So, you’ve got yourself set upon on one of the world’s most popular messaging and chat platforms. Now, where do you go to find out who to chat with on Kik right now?
We’re firmly in the digital era, and even though it’s still shifting and shaping beneath our feet, the high-tech means by which we communicate with each other are often taken for granted. Looking into the future, it’s becoming easier to see traditional telephone calls being an oddity, while text messaging and video chatting becomes the accepted norm by which we contact each other. The fact that everyone has the ultimate communication tool resting in their pockets–the smartphone–has certainly helped to usher in these new traditions in technology.
However, that doesn’t mean we won’t still encounter hiccups when we’re getting started with a new piece of hardware or software. Even though Kik Messenger boasts over 200 million registered profiles, there’s still room for fresh additions and users that are just getting started with the popular app. If you count yourself among that new crowd, you’ll probably find that you don’t have that many people to chat with, apart from your friends that are already using Kik.
There’s no cause to fret, fortunately, because there are many methods to get yourself connected to many Kik users who share the same interests as yourself.
This will require a little bit of extra work on your part, depending on how you go about it, but in the long run, it’ll be worth it! Among the millions of users who utilize Kik on a daily basis, many have formed chat groups and communities based on shared interests, and the only thing that’s stopping you from getting in on the scene is hesitation!
The aim of this guide will be twofold–to give you a list of available resources, thereby helping you to find other Kik users to chat with, and also to give you some tips and tricks that’ll keep your Kik experience pleasant and safe. Follow the below steps, and you’ll find yourself with a host of resources for finding people to chat with.
Finding Other Users on Kik
Because Kik places so much importance on your unique username, it should come as little surprise that you can’t simply find a list of usernames currently active on Kik. As such a thing would entirely violate the privacy of Kik’s users, you’ll instead have to use other means to share your profile, find others, and locate interest groups for others who want to talk about the same things that you do.
You will want to have your username on hand, though, before proceeding. Keep in mind that this is separate from your display name, which is simply the name by which other users see and know you. The username is what’s going to hook you up with other voices eager to chat.
Share Your Profile
Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky.- Brene Brown
Likely the easiest method of finding other users to chat with, this feature is built into Kik, and will allow you to disseminate your profile across a variety of social media platforms. It’s quick, almost effortless, and can quickly connect you with some of those people who are already contacts elsewhere in your social circles.
From the main Kik page, tap your setting button (the small gear), found in either the upper left or lower left of the screen. From there, simply select “Share Your Profile.” This will bring up a list of popular social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also select “Other” and send your profile to an entirely different social media outlet.
While this method is certainly fast, it won’t necessarily introduce you to new people to chat with on Kik.
Enable Address Matching
Before we delve into ways to find new people to chat with, let’s gloss over one more way that you can connect with people who are already contacts elsewhere in your digital life. Address matching will allow Kik Messenger to search your mobile device’s contacts and attempt to match listed email addresses against those addresses registered on the Kik servers. If you recall entering your email address when you first signed up for Kik, then you’re already halfway familiar with this method of finding contacts.
Also accessed from your “Settings” menu, simply select “Chat Settings” and then “Turn On Address Matching.” From there, the process is automated. As long as Kik has the proper permissions to do so on your mobile device, it will begin cross-referencing your contact list.
If the address matching is successful, you’ll be put in touch with people from your existing contact list that are also registered with Kik. As when you’re sharing your profile on social media platforms, this method isn’t likely to introduce you to any new people. How
Find or Start Chat Groups
Maybe you don’t have many friends that are already using Kik. Maybe you do, but you want to find groups of like-minded people to talk about certain subjects with. No matter which of these two groups you fit into, Kik has the tools necessary to connect your voice with a host of others. Group chats in Kik can be made searchable, allowing you to circumvent searching for specific users, and instead, search for the subjects that you’re interested in.
From the main Kik window, tap the entry field where you might otherwise search for a specific username. Instead, use a hashtag (#) to search instead for a topic. Everything from #GreenDay to #BeyonceFans is searchable, and if you’re patient enough in your searching, you’ll land yourself in a group that’ll accommodate your voice in addition to many others. However, just because there are thousands of group chats available for you to join that all discuss a wide variety of subjects, it doesn’t mean the very first search that you do is going to turn up a treasure trove of options.
Try to keep your searches as simple as you can, but allow them to also be as specific as they need to be. Give it a whirl a couple of times, and eventually, you’ll find your way to new people to talk to!
Use the Kik Browser
Though searching through Kik’s group chats is certainly easy, it’s not exactly what one would call a “matching” service. All of the work is on you, after all, to find a group best suited to your interests. Or, inversely, to create one for other people to join.
Kik’s built-in browser offers options beyond the group chat search, and they’re quite nearly as easy to use. Tap on the browser icon (the small globe) located in either the upper right or bottom right of the main Kik page in order to access the browser. Once you have, click on the search entry and type in “Match.” What you’ll be given is a list of Kik-optimized web pages designed for matching you with other users. By no means will these all be Kik services, but the matching applications available through the web browser will certainly put you in touch with other people.
Finding Users Through Online Resources
Here’s where your number of available resources quite literally explodes. It’s also where you’ll want to begin using significant caution regarding what details you choose to share about yourself. If you use your search engine to type in something as simple as “Kik chat groups,” you’ll be pointed in the direction of the many separate communities of people who organize off of Kik, in order to chat on Kik. The mobile application itself only has so many ways to connect people, and since many users have regular access to a computer throughout the day, many users have found it handy to find and organize with each other off of Kik Messenger.
Keep in mind that none of the content you may be exposed to while searching online for organized chat groups will be censored or moderated. Unless you’re careful, it’s quite possible to encounter adult content, or NSFW (not-safe-for-work) material that users are sharing in these varieties of groups. However, these safety and content concerns aside, you’re likely to find far more people to talk to than you might when using Kik’s built in group-searching features.
If you’re using external resources like this to find other online Kik users, be sure to keep your username close-at-hand. I’d highly advise against sharing it openly with anyone that you don’t know, and if you choose to use this method to find like-minded people to chat with, you’re certainly going to run into many (if not most) that you don’t know, at all.
There are many ways to find other people to chat with on Kik, and landing yourself in a good, well-populated group will leave you with a reasonable number to talk to at any time of the day. Now that you have several different ways to search out a chat group for yourself, which direction will you take your Kik experience? In the comments below, share your own Kik group chat stories, whether you’ve found them through Kik now or elsewhere online.