At the end of the day, we all want the same thing: to use products that are useful and beloved. In some cases, these products become too “seamlessly integrated” into our daily lives that they form part of our routine. Examples are social apps we use on our mobile phones.

Mobile apps have a stable, consistent and thoroughly addicted user base. Some provide really powerful features, while others lack a ton of it. These days, I find myself particularly hooked to using WeChat. And here’s why: this social mobile app acts as a digital notepad!

How WeChat Backs Up Conversations

Many forms of emergency, more often than not, require information retrieval. However, unlike good old hard copies, communications done digitally aren’t as easy to keep and store in boxes for safekeeping. Thanks to the Chat History Backup feature of WeChat, conversation histories can be saved and restored to any device for up to seven (7) days. Cue Kim Chiu’s “Isn’t it amazing?

WeChat’s Chat History Backup comes with a three-step process:

1. Go to “Settings” > “General” > “Chat History Backup” and then press  “Back Up” for the conversations you’d like to store.

2. Once you’ve saved your chats, you can protect them by setting a password.

3. To restore your conversations on any device, simply log on and tap “Restore” on the Chat History Backup window. The backed-up history will be restored to your device from the server.

How WeChat’s Cloud Storage Service Can Save Your Day

Below is a rundown of several instances when this cloud storage solution by WeChat saves your ass from encounters wherein you need to refer to your information while on-the-go.

1. Retrieving important dates

Let’s face it. We are guilty of forgetting birthdays, anniversaries, or just about any date set for yearly celebrations. Sure, our brains can handle that huge amount of data and even more, but we may just choose not to. Then again, there are details that are tagged as “more important” and “highly prioritized.” With the help of WeChat, you can give your spatial memory an instant boost by referring to conversation histories, which may contain reminders of these occasions.

Chats with your sister could reveal her listing hole-in-the wall restaurants like 100 Revolving Restaurant in Quiapo or El Chupacabra in inconspicuous Polaris Street in Makati. Also, conversations with your best friend could remind you of the annual Art in the Park exhibit at Salcedo Village, which you’ve planned to go to together.

2. Keeping lists

If you observe daily routines, it’s easy to spot how digital messages have long replaced the function of tactile Post-its and refrigerator notes. Lacking several things in the pantry? Your mom could’ve sent you a grocery list via WeChat. Receiving a huge package with separate parts of a bike? One quick check of your history could bring up a message from your dad with DIY instructions—helping you assemble your gear just in time for your mountaineering trip to the dirt trails of Montalban and Camp Aguinaldo.

3. Retrieving work exchanges

Aside from notebooks and emails, digital conversations with colleagues have also been reference points for work-related tasks. Missed out on an important detail relayed to you by your teammate over your WeChat group? No problem. Simply retrieve your file either on your desktop, work phone, or personal phone and proceed to finishing your task.

About WeChat

WeChat envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. A mobile social communication app designed for smartphone users, WeChat is the world’s fastest growing social app with over 100 million registered accounts internationally.

WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways by bringing together messaging, social communication and gaming in one seamless, interactive experience, with comprehensive privacy and security settings that can be tailored as needed.

WeChat is an all-in-one app that enables users to add friends with several innovative features. These include highly convenient and reliable QR code scanning, phonebook and location-based connection services such as “Hold Together”, “People Nearby” and “Shake.”

The platform facilitates social interaction with real-time “Walkie Talkie,” “Voice Call,” and “Video Call.” Supported on data networks and Wi-Fi, WeChat makes it easy to stay connected with friends anywhere, anytime. Users can choose to communicate and share photos one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”.

The popular WeChat Sticker Shop has a variety of fun animated emoticons to express any emotion.  Also, with a host of addictive WeChat Games, users can play and challenge their friends on the move, share scores and even find competitors nearby.

WeChat is available free for download on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows operating systems.

