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Discovering WeChat’s Shake and Nearby Features

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Want to meet new friends without any effort? Shake and Nearby in WeChat will help you find random new people easily. While Shake will find people from all over the world, Nearby will find people only in your area. This way, you can get familiar with new WeChat users.

The Shake feature inside WeChat

Have you ever wondered whether someone worldwide is simultaneously shaking his/her mobile as you? Stop wondering. Start shaking.

One of the flag features of WeChat is the shaking feature. If you shake your cell phone, you can see who else is doing it right now, and it can come from any other country in the world. However, its potential is far greater than the mere encounter with new people.

How to make WeChat Shake active.

  1. Open WeChat.
  2. Go to Me.
  3. Press on Settings
  4. Go to General
  5. Go to Manage Discover.
  6. Choose to enable or disable the Shake feature.

Now that the Shake feature is enabled, here is how to use it:

  1. Open WeChat
  2. Go to Discover
  3. Press on Shake
  4. Go to the settings panel on the top right of the screen.
  5. You can restore the default background and delete the picture you see when you shake your cell phone.
  6. Set the background image, which you will see on your mobile phone when you use ‘shake’.
  7. Turn on Sound to hear if you got greetings from someone.
  8. Greetings– check the latest greeting you got when shaking the mobile.
  9. History- View all the greetings you ever got via “Shake.”
  10. Messages – check if you sent a message to someone using the Shake function.

When will you not be able to use Shake?

If you can’t see the Shake feature as explained above, you may have restrictions; according to the WeChat Team, it might have happened due to:

Having incomplete or illegal profile information.

Using an unofficial version of WeChat.

Using shake too frequently.

Being reported for violating platform rules.

Depending on the restriction reason, you can try to fix the issue by completing your personal information, deleting any account information or Moments that violate rules, or taking a break from this feature before using it again.

People Nearby

This feature helps you find people in your region that also use this feature. It works like the “Shake” feature using location detective by BLE technology. However, the parameters of this function differ. While using Shake Feature, you cannot handle who to get messages from. In the People Nearby feature, you can control to view only women or men near you. This makes the function a lot more secure for use.

How to use people Nearby

  1. Open WeChat
  2. Go to Discover
  3. Tap on People Nearby
  4. Go to the three dots above on top of your screen
  5. Choose whether you like to see only females, males, or both near you.
  6. Tap Greeting will show you the greetings you got from nearby.
  7. The precise location will be clear of your location so other “People Nearby” users will not know how far you are.

Nowadays, people are so busy with their mobile phones that they need to remember about contacting friends and meeting new people. Its success is simply because of the fun virtual application and meeting actual people with the potential to meet them. There are many stories about neighbors who have become friends through this feature.
I want to make a short Warning for those two features: Most of the time, you might get an unpropertied message for men or women. Watch for signs of danger, and don’t get yourself in trouble.
The next time you are alone, you know what to do: shake or look for people nearby.

If you wonder how is this working?

The shake feature is based on a unique technology called IBEACON, made of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transition. When your mobile Bluetooth is on, your location data will be detected by the WeChat app. Shaking your phone will trigger the Ibeacon, and in seconds, you will be able to see which another WeChat user just triggered the detective site as well.

Aside from being a fun and cool way to meet new people worldwide or around you, this is a marketing revolution.

If you have a restaurant, with the help of IBEACON technology, potential customers can see that you are in their region and come to visit. You may promote your sales through marketing coupons to those who come through the application. It is a selling method called O2O, online to Offline business. You wish to take the customer to the offline physical shop using an online strategy.

Before shaking your phone, ensure your WeChat Shake function is enabled. Now, as Outcast sings,
“shake it like a Polaroid picture”!

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