WeChat is more than just a chat app, it’s an entire social media ecosystem. In China, it’s an all-encompassing social app with payment, group interaction, web browser, social network and more. In the west it’s mainly a chat app but Moments add a little more depth to it. This tutorial is going to walk you through posting Moments on WeChat.
A WeChat Moment is like a Snapchat or Instagram Story. A snapshot of your life at that particular time. There are two main types of Moment. Carefully curated Moments designed by brands with big budgets and regular Moments published by regular people. We only care about the latter of those as they are the only authentic Moments.
Moments can be shared either with or without an image. I would suggest that those with an image are much more interesting than those without but it is entirely up to you what you post and when.
Posting a Moment on WeChat
Posting a Moment on WeChat is quite straightforward. If you know you way around the app already it can be done in just a few seconds. What is more difficult is coming up with interesting things to put in there.
- Open WeChat and select the Discover icon at the bottom of the main page.
- Select Moments from the list on the next page.
- Tap the camera icon in the top right. Just tap the icon. A long press creates a text-only Moment.
- Select Take Photo or Choose Existing to use a gallery image.
- Add a caption in the text box that appears on screen.
- Select Location, Share to or @Mention to add extra flavor to your Moment.
- Select Post in the top right of the screen.
That’s all there is to posting a Moment. It’s a very straightforward process that is very similar to Insta or Snapchat so should be very intuitive once you know where to find the menu settings.
If you select Take Photo, the camera will open and you can either take a selfie or take a picture of your surroundings. It will then appear in the WeChat page the same as if you selected Choose Existing. There are no real editing features in WeChat so if you need to tweak your image you’ll need to do that before setting up your Moment.
You can select Location to show your location. This is disabled by default thankfully but if you’re out sightseeing or traveling, it might be useful to add your location. It’s a one hit wonder and will add your location to that Moment and nothing else.
Share to controls who can see your Moment. Public means everyone can see it. Private means only you can see it. Share List means you can manually select contacts to see it and Do Not Share List is a manual blacklist you can create to exclude specific contacts.
@Mention works the same in WeChat as it does everywhere else. If you want to shout out to anyone who appears in your Moment, this is where you do it.
Controlling who sees your WeChat Moment
You can see from the Share to controls that you can manage who sees your Moments and who cannot. This is set individual per Moment so is very granular. This is great for if you want to share with very specific people or block very specific people. It isn’t a universal setting so if you habitually want to share Moments with or without certain people, it’s going to become a chore.
You can set global permissions from your Moments from within the Privacy menu. It uses the same blocklist principle as the rest of the app.
- Open WeChat and select Me.
- Select Settings and Privacy.
- Select Hide My Posts.
- Select the ‘+’ icon to add someone to the block list so they cannot see your Moment.
- Select the contact from the list.
- Repeat as necessary.
This controls general viewing and is not overridden by individual Moment settings. If you have someone on your Moment blocklist here, they will not be able to see your Moment even if you made them Public from within the Moment.
Just the same as blocking contacts, you can repeat the above process and select the ‘-‘ icon to remove a contact from your Moment block list. From that moment on they will be able to see all the Moments you publish depending on the individual setting you set for each at the time of creation.
Moments are a cool idea and work well. If you lead a genuinely interesting life, they can be a way to share that with your friends. The system works insanely well for Insta and Snapchat and seems to work equally well for WeChat.