So you’ve mined your contacts for friends, you’re assiduously posting selfies and videos to your Moments feed and now you’re hoping to get in on on some of the fun to be had with WeChat bucks.
Fun you say? What do you do exactly with the WeChat monies?
Well how’s about paying bills for example? Or buying stuff from JD.com? Taking taxis with Didi Chuxing? What if, say, you wanted to help out a buddy with his credit card payments? All of this can be done within WeChat, the largest social network in China.
So how about you show me how to get in on some of this action then?
This tutorial is designed for non-Chinese users – or users without Chinese National Identity cards – and all users regardless will need the following things before beginning:
- A Chinese bank account with Internet access enabled
- Your six digit Internet banking password (which may be distinct from your pin number)
- A smartphone in English with Internet access
- Access to the mobile phone number you set up your bank account with
- The latest version of WeChat installed on your smartphone
- Your passport
Caveat: these instructions have been verified to work with users of Android and with ICBC accounts – specifically my situation – and following these instructions for users of different bank accounts may produce different results. In any case, when in doubt, get an ICBC account – new accounts cost next to nothing in China!
Let the games begin!
Voila! And now the magic of couch-bound food delivery, personal assistants at the fingertip and when you bother to leave the house, cashless payments!
(Feature Image credit: Baidu Image)