How to Use Whatsapp in Yunnan

WhatsApp Messenger from Facebook is a freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service owned by Facebook.It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media. WhatsApp’s client application runs on mobile devices but is also accessible from desktop computers, as long as the user’s mobile device remains connected to the Internet while they use the desktop app.

Is it possible to use WhatsApp in China in 2019? Even though WhatsApp has been blocked in China since June of 2017, I still remain connected on WhatsApp, so I can tell you from experience that it’s entirely possible…as long as you’re prepared. Here’s a quick explanation of what you need to know and how to make sure you can access WhatsApp in China.

The way to use Whatsapp

Follow these step-by-step instructions to master all the major functions of WhatsApp

  • Step 1: Invite Contacts to WhatsApp

If you want to use Whatsapp to talk to your contacts, you need to make sure that WhatsApp is installed on their mobile phones. If so, they will appear automatically.

If they don’t have WhatsApp, you can send them an invitation via text message or email with a link to download the app.

On the iPhone, tap Favorites, scroll down and tap Invite Friends to WhatsApp
On Android, click the “Contacts” tab, scroll down and click “Invite Friends.”
Please note that if you decide to invite contacts via text, a standard text rate will be charged, so please consult your provider to ensure that your existing plan will not incur significant costs.

  • Step 2: Send and Receive Messages

Once you have invited all your contacts to WhatsApp, you can start sending and receiving messages.

Open WhatsApp and click the chat icon at the bottom right corner or top of the screen, depending on the device you are using.
Select the contact to whom you want to send text and start composing the message.
When finished, click the send icon (small white plane on blue background)

  • Step 3: Notification ticks

You will notice different coloured check marks next to each message.

One grey tick means that the message has been successfully sent from your phone
Two grey ticks means that the message has been successfully delivered to your contact’s phone
Two blue ticks means that your contact has read your message
If you’ve sent a message to a group of contacts, the second grey tick will not appear until all contacts have received your message. The two blue ticks will not appear until everyone has read the message.

  • Step 4: Setting up groups

You can send messages to multiple people at once by setting up a group.

Go to the chat screen and tap on the three dots at the top right on an Android phone or at the bottom of the iPhone screen.
Select ‘New Group’
Now add group members by either tapping on their profile or typing their name into the search box
Add an optional icon for the group by tapping on the empty photo box and then add a name by typing in the group subject
Once you’ve finished, tap ‘Create’ to finish or just tap on the tick

  • Step 5: Sending photos on Whatsapp

To send a picture to a contact follow these steps…

Open up a chat and tap on the attachments icon (a plus sign on iPhone or the paperclip on an Android)
Or go into camera mode by tapping on the camera icon at the top of the chat screen and send an image directly
If you haven’t already given WhatsApp permission to use your camera, you’ll need to do so now. You can either use your camera to take a new picture or select the Photo & Video Library/Gallery which will open up your existing pictures for you to choose one to send. Tap on the one you want and it’ll be added to a chat.

The above is a tutorial on how to use WeChat and a recommendation on public numbers for traveling in Yunnan. Please consult the website staff for details.

Reasonable use of the software can help you travel better in Yunnan.

Edited by Hellen He/何琴