The agreement was considered a concession for Apple, and indicated that WeChat's in-app ecosystem could cut Apple out of the loop. However, Tencent recently erected paywalls for certain articles.A person scans the QR code of the digital payment services WeChat Pay at a fresh market in Beijing, China August 8, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
After President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would ban all US transactions with messaging app WeChat, some of the biggest names in American industry have begun to voice concerns about the shift directly to White House officials. According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal, representatives from “more than a dozen” major US companies, from Apple to Walmart to Disney to UPS, participated in a call this past Tuesday to highlight how they might be affected by action against taken against WeChat.
President Trump’s executive order was meant to curtail the app’s use because the Chinese government allegedly uses it as a tool to harvest “personal and proprietary” information from US citizens and traveling Chinese nationals. While the administration’s national security concerns are clearly laid out, the rest of the order’s language is broad and unspecific. When the ban goes into effect on September 20th, it will officially bar “any transaction that is related to WeChat.” The exact nature of those banned transactions remains unclear to almost everyone, however, and the Journal notes that detailing them is a task that falls to the Commerce Department.
Narrowing down that language before the 20th is crucial, as it could limit the potential blow US companies may take if cut off from Tencent’s non-American users. In the United States, WeChat isn’t much more than a messaging service, one primarily used by people with professional ties to China and members of the Chinese diaspora. But in its native country, WeChat has quickly become a sort of platform-agnostic operating system — in addition to acting as a social network, WeChat has grown into a payment platform, a marketing tool, a destination for games, a financial lender and a self-contained app ecosystem. In other words, losing access to the platform’s hundreds of millions of loyal users in China could put a serious dent in a company’s balance sheet.
Ironically, the many American companies that rely on WeChat on some level stand to suffer far more than WeChat’s own parent company. Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told the Journal that Apple, which has long dealt with soft sales growth in China, may see global iPhone shipments dip by as much as 30 percent in the wake of a ban. Visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland have been able to use WeChat to purchase passes, rent strollers and buy concessions — if the executive order extends to American transactions with WeChat’s more popular Chinese counterpart as some fear, that revenue may be at risk. The same could be true for the money UPS collects from Chinese customers who pay for shipments via WeChat, and the list goes on from there.
- Apple's ecosystem is facing what could be an unprecedented shake-up, assuming the Trump administration enacts the ban and forces a removal of WeChat (and maybe sister app Weixin) from.
- WeChat is a free messaging alternative to cellular text messages 1 X Research source and supports sending text, photos, videos, and more. It is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Nokia S40, Symbian, and Blackberry phones. It’s also available on Mac OS X. It has multiple functions such as.
For what it’s worth, WeChat owner Tencent Holdings seems considerably less concerned. The company saw its quarterly profits soar to over 30 billion yuan ($4.3 billion) this week, and executives noted in a call with investors that the company’s US WeChat business accounted for a paltry 2 percent of its overall global revenue. During that same call, Tencent CFO John Lo said the company believes that President Trump’s executive order will not affect WeChat’s domestic Chinese operations though he — like everyone else — is still waiting for further clarity.
By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: December 28, 2019
I have both iPhone and Android smartphones. And I have a variety of apps on these phones which I use for both work and personal reasons. One such app I have is WeChat. I use it every day for communication and for other purposes as well. One problem I have is that I want to transfer WeChat files from my smartphones to my computer. How do I do this?
~Android and iPhone User
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Part I: Introduction
WeChat is an application that is famous for its messaging and calling purposes. However, it’s useful in some other way too.
It has a file transfer feature that gives you another way of using it on your phone. Plus, it supports multiple platforms such as Android, Windows, iOS, macOS, and it even has a web version.
Some users have actually stated that WeChat is one of the best alternatives for Firedrop or Airdrop. This is to actually transfer files (or data) between two devices.
If you don’t have a USB cable, we will teach you how to transfer files such as videos, pictures, Word files, Excel files, and PDF files.
Part II: Wechat File Transfer Using Web WeChat
The method of using Web WeChat to transfer various files such as videos, pictures, PDF files, and other types of files, is a recommended way to share data between smartphones and your computer.
It is not even necessary to download a specific software on your Mac device or Windows PC.
What you have to do is to visit WeChat for your webpage and then scan the QR code using your iPhone or Android phone.
This is in order to log into WeChat on the said website. After which, you have to confirm the operation within your smartphone.
Now, you will have the ability to use WeChat on your web browser. After this happens, you will be able to use the Web version of WeChat in order to transfer files from your smartphone (e.g. Android or iPhone) to a Windows PC or Mac device. You can also do it the other way around.
Wechat File Transfer Using Web WeChat from Your iPhone/ Android towards Your Computer
If you simply want to send files from your Android to your computer (which also is the same case for iPhone devices), you should log into your WeChat account on the web version before you do so.
Do this by following the steps we have stated above. Now, below, we will show you an example of how to do it:
- Step 01 - Find the file located on your smartphone.
- Step 02 - Select the specific file.
- Step 03 - Press the Share button.
- Step 04 - Find the icon labeled WeChat. Press this icon.
- Step 05 - Receiver should be chosen as File Transfer.
- Step 06 - Go to the PC and go to Web WeChat. You will now see the file after it has been transferred.
- Step 07 - Press the Download button.
