Kik Messaging & Chat App

Social Networking
Rating
4.3 (468.3K)
Size
214 MB
Age rating
17+
Current version
16.15.2
Price
Free
Seller
Medialab - Kik
Last update
2 months ago
Version OS
14.0 or later
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User Reviews for Kik Messaging & Chat App

4.26 out of 5
468.3K Ratings
5 years ago, 404_user not found
Lot of good and some bad
I have had this app for like 2 years? And have made soo many friends. In fact once the video chat came out a group i was currently in was so hype, we spent a bit on it but it didnt work all the time back then so we gave up. There clearly has been lots of change since then and i enjoy most of it. There are a few bugs that well, bug me. First off the problem with changing pfp. Im in so many group chats (not rlly) were a lot of them have changed their pfp but it doesnt change when they text, and neither does their name. Which is more of a minor inconvenience but i still like to see that change. Another bug that i see often is when it would take me back to old “unread” messages even when i was talking during these times. I love all the things that have been added but these bugs have never changed. A cool thing to see in the future too is possible more backgrounds of possibly putting your own pictures for backroads and maybe adding a bio and making the background pick a little bigger, while i get why its that size i like the picture that i put and some arent fit for that format, and with the actual profile picture covering it it makes it harder to see the pictures. This app has definitely done its job of letting meet new people and talk to old ones and i would like for some of these bugs to finally be worked on after so long.
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5 years ago, Haley Jacoby
Love it (but I don’t like the new updates)
Ok so I’ve had Kik since 2 years back, it was awesome and worked amazing at that time. So I got a new phone and forgot about it and probably half a year later I got it again, it was great when I opened the app. It worked perfectly and I didn’t have any problems. So as time gone by I noticed a few bugs, example: I own a group so I’m the owner, sometimes when I open the app and a bot joins I try to remove it but it doesn’t give me the option so when I view the members, there’s two of me. The one that’s owner and the one that’s a member. So I ask the members if they see two of me in the members and they say no. I tried closing the app and reopening it but it never works so I just wait it out and let my admins do it for me. The update that I hated is when someone leaves a group chat, you can’t private message them. That update annoyed me a lot because I made some friends in some chats but they left but I can never get in touch with them unless I had them in my contacts which I do not. I’m only see that the bugs happen in the group chats. Also, the ads update, or what I think is a update is really annoying also because it really messed up al the chats I was in. I really hope they fix them because I love this app!
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3 years ago, Katana0k
Good app that went downhill
I have had and used Kik for many years and I don’t know what happened but this app is barely useable nowadays. There are 3 main issues but first let me state that for the last 2 years I had the iPhone 11 Pro Max. And I just got the 13 Pro Max. So these issues aren’t because of an old phone. 1: It’s so laggy! It freezes up all the time. While loading, while trying to type out a message. It just freezes. 2: With the new iPhone 13 Pro Max it will not notify me. At all. I never know if I have a message now unless I actually tap to open the app then it will refresh and be like “Oh! So n so messaged you about an hour ago.” - When I had my 11 Pro Max this only happened randomly. But with the 13 I have not once gotten a notification from Kik. 3: The ads make this almost unusable. I get that you need ads since this is a free app. However, the way you’ve put them in and load are making the experience difficult because of issue number 1 that I listed. The ad freezes and then you have to kill the app which you may or may not need to see another pop up ad. And some of them won’t even close even when you tap the X in the corner resulting in having to kill the app and restart it. I really hope this gets fixed soon because I really do love the app since I’ve used it for many years but I could seriously go to another app like discord and not have to deal with any of these issues. I’m trying to be loyal but it’s getting harder each day…
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8 months ago, EJMills
Good for chat but security flaws
I started using App based on suggestions that it was a private way to chat with others. Used mainly for adult purposes, or any scenario where you don’t want anyone to see a chat in your phone’s text messaging. The addition of specialized groups you can join to meet others with same interests to you was an added bonus. Actually made some real friends with the groups. What I find very disturbing is the extremely high amount of bots that are in the App. They are usually disguised as attractive women who privately message you, and then try to lure you with spam or a phishing link. Of course, I just report and block and delete them, but when you’re getting up to 10 a day, you start to realize KIK has a major problem. They can also join private groups and wreak havoc with members. Remember, children (17 y.o.’s per KIK, but I’m sure younger are using App) can use this App, so this can create real problems to the unaware. When you report the Spam Bots every…single…day, you would think KIK would take more stringent action to prevent this. Nothing. It simply allows you to block them. I thought reporting them would get their accounts removed, but when I look at my block list they still exist years later. Especially disturbing because the Spam Bots are always sexually explicit. Not for younger, or people sensitive to sexual harassment. Take this seriously, KIK.
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3 years ago, Ciara Quack 💗
app is slow, buggy, and it crashes too much.
first off, i don’t get notifications for any on my chats even though i have them turned on. the ads slow down the app so much it’s unbelievable. kik constantly crashes on my phone to the point where i don’t even wanna use it anymore.. kik is nothing like it used to be. UPDATE- bruh it says i’m at max chats but i dont even have any open please fix this. yall added live but the chats don’t even work anymore. EDIT- as a new streamer, i’m struggling to keep a steady streaming schedule because of the lag i experience. my chat freezes, trying to make someone bouncer crashes my live, and i can’t even close my live without my live getting stuck.. i’ve done everything from clearing all my chats to deleting the app altogether but other than the bug related problems, the amount of racism me and my peers face on here is unbelievable. i don’t think theres a real banning system on here at all honestly. i have had over 30 fake accounts made of me with racial slurs threaten me relentlessly. they make accounts back to back no matter how many times i kick and block them. i’ve been sent videos of people getting lynched, shot, decapitated just for being a black woman on kik live. when will it stop? why can’t you IP ban these people? it’s been detrimental to my mental health and i can’t even enjoy streaming like i used to. fix this.
