Most people who use the Kik Messenger app do so on their smart phone or mobile devices, but what if you want to download Kik without the app store? The Kik Messenger app is free to download and there is no subscription to use it. If getting the Kik Messenger from an app store is so easy and free to do, then why would anybody be interested in downloading the Kik Messenger without using an app store?
In this article we will explore the reasons why you may consider getting Kik Messenger without using an app store, some of the pros and cons of doing this, and also what you will need to do in order to doing this.
The Kik Messenger app is available in a huge range of smart phones and mobile devices. Whether you have a Windows Phone, an iOS device (iPod and iPhone), or an Android device, you will be able to download the Kik Messenger app for free. All you will need to do is to head over to your app store and download and install the Kik Messenger app for free. So, if you have an Android device, you will need to tap on the Google Play app store; and if you have an iOS device (iPod and iPhone), go to the Apple app store and do exactly the same thing.
Getting the Kik Messenger with an app store is the most convenient way of using the popular instant messaging app. It is also the only official and fully supported version of Kik Messenger.
Why Get Kik Messenger Without App Store?
So, if getting the Kik Messenger app with an app store is so easy and convenient, why would anybody decide to get it without an app store?
To answer that question, we will first need to see what you get when you download Kik Messenger from an app store and then list the extra features you will get when you get it without the app store.
The Kik Messenger app is a lot more than an instant messaging app. Apart from allowing you to exchange text messages with other Kik Messenger users, there are a lot more things that you can do with the app:
- Enhance your chats: with the Kik Messenger app you will be able to enhance your chats with many different features. For example, you will be able to use the many new Kik bots (some of which deliver news, weather information, or invites to events, etc.), but also use emoji or stickers to help you be far more expressive. With the Gif keyboard, you will also be able to add fun and illustrative gifs to your chats.
- Privacy: many of the other instant messaging services available on smart phone or mobile devices require its users to exchange telephone numbers before they can chat to each other using their apps. The advantage of using the Kik Messenger app when it comes to privacy is that users do not need to exchange telephone numbers or any other personal information. If you use the Kik Messenger app, all you will need to do is to exchange user names. Your user name can be anything you choose (as long as nobody else has chosen it first as user names need to be unique). Even though you will need to use your email address to register to Kik Messenger, your email address will never be made public by the app.
- One to one or group? The Kik Messenger app lets its users choose whether they want to chat to just one other Kik Messenger user or to a whole group of them simultaneously. Users can create their own groups and add as many users they want. All they will need to do is to open a group (they can also choose a name and add a picture that would identify the group, if you would like), and then manually add as many group members as you would like manually. Another way to add members to a group is to advertise your groups on your social media account (using Kik code to make it easier) and invite your social media followers or friends to your group. If you want to widen the amount of people that can potentially join your Kik groups you can use hash tags so your group chat invites reach more people.
These are the main features that are available when you download the Kik Messenger app from an official app store. The great news is that even if you download the Kik Messenger app somewhere else, you will have access to those great features and a few others to boot.
Here are some of the additional features you may have if you download the Kik Messenger app without an app store. The include the following:
- The possibility of have a new and exciting interface: if you download Kik Messenger without an app store, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of modified (or modded) versions of the Kik Messenger app. These modded versions come in different interfaces. You will be able to choose for a theme that fits your personality, something a lot more you than what comes as a standard if you downloaded Kik Messenger from an official app store.
- The modded versions of the Kik Messenger app also come with host of extra features. These will depend of the specific version of Kik Messenger you will get. Often they include a wider variety of emji or stickers. Other times they have fake cameras (a feature that allows you to pass older pictures you have an your smart phone or device as new, so that whoecer receives it thinks you have just taken it).
The downside to downloading a modded version of the Kik Messenger app without an app store is that you will not be able to get the latest version of the app. Modded versions are always based on earlier versions of the Kik Messenger app so if you want to have to most up to date version, you will need to download it from one of the official app stores available. Another con that has to do with downloading Kik Messenger without an app store is that none of those modded versions are authorized by Kik Messenger. What that will effectively mean is that if you encounter any technical problems with any version of the Kik Messenger app you download without an app store, you will not be able to seek any assistance from Kik. Well, actually, you will be able to seek assistance from them but Kik Messenger will only respond that they are not able to help you since you are using an unauthorized version of their app.
How To Download Kik Messenger Without An App Store?
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Downloading Kik Messenger without an app store can take a little bit of time. There will be some digging around on the Internet before you will find the right version for you.
Unfortunately, we are not able to give you a list of websites where you can download Kik Messenger because, among other things, they often change so any information that we would give you could become obsolete very soon. The best way for you to find a version of Kik Messenger will be to search for a modded Kik and download it yourself. Here are the list of the steps you will need to follow in order to do just that.
- On your computer, open your favorite web browser and search for modded Kik or modded Kik Messenger.
- The next thing you will need to do is to find a Kik Messenger APK file and download it to your computer. Make sure that you take the necessary precautions to prevent your computer for being infected by a virus or malware. Unfortunately, some of the websites where you can download modded versions of Kik Messenger are not entirely safe so be very careful and do not download anything from a website you feel you cannot trust.
- Once you have located an APK file for a modded version of Kik Messenger, go ahead and download it if you trust the website. We recommend you save the downloaded APK file in Dropbox or any other drive that allows you to share content between your computer and your smart phone or mobile device.
- Once you have the APK file downloaded in Dropbox (or a similar drive), grab your smart phone or your mobile device.
- Head over to Dropbox (or similar) on your smart phone or mobile device and open it.
- Locate the APK file and download and install it into your device.
- Once the Kik APK file has been successfully installed in your smart phone or mobile device, you will be able to open it and log in using the exact same details that you use for the regular version of Kik Messenger. If you have never used Kik Messenger before, you will need to register like you would with regular Kik. Just follow the onscreen instructions and you will be using Kik in no time.
As you can see there are many advantages to downloading Kik without app store. There are a few disadvantages too, though, so before you go ahead you should consider everything we have discussed in this article. Only make a decision before you feel sufficiently informed.