Under most circumstances, navigating in and out of an app–including login and logout–is a simple process that only requires you inputting your profile credentials each time that you choose to do so. In Kik Messenger, the whole login process can get a little bit tricky, so we’re here to provide you with some helpful tips! In Kik, logging out can have some unique consequences for your saved chat history and your account. Therefore, please read on!
In most applications, logging in and out isn’t a particularly noteworthy or significant event. Some apps will even log you out each time they update, or if you’ve remained inactive within the app for a significant amount of time. In Kik, this isn’t necessarily the case, though there are some good reasons that it chooses to stand apart from the field of other apps in competition. With Kik, “logging out” from your profile is tantamount to “resetting” the app. We’ve already written somewhat extensively on the logging out process, so we’ll gloss over the steps required to do so only briefly.
It’s important to note, for the coming tips and tricks, that Kik can function across a wide variety of mobile devices. It runs natively on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. With an emulator, Kik can run perfectly well on Windows PCs and Mac computers (in an emulated Android environment, mind you.) However, while it’s certainly possible to have Kik installed across multiple devices, you can only be logged into Kik on one device at a time! This will be important to know, later.
Logging Into Kik
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The login process for Kik Messenger is remarkably simple, and will require nearly the same information that you used when you first created your Kik account–your unique username and password. It’s also a good idea to keep handy the email address that you used. If you ever lose track of your username or password, you’ll need that email address in order to retrieve them. Do know that without your username and password, you won’t be able to access Kik!
Note: if you haven’t yet created a Kik account, tap “Register” from the Kik home screen! You’ll be asked to provide an username, a password, an email address, and optionally, your phone number. With those few things, you’re in business!
There isn’t much that can complicate this process overall, but if you’ve forgotten either your username or password, you have the option to tap “Forgot Password?” You’ll be taken to a separate webpage and prompted to provide the email address that you used when setting up your Kik profile. Enter the email address, and you username and password will be sent to you immediately. At this point, it’s likely that you’ll be prompted to change your password, as a security precaution.
The process can also be complicated by an inconsistent online connection. Whether you’re connected to the internet using cellular data or a local Wi-Fi hotspot, if your connection is fishy, you might have a hard time logging into Kik. Stable download and upload speeds are required in order to access the Kik Messenger servers, and without them, you may be provided with a message similar to, “Oops. This is taking longer than usual. Please try again.” Do as the prompt says, and ensure that you have a stable, constant connection to the internet before trying to log in once more.
Though you can install Kik Messenger across multiple devices, only certain parts of your Kik experience will carry over between them. You’ll retain your login information, of course, as well as your assembled list of contacts attached to your profile. If you have any Kik Points attached to your account, those will carry over as well. What won’t carry over is your chat history or browsing history. Messages that you’ve sent or received are tied to a single, specific login instance. We’ll elaborate more on this a little later, and though it may seem like an inconvenience (it is, in some cases!) it can also be a dependable security feature for the Kik application.
Once you’re logged into Kik, however, you have access to the full breadth of the application’s features. Send messages, browse the web, and participate in Kik’s unique promoted-chats with various brands and third party interests!
Logging Out of Kik
Logging out of Kik is another process entirely, and while the title of the article promises login tips primarily, the opposite process can actually have some pretty significant consequences for the former! Therefore, it’s important to elaborate a little bit.
In order to log out of Kik Messenger, you’ll need to head into the “Settings” menu within the application (the small gear icon in the upper left or lower left of the main messenger screen.) From here, you’ll select “Your Account.” At the bottom of the following menu, you’ll see a “Reset Kik” option in a red font. There’s no point in searching for a “log off” option within Kik Messenger, as you won’t find one. Whenever you want to log out of your current Kik profile, you will have to reset the app. Before doing so, you should realize that several things will happen:
- You will lose your message and browsing history.
- You will not be able to retrieve said history.
- Your username and password will have to be provided to log in again.
- No messages will be delivered to you until you’ve logged in again.
You may take this as a sign that Kik doesn’t particularly want you to log out of your profile, and this is probably the case. While you’re logged out of your profile, after all, any messages that are intended for you won’t be delivered. If you recall Kik’s lightning-quick read notification system, the three indicating letters (S, D, and R for sent, delivered, and received) will always tell you where your messages are. For those trying to contact you, their messaging will have that “S” next to them until you’ve logged into Kik once more.
What does this mean for your login process? Several things, actually. It was mentioned earlier that you can only be signed into Kik on a single device at a time. For better or worse, there’s no way around this since it’s actually dependent on the servers rather than actual Kik users. If you’re currently logged in on one device, entering your information on another will immediately log you out of the former. The above precautions concerning lost chat and browsing history most definitely applies here.
Why can this login and logout practice be a good thing for users? Imagine if you’ve lost your mobile device, and you were still signed into Kik. No matter of it was stolen or simply misplaced, anyone who picks it up will have access to the messages you’ve been sending and the web pages that you’ve visited. Unless, of course, you log in from a separate device! Keeping with the “one device at a time” rule that Kik enforces, you’ll be logged off of the other device immediately.
Security precautions aside, you should always back up the messages that you want to save. This also includes images and video clips that you don’t want to vanish in the instance that you have to reset Kik Messenger.
Other Tips and Tricks
While the login process for Kik Messenger is remarkably simple, some of the above complications can occasionally provide hassle. Know that they’re in place as a security measure, and for good reason! Since Kik requires very little of your personal information when creating an account, this makes your profile’s safety very much dependent upon your unique username, password, and email address.
In order to keep your login process safe (in essence, so only you are able to log into your profile) I recommend choosing a unique username that combines uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers. This will ensure that your username is impossible to guess. The same rule should be applied to your password, by the way!
Secondly, because of Kik’s insistence upon clearing your chat and browsing data each time that you log off, I would recommend utilizing a secondary application with which to store saved messages and media files. Dropbox or Google Drive are excellent options, and both provide an easy interface with which you can copy things that you wish to save. Better yet? Both are free to use!
No matter the platform that you’re running Kik on, the login process is exactly the same. Even when you’re using an Android emulator to run Kik on a desktop or laptop computer, you’ll be asked for the same information every time. The above steps and techniques, if read closely, will help to make your Kik experience more fluid, and will also prevent a state of panic should you ever have logged out of the app without first backing up your messages.
Even the simplest login process can still carry with it plentiful tricks and techniques to make one’s app experience smoother. Chime in with your own Kik Messenger login tips in the comments below!