Kik Messenger is experiencing dramatic growth. More than 200,000 people download the app on an average day. It’s most popular on smartphone apps, the platforms it’s designed for, but a lot of people are starting to use it on their home computers and online, too.
Most people get the wildly popular social app at their favorite app store, but there are other ways for situations that call for it, as you will discover in this Kik App Download Guide.
Kik Messenger Features
What social chat app lets you send photos and videos that you make right in the app? Has a GIF gallery and a meme generator on board? Provides an in-app Web browser for optimized web pages like its own Bot Shop, Smiley Shop, and Sticker Shop as well as many partner sites? Lets you seamless share and connect with others via other social sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram?
It’s Kik Messenger, of course! These fun chat tools and more are the reason why more than 275 million people have downloaded the Kik Messenger app since it hit the app stores in 2009, and 70% of those users are between the ages of 13 and 24. It’s a fun and app that lets us send unlimited text messages to anyone else on the Kik Messenger network absolutely free.
When you’re a part of Kik Messenger, meeting new friends is unbelievably easy. Find guys and gals through Friend Finder sites, on boards like Reddit’s Kik Pals, or by searching for hash tags like #KikParty, #KikGroup, #KikMe and more on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook.
If you haven’t downloaded Kik Messenger, you’ll want to get it as soon as you can. The app is available for smartphones using Apple iOS, Windows, Blackberry, Amazon Fire, and of course, Android OS platforms. You can also download and enjoy Kik Messenger on your home computer with downloads for using it on your PC, Mac, or online. Read on for the many download options available to you.
Authorized App Stores
According to the developers of Kik Messenger, the best way to get the app is to download and install it through an authorized app store like Google Play, the Apple App Store, Windows Phone Store, or the Amazon Appstore. Here is what they say on the web site:
You might find Kik in other app stores or on other websites, but we don’t maintain those sites, and we don’t post Kik in those other app stores. That means we can’t guarantee that those versions are the most recent versions of Kik, and we can’t guarantee that they’re actually authentic versions of our app. It’s always safest to download Kik right from the App Stores listed above.
We will explore other ways to get the Kik Messenger app for your home computer and smartphone, including older versions and modded apps, but keep in mind what the makers of the app said when deciding whether or not to go with one of the other options.
APK Download Sites
When you download the most recent version of Kik Messenger from the authorized app stores, the file you download is an APK file. That means it has an “.apk” extension. Files with .apk extensions are executable files for the Android OS mobile platform. That’s why all the sites listed below have “APK” in their names.
The latest version of Kik Messenger (.apk) on Google Play is version 10.6.0.6560 dated June 1, 2016. The most recent version on most other sites is 10.5.0.6447 dated May 26, 2016. These may be updated to the latest version soon.
I know that a lot of people reading here are so tech savvy they can spot whatever they want on any Web page, but I am also fairly familiar with these things and still was surprised at how difficult it can sometimes be to find the Kik Messenger download link among all the advertising links. I know that a good number of people reading this might be even less experienced than I am or might just be in a hurry and not paying attention unless it’s pointed out to them. For that reason, I am going to give a brief instruction on how to find and download the Kik Messenger app version 10.5.0.6447 and nothing else from each one listed here.
Of all the download sites sampled here, Appraw has the cleanest download page. Right there it is after the app name, maker, rating, and description: Download APK (Latest Version). When you click on that link block, the screen pops up asking if you want to open or save. Simple, clean, and easy.
APK4Fun:Download Fun APK for Android
Ignore the bigger text and ads here. Carefully read the description directly beneath the Kik Messenger logo. Near the end of this black text, in sky blue text, you will read, “Download it now (39.32 MB)>.” This is the link to click. A new page will open; from there, choose the sky blue bar in the middle of the page, “Download.”
APKSFree.com: Free Apps (apk) for Android
Scroll down past the Kik Messenger logo, past the (approximately) 200 pixel block with the green download bar, but stop before reaching the second 200 pixel block with another green download bar. You will see another Kik Messenger logo and beside it a text link to, “Download APK from secure source.” That’s the link that downloads Kik Messenger 10.5.0.6447 for you.
To download the Kik Messenger app from this page, DO NOT click on the green “Start Download” box with “InstallFaster” to the right of it (unless you want to install that). DO NOT click on the (approximately) 200 pixel square Google ad box (unless you want to install that). Directly below that box is a plain dark grey block with a downward arrow and the word, “Download.” DO CLICK there to download Kik Messenger.
One benefit to finding a recent Kik Messenger APK from a non-app store site is that you can download and install them without activating a Google Play account on an Android phone. This is helpful to those of us who do not use a smartphone but want to download the app to use on an iPad so that we can kik back and forth with friends on the same chat app they all use.
Older Versions of Kik Messenger
On most of the APK sites, you will also find older versions of Kik Messenger available for download. These come in the form of APK files for Android OS. You can download them to your Android smartphone or to your home computer. Just scroll down on the page links above and see if older versions are available. If so, they’ll be listed there. Click on the link and you’ll be taken to that version’s download page.
Why would someone want to download an older version of Kik Messenger? Maybe they’re old school, fell in love with version 184.108.40.206 when it was released in May 2015 and never want to change. Now, they want to use Kik Messenger on their home computer and want the same version they keep on their smartphone.
Be aware that going back too far will take away your ability to send gallery photos or use the Bot Shop. You might even lose the GIF gallery and the instant video feature of the app. Some versions do group chats differently, too, so be sure to know what you might be losing before going back in time that way.
Modded ‘Kik’ Downloads
Have you ever sent a kik to a friend, watched the read receipt remain stubbornly at “S” or “D” and yet the friend responds? Chances are, they’re using a modified version of Kik Messenger to disable the read receipt on your end from their end of the chat stream.
There is a strong audience out there for “modded kiks.” The ability to disable the read receipt is a standard feature on most of them. The most noticeable difference between any modded kik and the authorized Kik Messenger app is the graphic interface.
Popular modded versions of Kik Messenger are Ghostkik, Pikik, Pikik2, Pikek, Evilkik, Muffkik, Nullkik and Matrik. Finding the downloads for these mods is sometimes a crap shoot – I cannot count the dead links I found – but here is one resource that uses Dropbox to share downloads of Nullkik and several versions of Evilkik, if you want an easy start. You can also search for the term “modded kik” on YouTube for more information.
Whenever you are downloading from a site you do not know well, use caution. Be sure your virus protection is up-to-date and any browser add-on it offers is installed. If anything doesn’t feel right, stop the download. When you accidentally click on one of those other links on an APK site and a screen pops up that seems to be screaming at you, “You’re infected! Call this number now!!!” Don’t panic – don’t touch anything and don’t call that number but don’t panic. Summon up our reliable old friend Task Manager (right-click on the loser task bar or press/hold ‘ctrl-alt-delete’ keys on your PC). Shut down the entire browser window (from the ‘Processes’ tab) and then start again, being sure to avoid that link this time.
With so many ways to download Kik Messenger to your smartphone or home computer (PC, Mac, or online), why wait any longer? Use the information and links in this Kik App Download Guide to get the version you want. Enjoy kikking back and forth with your friends, making new friends, and have fun with all the bots and games. Also, come back to let us know what version you chose to install and how you’re making the most of being part of the Kik Messenger network!