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2 years ago, SLoggia
Get rid of the Live Feature
I’ve used this app for years and counting, I’ve seen it through its ups and downs. I’ve tolerated a majority of people migrating to Discord, seeing Kik almost go bankrupt and shut down, then get revived by a new foundation. I’ve seen the emergence of ads, which was a little jarring, but I tolerated it. The Kik Live feature was at first strange, but I was able to ignore it. Now, not only does the UI for the Kik Live feature take up almost half my screen, but it is now to the point where the app barely even loads because of it. I cannot even so much as connect to message anybody, and yet the live feature functions just fine. I’ve reset my phone, router, everything when this happens, and yet the issue will still repeat and last for hours on end. I’ve tolerated a lot of things about Kik, but the UI and basic functionality of Kik has passed the measures of awful, it’s closer to non-functioning. The Live feature needs to be tweaked or Nixed entirely, because it’s a horribly distracting UI for a feature I don’t care for, and it’s starting to make the messaging feature of the message app close to defunct by this point. I’ve defended this app for god knows what reason to the ends of the earth to keep groups intact on it, and the amount of negligence in maintaining a basic, functioning server to message on a messaging app is astounding. I seriously hope something is done about this soon.
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5 years ago, LavenderSTITCH626
Its ok but...
I like this app I’ve been a member for going on five years so I’ve definitely seen changes with the original developers compared to the current version. I understand the need for ads in order to pay for the app as it’s free however your website claimed they wouldn’t be intrusive i beg to differ as they appear inside of chats as ad banners this isn’t a good way to add apps into an app and it makes me want to uninstall it, however as i have friends on here I won’t. Instead I’m offering a different type of way to have ads a way that kik used to do ads. There used to be kik points which allowed you to get different emojis, and stickers. You earned these through both games and video ads which the user chose to watch or see. What if you did a system like this again? And have emojis, stickers, and custom themes we could get with points. It would be a great non intrusive way to include ads to keep the app running and add some more fun back into the app! Hope this review helps!
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3 years ago, 6.5 year account
Fantastic but could use some work
Ive had my kik account for over 6 and a half years. I remember a time when everything worked and it was fantastic, and it still is but its not the same anymore. as far as issues currently in the app there are times when kik triggers a notification even though none of my unmuted chats had a message, and most of all there are times where kik simply doesn’t update chats, it will act as if there has been no update to a chat since say 7:33 pm the day before when that specific chat has a reliable history of being active, especially in the in the hours since and its not just that chat, it does the same thing for all my chats. Closing the app entirely and even shutting off my phone doesn’t fix it and theres been more numerous occasions where i had to actually delete the app and redownload it and doing so resets all the chat history. Ive had a lot of good times and the app still seems to be going strong despite same sizable hiccups in the past but these current issues have ended up pushing me away towards discord and frankly, the format and mechanics kik has for joining new chats is incredible streamlined and is one of the main reasons i stay. I really hope the dev team can manage to fix these issues, id hate to see such a fantastic app go down the drain
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5 years ago, drake daggersblood
App is falling apart
The app used to be very versatile and active but with the shutting down rumor many groups have members that no longer use the app even owners. Is there a plan for an an update to make it so users can take a group back if the owner is no longer around? Like after a certain time period the most active member in the group is promoted to owner if the owner has been gone and no admins are available to inherit the ownership. Also with the ban cap. Many people tire of having to manually remove bans so that they can ban toxic members. Could we get an update where when a new member is banned after the cap. The longest ban would be lifted as the banned member most likely won’t be back after that time. We also would like a feature to hand over ownership without having to leave a group. Some people just want to pass on that torch and be another member for a while. Oh. And groups would automatically be deleted if all members exceed 3 months of inactivity? One last one. I highly recommend that the role play bot come back with a block feature that’s accessible. Even if the bot was misused. It was an excellent opportunity for role players to share their ideas and connect with people that had the same style. I loved the format personally of the old bot. Even just bringing that back would make my day.
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2 years ago, vanna red
New messages function is broken
I’ve had the app for about 2 years. In the past it’s been alright… lots of message loading issues and general glitches. Plus I have never been able to receive push notifications, even though I’ve done the troubleshooting and done everything recommended to turn on push notifications. They just don’t work. Which is annoying. Now the new message function is broken, which is just as frustrating as it sounds. I’m getting new message requests from friends and I’m 100% unable to view or access them. So I essentially can’t chat with those friends at all and their messages are just hanging in cyber limbo. I contacted customer support and they said they’re aware of the issue and that there is no fix for it, but that they’re working on it. It’s been broken for about a week now. You would think that an app pretty much dedicated to chatting with people would be more concerned about the fact that… people are currently unable to chat with each other. From what I’ve read, all iOS users are experiencing this. This is a huge glitch for what is probably over half of their user base. What’s the point of the app if I can’t talk to my friends? Kik developers need to get their act together and fix it before people just ditch for Snapchat entirely.
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3 years ago, Wilberdojo
Going way downhill
I previously gave this app a 4 star rating. The actual “chat” feature works most of the time, but more on that later. I’ve had kik for over 7 years, and I saw it improve, and now it’s going downhill. I loved the video chat feature, then they got rid of it. I loved the custom emoji shop and kik points feature. They got rid of that. I loved the many game bots. Most of the good ones are gone. In the past year or so, they’ve added ads, which I noticed made the app slower and crash more. Also, pop up ads (usually for dating apps) come up when you open chats, and you’re constantly asked to personalize ads. Now, you can’t type while the app is still connecting to the internet/data. Half the time you can’t even go out/into different chats while it’s loading, either. This all started about a month or two before the whole “kik is leaving” thing, which is why I believed it. The app has been going downhill for a while. Beyond that, they’ve added some live video feature that contains a lot of sexualized content, some of which appears to be from minors based on the previews it gives in a banner at the top of the screen that no one can choose to remove. As it stands, I cannot recommend someone new download and use kik. For now, I say just use discord or some other chat app.
