When you are going to be regularly keeping in contact and conversing with friends, family and acquaintances, using a paid messaging app can lead you to getting a hefty phone bill at the end of each month. Why would you use these paid messaging services when you can use one with all of the same features and credibility, yet is completely free? You are leaving money on the table that could be better spent elsewhere.
Kik is that free platform that replaces the need for paid messaging apps. Once you are connected to the internet, which nearly everyone is these days thanks to the explosion of smart phones; you can use this messaging app wherever you are for free.
It is very straightforward to operate, so if someone is able to send a SMS message, they can use Kik just as easily. There are also a lot of additional features in the app that you cannot find elsewhere. At your fingertips, you have a medium in which you can safely, quickly and effectively communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world.
If you don’t have much prior experience using the Kik messaging app or you have been using it for a while now, there are always new features being added to the platform on a regular basis for you to learn and explore. Some people haven’t discovered some of the great hacks that can be done when using Kik, hacks that will completely add to your overall experience.
You can even impress your friends by doing these things that weren’t thought possible. The reason that these hacks exist is down to the fact that most developers like leaving secrets inside projects that they have been working on. You will probably remember if you ever played video games how there would be cheat codes built into the game if you entered a certain code or combination. This is the same thing with Kik.
In the past, you would have to accidentally stumble across these secrets, but luckily we have compiled the 10 best Kik hacks of 2016 into this article. Make the most of these great hacks today by incorporating them into your daily Kik experience.
How to double check that a person is who they say they are
When it comes to any sort of social network or internet related app, there are going to be people who for whatever reason decide to try and impersonate others. This may reveal itself when they try to send you photos or messages that you deem to be inappropriate if you do not realize that they are in fact an imposter. As the Kik app does not utilize phone numbers, it instead uses usernames in order to connect with people. This means that you cannot check to see if the person’s phone number is legitimate by ringing them.
If you have your suspicions that the person you are conversing with may not be who they claim to be, you should ask them to send you a picture of themselves in order to double check that they are real. With modern technology, you can grab a picture off a search engine or social media platform in a matter of seconds or quickly doctor a photo.
For this reason, you need to use a tool such as TinEye. This gives you the ability to run the image through an internet database to see if this image crops up anywhere else on the internet. If you search a photo and there are a few results that appear, it can be a clear warning sign.
Read a message you have been sent without sending a read receipt to the sender
With all modern messaging apps, when you have sent someone a message, whenever that person has received and opened it, you will receive a read receipt to alert you of this. While this does have its advantages, there are also times when you don’t want to send a reply immediately or even completely, but you don’t want the person who sent the message to know that you have read it.
With this little hack, you can read a message without sending a read receipt to the sender.
If you are using an Apple phone, when you get a message, press the home button twice. The menu of apps that are currently running will pop up. Hover over the Kik app and take a screenshot of the message that is displayed without actually clicking into the app. When read, you can press the home button once more and no read receipt will be sent.
Alternatively, you can put your phone into airplane mode, enter the Kik app and read the message. Then exit out of Kik and turn off the airplane mode. No read receipt will have been sent to the sender.
Making group chat conversations
One aspect that is missing on many messaging apps is the ability to create group chats. Thankfully, Kik caters for this need. This means that you can host a conversation with all of your friends, family or even some organization or committee. This means that you no longer have to converse with each of your friends individually when you are trying to make group plans. It can also be a great way to share photos, videos etc.
To start one of these conversations, simply go to your contacts and select “Start a Group” and you simply add in whoever you want to have in it.
Use Kik from the comfort of your computer
Spending a lot of time on a mobile device can be tiring due to the small buttons and the tiny screen. Sometimes people prefer to use a full size keyboard and screen instead. Luckily, you are able to use a simple hack to access Kik on your computer.
While you cannot download the app straight onto your computer, there is a simple go around to get it on your device. All you have to do is get an Android emulator downloaded onto the device and download the Kik app from it. That is how easy it really is. You can login with your normal account and carry on your existing conversations.
A hack to keep your Kik extra secure and safe
If you every have had the misfortune of losing your phone, you will understand how annoying this can be. In this day and age, so much of our lives are wrapped up into these devices and we store a lot of sensitive information on them. This can be a cause of concern if the device has gotten into the wrong hands.
In relation to your Kik account, you may have some sensitive information of conversations that you want to be kept private. If your phone is lost, you can log out of Kik on this device by using another phone or computer to log into the account instead. As the app only allows one device to be signed in at any one time, this allows you to easily log out of your account on the lost phone.
Pretend that you are typing a message to somebody
This is a funny little hack that can fool your friends into thinking that you are typing. Whenever you are conversing with someone on Kik, you can see if they are typing, as their contact will say “Kevin is typing.”
To pull this funny trick on them, simply go to the settings menu and change your display name to “(Your name) is typing…” getting rid of the quotation marks.
Now the person will be very confused. When you have finished with this fun trick, you can easily change your name back to normal.
Communicating with some of the biggest brands
One of the biggest advantages of using Kik is that you have the ability to converse with some of the largest brands in the world. You can chat with representatives from global brands such as Spotify and Sony. Simply search for the name of the brand and you will see if they are available or not. There are also some famous groups and celebrities that are also on the platform.
Use the Kik logo in your conversations
This is a quirky little hack that will surprise your friends. There is a secret emoji that you can use in a conversation. To send this, all you have to do is type “(KIK)” without the quotation marks and press send. You will see the logo appear in the conversation.
Customizing your personal Kik
When it comes to customization, you are spoiled for choice with Kik. This is one of the standout features of this app. You can check out all the various options by using the “Chat Settings” subsection.
Make the most of Kik points
When you get onto the Kik app, you will notice that they have their own currency in place. This is called “Kik points” and they can be used to unlock loads of cool features in the “Smiley Shop.” In order to obtain these points, you can partake in competitions and conversations that are being sponsored by Kik. You will usually be notified of when these conversations are taking place so you won’t miss out.
Now that you are armed with the 10 best Kik hacks of 2016, you have blown open the possibilities that are available to you when using the app. You can share some of these exciting tricks and features with your friends, who will also be able to benefit from them.
All the time there are new features being added to Kik, so if you find any cool hidden hacks or secrets, be sure to let us know in the comments section.