Wechat Web App

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By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: December 28, 2019

Wechat Web App

I have both iPhone and Android smartphones. And I have a variety of apps on these phones which I use for both work and personal reasons. One such app I have is WeChat. I use it every day for communication and for other purposes as well. One problem I have is that I want to transfer WeChat files from my smartphones to my computer. How do I do this?

Available for all kinds of platforms; enjoy group chat; support voice,photo,video and text messages.

The best and working option is to install WeChat desktop app on your computer. WeChat offers desktop apps for both Windows and macOS. Go to WeChat official site and click on the “Windows download” or “Mac download” icon. On the next screen, you can download the app directly from the website. Description WeChat is a messaging and calling app that allows you to easily connect with family & friends across countries. It's the all-in-one communications app for text (SMS/MMS), voice and video calls, and files. MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING: Send video, image, text, and file messages. WeChat lets you keep in touch with anyone who uses the same application, independent of the operating system that person uses, be it Android or iOS. You can send text messages to individuals and groups, pictures, videos, voice messages, GPS information, and even make video calls in high definition.

~Android and iPhone User

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Part I: Introduction

WeChat is an application that is famous for its messaging and calling purposes. However, it’s useful in some other way too.

It has a file transfer feature that gives you another way of using it on your phone. Plus, it supports multiple platforms such as Android, Windows, iOS, macOS, and it even has a web version.

Some users have actually stated that WeChat is one of the best alternatives for Firedrop or Airdrop. This is to actually transfer files (or data) between two devices.

If you don’t have a USB cable, we will teach you how to transfer files such as videos, pictures, Word files, Excel files, and PDF files.

Part II: Wechat File Transfer Using Web WeChat

The method of using Web WeChat to transfer various files such as videos, pictures, PDF files, and other types of files, is a recommended way to share data between smartphones and your computer.

It is not even necessary to download a specific software on your Mac device or Windows PC.

What you have to do is to visit WeChat for your webpage and then scan the QR code using your iPhone or Android phone.

This is in order to log into WeChat on the said website. After which, you have to confirm the operation within your smartphone.

Now, you will have the ability to use WeChat on your web browser. After this happens, you will be able to use the Web version of WeChat in order to transfer files from your smartphone (e.g. Android or iPhone) to a Windows PC or Mac device. You can also do it the other way around.

Wechat File Transfer Using Web WeChat from Your iPhone/ Android towards Your Computer

If you simply want to send files from your Android to your computer (which also is the same case for iPhone devices), you should log into your WeChat account on the web version before you do so.

Do this by following the steps we have stated above. Now, below, we will show you an example of how to do it:

  • Step 01 - Find the file located on your smartphone.
  • Step 02 - Select the specific file.
  • Step 03 - Press the Share button.
  • Step 04 - Find the icon labeled WeChat. Press this icon.
  • Step 05 - Receiver should be chosen as File Transfer.
  • Step 06 - Go to the PC and go to Web WeChat. You will now see the file after it has been transferred.
  • Step 07 - Press the Download button.

Wechat File Transfer Using Web WeChat from Your Computer to Your iPhone Or Android

  • Step 01 - Log into Web WeChat on your computer.
  • Step 02 - Select File Transfer.
  • Step 03 - Press the folder icon located at the bottom of the chat interface.
  • Step 04 - Choose the files you want from your computer.
  • Step 05 - The files will now be displayed on WeChat’s typing area. Press the button named Send and it will transfer the files from your computer to your Android or iPhone.
  • Step 06 - Use your smartphone again. Select File Transfer located on the WeChat interface and you will be able to see the file located there.
  • Step 07 - Tap the file displayed and it will now be downloaded on your smartphone.

Part III: Wechat File Transfer Through the WeChat Client

There are what we call WeChat for Windows (operating systems 7, 8, 10) and WeChat for Mac devices. You can get this WeChat client and download it on your computer in order to utilize the file transfer feature.