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2 years ago, Onthedownlow
New Message Notifications Broken, Poor Customer Service, No Plans to Fix Issue
In the latest update of the KIK app, the “new messages” notifications pop up but you’re unable to access or read the new message. At this time I was unable to find a “fix”. So after having to complete an extensive (and confusing) search to report the issue, I was able to email their tech team to inform them that I receive the notification for new messages but I am unable to read them. Their response was, “we know there’s an issue with new notifications and at this time there are no plans to fix it.” Unfortunately the App Store won’t let you download an older version (at least that I can find). If you want a messenger app that you’re already a member of and can only receive messages to those in your history list of people who have already contacted you, then this app will suffice. If you wish to direct new friends to your KIK app or want people to find you via their search function, good luck. You’ll get a notification that you received a message but won’t be able to access it. I used to love this app as it reminded me of the old Yahoo Messenger. I guess I’ll have to find messenger app since they said there’s no plan to fix it.
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6 years ago, catestrophey
Why are there so many bugs?
Troubleshooting with the app has completely crashed for me an my friend almost, and it’s become very annoying. Our messages will get stuck on Sent and it’s a gamble if they will arrive or not to the chat, and half of the messages never display Delivered and that’s also a gamble for if they actually arrived or not. We’ll get notification sounds for new messages and once we open that chat that we guessed it “arrived” in, it’s not there most of the time and we have to send the message again. I’ve tried doing what the help articles for Connection troubleshooting and Red Recipients along with the Notifications article which are all the same thing, but they’ve done literally nothing. The only noticeable difference was at the beginning whenever one of my messages displayed Delivered, but it never happened again and it appeared to only have worked for the first two minutes. I’ve had to redownload the app as well, which didn’t work in the slightest either. I can’t keep turning my phone on and off every two minutes in the hopes that my messages will actually reach my friends. Please make an effort into fixing this.
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11 months ago, Mmmfrompa
Was good, now pointless
Kik used to be ok. Fun, rooms for every taste, and a few good features. It had its issues (too many bots, spammers, and a heavy focus on adult content). But it was still fun. You could meet a lot of fun people, could find rooms you liked, and learned to dodge the crap. HOWEVER, this release is broken garbage. The sex and bots are still as rampant as ever, but now you get far too many pop up ads, and CANNOT join ANY rooms. Absolute garbage. Pointless. And I put in a service ticket where I explained everything (my account, what phone, what os, the problem, the things I had tried, etc). I received an automated response apologizing for the issue and asked me a small list of questions they needed as additional information. Most of which I had already provided in my initial contact. I wrote back with concise answers to each. A day later I got another automated response with another list of questions, several of which were repeats of the first. I patiently provided those answers. It has now been 2 weeks and I have not heard a peep in response despite two more follow up attempts on my part. Point is, their service is as bad as their app. Unless and until they fix this version steer clear. It is a waste of time!
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3 years ago, becca bowles
this app is dead.
i have used kik for many, many years. 2392 days, in fact, as of writing this. i’ve made so many friends and met so many people with the same interests and hobbies as me on this app. there have been ups and downs. but at this point? god, it’s awful. it’s not salvageable at this point. the ads are not only annoying and make the app incredibly difficult to use, but are also almost exclusively for scam porn sites. speaking of, what’s with that “live” feature? you just *know* everyone on those is gonna be using it like a free onlyfans. and that’s just scratching the surface. the app has been almost completely overrun by spam bots. they join your group chats, spam random emojis and nonsensical sentences (“i'd wanna dialog with hot guys 😇” real quote, copy and pasted) and flood your DMs with scam links. let’s not even talk about the creepy old men who use the app that make it unsafe and/or uncomfortable for anyone who might be even vaguely feminine-presenting to use the app, or how badly the app has been lagging for the past few updates, or the way the kik team has apparently, and rightly, jump ship and given up on this app. the community guidelines seem to not even exist anymore. sexual harassment is a staple. why is this app even available still?
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6 years ago, Steven Awesome Man
The Ban System
Let me start off by saying I am writing this not for my sake but for my girlfriends sake. I have been a member of kik for almost five years. I have always loved the app and enjoyed it a lot. My girlfriend, however, told me about the ban system set in place. I believe the perma ban system you have set up where if you prove there is wrong doing you can lose your account is acceptable. I do not, however, believe that the temporary ban system in place is fair. My girlfriend is an admin of a group chat and is worried because someone is falsely reporting them because their friend was removed from the group because they were rude to others. One of the admins has already received a temporary ban due to these false reports and quite frankly I don’t believe it is fair that they did. I believe a better system for temporary bans should be in place to prevent innocent people to be banned. Thank you for reading this and I really do enjoy the app but I strongly believe that to make the app even better the temporary ban system needs to be changed.
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5 years ago, Qmab
Update Nov 24th 2019
I’ve used Kik for over two years now. Yes, the video chat option is now gone yet that hasn’t improved performance. Kik fails to get new message alerts to my locked screen. Even while in the app there are issues. I will get the alert sound or vibration if my phone is silenced that I have a new message yet nothing shows up in the chat I’m in and when I go back to my list of current chats there isn’t a new message there either. I have to leave Kik, close the app entirely and restart it to get the new message to show up. This delay is even noticeable when the alert that someone is typing goes up on the top of the screen yet the messages you just sent them stay on D for delivered instead of changing to R for read even after you receive a new message in the same chat! I’ve restarted my iPhone several times with no improvement in the app’s performance. There are now ads on every screen in the app so maybe so much priority is being given to their refresh rate that only the barest crumbs of the app’s ability are left for my messaging functions. I’m actively seeking a replacement platform which saddens me as I was so excited to hear that Kik would be staying.