Learn more about WeChat and download the app at www.wechat.com
WeChat Philippines Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WeChatPH

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70 Responses

  1. Kath Rivera

    Until now I don’t have weChat. The cloud storage is really helpful to those who likes organizing things and taking notes from chat, I guess.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      As people seem to be engaging with social networks from breakfast straight through to bedtime, WeChat’s features may come in handy at any time of the day. Try it if you’re using a smartphone; it’s for free anyway. 😀

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Changes in the technology of different devices have also altered the use of many apps. Society is always a moving target, so WeChat has provided the cloud storage service as it see fits.

      Reply
  2. Mindy

    I’m a very technologically challenged person, i don’t have WeChat (i don’t even have Line) but it sure seems to be very useful especially for a very forgetful person like me *LOL*

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hehe. If Facebook is enough for you to communicate with friends online, then that’s fine. But it’s good to also open up to other apps like WeChat just to try and see how the features can provide benefits to you as well. 🙂

      Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, I only hope that the duration it takes to store all the data is longer. As such, it’s like owning your own car instead of just renting the usage of it or test-driving a model for a short period for a specific project.

      Reply
  3. silaytambayan

    This is very useful! Most especially to those who often forgot things easily. WeChat helps people to make life easier and store important events, message and etc;. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Storing stuff on the cloud becomes a bit easier, even on a temporary seven-day basis. Then again, I think most people would just keep their reminders and notes using the Notes app or Evernote. WeChat as well comes in handy.

      Reply
  4. Louise

    I’ve never heard of this before! I think I need to look into it as it may be a useful tool for me to have 🙂

    Louise x

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  5. Rebecca M

    I totally agree its always important to have a back up as you never know what situation you may find yourself in.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Although once a daydream as airy as a few wisps of steam, the cloud storage service is here to stay. This allows accessibility so you can remotely get access to your notes and chats at any time from a number of devices.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Gone are the days of face-palming because you forgot something on your computer. No longer do you have to clog up your own email with notes you sent yourself for easy retrieval. Nowadays, you can simply send it via WeChat to the cloud and retrieve it later.

      Reply
  6. Gelleesh

    WeChat is actually one of the few messaging applications I have in my smart phone. It’s very convenient to chat there and I’m glad about its cloud storage service. Definitely plus points for them! 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      WeChat’s cloud storage feature keeps us in sync and lets us access chats wherever and whenever we need them. It’s a great way to backup, share, and collaborate as well.

      Reply
  7. Andreea Leau

    I just search for this app and I’m really happy I can have it too. I can’t wait to try it 🙂

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  8. Fred

    I have WeChat on my phone since I bought it, but I have never opened it yet. After reading your article, I think I really should check it out.

    Reply
  9. Arsie Organo

    Hi Roch,

    Thanks for sharing this information about WeChat. I haven’t used that app yet but it seems an awesome nifty app. I will download it and install as soon as possible.

    Reply
  10. Joshua Tumanda

    I have not used WeChat yet but I would love to try and test it. This is one way I could make use of the services provided, as what you have innumerate. Thank you for the share by the way.

    Reply
  11. Kath Rivera

    Dates are very important and this is one of the feature for this weChat app. I don’t have we chat but the backup part is a plus for this. There are times kasi na phones that have too many applications have the tendency to restore from it’s factory settings so this one can save a lot of important things.

    Reply
  12. Sam

    Very useful! Thanks for the tips. I really love how cloud makes everything so easy and free 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome, Sam. 🙂 I have been observing some significant technology trends for the last few years. Cloud computing and mobile are two such things. Somehow, I think WeChat is planning to boom at that direction.

      Reply
  13. Jaja

    Backup storage is very useful. This got me thinking into switching to wechat. Great feature!

    Reply
  14. Alwin

    I tried using WeChat but decided to uninstall it. I don’t find the need for it. I guess these kinds of app is not for me. One thing I noticed though is that they keep adding features that users will find useful.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup! It’s good to try so at least you know what’s the latest trend now in the app store/market and you won’t be left out when discussing with friends/colleagues.

      Reply
  15. Jonas Labagala

    I have seen so many posts like this but yes, it’s important to have a cloud storage as it saves important messages that you can later use. 🙂

    Reply

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