Now, with the software downloaded on your computer, you don’t have to think about the Web version of WeChat being closed or accidentally logged out.

How to Transfer WeChat Files from Your iPhone Or Android to Your Computer

  • Step 01 - Download the free WeChat software for Windows or Mac
  • Step 02 - Install this within your computer.
  • Step 03 - Log into your WeChat account. Do this by scanning the QR code using your smartphone.
  • Step 04 - Open your smartphone and locate the file you wish to transfer.
  • Step 05 - Select the file.
  • Step 06 - Press the Share button.
  • Step 07- Choose the WeChat application. This is where you want to share it.
  • Step 08 - Select File Transfer as the receiver.
  • Step 09 - Go to your computer and go to the WeChat platform.
  • Step 10 - Download the file and save it.

Part IV: Bonus: Tool for Bulk Transfer

There are tools you can use for bulk transfer of files from your iPhone or Android phone to your computer. The tool is iOS Data Backup & Restore (for iPhone) and Android Data Backup & Restore.

Bulk Transfer for iPhone Devices

Let’s go to iOS Data Backup & Restore first. Below are the advantages (and also the features) of the said software:

01 - You only need a few clicks to restore your backup to your iOS device.

02 - It gives you the power to review any data or file you have from the backup.

03 - It allows you to export files from the back up towards your own computer.

04 - It is 100% secure. Viruses and malware (or anything that may harm your device) are not contained inside the software. Only you have the access to the data you have.

05 - Data won’t be lost during the restore process. It will always be safe.

06 - The software will not overwrite your data.

07 - You are provided with a 30-day free trial. This means you get to experience the advantages of the tool without having to cash out money for it first.

08 - You have one-on-one support and you can also get support through email.

Here’s how to use this tool step-by-step:

Step 01 - First, connect your device to your computer by utilizing the USB connector that comes with this device.

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Step 02 - Install the FoneDog Toolkit on your computer. This software can be used on both Windows and Mac systems.

Step 03 - Open the FoneDog Toolkit.

Step 04 - Select iOS Data Backup & Restore located on the main interface of the software.

Step 05 - Select iOS Data Backup.

Step 06 - Choose the backup mode that you wish. There are two options, Standard Backup and Encrypted Backup. The latter gives you the ability to put a password on your backup file in order to protect sensitive information.

Step 07 - Press the button labeled Start. The software will show you a list of data types that you may wish to backup. These include Photos, Messages, Contacts, Applications, and Messages, etc.

Step 08 - Select the type of data you may wish to back up.

Step 09 - Press Next.

Step 10 - Wait for the software to backup your data.

After which, you have to restore your data to the device you wish to restore it to:

Step 11 - Ensure that your iPhone or your iOS device is connected to your Windows PC or Mac computer.

Step 12 - Select iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Step 13 - Press iOS Data Restore.

Step 14 - FoneDog toolkit will now display all the backups that you have. Select the backup file you want.

Step 15 - Select View Now button.

Step 16 - FoneDog Toolkit will start to scan the backup file you have just selected.

Step 17 - Once the process of scanning is done, you will be able to preview the data on the backup. Select which files you want to restore to your device.

Step 18 - Select Restore to Device OR you can select Restore to PC.

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Bulk Transfer for Android Devices

Here’s how to use the Android Data Backup & Restore for bulk transfer.

Step 01 - Download the software FoneDog Toolkit on your personal computer.

Step 02 - Launch the said software on your personal computer.

Step 03 - Choose Android Data Backup & Restore.

Step 04 - Connect, using your USB cable, the Android phone towards your personal computer.

Step 05 - Ensure that USB debugging mode is enabled on your smartphone.

Step 06 - Select the option Device Data Backup.

Step 07 - Select the type of data you wish to backup.
Step 08 - Press the Start button.

Step 09 - Once backup is already finished, press the OK button.

