WeChat is the social networking app launched during 2011 in China. Over the years the parent company Tencent realized the potential and expanded the usage to multiple services like taxi payment and mobile top up. Currently the situation in China is that you do not need to carry a wallet anymore and WeChat is sufficient to do payments for most of the general purpose needs. Since you can switch the language of the app to English, it is the best app for expats living in China. In this article we will discuss how to top up mobile using WeChat for you own or any other number.
How to Top Up Mobile Using WeChat?
Below are the summary of the steps. We will explain with iOS app for iPhone and the steps are same for Android app as well.
- Install WeChat app and create your account.
- Add bank card to you account.
- Choose mobile top up option.
- Select phone number and the amount.
- Payment to the number.
- Get success message.
Step1 – Installing and Registering WeChat App
Go to App Store or Android store (there are too many Android versions in China and Google Play Store is blocked), download the WeChat app. Register for an account with your phone number and activate the account.
Step2 – Add a Bank Card
Before you use payment gateway, it is mandatory to add a bank card to your WeChat account. Navigate to “Me > Wallet > Cards” and add your bank card.
Once the card is added, go to “Balance” section and tap on the “Top Up” button to add amount instantly to your WeChat account. It is necessary to keep the amount under your WeChat account before any payment and you can withdraw the amount back to bank account any point of time later. It is also a good idea to request your Chinese friends to send red packet or just transfer money to your WeChat account. This amount will be available as balance and can be used for mobile top up without adding the bank card.
Step3 – Choose Mobile Top Up
The mobile top up option is available under “Me > Wallet” as shown below:
Step4 – Select Phone Number and Amount
By default the linked phone to your WeChat account or the previous topped up number will be shown along with the amounts ¥ 30, ¥ 50, ¥ 100, ¥ 200, ¥ 300 and ¥ 500. Touch the phone number to edit and add different number for topping up.
Step5 – Top Up Payment
Once the number and amount is selected, tap on the “Pay Now” button to top up the mobile.
Step6 – Get Success Message
After the payment, you will receive instant success message within WeChat and also the SMS from your mobile service provider.
The total process will take less than 30 seconds if you are already using WeChat account with a bank card added to it. For a new user it may take few minutes to create account, add bank card and then recharging your mobile. The manual process of mobile recharge involves getting a top up card which may need discussion in Chinese with the shop guy, call up the service provider, scratch and enter the PIN number on the top up card then finally get the message. WeChat removes all these hassles and helps to complete the mobile top up process without depending on others. If you are living in China we highly recommend to start using WeChat and get benefitted from all the services offered.