The WeChat wallet payment feature seems to have Unlimited uses. You can use it to pay for all sorts of things including, goods and services, taxi rides, mobile top up, money transfers to friends, movie tickets, air tickets, utility bills, restaurant bills, joining groups larger than 100, and much more still being added.
In China, it tends to be harder for non-Chinese to complete any task that requires a Chinese ID card. Linking a bankcard to WeChat wallet is no exception.
Here’s what you need to watch out for, as well as a step-by-step guide to get the wallet feature up and running.
Where’s My Wallet?
Here’s where the wallet function is located.
If you don’t see it, it may have to do with the version of WeChat you’ve installed. Try updating to a new version.
Why Can’t I Change the ID Type?
A common issue is that not all banks support using a passport as a form of ID – if your bank doesn’t, then either open a new bank account with banks that do or use your International credit card to register.
Chinese Debit and Credit Card
Below is a list of Chinese Banks that are now supporting different types of ID’s.
International Credit Cards
WeChat are now accepting International credit cards as payment for wechat wallet. Below is a list of International credit cards currently accepted.
- American Express Credit Card
- JCB Credit Card
- Mastercard Credit Card
- VISA Credit Card
WeChat has taken steps to make it easier for non-Chinese to register for the WeChat wallet by adding a few options for certain banks.
- ID Card (For Chinese Nationals)
- Passport (For Non-Chinese)
- Home Return Permit (For HK and Macau Residents)
Why Won’t WeChat Accept My Info?
So, you’ve double-checked your name, passport number and registered phone number, but it’s still not going through. It could be that you are not entering it exactly how your bank have entered your information. Try all possible versions of your name, including all uppercase, lowercase and with or without spaces. If it’s still a no-go, you may need to visit your bank and ask them to print a form with your information exactly as they’ve entered it. Be sure to take your passport when you go to request this information.
The step-by-step guide to setting up your wechat wallet
(sources: GuideinChina, GlobalTimes OneStop, WeSecretary)
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