How to Search for Messages on WeChat

If you’ve already downloaded and installed the WeChat app, and have learned how to use WeChat, you may be wondering how to use WeChat to search for something you need, such as a message, a contact, or a Moment, or search for an official WeChat account. Searching on WeChat is easy, and we’ll show you exactly how to do it below.

To search on WeChat:

  1. Launch the WeChat app and sign into your account.
  2. From any of the main menu screens (Chats, Contacts, Discover, and Me), tap the magnifying glass icon at the top-right of the screen.
  3. Type your search query in the box labelled “Search” using your keyboard.
  4. Tap on any result as it appears to access it.

Do you want a little more information? Our detailed instructions below can help you with each step of the way. We’ve even got pictures for you so you don’t miss anything!

Detailed Instructions for how to search on WeChat

1. Launch the WeChat app, sign into your account, and access any main menu.

Tap the WeChat icon on your device’s home screen to launch the app. From there, make sure you are signed into your account. Access any main menu by tapping on it, choosing from Chats, Contacts, Discover, and Me. The menu you choose does not affect the search results you get.

WeChat main menus

2. Begin a search within the app.

Tap the magnifying glass icon at the top right of any of these screens to begin a search.

WeChat search function

3. Using your keyboard, type your search query and look through results as they appear on the screen.

Using the keyword(s) you type, WeChat will search through all of the data on your app, helping you quickly find contacts or messages you’re looking for.

Type keyword searches into WeChat

4. Tap on any result as it appears to access that item within the app.

This will give you details about the item, helping you find it in the app, or will take you directly to what you are looking for.

WeChat search results

And that’s how you search on WeChat. Before typing any words into the search bar, you can also tap on the icons listed to make your search more specific, choosing from Moments, Articles, or Official Accounts.

Filter WeChat search results


Congrats! You’ve now learnt how to search for anything you want on the WeChat app! To learn more about all of the great things you can do with WeChat, consider checking out our other step-by-step tutorial on how to use WeChat.

How to Delete WeChat Messages

Now that you have downloaded and installed WeChat, and you’ve learned all about how to use the app, you may be wondering how to delete your WeChat messages, especially if your chat page is overloaded with messages. In this tutorial we’ll explain how to delete messages, and how to clear your chat history.

Remember that if you delete messages, they are only deleted from your own personal device, not the devices of other users you were talking with. So always think carefully before you send!

To delete WeChat messages:

  1. Tap the WeChat icon on your mobile device to launch the app.
  2. Ensure you are signed into your personal account.
  3. Find the message you want to delete in a conversation, from either your Chats or Contacts menu, and open it.
  4. Tap the message and hold your finger down until a menu pops up.
  5. Tap Delete.

Detailed Instructions for deleting WeChat messages

1. Open the WeChat app on your mobile device.

Tap the green WeChat icon on your homepage to launch the app.

WeChat app icon on device home screen

2. Sign into your personal WeChat account.

Enter your mobile phone number and password, and tap Log In, if you aren’t already signed in automatically.

WeChat log in screen

3. Find the conversation that contains the message you want to delete.

Tapping either the Chats or Contacts menu, search for the conversation you’ve had that contains the message(s) you want to delete.

Find WeChat conversation

4. Locate the message you want to delete.

Scroll through the conversation and find the message you want to delete. Make sure it is visible on the screen.

Find the message you want to delete

5. To remove the message from your history, tap and hold on the individual message, and then tap Delete.

Tap on the message and hold your finger down until a menu pops up on the screen. Remove your finger, and tap Delete.

Tap on message to delete

Your message is now deleted! You can do this as often as you like, but you will need to do it individually! If you want to delete more messages at once, read below.

To delete WeChat conversations:

  1. Tap the WeChat icon on your mobile device to launch the app.
  2. Sign into your account.
  3. Find the conversation you want to delete by tapping the Chats menu, and scroll until you locate the chat. Make it visible on the screen.
  4. Tap the conversation and hold your finger down until a menu pops up.
  5. Tap Delete.

Delete WeChat conversation

To clear your WeChat chat history:

  1. Launch the WeChat app on your mobile device.
  2. Sign into your account.
  3. Tap Me on the menu at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap Settings.
  5. Tap Chat from the categories of available settings.
  6. Tap Clear Chat History.
  7. On the pop-up window, confirm you want to delete your chat history by tapping Clear.

Clear WeChat chat history


And that’s how you delete WeChat messages. If you want to learn more about how to become a WeChat pro, check out our other step-by-step tutorials on how to search old messages, and how to use WeChat. If you’re looking to delete WeChat for good, check out our article on how to delete your account.

