Many people wonder if there is any way in which they can use Kik Messenger for playstation vita, linux, etc. across different devices. Officially the Kik Messenger app is only available for smart phones and some other mobile devices. Anybody with an Android smart phone, an iOS device (an iPod or an iPhone), or a Windows Phone can download and use the Kik Messenger app for free. This makes using the Kik Messenger app ideal, and yet some people insist in using the app in other devices.
There are, however, several ways of getting Kik Messenger in other computers or devices. Getting the Kik Messenger app on a desktop or laptop computer is relatively easy. As long as you use an Android device for Kik Messenger, you can complement your Kik Messenger usage on any computer, too. All that needs to be done is to install an Android emulator, and download and install the Kik Messenger app from the Google Play store. In that sense, using Kik Messenger on any computer (PC or Mac computer) is relatively easy and available to most people with a computer. The only possible difficulty is the need to have an Android device so that you can have a valid Google Play account to download and install the Kik Messenger app on your computer.
There are many benefits to using Kik Messenger on different devices. For one thing, it can be very convenient to be able to switch devices and still be able to chat to your friends. There could be many situations when you may need to use a specific device or computer. Using Kik Messenger on your smart phone or mobile device is the best possible usage that can be made of this instant messaging app. After all, Kik Messenger was designed specifically for mobile devices. Although there are, as we have said, ways of getting Kik Messenger to work from a computer it should always be noted that the app will not have any technical support for you if you decide to do this. In other words, because Kik Messenger only supports its mobile app (when it is accessed from a smart phone or compatible mobile device), if something goes wrong and you approach their technical support, you will not be able to obtain any support from them.
Some users seek the flexibility afforded by the possibility of using the Kik Messenger app when they are away from their smart phones. Believe it or not, there are certain situations in life when a computer may be more accessible than a smart phone. For example, when you are at school or at work, it may be frown upon or upright forbidden for you to check your smart phone (even if you try and do it as discreetly as possible). If you are reading this article you are probably mostly interested in using Kik Messenger on a PlayStation Vita, 3, 4, Linux, Tablet, etc. so let’s talk about this more specifically.
Unfortunately for you, all efforts of the people behind the Kik Messenger app are focused on mobile devices and smart phone. The fact that Kik Messenger is also available on Mac computers and PCs (albeit unofficially) is testament to people’s ingenuity. Thanks to the effort of many Kik users and others, there are workarounds for those seeking to use the popular instant messaging app on a computer.
When it comes to other mobile device such as the PlayStation Vita, 3, 4, Tablet, Linux, and others, there is no way currently to download, install or use the Kik Messenger app on any version of the PlayStation. This, of course, does not mean that there will not be an option to do this in the future. As far as we know, however, there are no current plans to do this in the near future.
What Are The Alternatives to Kik Messenger For PlayStation Vita, 3, 4, Linux, Tablet, Etc.?
While the Kik Messenger app is not available for any of the versions of PlayStation, there is a very nifty alternative that you can use. If you have a PlayStation Vita, or a different version and would like to chat you your PlayStation friends, now there is a way for you to do so.
A few months ago, late in 2015, PSN (PlayStation) finally unveiled its own instant messaging platform. Known as PlayStation Messages, PSN’s messaging app is the best way to keep in touch with your PlayStation friends.
If you are used to Kik Messenger, you will already be very familiar with some of the features you will also find in the PlayStation Messages app. We will list the main features that Kik Messenger and PlayStation Messages share and then those that are exclusive to the PlayStation Messenger.
With PlayStation Messages and Kik Messenger you will have all the following common features:
- With both Kik Messenger and PlayStation Messages, you will be able to exchange text messages with your friends. This is by far the most popular feature for both messaging platforms. Exchanging text messages is, in fact, the reason why most people are interesting in chatting apps and what they use it for most times. Both apps all their users to chat to one another individually or as part of a group. The choice is entirely yours.
- With both messaging apps, you will also be able to share your own photos and share them with your online friends. You would normally have the choice of taking a picture on your device and share them with their friends or use pictures that you had previously saved in your device and share them.
- Both PlayStation Messages and Kik Messenger allow you to send and receive themed stickers to enhance your chats. Of course, the sticker selection differs. There are different stickers available depending on what app you are using but they both have a wide and fun selection.
- Finally, on both instant messaging apps you will be able to search for your friends. Of course, you will only be able to find friends who use the specific chatting app you are using. So, if a friend uses Kik you will not be able to find them on PlayStation Message, or vice versa.
These are the main features people expect from instant messaging apps. Many apps offer all of them or something close enough. It is great that the PlayStation instant messaging app has also included them. There are, however, other features that are exclusive to the PlayStation messaging. They are as follows:
- With PlayStation Messages you will be able to see who, between your friends, is online at any giving time. This means that you will know who you could chat to and not waste your time sending messages to someone who is not only and, potentially, getting frustrated when they do not reply quickly. You will be able to see who is online and then decide if you want to message any of them. But, not only that, with this messaging platform, you will also be able to see who is playing games and what games they are playing. This could be a great icebreaking when you message them, for instance.
- Also because this messaging app is linked to a gaming platform, you will be able to manage your game downloads with the PlayStation Messages app. This, without a doubt, is a great and useful feature but it would only make sense for a PSN. You would not need to check your game downloads on Kik Messenger because you would always only use the app on your smart phone or mobile device.
- There are a couple more of additional features that come in very handy with this messenger. One of them is that it allows its users to control PlayStation 4 remotely. This gives players a lot more flexibility when playing their favorite games and instant messaging. The second extra feature that the PSN messenger is enabled to act as a second screen for some games. You should check if the title you want to play would allow this first, though.
This player is just as easy to download and use as the Kik Messenger app. In similar fashion, all you will need to do in order to have it, is to head over to the Apple app store or the Android Google Play store and download it.
Although the Kik Messenger application is not yet available from PlayStation Vita or other versions of the gaming console, there is one strong alternative that has been specifically designed to work for PlayStation that you could consider. The PlayStation is a very competitive option that offers some interesting game-rated features to boot; so it is at least worth have a look at. Having said that, the Kik Messenger app remains one of the best and most popular instant messaging apps available. Kik Messenger is completely free to download and use, and it has some exclusive features that are hard to match by its many competitors. It is not impossible that Kik Messenger will one day be available across more devices but in time being it is great that it is available for free on some many of them.