WeChat vs. Viber – Which Application Do You Prefer?

There are over a billion smartphones that are used at the moment running on either Windows Phone, Android, iOS, BlackBerry or Symbian.

There are a lot of smartphone owners who’ve decided to install a messaging application on their devices in order to keep in touch with their loved ones, with ease. The most popular messaging applications for mobile devices are WeChat, Viber, WhatsApp and Skype, but today we’re going to talk about the first two mentioned ones.

It is good to knows that WhatsApp has over 900 million users, while WeChat and Viber have around 600 million users each.

WeChat vs. Viber: Availability

Viber was released back in 2010 and it was available only for the iOS devices. However, now this application supports more platforms including Windows PC, Linux, Mac OS, iOS, Windows Phone, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian.

On the other hand, WeChat has been released a few months after Viber and likewise WeChat, it can be installed on almost any mobile platform, including desktop platforms such as Windows or Mac OS. We remind you that WeChat had in the past only a Web Chat support, but it seems that the developers have released a full supported client for both Windows PC and Mac OS.

WeChat vs. Viber: Features

WeChat comes with messaging and calling capabilities. You can use this application to make HD free video and voice calls whether you are using a tablet, a smartphone or a PC. You can also use coupons, stickers, emoticons and namecards in your messages. There are already lots of businesses models that allow you to use the WeChat application make a reservation, payment or to call a taxi.

At the same time WeChat is offering social-media features, allowing you to share and like a comment that another user has posted. At the same time, there is a WeChat Moments service where all the users can share their best photos with their friends. At the same time, you will be able to share these photos, like them or even comment them.

On the other hand, Viber is an application that offers the same calling and messaging capabilities. Users can make free HD quality video and voice calls. However, Viber comes with a feature called “Viber Out” which allows you to call phone numbers, but you will need to pay for this service. However, it’s not that expensive, especially if you want to make a call in another country for example.

Viber v5.6.5 Allows You To Delete Sent Messages

Viber doesn’t have as many active users as WhatsApp, but in comparison to other applications, it has a feature which allows making voice not only to other Viber users, but also to mobile and landline numbers. The application is 5 years old and throughout time, it received many updates which fixed bugs and brought new features, the latest version is 5.6.5 and it came with three new features.

The update is available for both Android and iOS and the users can now able to delete messages after sending them, there are situations when the users send a message to the wrong person, or the message contains typos and it needs to be rechecked. Either way, the new feature which was introduced in version 5.6.5 will save you from embarrassing moments, as you will be able to remove a message from all members of the conversation, right after sending it. In order to do that, in Android you will need to long-press the text bubble and selecting the option to Delete for everyone. In iOS, the method is similar, as you’d have to long-press the bubble, then to choose Delete>Delete for everyone. The good news is that there’s no time limit for deleting the message after it has been sent.

Another feature will allow you to easily attach files (documents, presentations, archives etc.) in the contact list. Also, sharing images and videos with your friends is easier from the More screen in Android, and from iCloud in iOS, if your iPhone runs on iOS9, you can reply to messages without needing to open the application. Also, you can use the Spotlight search to search for conversations and contacts.

Viber v5.6.5 is available for download from the Google Play store for Android and App Store for iOS, if you’re about to download this application and use it for the first time, then you should know that your ID will be your personal mobile number.