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2 years ago, Colton pokemon
Better, but still needs work
After the last update and my last review, you fixed one of the major issues and complaints I had; you fixed the notification bug, now they come though again and I can actually talk with people again, however there's still two issues that plague the app; the ads and the bots, I'll go over both issues: 1. The ads are extremely frequent and annoying, they're often unskippable or straight up lock you in them so you can't access messages easily, I've had to close the app a total of three times to get out of some ads. 2. The bots, dear god the bots, they're out of control. Over the last month, I have gotten over 35 invites from random sex bots trying to scam me for a website (and since my last review, twenty more have added me), this can all be fixed if you simply add the ability to disable people from inviting you or if you purge the app of these bots. Please PLEASE do something about the bots, I can wait with the ads, just put something out that either purges all the bot accounts or give us the feature to disable invites -A user who had used your app since 2018
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2 years ago, Hi Im Irony
Pros and cons for sure
I’ve had this app for a bit now. On and off and through multiple accounts. It’s great in many ways, I’ve found many friends and had many laughs. The community overall is full of nice people. But lately it’s died down, sadly. There’s been an overrun of bots that kinda drove people away, and many of the bots- besides rage- just don’t work anymore. Now they’re pushing this new live thing that not many people even use. Sure, some do. But it’s really not that many. And the ads oh my goodness. It’s great. Has a good base and start and all, but slowly it kinda… fell apart. I hope it gets better soon. EDIT: Unable to make your own groups now because of the blacklist thing. I get it, but it’s annoying. I get that you use it to get rid of bots but it really messes with people. The info video basically tells you to either start a new account (and people have accounts for years and don’t wanna restart) or get a new device like. Seriously man? Stop this nonsense and work on it a different way rather than messing with good, creative people.
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2 years ago, createnickname-SLK
No fixes, bugs or otherwise
Every update just makes the issues worse. I was getting notifications some of the time but now since I did the most recent one…none, nada, zilch, nothin. I don’t know for sure when it started getting so bad. Either when they added that ridiculous Live feature or started running ads again. Doesn’t matter the cause, they just never fix the problems, then create more the next time & have a severely awful contact feature (that’s on the web, not the app). In the last 6 months or so I’ve also had issues where my messages are sent to the Server but just dangle out there for any length of time & might get Delivered eventually. MIGHT! This happens randomly & frequently. I’ve waited overnight for a message to be Delivered &, well, then it’s pretty useless. If the basics of delivering messages & sending notifications isn’t fixed ASAP I’ll just go w/out the app. Yes, developers, I’ve read all of your helpless FAQ & such & went through the steps provided fixing none of the issues. Even deleted & downloaded the app again, which, obviously, fixed nothing.
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5 years ago, NoxSkyz
Don’t bother with this app
I thought this app was nice at first. After using it a while it became clear that you cannot use it unless you verify your personal information to the owner and admins of chat rooms. In order to stay you are asked to submit your age, exact location and a live picture or you will be removed from the group. I reviewed Kiks community standards and even wrote regarding this issue. I received a response that this is not condoned by Kik and that it would be investigated but it still goes on to this day. I do not feel that this is something that Kik should allow to happen. I feel as if the group owners/ admin are being predatory picture collectors gathering whatever information they can about you. I understand the need for safety but when I am asked to provide this information to admin that do not provide their own information then there is a problem. I do not have a problem with the app itself and think Kik has done a good job with it. I do however think that the way people are misusing it is discouraging. I would not recommend friends to use Kik unless they are comfortable with sharing so much personal information to individuals whom you have no idea who they are.
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7 years ago, amandagirl999
I'm Disappointed – Again.
Video chat isn't working again... It was fixed for a little, then it happened again. Furthermore, now Kik doesn't show "Camera" under pictures that I've taken on Kik. Problem #1: I have been trying to start a video chat over and over, and it keeps saying "Failed to Join Video Chat" because of some "Problem Connecting to Network." Except my network is still perfectly fine. It's letting me send messages in a fraction of a second, so why does Kik suddenly say that my network connection is bad only when I want to start a video chat? The video chat feature was working perfectly fine yesterday, so why isn't it working now? Furthermore, why is it saying that there's something wrong with my own personal network? That's not right. Please fix this, because I'm positive that it's not my network that's acting up - it's the Kik app that's acting up. As for the while camera photo thing, this is brand new to me. I've never had this issue in the past, but ever since today's update, it's happening to me. I was reading up on the update history of Kik and it says this was fixed in the past, but guess what? It's happening again and it needs to be fixed again...
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6 years ago, Kinkyflman
Worse program
If I could give this program a negative star I tke it to the store I would. KIK is one of the worse chat programs with absolutely no support. Many times as I sent a message earlier often just sit in the sending mode taking for ever to be delivered. I had made up a new profile because I was getting bothered by unwanted people on my first one. Unfortunately I forgotten my password so went to the help center to see how to get a new one I followed the directions. I did exactly as I was supposed to and according to the program my password was changed but it would not except my password during login. So I figured I would just go back and change it again but KIK only lets you change the password once a day, but I tried to change it again then it told me I had to wait three days. Then I wrote to the help center and all you get from them as an automatic response telling you to go back to the forgot your password website which of course does absolutely no good. Now I’m locked out of the program for the next three days so I’m not waiting that long. I downloaded Snapchat using that and much happier so anyone reading this I suggest you do the same as I did.
