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Kik for iOS

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jun 24, 2014

Kik Messenger is the totally free, crazy-fast, cross-platform messenger app that connects you to your friends in real-time. You'll like its functionality but not the rather tedious account creation process.

Pros

Free but feature-rich: A cross-platform app, Kik Messenger offers all the chatting features you'd expect and allows you to share photos, sketches, and Web pages. Its smooth performance and small file size make it a good choice for older iPhones.

Message statuses: The app informs you whether a message has already been delivered (indicated by the letter D on top of a check mark) or read (R on top of a check mark). Messages can also be sent while the recipient is offline.

Built-in Web browser: The app's basic browser works well enough and even has Favorites, but don't expect to run Java or Flash elements on it.

Cons

Relatively complicated account creation: Compared to the straightforward process of creating an account offered by most mobile messengers, this app's registration process seems old school, requiring a username, display name, and password. If you've become accustomed to validation-code-and-phone-number-based account creation, you may find this app's sign-up process somewhat tedious, especially if all the usernames you're trying to use are already taken.

No log-out button: To use a different Kik Messenger account, you have to "reset" the app, which means you'll lose all of your conversation history. A quick way to log out and in should be implemented.

Bottom Line

Kik Messenger makes amends for its clumsy account handling with its integrated Web browser. The app also scores good points for its snappy performance and small app size. If you enjoy text-based messaging apps, you should try this one.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 11.6.1

Love emojis? We do too so we made them bigger. Send a message with only emojis and check it out.

General

Release February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version 11.6.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Popularity

Total Downloads 152,680
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Get connected. Kik is way more than just messaging. It's the easiest way to connect with your friends, stay in the loop, and explore - all through chat. No phone numbers, just pick a username. Choose who to chat with one-on-one and in groups. Share pics, videos, gifs, games, and more. Meet new friends with similar interestsGet on Kik now. Start chatting.