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The Big Facebook Messenger and WeChat Face Off

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Whenever we talk about instant messaging apps, the two most popular apps that come to our mind first are Facebook Messenger and WeChat.

However, there are other apps also available, but it has been proved through surveys that WeChat and Facebook messenger have the largest number of users around the world. If you are using a different chat service other than Facebook messenger and WeChat, you must be wondering about downloading these messenger apps instead. If you are confused deciding between the two; here you will come to know about their features prior to choosing a chat service.

User-friendly chat app

Facebook messenger and WeChat have some similarities, but they work differently. For example, WeChat uses a different mode of registration while Messenger uses the Facebook account of the users. Both these applications are for free for the Windows, Android and iOS devices. To register in WeChat, you will be asked to give your phone number and once your registration process is complete, the contacts on your mobile using WeChat will be shown in the list and you can send them requests to add you in their lists. On the other hand, in Facebook Messenger, you don’t need to go through the process as your Facebook friends will automatically be added to your contacts.

Service

Facebook messenger and WeChat offer almost similar services such as voice calling, video calling, photo sharing, file and location sharing and so on. However, in terms of offering services, WeChat takes the upper hand, because it offers more than what the messenger offers to its users. WeChat offers free video calling service along with other social features. You will get these services in Facebook messenger as well, but you need to leave the messenger app to post photos in Facebook. With WeChat, on the other hand, you can easily upload photos on your timeline without any need to leave the app.

Differences

In WeChat you will get additional features besides video and voice calling. In WeChat, you cannot post a status whenever you are online and you will not get any notification informing you whether your friend has received your message already or not. These are all the features available in Facebook Messenger only. You can see if anyone is active now or available for chat.

Interface

Facebook messenger has a clean and simple interface through which the users can easily get the features without any need to go through different procedures. In WeChat also, you will get to see a decent layout; but, sometimes, it looks a bit cluttered with its extra features and therefore, some users get confused to choose a feature in the midst of hundreds of options.

Social Features

WeChat offers a number of services that are quite similar to what Google play store and iTunes offer. These features allow its users to do a number of things such as booking an appointment with the doctor, hailing a taxi, book a flight ticket and even make payment of utility bills. This instant messaging app allows you to do all such activities. On the other hand, in Facebook messenger, you will not get these features. However, the app is looking to implement these features so that the users can attain better functionality thus raising its popularity.

According to a recent survey it has been observed that WeChat has a user base of around 1 billion and its average annual revenue is $7 per head. On the other hand, Facebook messenger has approximately 700 million registered users.

Therefore, it can be concluded that if you are interested only in sending free SMSs, then Facebook can be a good option. Here, you will get emojis and stickers that will give you a different feeling than regular chat messaging. However, if you want to surf some other social features in your instant messaging app, WeChat is the best option.