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WeChat

WeChat

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App Description

The following description comes from the Google Play Store description of the app:

"Much better, much more popular, much more user-friendly” - USA Today
"Simple enough that anyone can use it, versatile enough that everyone has some use for it" - Wired

WeChat is a messaging and calling app that allows you to easily connect with family & friends across countries. It's the all-in-one communications app for text (SMS/MMS), voice and video calls, Moments, photo sharing, and games.

WHY USE WECHAT:
• NEW! WECHAT OUT CALLS: Make calls to landlines and mobile around the globe at low rates (in certain regions only).
• MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING: Send video, image, text, and voice messages.
• GROUP CHAT & CALLS: Create group chats with up to 500 people and group video calls up to 9 people.
• FREE VOICE & VIDEO CALLS: High-quality free calls to anywhere in the world.
• STICKER GALLERY: Hundreds of free, fun, animated stickers to express your feelings from some of your favorite cartoons and movies.
• MOMENTS: Share your best moments on your personal photo stream.
• BETTER PRIVACY: WeChat gives you the highest level of control over your privacy. It's the only messaging app to be certified by TRUSTe.
• MEET NEW FRIENDS: Use “Friend Radar”, “People Nearby” and “Shake” to meet others.
• REALTIME LOCATION: Instead of having to tell others where you are, just use real-time location sharing.
• LANGUAGE SUPPORT: Localized in 20 different languages and can translate messages to any language.
• AND MORE: Desktop app, custom wallpapers, custom notifications, and Official Accounts.
Sensitive Permissions Used By This App
Permission What Why
Approximate location (network-based) Can use user's approximate location Internal
Add or remove accounts Can manage user's accounts on the phone Internal
Full network access Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Retrieve running apps Can retrieve information on currently and recently running apps on the device It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Find accounts on the device Can use user's account information stored on the phone Internal
Connect and disconnect from wi-fi Can connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Take pictures and videos Can use camera or flashlight on the phone Internal
Pair with bluetooth devices Can connect to user's Bluetooth devices Internal
Create accounts and set passwords Can use user's account authentication information (like password) or create new accounts Internal
Precise location (gps and network-based) Can use user's precise location Internal
Record audio Can record audio through microphone on device Internal
Read your contacts Can read user's contact list (phone book) and phone call history Internal
Control near field communication Allows applications to perform I/O operations over NFC. It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Modify your contacts Can edit contacts on device Not analyzed yet
Use accounts on the device Allows the app to request authentication tokens. Not analyzed yet
Draw over other apps Can create alerts on other apps or parts of the user interface Not analyzed yet
Modify or delete the contents of your usb storage Can write to your phone's USB storage Not analyzed yet
Read your text messages (sms or mms) Can read SMS messages Not analyzed yet
Read your own contact card Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others. Not analyzed yet
Read phone status and identity Can read phone's current state information like in-phone call, phone signal, carrier, device ID, and phone number Not analyzed yet
Access bluetooth settings Allows applications to discover and pair bluetooth devices. Not analyzed yet
Allow wi-fi multicast reception Allows applications to enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode. Not analyzed yet

Privacy Analysis

Version of the app analyzed:

6.5.7

App was last analyzed by Privacy Grade on:

01/26/2017

Why does this app have this grade?

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