How to Use WeChat

Now that you’ve signed up for your own WeChat account, you’re probably ready to start using WeChat to send messages. In this tutorial, we’ll break down all the functions of the app, and explain each feature step-by-step (with pictures!), so you can get started sending messages to your loved ones, all over the world.

Before we begin, make sure you have downloaded and installed the app. If not, give our step-by-step tutorial on how to download the WeChat app a quick read first.

How to use WeChat

To sign in to your WeChat account:

  1. Using your mobile device, tap the WeChat icon on your home screen to launch the app.
  2. On the first screen, tap Log In.
  3. Tap the box labelled “Enter Password,” as your mobile number will already be at the top of the screen.
  4. Using your on-screen keyboard, type your password.
  5. Tap Log In.

WeChat sign in screen

When using WeChat, there is a main menu that always runs along the bottom of your screen. Your tap-able options are Chats, Contacts, Discover, and Me. Use these functions to navigate through WeChat as you follow our tutorial.

WeChat main menu

Add Contacts

Adding contacts is the first step to using WeChat as your go-to messenger. When you sign up for WeChat, the app will ask if you want to import the contacts from your mobile device. If you want to give the app permission to do this, tap Allow. However, you can also manually add contacts in a variety of ways.

Add a contact by WeChat ID or phone number

From the main screen, tap the Contacts menu. In the top right corner of the screen, tap the + symbol, and select Add Contacts from the drop-down menu.

Add WeChat contacts

Tap the box at the top labelled “WeChat ID/Phone” and use your keyboard to type a person’s mobile phone number or their unique WeChat ID number, if you know it. Tap the box labelled “Search:” to see your results. Tap the person’s name if there are multiple suggestions, and if not, simply tap the green Add button.

Add contact by WeChat ID or phone number

They will now be added to your contacts!

Scan a code

To scan a QR code, tap Contacts on the menu. Tap the + button in the top-right corner of the screen, and tap Scan QR Code from the drop-down menu.

Add contact with QR code

A window will appear on your screen with an image of a frame, and a green line will move slowly down the frame. Hold your camera up to the contact’s QR code, and ensure the entire square of their code is visible in the frame. Your camera will adjust to put their code in focus, and then show you their name on another screen when WeChat identifies them. Tap their name, and then tap Add to add them to your contacts.

QR scanning screen

Alternatively, you can also complete this process by tapping Discover on the menu, and then tapping Scan QR Code.

To make your QR code appear to other users so they can add you, tap Me, and tap the small QR icon beside your name. If you can’t find it, tap your name, and then tap My QR Code.

Show your QR code

Add tags to contacts

Once you’ve added some contacts to your WeChat, you may need to consider sorting and organizing them. One way to do this is by adding tags to their name. In the Contacts menu, tap the Tags box. Then tap Create Tag to start a new tag.

Add tags to contacts

Tap the check box beside the contact’s name who you would like to tag. You may also tap multiple names to apply to tag to multiple contacts. When you’re finished selecting, tap OK() in the top-right, which will display the number of contacts you have selected within the parenthesis.

Choose contacts to add to WeChat tag

In the box labelled “Such as Family and Friends,” type the name of the tag. When you’re finished, tap Save.

Name a tag

Once you’re started creating tags, if you tap Tags from the Contacts screen, you can see all of the tags you have. Tap on any one to see your contacts in that group, and if you want, you can delete a tag by tapping Delete Tag on the tag’s screen. If you want to create a new tag, tap New Tag in the top-right of the screen.

View tags you have created

Create contact groups

To create a group chat, tap Saved Groups on the Contacts menu page. Tap the + symbol in the top-right corner, and choose the contacts you want to add to the group. From there, you can message the contacts all simultaneously.

Create a WeChat group chat

To instant message a contact:

Sending instant messages is one of the most popular ways people utilize WeChat. It sends messages to people’s WeChat profiles, or mobile phones as text messages if they don’t. To get started, tap on any of your contacts, and tap Message.

Message WeChat contacts

If you’ve already started a conversation with them, or you want to find your previous conversations, tap the Chats menu, and then tap on the contact’s name. A window will open with all of your previous conversations. From there, just tap the blank line at the bottom of the screen to open your on-screen keyboard, and then begin typing. When you’re done, tap the green Send button.

WeChat messaging screen

People Nearby

You can also send greetings to people nearby. Tap Discover on the menu, and then tap People Nearby. If your location services are enabled, you can find people close to you, and tap their name. Then tap Send Greeting to connect with them. From there, you will be able to add them to your contacts if they respond.

See WeChat users near you

You can also choose to filter your results by tapping the Additional Options (three vertical dots) button in the top right corner, and then tapping on one of the options that appear. You can choose Females Only to display only females in your results, or Males Only to display only males. If you have selected one of these, tap View All to display all users. If you tap Greetings, you can see users who have sent you greetings, and tap on one to read and respond to it if you wish. Finally, you can tap Clear Location to remove your profile from this list.

