Wechat is one of the most useful apps in China - you'll use it for everything here, from chatting with friends, calling a taxi, paying for food, or even adding money to your phone account.
If you want to use Wechat to pay your utility bills and add money to your cell phone (called "Mobile Top Up" in Wechat), the first step you need to do is make sure your Wechat Wallet is connected to your bank card.
All done? Great! Here's how you can pay for things using Wechat.
You can pay bills for your electricity, water, heat and cell phone through WeChat. You might need help from someone who can read Chinese characters to access this function:
Go to Wechat pay> Utilities>Payment, and you'll be able to select from a wide range of bill types, If it's your first time paying a bill on WeChat, you'll need to first select your city, and then enter in other details such as the company you're paying and your account number (all of which you can find on your most recent bill). Some companies also let you scan a code to automatically enter in account details. Let’s pay an electricity bill for example:
You will receive a confirmation message on Wechat after you pay. Wait a few moments for the transaction to complete. You may need to restart your phone (or turn airplane mode "on" then "off") for your phone to reset and accept the added money.
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