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1 year ago, Rrogers1996
Terrible
I basically never write reviews unless it’s beyond amazing or god awful. I used to use this app back when it first came out up until highschool and it’s fallen so far from where it used to be. The app is awful now. It’s laggy, crashes all the time, has random bugs, ad pop ups constantly, bot accounts, ugly buggy interface, animations are choppy. I’ve only had the app for 2 hours now after not using it for 10 years and I was immediately taken aback by how bad it is. I joined two rooms and was already being messaged by several spam accounts. Then it crashed, then it froze when I was going to the menu. I’ll press an option and it’ll hang for 5 seconds before doing what I needed, that’s just the ones I encountered in my very short time back on it. Beyond disappointed. The app used to work flawlessly, it did it’s job perfectly NO ADS EITHER. A secondary messenger app that was essentially iMessage for people who didn’t have iPhones. I could’ve forgave the bot accounts and ads if the app actually worked well and looked good. There’s nothing redeeming here to make me want to use it. Uninstalling and deleting my account.
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4 years ago, bskejfjsbs
Please and thank you
Hey kik team I have some things that’ll make kik a lot better than it already is. Allow people who use kik to add a story like off Instagram and Facebook. Allow kik to have a timeline like Facebook and Instagram. Allow kik to have a page where photos are located on and show how many followers they have and how many people they follow. Allow kik to have video call and audio call like Instagram and Facebook. Allow kik to show the number of messages they have unread like Instagram and Facebook. Allow kik to have message requests and private accounts just like Instagram and Facebook. Allow kik to go live just like Facebook and Instagram. Allow kik to turn on private accounts. Allow kik to make comments just like Facebook and Instagram. Allow kik to have a business account like Instagram. Allow kik to save videos or pictures that others post on their timeline or story like Instagram and Facebook. Allow kik to have a close friends list like Instagram.
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3 years ago, KeithDL
iOS 15 upgrade and “Live” ruined Kik
I recently upgraded to iOS 15 and now every time I click on a photo or video the app freezes completely. Because of this the viewing of photos and videos is not possible. The only way to get the app to work again is to “force close” it and reopen it. Then the problem repeats if a photo or video is tapped again. I’m not sure whose problem this is - Kik or Apple - but it is terribly frustrating. I’m not sure if the developers look at these comments but if you do, please try to fix this issue. Also, please give us the ability to toggle off this “Kik Live” feature that was added several months ago. Other than watching self absorbed people preening and posing it holds no use. I’m sure some enjoy it but for those of us who find it absurd just give us a switch to turn it off so it’s not cluttering up a third of our screen all the time. Thanks.
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5 years ago, Kirtan Lover for Life
Needs more organization options
This is a great messaging app and I have made a ton of new friends who are into the same things I am. HOWEVER: some MAJOR organization needs to happen. I really don’t like how unorganized it is! 1. It should be able to be organized by groups and direct messages, like two separate chunks, so you have your directs in the top and groups in the bottom, separated by a line or a category or something. I hate having to scroll through tons of messages just to see where the notification is coming from!!! 2. I wish I could flag messages that I want to return to at a later time. So I’d like to be able to read them but then flag them so I can keep them at my attention. 3. Wish I could pin certain groupchats to the top. 4. there should be options for “turn off all group notifications” so i don’t have to go into each one separately and do it manually. As well as would love an option for “alert all groups with this message”. 5. I’d like to be able to add people into a group chat FROM my singular chat that I’m having with them. There should be an option from the personal message to “add to a group” which then populates with all the groups I’m in, from which i can choose which one to add them to. Not having to exit the chat then go find the group then go to add people and find the person from a list of recent chats in order to add them, would be great. Otherwise I love the app.
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6 years ago, DevoidRyan
Bug Issues!
This app is eh. It has a decent text chat, with some nice emoji features and gifs and can allow for some decent groups. The texting is often fluid and there have only been a few app crashes here and there. However, there seems to be a bug with the group texts. You have this option to mute the group for an hour, a day, and until you turn off the mute (forever). So, I have all my groups muted until I want to turn them on. However, I still get notifications from these groups despite muting the groups. I’m not supposed to receive these notifications. I’ve been forced to turn off notifications for Kik all together because I receive so many. I’m in a few large groups and so the notifications pile up. But this problem shouldn’t be happening. I’d ask Kik to look into it. There is also, occasionally, a problem with the app itself. It’ll be stuck on the “loading...” State and you won’t be able to text anyone or receiver texts. Kik bugs out and basically you can’t do anything until it decides to stop. And so I hope Kik does something about these two issues.
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7 years ago, Tessk5
STOP WITH THE NEW FEATURES YOU JUST BREAK IT MORE!!!
So I got a notification to update my apps like I always do. Everything seems alright and I see this kik update promised a new feature. "Emoji express" so yeah I happily download the new version hoping I'll get some of the other new features. First off, I didn't. Kik why is your updates so spotty? There was a feature to send multiple pictures at once, a feature I wanted but every time I updated I never got it. There was also a feature that let you write a bio on the settings page, also never got. Then I see some people finally got the profile picture rings, something I had gotten weeks ago before the next update got rid of them. I get none of these but instead nothing but bugs. My profile picture will no longer change. Just like the emoji express when I go to change it I get a message that I have a network error and bad signal. But I'm hooked up to wifi with data support if it did need that. How is there a network problem when my messages send just fine? Kik you are breaking a good app and the few good features by trying to add more. Please fix the profile problem and just take awake emoji express.
