 9:41 am

    I downloaded this when I wiped my phone, but decided to remove it since I don’t use it a lot.

    • Kaye Figuracion
      March 13, 2014 / 4:33 pm

      You’ll love it more now because of its added features.

  3. March 13, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    Sounds like a nice app to use when doing group conference. Fun to that with friends and family.

  4. March 13, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    Ah… technology! Social association has become even more modern with conversations done virtually now. I can only hope that real interaction among friends will still be done because personal get together and talks are still the best no matter what! 🙂

  5. March 13, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    I’ve been reading good reviews about weChat. Sounds like a cool app to have.

  6. March 13, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    This is such a cute App to chat with our friends and family. I wish I have that kind of gadget and am sure I will download the App and start to share the App to everybody 🙂

  7. March 15, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    I love the Group Chat photo album feature. I will download WeChat and try it out for myself.

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