Filter nearby search results

Remember that when using People Nearby, your profile will be visible to others for up to thirty minutes after using it. Remember to tap Clear Location if you don’t want to be visible, or simply turn off location services on your device.  

To send a WeChat voice call:

  1. Find a contact and tap on their name, either on the Chats or the Contacts menu.
  2. Tap the + icon at the bottom-right of the screen.
  3. Tap the Voice Call button.
  4. Wait for your contact to answer.
  5. Use the Mute button to mute your microphone, and use the Speaker button to put the call on speaker phone.

WeChat voice call

To send a WeChat video call:

  1. Find a contact and tap on their name, either on the Chats or the Contacts menu.
  2. Tap the + icon at the bottom-right of the screen.
  3. Tap the Video Call button.
  4. Wait for your contact to answer, and line your phone screen up with your face.
  5. Tap Switch to Voice Call to remove the image, or Cancel to end the call.

WeChat video call

To send a voice recording:

  1. Find a contact and tap on their name, either on the Chats or the Contacts menu.
  2. At the bottom-left of the screen, tap the speaker icon.
  3. Tap the Hold to Talk button and begin speaking.
  4. When you’re done, release your finger to send the message.
  5. To cancel, slide your finger up on the screen before releasing.

Send WeChat voice recording

To send a contact card or favorite memory:

Find a contact from the Chats or Contacts menu and tap on their name. Tap the + icon at the bottom-right of the screen, and then tap Contact Card to send them the information of one of your contacts (by tapping on the contact’s name on the next screen), or tap Favorites to send one of your favorite memories. Read below to learn about WeChat Moments that you can save to your profile and share with your contacts.

WeChat Moments

WeChat Moments is a way for you to share things from your life and “post” for your contacts to see, or the public – your choice! Add photos of what you do or see, and caption them. You can even save them as favorites and share them with your contacts easily through the chat.

To add a WeChat moment:

  1. Tap the Discover menu.
  2. Tap Moments.
  3. Tap the camera icon in the top-right corner.
  4. Choose Photos or Sight from the pop-up menu.
  5. Select an image (or multiple images) by tapping on it, or take a photo now. When you’ve chosen your image(s), tap Done.
  6. Tap “Say Something” and type a message.
  7. Tap Send.

Add a WeChat moment

You can choose up to 9 images at one time to share. In addition, you can tap Share To to choose your audience, from Public (all your friends), Private (just you), Share List (choose from your groups and tags), or Do Not Share List (exclude contacts or groups you select). You can also tap Mention to tag a friend in your post. Simply tap their name (from the alphabetized list) or search for them, tap their name, and then tap OK.

Update your WeChat Profile

To update any aspect of your profile, always begin by selecting Me from the bottom menu, and then tapping on your name at the top of the screen.

WeChat personal profile page

To add or change your WeChat profile picture:

  1. Tap Me, followed by your name at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Profile Photo.
  3. Choose from the images stored on your mobile device, which are sorted from newest to oldest.
  4. Tap a photo to select it, or tap Take Photo to take a new photo now.
  5. Tap the frame and move it around the screen to crop the image.
  6. Tap OK.

To change your profile information and WeChat ID:

After tapping Me on the main menu, followed by your name at the top of the screen, you can tap various options on your profile page. To change how your name appears, tap Name, type a new name, and tap Save.

Add information to WeChat profile

Tap What’s Up to enter a current status of what you’re doing, that will be visible to all other users who find you. Tap Save when you’re finished.

Add status to WeChat profile

You can also select a Region, or update your Gender from this screen, as well as add a WeChat ID. Choose any unique ID (that no other users has), and select carefully, as you can only set your WeChat ID one time – it can never be changed! Make sure it is easy to remember as well, as you can tell people this ID to have them add you easily to their contacts. Tap Save when you’re finished.

Update WeChat profile information

You will also be able to now log in to WeChat using this ID number and your password, meaning you can access your profile on other devices!

How to favorite WeChat messages or Moments, and access them:

  1. Find the message or Moment you want to favorite in your chats or your posts.
  2. Tap and hold your finger on the item until more options appear.
  3. Tap Favorite on the pop-up menu to save the item to your Favorites.
  4. To find your favorites, tap the Me menu, then tap Favorites.
  5. Tap on any one to access it.

Add and access favorite messages or WeChat Moments

From the Favorites screen, you can also tap the + button in the top-right corner to compose and save notes for yourself. Simply type a note and tap Save. These will appear in your favorites, along with messages and Moments posts.

