We all love Kik, and we love our Apple computers. They’re fast, reliable, and do whatever it is that you need to get done (except gaming). With some use of other programs, you can use Kik right on your Mac. But is it the best messenger you can get for your Mac? Check out this guide to find out.
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Is Kik Available on Mac?
In short, yes Kik is available on Mac. Just like it is available on Windows computers. However, there is no simple way to use Kik, you do need to download an emulator to run Kik (not that that’s difficult).
We have gone over in detail what our personal favorite emulators are, but since this is a different operating system we will cover a couple quickly.
Good Android Emulators Available on Mac
Here are our two favorite Android emulators that are available for the Mac. Now there are iOS emulators out there that you can theoretically use. However, they typically don’t work well and we have constantly run into issues with them. So if you want to get yourself an iOS emulator, do your research and find what will work best for you.
You can check out and get BlueStacks for your Mac here.
BlueStacks is probably my favorite emulator to use because it is easy to get the hang of and the interface is great. From our experience, BlueStacks runs very well on Macs and we haven’t run into any issues. This is the emulator that I would personally recommend for not only your Mac computer but Windows as well.
You can check out Genymotion for your mac here.
Genymotion is another great Android simulator that is available for both your Windows computer and Mac. It also works well and has a great user interface but I am still partial to BlueStacks.
Ultimately both of these emulators will do exactly what you want them to, so it’s just a matter of personal preference.
Is Kik Worth Downloading on Your Mac?
This is the ultimate question regarding Kik and your computer. The answer really just relies on you and your preference. If you use an emulator then you can not only use Kik but any other apps and games that you want. However, if you only plan on using Kik then it might very well not be worth it to you to get an emulator to run just a single app. Luckily there are other messengers that we can use until Kik gets it together and adds their messenger to the computer. So, let’ go over some messengers that Mac has that are great alternatives to Kik.
Messengers Available on Mac
Here are a couple messengers that are available on Mac that you don’t need to download an emulator for.
For those iPhone users out there you are already (probably) familiar with iMessage. iMessage is the text messaging app on your iPhone, iMac, iPod, and iPad that you can connect with friends and family. What’s great is that iMessage is already installed on your Mac so it is simply a matter of launching it.
What I love about iMessage on my Mac is the fact that all of your chat history is right there so you can still see all your texts and whatnot. You can also very easily go between devices to send messages and you don’t get signed out of anything.
Overall, this is a great alternate to Kik as long as you have your friends’ phone numbers. Unfortunately, if you don’t have your friends’ phone numbers then you can’t talk to them.
If you have a Facebook account (which most people do) then you have access to Facebook Messenger. Now FB Messenger is not able to be downloaded (unless you use a somewhat sketchy program that downloads it), but it is super easy to just go to Facebook and use it.
This also has its own issues, if you don’t have a Facebook you can’t use it and if your friends don’t have a Facebook then you can’t talk with them. This also means that you can’t stay anonymous when talking to people unless you use a fake Facebook page (which is decently sketchy).
You can download Skype for your Mac here.
Skype is a great program you can download that allows you to not only video chat but to also instant message with your friends. I like Skype because it is easy to use and you can also video chat, which is great when you live far away from friends and family.
You can also do group chat, just like on Kik, so you can discuss stuff with an entire group of people. Skype is available on all platforms, so you can still chat with friends if you’re away from your computer.
You can download this blast from the past here.
Yahoo Messenger is a staple of my high school (and middle school) days because it was one of the messengers I used to talk with friends. Luckily it is still available and is decently popular still. All you need is a Yahoo account and you can chat with all your friends on all your devices, including your tablets and phones.
Now, this isn’t as popular as say Kik or even Line, but it is still pretty darn good. The interface is great and it is easy to set up.
What Messenger Is Best For Your Mac?
Ultimately, it is completely personal preference. My personal favorite messenger for my Mac is iMessage because it is the most convenient, but it really depends on you and what your friends have. If none of your friends use a messenger then that messenger serves you no purpose. I do really hope that Kik makes their program available for the PC and Mac without having to use an emulator, but who knows if and when that will happen.