Kik! The trending messaging service app of the moment. You may or may not have heard of this app, yet we feel confident you will hear about it because it’s estimated that the percentage of the population in the United States of America that uses this app is that of 40%. Now this is obviously a huge number, and it keeps growing, so if you’ve never heard about it and/or never tried it out, here’s you chance to give it a shot.
So class, today we’re going to learn the basics of Kik messenger! (Notice that you must have a constant connection to the internet, albeit your data or Wi-Fi, it doesn’t matter as long as you have a connection.) So, as the first step, you have to do is install Kik Messenger in your device. It’s available for all three major OS’ right now, so you can go to iTunes, Google Play Store or the Windows phone Market to search for the app in the search bar to get it download it. Its sizes are 43.2, 38.66 and 1.24 MB for iTunes, Google and Windows phone, respectively.
After installing a screen will pop out and ask you to register if you haven’t already or to login into your account, so you’ll pick whichever option you think is the ones that suits you. After which, depending on whether you’ve had an account or not, it will take you to a screen where you must insert your email account that you want linked with Kik (if you chose to register) Or directly into a login screen (if you chose to login).
If you had a previous account and you already logged in then you’re basically set! But, if you just registered then you have to create a User Name and a password so you can login in. After which your first will be greeted by a friendly bot that may or may not be smart enough to answer your question. Check it out for yourself.
The next things are optional, you can choose from uploading a picture, linking you phone to your account, etc. These aren’t requirements, but they overall help you have a more complete experience if you want to know people and/or want people to know you. For the last step you must confirm your email if you haven’t and for that you just have to open the link they send you and the process is automatic.
So we’re all set after this. And in very few steps the process would be:
- Register or Login
- 1. If you Login:
- 2. Just enter your username and password
- 3. All set!
- 3.1. If you Register:
- 3.2. Link your email
- 3.3. Create your Unique username and a password
- 3.4. (Optional) Link your phone number
- 3.5. (Optional) Upload a photo
- 3.6. All set!
The way this messenger app is different from others is the way it protects your anonymity and leaves you with complete freedom with who you are and now, that is a double edged sword, because it’s good to have privacy but you have to watch out for people that say the are who they’re really aren’t.
The basic interface is a white layout over green. To the top right corner you have the website browser (which we’ll get into in a bit) and the settings menu. To pop out the settings all you have to do is press on that top white gear and from there you’ll be able to access your profile picture, chat settings, notifications, Kik code, your account details and you’ll be able to send feedback and have your questions resolved by the customer service team who would, most likely appreciate any message you have for them. From the Account Setting sub menu you can find out that you can change your linked email, the name you choose to show to the world, password and payment method. Lastly, you can COMPLETELY reset Kik, including conversations history and everything that was once in your account.
If you exit that submenu and go down you can see your very own, unique Kik code, so you can share it with other people and if you flick the button that’s there you can scan another Kik code and discover new friends.
In the notifications menu you can see that you can change if you want or not a sound notification, if you want your phone to vibrate on an incoming message, the color of the LED on your phone and if you want to be notified for when you get a message from a new person.
If you go to the chat settings you can find it similar to how the Facebook messenger app operates, we have the chat bubble color features, you can synchronize your phone contacts and one important thing to notice is the Block list and from here you can insert any Kik username or Name and Kik will search for that individual and block any communication from this guys for whatever reason you want to block him/her, or alternatively you can just block everyone, delete the app, lock your room, open up r/funny and hide inside your reclusive bubble to never come out like the introvert you are (*wink*).
And at last share your profile to whomever you want to share with.
The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.- Vance Havner
After getting to know these features you are most definitely going to click on the website button, which takes to many different websites that are in a way bots. Sort of. It’s more like being part of this forum for a while and then you can exit and enter whenever you want. You can even play html games and invite your friends to play with you, it’s all a very social experience that encourages you to be a part of something and this is what makes it different from the more commonly known messenger apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram and all those.
Be aware though! Many scams have taken place and you have to learn how to defend yourself from them, we talk about this in another blog. They could be very similar to the way bots work, which, at the same time function as your own personal secretary. Only this secretary tells joke, the weather, show you vines and pretty much anything you need to spice up the conversation in a group chat or just be more expressive with someone. Another huge feature is that you can get Kik points is by simply talking with the official Kik points bot (kikpoints) and you must do his every bidding! No. Actually not, he’ll just talk to you and you’ll start earning points and then you can use them to buy smileys and stamps that act in a similar to normal emoticons and stickers respectively, but the same smileys and stamps can also be rare, legendary, epic and limited so it’s kind of fun to get them and add them to your collections or you can gift them to your friends and family who actually collects them, you’re normal (I assume).
Now if you’re wondering how to spend your points once you have them you got to first open your chat, press the plus sign on the media tray (you know, the one where the memes are), you then select the Stickers button, tap on the Sticker shop (Which is on far top right) and then you’ll see all sticker packs and stamp for your heart’s contempt. This works on all the versions of Kik, so you don’t have to worry about which Operating System you’re using. Obviously the prices range and they depend on the rarity of the object you want to purchase.
Now finally! Here are some questions that people normally struggle with during their adventures in Kik Island (please forgive my weak attempt at humor).
- Does Kik have an app on the Nook? The answer is no and they probably won’t try to develop one probably because that’s not the market they’re trying to hit. (same goes with Kindle)
- I’m afraid people will see my phone number and birthday and realize I’m a 67 year old tortoise from Canada! Worry not, people you’ve talked to in Kik won’t be able to see your phone number, email address or date of birth so you shouldn’t have to worry about privacy and you must remember nobody can obligate you to do anything online. It’s your phone!
- Oh no! I kept an awkward conversation with this girl who friend zoned me in early college and now the whole Kik staff will see them and laugh at me! Good thing is that everything you do or say in Kik is completely private and only concerns you and the person you’re messaging with. You have the right to feel free and to become a goofball or a cheesy romantic or pretty much what you can’t be in person. Don’t misuse your powers!
We hope this guide helped you overcome whatever it was stopping you from using Kik and that you visit our page if you’re having a little more doubts.