When comparing WeChat vs ChatSecure + Orbot, the Slant community recommends ChatSecure + Orbot for most people. In the question“What are the best cross-platform & encrypted messaging apps?” ChatSecure + Orbot is ranked 11th while WeChat is ranked 18th. The most important reason people chose ChatSecure + Orbot is:
To pass EFF's security review ChatSecure had to encrypt data in transit, the encryption had to be [end-to-end](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End-to-end_encryption), the app needed to provide [forward secrecy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward_secrecy), app's source code has to be open to independent review, users have to be able to verify contact's identities even with the service provider compromised, app's cryptographic design has to be well documented and app's source code has to have been audited in the last 12 months.
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Pro Friends can be added by scanning a QR code
WeChat generates a QR code for each user that other can be scanned to add them as a friend.
Pro Easy to send voice messages
Users can record a voice message from within the app to then send it to a recipient, who can then play the message from within the app. It is all self contained.
Pro Large collection of animated stamps
Pro Can be used as a Walkie Talkie
WeChat has push-to-talk functionality that can be used both one-on-one and in groups.
Pro Flexible creation of chat groups
Pro Easy navigation to send up to 9 photos at once
Pro Moments social network is seamlessly incorporated
Pro Can be used to exchange random messages with users anonymously
WeChat includes a Drift Bottle features that's a lot like a message-in-a-bottle. Users can send and discover anonymous text and voice messages to and from random WeChat users.
Pro Filters for photos
WeChat includes a collections of filters that can be applied to photos to change how they look.
Pro Enables meeting new people
WeChat has a feature that pairs random people for a conversation. It is activated by shaking the phone (requires location sharing to be enabled) and will present a list of people who are doing the same and how far away from you they are.
Another feature for meeting new people is the Friend Radar that will display people in your vicinity that can then be added to your contacts list.
Pro Passed EFF's security review
To pass EFF's security review ChatSecure had to encrypt data in transit, the encryption had to be end-to-end, the app needed to provide forward secrecy, app's source code has to be open to independent review, users have to be able to verify contact's identities even with the service provider compromised, app's cryptographic design has to be well documented and app's source code has to have been audited in the last 12 months.
Pro Free and open source
ChatSecure is free and open source, enabling anyone to verify its security by auditing the code.
Pro Works with popular chat services across mobile and PC
ChatSecure works with Google Hangouts, Facebook messaging, Jabber and other popular messaging service, making for a convenient way to use secure chatting.
Con Notifications get muted after inactivity
New message notifications stop getting pushed if the application isn't opened for some extended period of time (seems to be around a week or so)
Con WeChat complies with China's requirements to hand over data
Con Conversations and chat groups aren't ported to new devices
Messages are stored on each device, so shifting to a new device means losing all the previous conversations, as well as an inability to post in previous chat groups until someone else posts there and you're alerted of a new message.
Con User base outside of China is comparatively small
While WeChat has over 400 million users the majority of them are in China. Adoption in other markets has been slow.