Very often choosing the right instant messaging app for you really depends on who else in using too. In other words, many people would choose to download and install a specific chatting app over all the rest if the app in question was already being used by his or her friends or family. However, some people would just like to find the right instant messaging app for them based on other criteria or, simply, assessing each app by its own merits. Kik Messenger is a hugely popular chatting app but there are also others that should be considered.
If you do not know how different instant messaging apps compare to one another, do not worry. That is where we come in. Every so often we compare the Kik Messenger app with the rest of the best. In this article, we will be pitching the Kik Messenger app against Yahoo Messenger.
We are all too aware that there are many different apps of this kind. The basic features are also often similar or, even in some cases, exactly the same. But there are still many key differences between various instant messaging apps.
In this article, we would be looking at the different features offered by the Kik Messenger app and by the Yahoo Messenger app. Of course, there is no reason why you should choose between the two necessarily. After all, as long as you have sufficient space in your smart phone or mobile device, you could download, install, and use as many different instant messaging apps as you would like.
Even if you ultimately decide that you would like to use both apps, it might help you to know how they compare to each other. Why? Because knowing what each of them specifically offers (and the areas in which one of them may be lacking in regards to the other one) is a great way of making sure that you would be able to make the most of each (or both) of them.
The first question you need to ask yourself, though, is what you expect from an instant chatting app.
What Do You Want From Your Chatting App?
“Sometimes I think opposable thumbs were invented so teenage girls could use text messaging.”- Diane Lane
This is a fundamental question. Depending on the answer you give, you might be more inclined to use a specific app over the other (or you may decide that you actually need both of them).
First of all, if you were using a smart phone you would already have an SMS service (text messaging). You may consider whether this service meets your needs or not. SMS continue to be extremely basic when we compare them with messaging apps in the features they are able to offer. Other thing to be taken into account is cost. Many mobile carriers charge extra for sending and receiving text messages.
The second thing to be taken into consideration when thinking about instant messaging apps is whether you would be more likely to use it with people you already know or if you are more interested in chatting to new people and potentially making new friends. Of course, if what you want primarily from your app is to be able to chat to your existing friends (and family) then you should consider using the app (or apps) they already use. Having said that, you may want to convince your friends to use a different app as well!
Finally, you should also consider the kind of features that are essential for you. For example, if you just want to exchange text messages then any app would do. However, if you would like to be able to chat on cam; share video, audio, or picture files; chat to bots; etc. then is when things get a lot more, let’s say interesting.
It’s All About Features (But Not Only)
We cannot really help you to decide which app is best for you based on your personal circumstances or needs, but we can highlight what the different features the Kik Messenger app and the Yahoo Messenger app offer.
But before we talk about specific features let’s talk about availability:
- The Kik Messenger app is available on most smart phone devices; most notably on iOS devices (iPhone and iPod) and on Android devices.
- The Yahoo Messenger app is also available but also on tablets and computers (whether desktop or laptop).
- So, you can seamlessly use Yahoo Messenger on pretty much any device you choose, while Kik Messenger is officially restricted to smart phones only.
Once we have considered availability, let’s consider the costs involved. Here there would be a tie between both instant messaging apps as they are both free to download and install and they do not have subscription fee. So, no matter how long you use them for, they will always remain free. There is a catch, however, since you have to use the Kik Messenger app on your smart phone there is a chance of incurring costs if you are not using a Wi Fi connection and have exceeded the allowance on your data plan. These costs, however, relate to your mobile network and not Kik Messenger itself. Of course, you could just easily incur those costs if you were to use Yahoo Messenger on your smart phone or mobile device. However, since you can also use Yahoo Messenger on any computer, a good way to avoid that potential problem would be precisely to use your computer for this purpose.
Okay, now that we have talked about availability and cost, let’s talk about the main features.
As can be expected both Kik Messenger and Yahoo Messenger are great ways to exchange text messages between users. The only difference there is availability. If you want to exchange text messages with other users on Kik Messenger you would need to make sure that you have your smart phone. The advantage of sending and receiving text messages on Yahoo Messenger is that you have the flexibility to use your smart phone, smart mobile device, or computer.
You can also share pictures, video, audio, and other files on both Kik Messenger and Yahoo Messenger easily. If you would like to chat on cam, however, you would only be able to do this on Yahoo Messenger as this is not something that can currently be done through Kik Messenger (and there seems to be no plans to change this anywhere soon).
One area in which the Kik Messenger app is undoubtedly superior to Yahoo Messenger is when it comes to what we call chat enhancements. By chat enhancements we mean features designed to enhance your chats by either making them more fun and more meaning full. Kik Messenger is amazing when it comes to stuff like that. For example, you will find lots of GiFs, stickers, emojis, etc. with which to enhance your Kik messages. But not only that, there have been some exciting recent developments at Kik Messenger involving bots. When some people read the word bot their minds immediately go to “spam”, but that is not what we are talking about here.
Kik Messenger has a Kik bot shop where you will find helpful and fun bots with whom you will be able to interact. There are bots almost for every purpose. Some of them will give you useful advice while others have been created exclusively for your amusement. Whether you are looking for fashion advice, a translation service, jokes, GiFs, local and global weather, national and international news, and a whole host of other content, you would be guaranteed to find a Kik bot (or more) for you. The great thing about Kik bots is that you can interact with them as you would with other users, which means that you can also include them in group chats or Kik parties if you wish.
But, How About Privacy?
Both the Kik Messenger app and the Yahoo Messenger app guarantee the privacy of their users. There is really no difference on the lengths they would go to in order to protect their users’ privacy. The rest is really up to you. If you are chatting to people you do not already know from real life, you should never divulge personal information about you or those close to you. Avoid full names, addresses, etc. in order to keep your online privacy safe. Do not click on links that would take to third party websites, and never shared your passwords. And, talking about passwords, make sure that you always choose strong passwords (random and unique) and never use the same password to log in to more that one app or online service.
As you can see, both the Kik Messenger and Yahoo Messenger are great instant messaging apps. Although they have many similarities there are some key differences between them that should be enough for you to decide which one would be better and meeting your personal needs and expectations. Actually, you can see at them as complementary apps and use them both in different situations accordingly.
Whatever you decide to do, we hope we have helped you understand what these two instant messaging apps have to offer. If you have any comments on either Kik Messenger or Yahoo Messenger, please leave us a message in the section below.