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WeChat (Chinese: 微信, wěi xìn) is a chat app popular in mainland China and used by many Chinese immigrants around the world. It’s a staple in China as much as Facebook is here, being used by pretty much everybody who has a smartphone. It was also far ahead of introducing features that are now standard in most chat apps: things like stickers, “share” messages from other apps, and audio messages were present in WeChat long before they made their way to services like Facebook Messenger.
Audio messages in particular are an interesting case: because Chinese text input is more complicated than English, many Chinese people just prefer pushing a button and speaking a short message to their friends than trying to type it out. It allows for much quicker messaging when you’re on the move.
Recently, I found myself wanting to extract some WeChat messages from my chat logs for use in a personal project. The problem is, WeChat offers no opportunity for bulk exporting chat logs: the most you can do is email a small, hand-selected set of messages to yourself, and that only brings across text content. So I found myself realizing that if I was going to do this, I needed to do it myself.