New & Improved Kik Stickers

One of the best things about the Kik Messenger app is that it is constantly improving. Over at Kik Interactive (the Canadian company behind the instant messaging app) they are always looking for ways Kik Messenger even more awesome that it already is. Whether by developing brand new features or improving the existing ones, Kik users increasingly get a better experience when using their favorite messaging platform. On this website, we bring you news about what those developments are as soon as we find out ourselves. On this occasion, we would like to talk to you about the new and improved Kik stickers.

It is true that stickers have been around for a long time now. Even other instant messaging platforms such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp also offer fun stickers to their users. However, the Kik Messenger app has just improved the sticker experience.

If you have never had the pleasure of using Kik stickers before this may be the ideal time to start using them. Kik stickers have never been better before!

This article will work both as a general introduction to Kik stickers and as an advance of the new sticker experience that has just been released by the Kik Messenger app.

So, whether you have been using Kik stickers for quite sometime and would like to find out what is new with them or whether you would like to introduce stickers into your daily experience using Kik, you have come to the right place.

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Kik Stickers

What is an emoji? Emojis are small icons used to express emotions or ideas, used in online communication

In a way, stickers are bigger more expressive emojis that are used online to enhance chats. The raison d’être of emojis and stickers is actually one and the same. Human communication is not just purely verbal. Most people rely on non-verbal signals to make sense of what other people tell them (and to make themselves understood by others as well, of course). This could actually be a huge potential problem for instant messaging apps because, of course, all body language or tone of voice (i.e., non verbal communications cues) are removed from online interactions (unless we are talking, of course, of video calls).

Emojis and stickers then serve the all-important mission of adding nuance and tone to anything we write on the Kik Messenger app and other similar instant messaging platforms.

The point of it all is really to avoid any possible misunderstandings, and most importantly, to make our online chats a lot more fun.

Having said that, emojis and stickers are actually quite different. For one thing, stickers are a lot bigger. But obviously that is not the only difference. While emojis have been specifically designed to express emotions (hence, their name), stickers can be used to convey something meaningful in itself. What we mean by this is that while most of the time you would add an emoji (or several to a text-based message), you may just want to send a sticker (or several) without any written words. This is because more often than not that the stickers are enough to express ideas, for example, if you want to say that you are cold or tired, in a good mood etcetera. You could express those feelings without having to type anything. And not only that, but you can express them in much more fun way if you used stickers.

The best way to look at both emojis and stickers is as conversation or chat enhancements. You would not really want to base entire chats on emojis or stickers but you could certainly users to make your Kik chats better and a whole lot more fun.

Some stickers you can get are:

  • Funny
  • Love
  • Greetings
  • Holidays

How Do You Use Kik Stickers?

For the purposes of this article, we will assume that you already have a Kik Messenger profile (i.e., you have already registered) and know more or less your way around the app. If you do not, you should go check what we have written on the subject elsewhere on this web site. So as long as you already have an account with the Kik Messenger app and know how to use it in general, you should not have any trouble using the Kik stickers.

If you are not sure how to use the Kik stickers, all you will need to do is to visit the official Kik Shop and search for sticker packages. Normally, you would download a whole package (or several), or download different stickers in different packages so that you can make up your own package. Once you have downloaded the package or packages that you have found appealing, you will be able to use any of the stickers in those packages in any of your chats (groups chats or individual one to one chats).

Once you have downloaded sticker packs, all you will have to do is go to the sticker / emoji section on your chats. So, next time that you are chatting with one (or several) of your friends, and feel like sending them a Kik sticker, clip or tap on the smiley face icon that you will see next to the message box (that is, the text field where you would normally type in your text messages. By doing this, you will be able to see a tray with all the emojis and stickers available for you to send (obviously, if you do not see the one you would like to send out here, you will need to head over to the Kik shop to download it first). Just click or tap on the sticker that you would like to send and it will appear on your text box for you to do so. Sending out Kik stickers is just as easy as that. At least, this is how you would have gotten your Kik stickers traditionally. But now that Kik Interactive has introduced great changes, browsing, downloading, and sending Kik stickers is easier and quicker than ever. In the next section of this article, we will talk about all that is new with stickers and how you could take advantage of all of the changes that have just been introduced.

What Is New With Kik Stickers?

The first new thing about Kik stickers is that Kik Messenger has just released a bunch of new packs. Not only that, but they have also expressed that they are planning on releasing even more new packs in the near future. So, you should head over to the Kik shop right now so you can check out the new Kik sticker packs available. Remember that you can either download new packs or mix and match from different packs.

The new stickers are better and more fun than ever before! Now there are sticker packs that include fun mythical creatures such as yetis or unicorns.

One great thing about Kik stickers that has not really changed (and we do not really think it will ever changed) is that Kik stickers are totally free. Also, it could not be easier to download them. You can do this from your Android smart phone, iOS device, or any other smart mobile device you use for the Kik Messenger app.

The Sticker shop has been recently improved too so that now users have access to all the different sticker packs in just one place. All you will need to do is keep scrolling down until you find the right sticker pack (or packs) for you. This has made browsing even easier (and quicker) than it already was. If you have not downloaded any Kik stickers recently this would be a great time for you to head over the sticker shop and download new packs. You will notice the difference and will be surprised at how little time it takes to browse and download new sticker packs. Even if you are in the middle of a chat (or, if you are anything like us, twenty, LOL), you will be able to download new packs and use them in no time.

The sticker shop is also more accessible (meaning that it is a lot easier to access) than ever before. Kik Messenger has made sending stickers a lot easier because now users are able to send them directly from the expression bar. This is located right underneath your text box (the one that says “type a message…” where is where you normally type in your text messages before sending them to your friends). So now, all you will need to do is simply click or tap on your expression bar. This will display all the Kik stickers that you had previously downloaded from the sticker shop. But not only that, the Kik Messenger app gives you different options to find the stickers that you would like to send, thanks to different sections that have been recently introduced. For example, now you will be able to access those stickers that you have most recently used, visit the sticker shop directly from the expression bar without have to click or tap more than once. Also, you will be able to go through all the different sticker packs available by theme, which will make the experience of browsing the sticker shop a lot more pleasurable and productive.

If you have any feedback about the newly improved Kik stickers or about Kik stickers more generally, please leave us a message in the comments section below.

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