Then, you can restore it now to the device you wish to restore it to:

Step 10 - On the main interface, select Device Data Restore.

Step 11 - Choose the backup you wish to restore.

Step 12 - Select the data type you wish to restore.

Step 13 - Choose the files you wish to restore.

Step 14 - Press Restore.

Step 15 - Confirm the process.

Part V: Conclusion

Transferring WeChat files from your iPhone or Android phone is as easy as 1-2-3. You can do it via Web WeChat or via WeChat Client software.

Also, you can do bulk transfer using a tool called FoneDog’s Android Data Backup & Restore (for Android devices) OR FoneDog’s iOS Data Backup & Restore (for iOS devices).

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Your company is going digital. Even better: your company is going mobile. You know that more than half of China’s Internet users are accessing the web via smart-phones, growing at an insane rate, and you want to seize this opportunity.

In order to tackle this challenge, you have two ways moving forward:

  • Creating native (Android or iOS) APPs which users will be able to download and access via their mobile
  • Creating a WeChat web-APP accessed through your WeChat service account

How to best combine these two tools and maximize your return on investment? Let’s have a look.

What is a WeChat web-APP?

Wechat Web App

WeChat is not Weibo. It is more than a social media.

When your users are on your WeChat service account, they can click on menus at the bottom of the screen and be linked to a WeChat website.

This website is stored outside WeChat servers, which means you can display any kind of static or interactive content on it: graphs, images, forms, forums, etc…

Most importantly, you can use modern web technologies (HTML5, AngularJS…) in order to make this website look exactly like an APP. Going further, you can use the latest local storage technologies so that users will be able to download this WeChat web-APP on their phone and access it without Internet. Just like an iPhone or Android APP.

But what are the limitations of WeChat web-APPs?

WeChat web-APP’s have several limitations over native APP’s (in many ways, these limitations are similar to the ones of WeChat connected devices that we outlined in a previous article):

  • The first page users see will always be the service account page which you can’t really customize: limitations in terms of design
  • You can’t stick the public account at the top of the list for easy access
  • Main limitation: the amount of messages you can push. Each user can only receive 4 messages per month, and you can send only 100 messages in total (so you can segment users in 25 different groups)
  • Users are not your users. They are Tencent’s users. So you can at any point be victim of changes in WeChat policy / functions / layout etc…

What are the benefits of WeChat web-APPs?

WeChat web-APP’s have three main benefits:

  • Easier to add: it takes just adding a public account or scanning a QR code for users to discover the value proposition of your brand
  • Keep users more engaged as you can remind yourself to the user via WeChat on a regular basis via push messages
  • Better integration to the “social” features of WeChat for users to share content with their friends

So, how to leverage WeChat web-APPs?

The ideal combination of WeChat and native apps can be summarized in the following sentence:
WeChat is a tool for acquiring new users (either through higher conversion rate or social features) and converting them to your native ecosystem. It is not to be considered as a stand-alone device but always as a path toward either sales or conversion to native APPs.

This paradigm can be summarised in the following matrix (which, for a lack of a better name, we’ll call the WalktheChat Matrix)


In other words, WeChat web-APPs are a step in your acquisition strategy enabling you to:

  • Test the market with limited investment in terms of development and user acquisition
  • On the long-term, expose more users to your brand and APP functionality
  • At the end of the day, convert users to your native APP by providing more advanced features on the native APP (your WeChat web-APP might cover 70 to 80% of the function of your native APP. Engaged users will therefore have an incentive to switch to your iPhone or Android APP)

The underlying asset: analytics

There is a hiden tool which is at the core of this strategy: analytics.

Analytics will enable you to know how much of your WeChat users are converted toward either native APP or sales.

Such tracking is doable for instance by using WeChat-login on your native APP and generally by integrating your service account to your iPhone or Android APP. This will both enable you to provide an enhanced experience to users and to know what is the return investment on your WeChat strategy.

Want a first consultation about Social Marketing in China? Contact us.

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