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5 years ago, Popcapguy
Public groups
I love this app so much. The only thing that needs improvement is the public groups. I feel like sometimes the groups are too hard to find just by typing in the name of it. For example if I type in song it’ll only show groups who’s tags start with song and not things related to songs. Also the groups only get one tag. Please add an option to make related words for a group so a group can put as many tags as they want that are related to what the group is. So if a group is for singers/songwriters allow them to be found by searching up words like, music, singing, sing, song, songs, songwriting, singer, etc. etc. This feature NEEDS to be added to make the groups more easily found. And of course the groups that don’t want to be easily found don’t have to add more words that relate to their group. Please make this a feature. Otherwise I would give this app a solid 5 stars. Everything about it is perfect and super easy.
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5 years ago, Astorm_207
Why adds
Honestly I’ve been using kik since it’s released date I’ve been through it all supporting kik and using it as my main source of messaging and connecting with other people and friends but I simply cannot understand why in the world do you need adds it now feels like a last ditch to support the app for longer and it feels like you guys have given up on the app a lot of people have come to love please guys change it back to how it use to be with no adds the app is much better without them and people will start leaving if it’s not changed I remember a time that we were able to play games in the app itself and a time were it was fun to use this app but the adds simply just kill the app entirely and is just not a good thing for the longevity of the app please I strongly suggest that this add be removed you guys can implement so many great things in that app that can get more people to get the app and communicate with others in the app itself please I really don’t want this app to just die overtime I hope you guys evaluate my review and make the needed changes
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6 years ago, Lucas Sternberg
Gotten better!
Kik has gotten a LOT better over the past few updates! So many bugs that made kik quite insufferable have basically faded out of existence (at least on my device). I quite like the new interests feature, though I would like to make a suggestion. If possible, people could enter their own interests in the text field, so that fans of similar shows could find one another and such. I feel like it would be a great touch and allow the kik profile to be more personalized than just name, photo, and emoji status. Alternatively, you could swap the interest bubbles with a short-in-character-limit bio section? Nothing too long, maybe about the length of a tweet! The only complaint i have (as with any messaging service) is the bots. They have become quite frequent, and find their way often into group chats. I know that these bots are difficult to weed out half the time, but any efforts to control them, I’m all for.
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6 years ago, idonotwant a nickname
Help
Hello. I am messaging about something that one of my friends recently got on their kik app. I am not in contact with them over kik, but they have recently told me about a feature given to them out of nowhere to where they can choose and send up to 5 images at once. My question to you guys over there at kik, is why is she the only person I know with this feature? I have only found one other instance online, and a friend of hers who has it. I personally do not have it on kik, and I tried many things like using different devices and accounts in order to get this, but with no prevail. The extremely scary part is the fact that she has 5 different alt accounts all with different information and used on different devices and each and every ONE OF THEM have the ability to choose 5 images at a time. Please contact me to see if there is a way for me to get this ability
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6 years ago, Ivey hot
Wouldn't recommend downloading this
I've been using this for about a year and a half because I needed it for business, some clients were on it. It does work, but there are some very annoying things about it that you should know. The biggest dealbreaker is when you send graphics, it only keep them for certain amount of time in the message, then it's gone, forget about it. The fact when you log out there's no message history when you login, I find that horrible. And the last very annoying thing is I travel, and I access Wi-Fi, or through LTE. I would say it logs me out twice a month and makes you authenticate. All conversations and history at that point is gone, lost. You should see the process involved to re-authenticate, it's so incredibly time-consuming and amateurish, that you can't believe what you're seeing, with these tiny little dinosaur animals. There is potential here, but I don't know if anyone serious about the thing anymore, would like to see you develop more. At the moment I would not recommend it to anyone.
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7 years ago, RaiderSonic
Needs To Restore Chat History & Stop Force Closing/Crashing
I really like using the Kik app, including to get to stay in touch with friends. But I really don't like that it won't restore and/or bring back the chat history, including the recent chat history & any messages from chatting with my friends from before, whenever I log out & log in again, and I really don't want to have to keep asking my friends to show me their recent chat history to catch up from the last time I chatted/talked with if mine gets cleared off. Also, the app is now starting to keep force closing, including on when I'm trying to send a message to my friends and/or in the Kik groups that I'm a member on. I want to see them get the chat history restored whenever we log out and then log in, and also fix it to stop it force closing a lot while using the Kik app. I want to be able to retrieve all my previous chat histories, so I don't have to ask any of my friends the same thing again, and also needs to be fixed to make it stop force closing / crashing a lot, even when I'm typing a message and/or trying to send a new reply.
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6 years ago, Pinkcookie26
Downgraded
Kik must have new owners because now it’s ridiculous. It has been temporary banning people for no reason and suspending many accounts that we can’t get back. Now it’s to the point that we can’t even make another account because it tracks your IP ADDRESS. So if you’ve been hacked, or sent a request KIK NEVER UNBANS YOU AND YOU CANT MAKE A NEW ACCOUNT. Even snapchat or any other app doesn’t do that. So I recommend going to Snapchat or another social media app. Because Kik is no longer user friendly and becoming way too strict. I know they’re trying to be nice to the people but to the point they track your IP?!? And they ban you without a reason. What’s worse is I’ve never had a temporary ban before maybe one 2 hour one from 3 YEARS AGO!!’ I wasn’t even active on Kik and it banned me ?!? Are you serious ?!? Half of my friends even been suspended or temporary banned and it doesn’t tell us why. Have people reported me? Like Kik should tell you what happened and not do it for no reason. I’m starting to think Kik has even been hacked. This is Stupid now half of my friends can’t even go back on Kik. And Kik wonders why everyone uses snapchat
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5 years ago, movkai
Don’t like the ads, bring back the games instead
I’ve been on kik for literal years. I chat with my friends pretty regularly and I’m apart of many groups. I took a break from it however to focus on my schoolwork and when I came back, there were ads? It looks distasteful and completely distracts from the themes set up in the groups (why would you even put them in group chats??) and it’s annoying. There’s plenty of other ways you can earn money with ads that...aren’t by blatantly shoving them in consumers’ faces. In fact, that’s the quickest way to lose consumers! What happened to all the games and such? And the kik points? I frankly loved that update but you’ve gotten rid of it! How about implementing the games and the kik points and using those as marketing for ads and such so that everyone is happy. I actually don’t even want to use this app until the ad banners are gone because it’s so ugly and obnoxious. It sounds harsh and I’m sorry but there were literally other ways you could’ve gone about this. I used to play the games a lot and I didn’t even care about the ads I got in those because the games were fun while waiting on replies. Please fix it, I don’t want to stop communicating with my friends (because kik is some of their only means of communication) but I’m going to have to find other ways apparently because this is just...terrible.