Wechat File Transfer Using Web WeChat from Your Computer to Your iPhone Or Android
- Step 01 - Log into Web WeChat on your computer.
- Step 02 - Select File Transfer.
- Step 03 - Press the folder icon located at the bottom of the chat interface.
- Step 04 - Choose the files you want from your computer.
- Step 05 - The files will now be displayed on WeChat’s typing area. Press the button named Send and it will transfer the files from your computer to your Android or iPhone.
- Step 06 - Use your smartphone again. Select File Transfer located on the WeChat interface and you will be able to see the file located there.
- Step 07 - Tap the file displayed and it will now be downloaded on your smartphone.
Part III: Wechat File Transfer Through the WeChat Client
There are what we call WeChat for Windows (operating systems 7, 8, 10) and WeChat for Mac devices. You can get this WeChat client and download it on your computer in order to utilize the file transfer feature.
Now, with the software downloaded on your computer, you don’t have to think about the Web version of WeChat being closed or accidentally logged out.
How to Transfer WeChat Files from Your iPhone Or Android to Your Computer
- Step 01 - Download the free WeChat software for Windows or Mac
- Step 02 - Install this within your computer.
- Step 03 - Log into your WeChat account. Do this by scanning the QR code using your smartphone.
- Step 04 - Open your smartphone and locate the file you wish to transfer.
- Step 05 - Select the file.
- Step 06 - Press the Share button.
- Step 07- Choose the WeChat application. This is where you want to share it.
- Step 08 - Select File Transfer as the receiver.
- Step 09 - Go to your computer and go to the WeChat platform.
- Step 10 - Download the file and save it.
Part IV: Bonus: Tool for Bulk Transfer
There are tools you can use for bulk transfer of files from your iPhone or Android phone to your computer. The tool is iOS Data Backup & Restore (for iPhone) and Android Data Backup & Restore.
Bulk Transfer for iPhone Devices
Let’s go to iOS Data Backup & Restore first. Below are the advantages (and also the features) of the said software:
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01 - You only need a few clicks to restore your backup to your iOS device.
02 - It gives you the power to review any data or file you have from the backup.
03 - It allows you to export files from the back up towards your own computer.
04 - It is 100% secure. Viruses and malware (or anything that may harm your device) are not contained inside the software. Only you have the access to the data you have.
05 - Data won’t be lost during the restore process. It will always be safe.
06 - The software will not overwrite your data.
07 - You are provided with a 30-day free trial. This means you get to experience the advantages of the tool without having to cash out money for it first.
08 - You have one-on-one support and you can also get support through email.
Here’s how to use this tool step-by-step:
Step 01 - First, connect your device to your computer by utilizing the USB connector that comes with this device.
Step 02 - Install the FoneDog Toolkit on your computer. This software can be used on both Windows and Mac systems.
Step 03 - Open the FoneDog Toolkit.
Step 04 - Select iOS Data Backup & Restore located on the main interface of the software.
Step 05 - Select iOS Data Backup.
Step 06 - Choose the backup mode that you wish. There are two options, Standard Backup and Encrypted Backup. The latter gives you the ability to put a password on your backup file in order to protect sensitive information.
Step 07 - Press the button labeled Start. The software will show you a list of data types that you may wish to backup. These include Photos, Messages, Contacts, Applications, and Messages, etc.
Step 08 - Select the type of data you may wish to back up.
Step 09 - Press Next.
Step 10 - Wait for the software to backup your data.
After which, you have to restore your data to the device you wish to restore it to:
Step 11 - Ensure that your iPhone or your iOS device is connected to your Windows PC or Mac computer.
Step 12 - Select iOS Data Backup & Restore.
Step 13 - Press iOS Data Restore.
Step 14 - FoneDog toolkit will now display all the backups that you have. Select the backup file you want.
Step 15 - Select View Now button.
Step 16 - FoneDog Toolkit will start to scan the backup file you have just selected.
Step 17 - Once the process of scanning is done, you will be able to preview the data on the backup. Select which files you want to restore to your device.
Step 18 - Select Restore to Device OR you can select Restore to PC.
Bulk Transfer for Android Devices
Here’s how to use the Android Data Backup & Restore for bulk transfer.
Step 01 - Download the software FoneDog Toolkit on your personal computer.
Step 02 - Launch the said software on your personal computer.
Step 03 - Choose Android Data Backup & Restore.
Step 04 - Connect, using your USB cable, the Android phone towards your personal computer.
Step 05 - Ensure that USB debugging mode is enabled on your smartphone.
Step 06 - Select the option Device Data Backup.
Step 07 - Select the type of data you wish to backup.
Step 08 - Press the Start button.
Step 09 - Once backup is already finished, press the OK button.
Then, you can restore it now to the device you wish to restore it to:
Step 10 - On the main interface, select Device Data Restore.
Step 11 - Choose the backup you wish to restore.
Step 12 - Select the data type you wish to restore.
Step 13 - Choose the files you wish to restore.
Step 14 - Press Restore.
Step 15 - Confirm the process.
Part V: Conclusion
Transferring WeChat files from your iPhone or Android phone is as easy as 1-2-3. You can do it via Web WeChat or via WeChat Client software.
Also, you can do bulk transfer using a tool called FoneDog’s Android Data Backup & Restore (for Android devices) OR FoneDog’s iOS Data Backup & Restore (for iOS devices).