Phone numbers are the primary method used in Chinese apps for both signing up and logging in, not email.
  • It is required by Chinese law.
    On 1 June 2017, the Cyber Security Law of the People’s Republic of China took effect, requiring everyone using Chinese online products and services to provide their phone number.
  • Chinese people don’t really use email…
    During the early years of Chinese internet adoption a messaging app called QQ became the standard for communication. Chinese users essentially skipped over email and went straight to messaging.

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