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6 years ago, Kinda Feminist
Improvement on the Emoji Selection
I have little to no issue with this app, it works for everything I need it to and has a beautiful display, along with that nothing is confusing/ it’s very easy to use. Despite enjoying Kiks transparency I do see a problem with the current “Emoji Status” options. From the millions of Apple emojis I have access to we are allowed to pick a very stereotypical selection. In this review I hope to raise awareness for us girls out there that feel boxed in by the superiority of males Kiks current Emoji selection seems to curtail. Supporting my argument, if you scroll all the way down the list you’ll find some sports related emojis, there are no “female” sports emojis able to be selected; no volleyball, no softball, etc. Emojis are meant to be gender neutral and up to this point I believe we have achieved this. I’d like to clarify that I’m not angry with this, only slightly upset. I see this issue having a very easy fix, just give us customers a wider variety of emojis to display themselves. Thanks for reading :)
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7 years ago, Nmt02
Great alternative
I downloaded this app because my boyfriend and I cannot text regularly and have decided to delete our Instagram and snapchats, so this was an option. At first, I wasn't so sure because I'd used it before and I just didn't like it. But it has been a great alternative. It is quick, very easy to use. I have an iPhone 7 and I've heard of it causing problems for the 7, but it has not caused me any problems at all. The only problems I find with Kik, is it will delete messages on its own. And I typically do not delete my messages. So when I go back to look for something, whether it be a picture or an important message, it will be gone. If that could be fixed it would be perfect!! The other is for some reason it is detecting a network error every time I try to change my photo, which is a little strange. Other than that I see no problem with kik, and it is very useful.
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6 years ago, Schrieme
So much has changed
Used to use this app back in ehhh... 2015ish? It was on an old phone, I know that. I can’t remember exactly, but wasn’t there the ability to send gifs straight from your phone? That really needs to be a thing, if not! If so, please bring it back! I find it hard to share my quick animations with friends without it. Another thing: there’s a massive bug going on with the name/profile picture system. In one group the picture will be right, but the name is not. Many scenarios like that, except it corrects itself in private messages. Lastly, it would be nice to have a way to report dead groups. There are a few hashtags that I’d like to get my hands on, turns out the group is flat out dead, but I can’t do anything about it! It clogs up the search and is very frustrating to work around. However, for nostalgia sake, I seem to keep coming back to this app. That, and it’s one of the few that I find is the easiest to search for public groups.
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6 years ago, PersonThatWritesStuff
Great app. Only a couple things that bug me.
This is a great app, but there are a couple things that bug me. I really don’t like the placing of the video call button. It’s so easy to accidentally press it. And another thing is the app has been so slow to type out messages ever since I upgraded to an iPhone 8. I don’t think it’s my phone, but there is a chance it could be, even though I tried everything to fix it. There’s also a bit of an issue with the bots on here. I made the mistake of talking to a ton of bots about a year ago, and they are still messaging me even though I muted them for forever. One of them (I think it’s GameBot) still sends notifications even though that one is also “muted.” Other than that, this app is amazing. I have been using it for a couple years now. I really like the games you can have in the chats. But hopefully you can fix the issues. Thank you.
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3 years ago, Lola24ABC
So yeah
So if you have time to look at my review thank you so much this is going to probably be very long so I hope you read all the way through it so the app works just fine I mean if you get it with a friend you guys contacts and that’s OK but they are very inappropriate group chats on this app so if you’re not looking for any of that type of content you might actually by accident stumble in there I may start to be intrigued by it which can be very bad as much as it is your own action if you do decide to win groups it can be very harmful like severely because I myself started going in groups just to make friends and I found myself digging a deeper hole then I will wanted and I just went onto some wrong groups and then I just continued going on these chats and always going on them and it just really got me not to a good place . I’m so glad that Jesus saved me and now I don’t go on this app but I just wanted to let you know just in case anyways thank you for reading this review🥰😊😇❤️🙂 Jesus Christ loves you the Holy Spirit is amazing and God is good🙃
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2 years ago, PersianCrown
Used to be good. Not so much anymore
I have had this app for 8 years now and it used to be so much better when it was just chatting and video, without all the extra features they have now. If I don’t want be live or watch anyone be live I still have to deal with seeing them on my feed. Why? Live is very pointless and everyone on it are pervs and trying to promote sex and being inappropriate indirectly. It’s very annoying. It’s also not more the features, it’s the fact that the app has SO many bugs now bc of these features and it continuously freezes. The only reason I’m still on this app and tolerating this is bc of my old friends that I talk to on the app, however if it continues and it’s not dealt with I’ll have no other choice but to leave the app. Also why do I keep receiving messages from bots or females asking for n**es? Please fix this it’s ridiculously annoying. Focusing on making the messaging better rather than adding pointless features.
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3 years ago, Pewdiecry<312222002
A Warning to all young girls... it’s not worth it.
