How to Download and Install WeChat

Last updated: December 21, 2016 - 12:05pm EST

Now that you know a little bit about what WeChat is and how it works, and you’ve read our review of WeChat to determine if it’s the right app for you, you may be ready to start using it as your messaging service. To do this, the first step is to download WeChat. In this article, we’ll lay it out for you step-by-step, so you can start using WeChat today!

To download and install WeChat:

  1. Using your Android or Apple device, tap the Play Store/App Store to open it.
  2. Tap the search bar, and use your on-screen keyboard to type “WeChat,” and then tap the search icon.
  3. Tap the first box that appears.
  4. Tap Install.
  5. Wait for the app to download and install, and then click Open to launch the app.

Do you need a little more detail than that? If so, read below where we’ve broken each step down for you, and added some screenshots to help you out. For this tutorial, we’ll be using an Android device, but the process is very similar with an Apple device.

Detailed instructions for downloading and installing WeChat

1. Using your device, open the Play Store (Android) or App Store (Apple) by tapping the icon on your screen.

Tap the icon for your app store on your home screen to launch it. As long as you are using an Apple or Android device such as a smartphone or tablet, you will be able to find and download the WeChat app in your app store.

Open Play Store on device

2. Tap the search bar and type “WeChat.” Tap the search icon on your on-screen keyboard to begin the search. Then, tap the first box that appears.

Be sure your search includes “WeChat” with no typos, as you could return results for other less reputable messaging services if you make a mistake. As you’re searching be sure to look for a green icon with two speech bubbles. That is the WeChat logo!

Search for WeChat app in Play Store

3. Tap the Install button (or Get and then Install for Apple).

You are now installing the WeChat app. Simply wait for the download to complete and then you can start using the app right away!

Download and install the WeChat app



And that’s how you complete your WeChat download! When you’re finished, if you want to launch the app, simply click Open in the app store, or click the WeChat icon on the home screen of your device. If you’re ready to start using WeChat, be sure to check out our next tutorial on how to create a WeChat account


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