While we all love Kik, sometimes there are other messaging apps we might want to try out. Whether it’s to check out different features or usages, you will not run into a shortage of messaging apps available for your device. check out this article to learn about some of the best Kik alternatives of 2017.
10 Best Messaging Apps Like Kik
You can check Line out on their website here.
Line is actually my favorite alternate to Kik. It is easy to set up and is even easier to use. Line is totally free to use (just like Kik), and it has great features that make Line a great alternate to Kik. Let’s check out some of those features:
- Group chat
- Video and voice calls (totally free)
- Nifty stickers you can get to help express your mood
- Media and file sharing
- Connect with famous people and companies
- Adding new people is extremely easy; just shake your phone next to your friends and it automatically adds them
I use Line to communicate with my group of friends and it is very comparable to Kik. You can get Line for both iOS and Android.
You can check out and download WhatsApp at their website here.
WhatsApp is another great Kik alternate that is simple to use, and comes at the great price of free. This has many of the great features that Kik and Line has, like group text, video and voice chat, but it has one great feature that makes it stand out; it is available on your Mac or Windows computer. Now you can use Kik (or even Line) on a computer using an emulator, but WhatsApp does not require an emulator. That means you don’t have to download anything extra, and the app is actually designed for your computer.
3. Facebook Messenger
You can check out, and use Facebook Messenger at their website here.
If you have a Facebook account chances are you know about Facebook Messenger. If you don’t know what Messenger is, it is Facebook’s instant messaging platform that kind of grew into its own entity. You log into Messenger with your Facebook account and it will automatically connect you with your friends you have on Facebook. You can make phone calls, video chat, and send pictures and emojis, just like with Kik.
You can learn more about Telegram at their website here.
Telegram is another great instant messaging platform that really delivers a lot of features for no cost to you. With Telegram you are able to:
- Have group chats with up to 20000 people
- Send almost any kind of file
- Sync your chat history with the cloud so you can always access previous messages
- Encrypt messages so what you say can only be accessed by your and whoever you are communicating with
- Set a self destruct timer on your message so it will automatically delete itself when the timer runs out
Like I said, Telegram offers a lot of really cool features that many other instant messaging platforms don’t have. Another great thing about Telegram is that it is available on virtually every platform; iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mac os, Windows, Linux, and even browser based. That means you can have Telegram on all your devices, and whats even better is that you can always have access to your chat history when you swap devices because of Telegram’s cloud.
You can learn more about Discord on their website here.
In the days before Discord many gamers could really only use Skype to communicate with their friends when playing video games together. Skype is a great platform, but it was never meant to be used for gamers and would often times slow down your computer and mess up your FPS (frames per second) in your game. Well that all changed when Discord was released. Discord is a messaging platform meant for gamers.
Discord makes communicating with your friends quick and easy and is available on all platforms, so you can always stay in touch while playing games together. What I really like about Discord is that it tells you what games your friends are playing, so if you wanted to quickly hop into a game with them you can. Discord also features an in-game overlay so it is easy to manage when you’re playing your favorite video game.
You can learn more about Viber on their website found here.
Viber is an app that allows you to easily make phone calls for free. Of course you can also text, and video chat on Viber, but their calling feature is my personal favorite part of the app. All you need is (at the bare minimum) a 3G network collection and you can use Viber anywhere for free. I know most folks today typically stay away from actually talking on the phone, but for those of y’all who like talking to others, this is a great app for you.
You can learn more, and download, WeChat at their website here.
WeChat is extremely similar to Kik in that you can text, talk on the phone, video chat, and send media to your friends for free. One really cool that WeChat has is location based services, which allows you to chat with people who are located near you. Now, as with everything, it is very important to keep safety in mind when using this feature. Another cool thing WeChat has is the ability to play different games in the app with your friends.
You can go to Snapchat’s website here.
Realistically most people have at least heard about Snapchat. In case you haven’t, Snapchat is an app where you can send pictures (that automatically delete themselves after a period of time) to your friends. What you might not know is that Snapchat also has a feature where you can simply chat with your friends without sending pictures back and forth. Sure, that might not be as fun as sending a bunch of silly pictures, but it is still pretty dang cool.
You can check out Skype here.
Just like with Snapchat, most people have heard about Skype. In fact my grandparents use Skype quite a bit, so you know that it is pretty user friendly. Skype allows its users to make video calls, text, and even send different files back and forth. It can be used on Windows and Mac computers, all iOS and Android based products, and even on Xboxes and smartwatches. That way you can always be connected with your friends no matter where you are.
You can learn more about GroupMe on their website here.
GroupMe is a great group chat messaging platform available on PC and cellular devices. I often use GroupMe in school situations, particularly group projects. GroupMe allows you to stay in contact with everyone, because we all know how much group projects suck when someone doesn’t pull their weight. It may not have all the extensive features that some other platforms have, but it really is a great tool to use for school.