If you have visited this website before or if you have been using Kik Messenger on PC (application) already for a while, we probably will not need to go into the ins and outs of Kik Messenger. There will be no need for us to explain all the many advantages and benefits of using the Kik Messenger app in this article.
If you are reading this it is most probably because you are interested in using Kik Messenger on a PC.
As an app, Kik Messenger is wonderful because it is a secure and free way to stay in contact with your contacts from your smart phone or mobile device. What is so convenient about it is that you can chat with your Kik friends anytime you want to, no matter where you are.
If you are wondering if Kik Messenger is also available on PC, the short answer is that it not officially but there are ways to get around that issue. Before we go over how you can get Kik Messenger on a Windows PC, let us consider the reasons why you may that to be the case.
The main reason for using Kik Messenger on a Windows PC is simply this: communication.
“I’m a great believer that any tool that embraces communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.” – Bill Gates.
The founder of Bill Gates is on to something when he talks about “tool[s] that embrace communication”. In a way, both Windows PCs and Kik Messenger are both that embrace communication. Just imagine the power they would have when they are combined!
Kik Messenger, as a smart phone app, is available across many different devices including BlackBerry, iPod, iPhone, and Android devices. Kik Messenger, unlike other available instant messaging platforms, is totally free to install and use because it does not require a subscription or anything like that. This certainly sets it apart for other similar services such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, etc. All these instant messaging services, including Kik Messenger, are all free to use as long as you have access to a WiFi network or you stick to the data allowed on your cellular data plan. This is why millions of people prefer using Kik Messenger or any of the other similar services available instead of using the more traditional option of text messaging as that could incur fees (depending, obviously, on your plan and level of usage).
Actually, money saving is not the only advantage to using Kik Messenger over traditional cell phone text message. Kik Messenger and most of the other available services allow their users to not just send text messages to one another, but also exchange video files, pictures, audio recordings, and Gifs, among other things. Of course, you can only use Kik Messenger to communicate with people who have the Kik Messenger app installed on their smart phone or mobile device.
Unlike traditional text messaging, just having a smart phone is simply not enough when it comes to using Kik Messenger. So, if you want to communicate with a family member, a friend, a colleague, etc. you will need to make sure that they also have the Kik Messenger app on their smart phone or mobile device. The good news is that, if they already do, you guys can start instant messaging each other from the word go, as long as you have exchanged usernames or find each other using Kik Messenger’s address book matching.
What Do You Need In Order to Use Kik Messenger on a PC?
Kik Messenger is an app that you can download directly to your smart phone or mobile device. If you use an Android device (i.e., one that uses Google mobile operating system), you will be able to download and install the Kik Messenger app directly from the Google Play app store for free; if, however, you use an iPhone or and iPod (i.e., a device that uses Apple mobile operating system), then you will be able to download and install the Kik Messenger app directly from the Apple app store for free.
The convenience of using the Kik Messenger on your smart phone or mobile device is pretty clear to anyone who has used it. It boils down to being able to chat your friends discreetly from your smart phone every time it suits you to do so. And as great and convenient as that may be, there may come a time when you might want to use Kik Messenger on your computer.
There are bad news and good news when it comes to using Kik Messenger on your PC. The bad news is that there is not official online or desktop version of the Kik Messenger app that you can use on a PC (or any other desktop or laptop computer, for that matter). It would seem that the people behind Kik Messenger are not really interested in allowing Kik Messenger users to access the app from their computers. However, the good news is that it is possible to access the Kik Messenger app from a PC if you are willing to do a little bit of extra work.
The only way to access the Kik Messenger app from your PC is to use an Android emulator. Although this may not be official, it is totally legal. If you have never used an Android emulator, think about it as a piece of software that will allow you to turn your PC into a giant Android device. By using an Android emulator, you will be able to download any apps from the Google Play app store for free on your PC. If you are already a Kik Messenger user, all you will need to do is to use your login details to access Kik Messenger after you have installed it from the Google Play app store. If you have never used the Kik Messenger app before, do not worry, you can just sign up after you have downloaded and installed it from the Google Play app store.
Now, this method (which is the only available one of using Kik Messenger on a PC at the time of writing and will probably remain so for a long time), will only work if you already use an Android device registered to your Google Play account. If you do not have an Android smart phone or mobile device already registered to your Google Play account, Google will not allow you to download any apps from the Google Play account. If you do have an Android smart phone or mobile device but have not registered to the Google Play store, make sure that you do so before attempting to use an Android emulator on your PC.
If you do not have an Android device then, short of getting yourself one of them, would be to look into the alternatives to Kik Messenger. There are certain instant messaging platforms that have official desktop or online versions and that therefore can be used across different mobile devices and computers (Mac, or PC). The most popular ones of those are WhatsApp, Line, and WeChat. All three of them are used by millions of people around the world so they are probably well worth considering as valid options.
There are many Android emulators available and although they can be quite different when it comes to what they offer but they will all work fine for Kik Messenger. Among the most popular Android emulators available, there are BlueStacks and Andyroid (although there are many more available).
Both BlueStacks and Andyroid are very popular and reputable. BlueStacks offers great support and many extra features you may enjoy. Andyroid, on the other hand, is really easy to use and lets you use your smart phone to control it remotely, which is really handy particularly is you use the emulator to play online games as you will be able to use your smart phone to do so with the added benefits of having a bigger screen.
If you have a Mac computer, know that, believe it or not, there are also Android emulators available.
If you have not used an Android emulator before, this is the list of the main things you may want to consider before going ahead and using one on your PC:
- Shop around for the Android emulator that best suits your needs. Although, if you are just intending to use it for Kik Messenger, it probably will not make much of a difference.
- Decide if you are willing to pay any money or if you just want a free Android emulator.
- Consider what PC you would like to use the Android emulator from. It does not really matter what model of PC you are using but consider if you are using a computer that is used by other people or if this is just your PC.
So, even though there is no official way of using Kik Messenger on your computer, this is quite possible to do so with an Android emulator. If this sounds like too much hard work for you, there are also some official alternatives to Kik Messenger that you can use on your PC for free.