Kik is an instant messenger app that allows users to connect using their username to discover one another. There is WhatsApp, Messenger, and Snapchat, but Kik has some features that set it apart from other messaging apps.
One of the unique aspects of Kik is that users can chat with anyone who is also a Kik user since you can join groups that reflect your interests. There are other features that Kik users enjoy, including a built-in web browser, so it may be confusing when you’re first learning to navigate it.
You can find it in the app store for your Android or iOS devices for free so download it and get started.
Setting Up Kik
- Launch the app. The icon is the word “kik” in green text against a white background.
1. When you launch the app, you will see two buttons at the bottom of the screen. One will say “register” and the other will give you the option to log in. If this is the first time using the app, you will have to tap “register.” This will take you to the new account screen.
2. You will need to fill in a few aspects of your personal information to make an account. You’ll need your first and last name, your email address, a password, and your birthday. Your phone number is optional. Accept the terms of service at the bottom of the screen by tapping the box.
3. When you are taken to the next screen, Kik will ask if you want to allow it access to your contacts so it can connect you with other Kik users that you know. If you want this, Kik will use the phone numbers, emails, and names of people in your contacts to find anyone that you know. If you choose to skip this right now, then you can always go into your settings and do it later.
4. Confirm your email address. You should do this so that when you lose your password, you can be sent an email so that Kik can help you retrieve it. Go into the email that you listed and look for an email sent from Kik.
Inside the email, you will see a button that you are directed to click to finish setting up your account. Click this, and you will be redirected back to Kik. If you don’t see this email, then you should check your junk or spam folder.
1. To add someone, tap the blue button in the bottom right corner of the screen. A variety of options will appear. Tap the option that says, “Find People.” This option will lead you to a screen where you can tap how you want to add someone.
The options include finding someone by username, contact, or kik code. When the person that you want to contact appears on the screen, you can tap on their contact and tap “Start chatting” which is located beneath their profile picture.
2. When you enter the chat, you can tap on the text box at the bottom of the screen. You have a number of ways that you can communicate with them. If you want to send a text message, you can use your keyboard to type your message.
If you want to send an image, tap the first icon above the keyboard. This will take you to your Gallery where you can choose an image to put into the chat. The second icon above the keyboard, the camera, will allow you to take a new picture to put into the chat.
The third icon is a square that says “GIF” in the middle of it, and this will allow you to search for a gif that you want to put into the chat. The fourth icon, a sticker being peeled back, allows you to access the collection of stickers that Kik has to choose from. The fifth icon, the smiley face, opens kik’s collection of emojis.
The last option that you can use to communicate is the built- in web browser that is a unique feature of Kik. This allows you to search for viral videos and memes that you can put into the chat.
You can even access your web history here. Although this may consume a lot of your data, it is a great way to interact in a funny manner. There is even the option to sketch an image that you can send.
3. If selected the wrong thing and want to erase it before sending it, you can tap and hold on it to tap the Delete option. You can’t delete what you’ve already sent, so make sure that what you selected is the correct thing before sending.
Features Besides Messaging
1. Tap the Gear icon in the upper right corner of the main screen where you see all your chats.
2. Tap the circle in the center of the top of the screen to reveal a menu.
3. Tap “Set photo” from the menu that appears.
4. You can choose “take picture” to take a new picture of yourself or tap “Choose existing” to choose on from your Gallery. Chat Bubble Color
5. Tap the Gear icon in the upper right corner of the main screen where you see all your chats.
6. Tap “Chat settings” to open a new menu.
7. In the new menu, Tap “Chat Bubble color.”
8. Scroll through the colors and select the one that you want to use as your chat bubble color. New Emoticons.
You can download new and unique emoticons to incorporate into the texts that you send. You’ll get used to using them before you know it. Start a message to one of your friends.
1. Start a message to one of your friends or enter an already existing chat.
2. Tap the emoji icon above your keyboard, which is the smiley face.
3. Tap the + in the bottom left of the screen to access the shop.
4. Select the emojis that you want from the shop.