Kik Messenger has been around for several years now, and its millions of users have given it a widespread popularity as a social media and chat platform. Some of the best Kik tips, tricks, and hidden features of the app have taken a while to develop and be discovered, but in 2016, there are several noteworthy ones that might surprise you!
Being as feature-packed as it is, there’s no surprise that several neat aspects of Kik Messenger might not be obvious to many who use it. The way that the app embraces social media gives it an edge above much of its competition, and everything from its more open user interface, customizable aesthetic, and fully-loaded, integrated web browser contribute to Kik’s versatility.
Without further ado, let’s dig into some of the tips and tricks that can bring surprising new advantages and opportunities to your Kik Messenger experience. Some of these may be known to you; some may be brand new. Regardless, these are the 10 best Kik tricks that people are using in 2016:
1. Android Emulation: Get Kik on Your PC or Mac
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The first on this list is one of the most often-searched Kik tricks around. “How do I get Kik messenger on my Windows PC or Mac?” It remains a lesser known possibility due to the fact that Kik doesn’t have a version of its app that runs natively on these platforms. However, the workaround to this obstacle is exceptionally simple! All that you have to do is download Android emulator software, install it, and through this software, install the Kik Messenger application. Programs like Bluestacks, Andyroid, or AMIDuOS are perfect for this.
It seems like a scant few steps because it’s quite simple! The same user profile that you’ve set up on your mobile device will work in the emulated Kik Messenger, and your chat experience will be available on a whole new platform. For a handy guide of how to install an Android emulator on your computer, we’ve written step-by-step instructions. Need to know which emulator will best suit your experience? We’ve covered that, also!
2. Earn Kik Points
One of Kik’s newer features is an accumulating currency called “Kik points.” These can be earned by participating in Kik-sponsored chats and activities, which will often be announced to you when you’re logged into the app!
If you receive a message from the “Kik Points Bot,” hit it with a reply to be given special opportunities to earn more points. What are Kik points good for? Visit the “Smiley Shop” on the list of popular Kik-optimized pages in the apps browser to see some of the fun customization features that you can be rewarded with.
3. Push Notifications
Want Kik to be more involved in your chat experience? You won’t be able to turn on push notifications–those little banners and bars that alert you to a new message, no matter what else you’re doing on your device–from inside of the Kik app itself. It’s going to require delving into your phone’s settings, finding the options for the Kik Messenger app, and manually turning on the push notifications.
This is just another customizable asset that speaks to how personally you can shape Kik Messenger to your preferences. You’d be surprised by the number of users that don’t bother to change these options!
4. Read Messages Discreetly (iOS and Windows Phone only!)
Now this is a proper, handy workaround. Are you one of the users that are put off by Kik’s reliance on read notifications? There’s no way to opt out of them, and there are quite a few good reasons that you can’t, but if you’re on Apple’s iOS or Windows phone, then there’s a way to read your messages without causing that little R read-notification to pop up for the person who messaged you.
This requires that you enable push notifications. Once you’ve done so, each Kik notification for a new message received will be accompanied by at least a partial (if not whole) copy of the message itself! While this trick is limited in its capability, it’s currently the only workaround to avoid triggering read notifications on your inbound messages.
5. Customize Your Kik
“Customization” has never been a new facet of Kik Messenger, but it’s one that many users haven’t fully explored yet. Most chat applications offer very little variance in how your interface looks, but Kik lets you shape the aesthetic to suit your own tastes.
The easiest thing to tweak is the feature that you spend the most time with–the chat bubbles. Tap into your settings (top left or bottom left, depending on your device’s operating system), and select “Chat Settings.” From here, you can change the color of the chat bubbles in your messaging interface to any of a variety of colors. From this menu, you can also access settings that have less to do with aesthetic. Manage your block list, enable enter-key sending, and tell your Kik Messenger app to auto-download videos.
Additionally, you can use your aforementioned Kik points to purchase emoji and graphic sets from the Kik “Smiley Store.” In addition to the unlimited potential of linking websites from the Kik browser, these are a great way to add personal flair to your messages.
6. Chat with Brands
What else has helped to propel Kik to the front of the mobile messenger pack? Its integration with third-party interests and brands! Popular names such as MTV, Spotify, and Buzzfeed are all featured through Kik Messenger, along with many more.
To access them, simply search for these and other brands in the profile search bar. Popular networks, companies, artists, and other groups have made an effort to keep in touch with their audiences using Kik, so why not partake?
7. Share Your Profile
Other chat applications require you to use your cell phone number to set up a user profile, but Kik Messenger only requires a unique username and an email address. This is beneficial for the security conscious but occasionally leaves users stumped regarding how to add more friends to their chat lists.
This has always been an easy feature, but what actually makes it even better is the widening of other social media platforms that we use. From within Kik Messenger’s “Settings” menu, you can select “Share Your Profile” to send a link to your Kik profile through popular social media such as Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
8. Make Chat Groups
This one has been on many “Top 10 Kik Lists” before this one, but it deserves a spot here, too, because it’s so easy to put into action. Kik’s sturdy servers and lightning quick messaging make it an ideal place to form group chats for any reason. The ability to share optimized web content from the browser only makes it more appealing.
From within your list of contacts, select “Start a Group.” You’ll then be provided with a list of your current contacts to invite from. There’s no expiration date on the chat groups that you form, so you can continually use them for as long as you need to.
9. Change Your Display Name
Because Kik uses a unique profile name for your account, there’s no way to change it once you’ve set it up. However, what many users don’t know is that you can easily set your display name to something different from your unique username.
It’s a simple process that only requires stepping into the Kik app’s “Settings” menu. Select “Your Account” and then select “Name.” From here, you can change your display name to anything you’d like, and control the way that people are able to view your presence on Kik. By default, your display name is going to be set as the name that you gave during your profile setup, so if you’d like to use a tag or nickname instead, then this tip is especially for you.
10. Secure your Kik in an Emergency
A lost phone becomes a more tragic circumstance as we get deeper into the digital era. We’re so tied to our mobile devices that suddenly being without one can be a jarring experience. What’s worse is that we keep an immense amount of personal and private information within our various mobile apps. In Kik Messenger, you certainly don’t want anyone to have access to your contact lists or chat history if your mobile device is stolen, or simply plucked up by unknown hands when it’s lost.
The easy fix for this? Simply sign into your Kik profile from another device! Kik’s servers only allow you to be signed in on one device at a time, so as soon as you make an appearance on a different device, you’ll be automatically signed out from the Kik app on your lost one. At the top of this list, I stated how useful it can be to bring Kik Messenger to your Windows PC or Mac. You can use Kik on your computer to sign yourself out of the app on a lost phone, keeping your personal information safe and secure.
While some of these tips, tricks, and techniques might be obvious to Kik veterans, they remain some of the most frequently asked questions by Kik users. Do you have any tricks of your own to add to the list? These ten Kik tips for 2016 are by no means the only ones out there. Feel free add your own in the comments below!