How to Change WeChat ID / WeChat Username

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How to Change WeChat ID

WeChat now allows users to change their WeChat ID (WeChat username) once per year. Previously, WeChat never allowed users to change their ID, and then they allowed users to change their ID once.  However, now WeChat is allowing users to change their usernames once per year.

Want to change your WeChat ID?

Follow these easy steps to change your WeChat ID:


First of all, go to the “Me” section in WeChat / WeChat ID


                Secondly, Press the top right arrow,



Thirdly, Press WeChat ID   


            Finally, Select change WeChat ID


(and then follow the prompts WeChat provides you to change your WeChat username). Your WeChat username must be between 6-20 characters and must begin with a letter, but may contain letters, numbers, underscores, and dashes.

More About WeChat



Firstly, the ability for users to change their WeChat ID (WeChat username) is a big update, especially for expatriates. Often, when ex-pats first move to China, they don’t realize that the WeChat ID they make will be permanent… For instance, sometimes making a silly ID that they don’t understand will become part of their digital signature for their lifetime in China… thankfully, not anymore, however.

Furthermore, WeChat, or Weixin (its Chinese name), is mandarin for “micro-message.” Consequently, despite the original intention of WeChat as a messaging app, its power and usage have evolved since its 1998 foundation to one of the most important aspects of a Chinese person’s daily life. Most importantly, WeChat is the essential app in China because it integrates into all aspects of life: from chatting with friends to paying utility bills, WeChat is your China utility, which further explains why the ability to change a WeChat ID is super useful and important.

In conclusion, the in-depth usage of WeChat by Chinese society makes it one of China’s best digital marketing points for businesses and organizations alike. However, digital marketing efforts on China’s most essential tool does not come easy nor cheap. An advertisement through Tencent advertising starts at around USD 7,000. In other words, WeChat is one of the top advertising tools in China, but it can be pricey.

Facts About WeChat

  • In Q1 2020, there are 1.17 billion Monthly Active Users (MAU) on WeChat.
  • In early 2019, Tencent released that over the course of 2018, users sent 45 billion daily messages on WeChat.
  • In 2019, Tencent’s total revenue exceeded 377 billion RMB.

If you’re not on WeChat, then you aren’t fully maximizing your opportunity in China.

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