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8 Sep 2018

The 13 Pitfalls of using Whatsapp Groupchats

If you are like many people in Singapore and Malaysia, you feel that Whatsapp is better and easier to use than WeChat.  Many of my customers told me that WeChat has too many features (in fact, WeChat has 1 million features) and way too powerful for the average Singaporean.  They say that why complicates things when all we want are just messaging and groupchats communication? 

I too felt the same way as most people.    However, once I started to use WeChat actively in 2017, I realised that even if I were to just use groupchat and nothing else in WeChat, WeChat is 13 times better than WhatsApp.  Using WeChat groupchats (and not Whatsapp groupchats) has made my life safer, more productive and secure.  The 13 ways that WeChat Groupchats are superior to Whatsapp groupchats are:

1.  Your Phone Number is Not Revealed in WeChat
When you join a WhatsApp groupchat, your phone number is known to everyone in the groupchat.  You may start receiving spam messages or even calls from people that you don't even know.  This is because people can just add you as their contact without your permission and there is really nothing you can do about it. 

But in WeChat, your phone number is always not revealed.  We know that if one were to know your mobile number, one can stalk you and even sell away your phone number for profit.  So for your own security and privacy sake, you should use WeChat groupchats more than Whatsapp groupchats

Note that even if you were to leave a Whatsapp groupchat, the groupchat members can still see all the members' phone numbers.  However, in WeChat, once you delete someone from the WeChat groupchat, he cannot see any of the groupchat members' details. 

2. Your Groupchat friends are NOT your friends on WeChat
Unlike Whatsapp, in WeChat, even if you were to join many WeChat groupchats, you are still NOT a friend to anyone in  any of the groupchats until you have personally added them as your WeChat friend.  

There are 2 steps needed to add someone as your WeChat contact.  You must first send a friend request, and the other person must accept your friend request within 3 days. 

When someone is not your WeChat friend, he cannot message you, call you or do message broadcast to you.  That's why many people find that WeChat is more secure than Whatsapp

3. Your Voice Message in WeChat Cannot be Forwarded, Unlike WhatsApp
If you want to have some confidential conversation with someone on WeChat, be it in a one-to-one message or via grouphat, you can simply send a voice message.  You know that voice messages in WeChat cannot be forwarded.  This is unlike Whatsapp where you can simply forward any voice messages

4. WeChat Uses Less Data and Battery Power than Whatsapp
Those who use Whatsapp and WeChat simultaneously can testify to this: WeChat is more efficient when it comes to data usage and power consumption. The difference is about 30% to 50%, depending on your phone

5. WeChat Voice Messages Cannot Exceed 1 Minute
If you need to send in your groupchat a long voice message, you need to send multiple voice messages, with each voice message not exceeding one minute.  This makes WeChat more secure and private than Whatsapp, which apparently does not have such limit on voice messages

6. WeChat Groupchat Can Have 500 people versus Whatsapp 250
Just base on this you'll find that you can conduct business more efficiently and effectively via WeChat groupchats than Whatsapp groupchats

7. There is Only One Group Admin in WeChat, Unlike Whatsapp 
Whatsapp sets its default as everyone in the groupchat to be group admin, whereas WeChat by default only has one group admin.  We know that the group admin has the power to add and delete groupchat members, thus it is important to have better control over group admin

8. Beyond 100 people, WeChat Groupchats Requires a 2-Step Process  to Add New Members
For the first 100 people in your WeChat groupchats, you can simply add them by getting them to scan your WeChat groupchat QR code or you can just them unilaterally.  There is no need for the other person to accept your invitation to the WeChat groupchat.  

But once your WeChat groupchat has more than 100 people, you can only add people to your groupchat via personal invitation, and they must accept your invitation within 3 days.  We know that to invite people to your WeChat groupchat, that person must be your WeChat friend first. 

Note that there is no such requirement in Whatsapp and people can simply add you to their Whatsapp groupchat without your permission.  This makes Whatsapp groupchat riskier than WeChat groupchats. 

9. You Can Choose to Be NOT KNOWN in WeChat Groupchats
You can always change your name in WeChat groupchats to something different if you don't want people in the groupchat to know you.  There is no such privacy feature in Whatsapp

10. Easy Retrieval in WeChat Groupchats
If you are like me, you have many Whatsapp groupchats and sometimes you miss certain messages because they are lost in the ocean of countless groupchats.  In WeChat, you can always select 'Sticky on top' to put your important WeChat groupchat at the top of your screen so that you will never miss them

11. WeChat has So Many Stickers Whereas Whatsapp has hardly Any
We use stickers to communicate our emotions and WeChat is good in this. There is no such thing in Whatsapp

12.  You Can Check On Someone By Looking at his Moments Posts in WeChat
To check someone out, you can simply look at his Moments posts in WeChat.  There is no such thing in Whatsapp 

13. All WeChat Groupchats are in One Place, Unlike Whatsapp
All your groupchats on WeChat are in one place, unlike Whatsapp.  This makes retrieval of groupchats extremely easy, unlike Whatsapp.  Just go to your WeChat contacts page, and select 'Groupchats' from there.  Here you will see all your WeChat groupchats. 

Some of you may not find all your WeChat groupchats here.  The reason is you have not saved these WeChat groupchats into the WeChat server.  To do this, to go the groupchats, and click on the 3 dots on the top right of the screen. Then go to the bottom of the groupchat and select 'Save to Contacts'. 

To know how to use WeChat like a pro and make money by selling to the crazy rich Asians who use nothing but WeChat, enroll for our upcoming WeChat course.  The next course is on Tuesday 25th September 2018 from 2 to 6 pm.  To get your 82% discount (no typo error) at just $94 versus $500 elsewhere, message to Andy at 8201-4347 or visit 

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