This app absolutely ruined my life, or at least it felt like it. I spent a huge portion of my childhood on this app, age 11 to 18, and it was traumatizing. I was repeatedly groomed and continued to return because the attention was so addicting. I was exploited sexually and manipulated every day of my life. I was attached to my predators... It took my boyfriend finding my accounts in 2020 for me to finally stop, even at my adult age. It was nearly my entire life; I was obsessed with it. I have countless friends that experienced the same thing. This app is a danger to young girls and the youth in general. The amount of child porn on here is probably ridiculous, and I know my pictures are out there somewhere. Please do not let your children on here — explain to them the dangers, block it, whatever you need: it was not worth all of the issues it caused in my personal life and my mental health. I am now several months clean from this app and just permanently deactivated my accounts. Please reconsider before downloading.
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5 years ago, WikkedDreams
Video chat
I’ve been using Kik for maybe 3 years. I’ve never had any issues with chatting with my friends. Until recently at least that I’ve noticed, when I try to video chat with a friend of mine I can’t. As soon as I turn on the camera it the camera bubble disappears two seconds after I turn it on. Even if my friend start the video chat first I can’t join them by clicking on their bubble. Then on top of that half the time it won’t even let me turn on the camera and sometimes when I do try to turn it on it won’t let me turn it off. I use to be able to turn off my phone and it would work but here recently that doesn’t even help. I’ve updated my phone turn off my WiFi, put my phone in airplane mode. And nothing! It’s frustrating when you want to talk to one of your long distance friend, who lives in a different country and you can’t..
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1 year ago, caddyshakman
The “fixes” make it worse
Will there ever be a time where the programmers at Kik ever make it so this app simply just works? Every time they release a new version it might fix one thing and then make something else worse. The app does not perform well if you use an Apple product. Using it on iPhone is better than iPad. It crashes on iPad when you try to look at someone’s profile pic and it does t update the group chat when you come back to it to scroll and see what you’ve missed while you were gone. With the most recent update pictures and videos are marked “explicit” even though they are not and now I can’t view the videos and pics people share by clicking on them. It sometimes make it bigger and opens up but mostly it doesn’t anymore. The app is slowly going downhill with too many bugs and glitches and inconsistency among different hardware to run the app.
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2 years ago, Sorengyrl
“Live” has ruined this app
I don’t care to chat with strangers live, especially when most of it goes directly against the terms and conditions as its basically porn, and the app now automatically picks a random person who is live and sticks it above the last conversation I had. The result is that I go into the app and click on a conversation I’m having, but as the app loads, it loads tons of live people along the top and then also some random live person. Thus instead of opening my personal conversation I clicked on, the live one often loads. Also the recent editions constantly pop up a blue screen to have me make sure I don’t lose my info, but when you click on it, it doesn’t offer an update, it instead takes you to settings. Using this app, I usually open it and close it twice to get past the b.s. auto-loaded content and just get to the conversations with people I know. It used to be great before live—I wish I could disable that.
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5 years ago, yeontans
“ Unrecoverable Error “
I’ve been a user of kik for a total of 2 1/2 years and there’s no doubt that the app itself is a really cool way to communicate with others around the world ; digitally. Although recently , I’ve always had issues where I would be using the app continuously and as I were to exit the app and go onto different ones , sometimes a notification bubble would appear saying “ Unrecoverable Error “ which I fail to understand is about as it tells me that Kik is incapable of generating the previous chats I have and would order me to sign out and reset the app as a ways of allowing it to function better. In no way do I have anything against the app at all , there’s just a few minor issues here and there but overall—don’t let this concern stop you from trying it out. And maybe also the profile pictures when it comes to group chats that I join—sometimes as I change the picture for my user , it doesn’t generate into a chat that I previously join which causes some people to question why it’s the same and what not. Again—only minor issues with kik but overall , it’s a decent social interface that allows many people to communicate with one another globally which is something that I do give Kik credits for. All in all , it’s a great app. Just wish that they could possibly do something about the “Unrecoverable Error” notification on my kik.
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5 years ago, Spartan117UNSCD
We Don’t Want Ads!!
Recently had an update for Kik that allows other companies to advertise whatever they want on here. Usually I’m okay with this in some form as long as I get to close out the ad and not have it in my face 24/7. Now I have exactly that.. a banner ad hanging over the top of my chat whenever I try to message someone. I think this would be less of a problem if it wasn’t blocking a part of my conversation, but I’m honestly considering leaving Kik for good if they don’t fix this. I completely understand that they need to make money, but there’s other ways to do that. They added the ability to customize your chat room themes. I don’t know why they didn’t just monetize this with a little micro-transaction system. I would have gladly thrown in a couple dollars to help support their app if they had chose this path. Instead, we are stuck with ads hovering over our conversations. Don’t settle for this! Let our voices be heard! Remove these ads or we walk away! Until they change this to some degree I will leave my review as a 1 Star
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6 years ago, txcipack
Good, but it has NO ACTUAL SUPPORT
Kik overall is pretty good. Me and my friends actually uses it almost everyday and we enjoy it. I really would give this app 5 stars; HOWEVER, I am giving it only 1 star because good luck trying to actually talk to an actual human whenever you need customer support. Especially if it’s something specific. I’ve been trying to get help regarding my kik bot for a while now and I’m about to just give up. Tried using the help center, YET it does not help. Tried asking my question in the center, I can’t do it. Tried viewing my support ticket, but I CANNOT login and yes i have an account for it. Tried emailing kik, all I get was freaking automatic replies that says the SAME THING: “We got your email, try looking into the help center” which again, DOES NOT WORK. I tried reaching out to kik on social media, but again that does not work. So I’m just like screw this and give this app 1 star. It’s good overall but I should be able to EASILY contact an actual human if i need extra support. You can’t have any sort of product, but not have good support for it.
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