What is Kik?
Kik is an anonymous texting app founded in 2009 by Ted Livingston and a group of University of Waterloo students. Unlike other apps, Kik used usernames instead of phone numbers in order to connect people. This idea took off and Kik Interactive Inc. is now a billion dollar tech company with over 300 million users.
To find users of the app, people either post their username or search for people on username exchange websites such as Kik Usernames.
How can I add people on Kik?
Adding people using their Kik username is easy:
Tap the Search icon located either on the top right or bottom right of the screen
Type in your friends Kik username
Tap your friend's Kik username
Tap Start Chatting
Send your new Kik friend a message!
Lost? Watch this video on how to add and search for people on Kik
There is more than one way to make Kik friends! Kik codes are like QR codes but for your username, which makes it easy for sharing on profile images.
Use Kik Codes to make new Kik Friends:
How can I share my Kik code?
Share your Kik code in three easy steps:
Pull down the top of your main chats list to open the screen
Tap the Code icon on the bottom of the screen
Now just tap the share icon on the top right corner!
Kik's Latest Feature: Bots
Bots are the newest feature on the Kik Messenger app
No, sorry, they are not actual physical robots.
So what are Kik bots?
Kik bots are automated chat accounts that are coded to follow specific instructions based on users interaction.
Kik is no longer just about chat...
Kik is transforming from an anonymous texting app into an autonomous app designed to get us to ditch browsers for chat apps and then slowly take over the (app) world.
Remember to stay safe and exercise judgement when interacting with strangers online. Don't be afraid to reach out for help.