To change WeChat Settings:

Tap Me on the bottom menu, and then tap Settings. Choose from categories such as Notifications, Chat, or Privacy by tapping on them. On the page that opens, tap on any toggle to enable or disable a feature. If a toggle is green and pushed right, the feature is enabled. If it is grey and pushed left, it is disabled.

Below are the following categories you can choose from, and examples of settings you can change while in that category:

  • Notifications – Choose how and when you want to be alerted of new messages, and whether sound or vibrations will be part of the notifications.
  • Do Not Disturb – Choose hours to disable notifications.
  • Chat – Features of the chat such as pressing the “Enter” key to send messages faster, adding backgrounds, your Stickers, and your chat history and log settings.
  • Privacy – Decide how other users can find you, how to connect with others using the app, who to share Moments with, and block unfriendly users.
  • General – Choose display settings including text size, data usage settings, enable NFC (near field communication), and your language preferences.
  • My Account – View information including your WeChat ID, display name, phone number, email, and Facebook account, set up a Voiceprint password, change your password, delete your account, or resolve security issues such as resetting your password.
  • Like us on Facebook – Will open a browser tab to like the WeChat Facebook profile.
  • Follow us on Twitter – Will open a browser tab to like the WeChat Twitter feed.

WeChat settings categories

WeChat Shake

WeChat Shake is a feature that allows you to connect with users all over the world who are “shaking” at the same time as you. To use WeChat Shake:

  1. Tap Discover on the menu at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Shake (and ensure location services are enabled).
  3. Holding your device, shake it from left to right vigorously. You will hear a noise, indicating it is working.
  4. A list of users shaking at the same time, and how far away they are from you will appear.

WeChat Shake

You may receive greetings from these users, and you can choose to respond to them. To see your greetings, tap X New Greetings immediately after shaking, or tap the gear icon in the top-right corner, followed by Greetings. Tap a greeting, and then tap Accept if you want to add them as a contact.

Download WeChat stickers

Tap Me on the bottom menu, followed by Sticker Gallery. View trending and popular packages of stickers you can add to your chats, and if you find one you like, tap Download. You can tap the magnifying glass icon to search for specific stickers.

Download WeChat stickers

Log out of WeChat

To sign out of your account, simply tap Me on the bottom menu, followed by Settings. At the bottom of the screen, tap Log Out. You will be asked if you really want to sign out, and if you do, tap Log Out again. If you want to use WeChat on this device again, you will need to sign in with your password.

Log out of WeChat


And that’s how you use WeChat! If you want to learn more about this communication app, our WeChat course we’ve got you covered with more great step-by-step tutorials including how to delete messages, how to search old messages, and we can tell you all about the other great messaging apps like WeChat.

How to Create a WeChat Account to Send Messages

Congrats! You now know what WeChat is, and you’ve downloaded and installed the app, you are ready to create your own WeChat account. In this tutorial, we’ll explain the process step-by-step, so you can create a new account today, and start messaging in just a few minutes!

To create a WeChat account:

  1. Tap the WeChat icon to launch the app.
  2. Tap Sign Up.
  3. Tap in the box labelled “Full Name” and enter your name.
  4. Tap in the box labelled “Phone Number” and enter your mobile number.
  5. Tap in the box labelled “Password” and create a password.
  6. Tap Sign Up.
  7. Wait for WeChat to confirm your phone number by SMS message, which will happen automatically.

If that was a little too fast for you and you need a bit more instruction, check out our step-by-step instructions below (with pictures) so you don’t miss a beat!

Detailed instructions for how to create a WeChat account

1. Launch the WeChat app and indicate you want to create an account.

Launch the app by tapping the WeChat icon on your home screen. When it opens, tap the white Sign Up button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Launch WeChat app to sign up

2. Enter your personal information including name and phone number, and create a secure password for your account.

In the labelled boxes, enter the information required. Tap the “Full Name” box and enter your name, and tap the “Phone Number” box to enter your mobile phone number. Then tap the “Password” box to create a password for your account.

WeChat sign up form

3. Tap the green Sign Up button.

When you’re finished and have double-checked that all your information is correct, tap the green Sign Up button at the bottom of the screen.

Create a WeChat account

4. Wait for WeChat to send you an SMS message to verify your phone number.

WeChat will send a text message to your mobile phone now, verifying the number you entered was correct. This process will happen automatically, as WeChat can detect if you received the message on your device. The process should take less than a minute, so if it takes longer, check the number you entered again.

Verify phone number for WeChat


And that’s how you create a new WeChat account! Check out our next tutorial on how to use WeChat, so you can become a WeChat pro today!

How to Download and Install WeChat

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 the app. 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 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 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 the app, be sure to check out our next tutorial on how to create an account.