WeChat didn’t only help me stay in touch with America, however. Because WeChat was created by a Chinese company, it’s particularly popular in Asia. I would have the actual phone numbers of Chinese and Japanese friends, but they would rarely text me; it was usually a WeChat notification. This has helped me stay in touch with my foreign friends now that I am back in America. Even though I’ve switched out my Chinese SIM card for an American one, it isn’t meaningless to have all those Chinese numbers in my phone – my WeChat lets me communicate just fine. I am still in contact with my friends from Hong Kong, Japan, and China, all because of this one app.
Finally, one of the coolest things about WeChat is its syncing feature with your laptop or PC. By going to the WeChat website, you can open up a chat window and scan a QR code with your phone in order to sync your contacts and conversations, and then continue on as if your computer is your phone! All your conversations are right there on your screen, and it’s a lot easier to type quickly on a computer than it is on your phone.
WeChat was one of my most-used apps while studying abroad, mostly because of its ease of use and cool features that let me share my study abroad experience with both my foreign friends and my friends back home. It was a great way for me to really feel connected to the culture of my host country, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone with a smart phone who is traveling abroad.