There have been reports that twice as many expatriates are leaving China than arriving. Despite this the Shanghai Daily reported that Shanghai’s expat population now exceeds 173,000, a 6.7% increase from 2011.

For these expats in China, WeChat is a must-download app for business and daily living. But, since WeChat only offers its service provider and payment functions in Chinese, this makes it challenging for expats to really adapt to it and use it as they want to.

There are a handful of apps in China that provide the same services as WeChat in English. While no app could replace WeChat in the messaging field, these services tackle other features that are a mystery to English speaking users. 

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com