Tired of Kik? Here Are seven Alternatives You Might Attempt
Tired of Kik? Here Are seven Alternatives You Might Attempt
These days, no app category seems to be more oversaturated than messaging apps. With the terrific popularity of applications like iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and Hangouts, messaging apps haven’t been as big as they are now since the days of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) in the early-to-mid 2000s. Typically, most users will find themselves gravitating towards the messaging service which holds the majority of their friends and fellow chatters, but there are advantages to using other apps. Kik, for example, can be used for anonymous talking in addition to getting ahold of your friends. It’s why Kik’s become so popular—it’s effortless to meet fresh people and talk through the app without having to give out your number to random strangers.
But Kik’s also attempted to become more than just a messaging app in latest years. Movie talk, Snapchat-like filters, stickers and more have bogged the app down with futile features that most users won’t need, making the app larger and increasingly unstable. Even worse, Kik has become predominantly packed with spam and underage users, making it difficult to talk with other users without taking a chance being throated up with spam or talking to a high school student from a distant state. All of this makes Kik a poor choice, both for communicating with your friends and for meeting fresh people online.
So, if you’re tired of the constant spam, or you want to get away from the junior audience that’s taken over Kik in latest years, let’s check out seven of the best Kik alternatives for both iOS and Android.
WhatsApp is not fairly as popular stateside as competitors like iMessage or Hangouts, but more than half the world uses WhatsApp as their primary communication device, predominant one hundred nine countries as of 2016. The Facebook-owned messaging service—that’s right, in addition to Facebook Messenger, the 2nd most-popular messaging app worldwide—absolutely predominates countries like Mexico, India, Brazil, and other developing countries where data plans are far more expensive than what we’ve seen in the US. WhatsApp is, outside of a duo petite features, a unspoiled messaging app that doesn’t bog your phone down with unnecessary resources and other poorly-optimized features.
Very first, let’s talk about the design differences inbetween WhatsApp versions. WhatsApp goes after design guidelines for both iOS and Android pretty closely, depending on which platform you’re using. On iOS, the app features a clean blue-and-white design, obviously inspired by iMessage. On Android, the app looks fairly a bit different, with a tab-based interface and solid forest green color scheme that more closely relates to the messaging apps we’ve seen on Android, like Google’s own SMS messaging app or Hangouts. Both feature similar functionalities within their designs tho’, with the Android app dividing the app into calls, talks, and your contacts list, while the iOS keeps your talks front and center. Each app has a fresh talk icon lightly accessible anywhere from the main display.
Feature-wise, both apps are near-identical to each other, with the iOS and Android versions both including standard messaging features expected by consumers in 2017. Within each talk interface, you’ll find options to send photos both from your gallery and your camera automatically, movie or audio clips to your friends over WiFi or data, location information, and even contact information to your friends and family members using the app. Despite the differences with design of the conversation display in both versions, the talk interface seems to match each other almost exactly. Below the conversation thread—either with one or numerous users inwards a group message—you’ll find the same text field, along with a send button and an option to include photos in your message. Both apps also use the same suntan, textured background within the app, creating a sense of unity inbetween design despite both platforms being utterly different to use.
So beyond basic talks, what does WhatsApp provide? Let’s break it down: very first, there’s absolutely no fees, ads, or in-app purchases included in the app, making it a superb choice for any user looking for an entirely free app. The app is also amazingly lightweight, especially in comparison to apps like Facebook Messenger. Whereas that app concentrates primarily on attempting to be the app for everything you could ever want—games, mobile payments, and more—WhatsApp concentrates on getting the fundamentals of messaging right without adding any extra bloat. The app itself is almost half the size of the Facebook Messenger app on iOS and Android, and without the features included in Messenger, is able to explosion and run quicker than Messenger on both low and high-end phones. WhatsApp’s only notable extra feature to the standard messaging and calling stuff in the basic app is its social feature, permitting you to post statuses and stories similar to AIM and Snapchat, respectively.
Overall, WhatsApp is a superb replacement for Kik. It’s effortless enough to add contacts through your device, tho’ we wish it was as effortless as trading Kik usernames. The app runs sleek and doesn’t use a massive amount of battery, making for a superb practice in the arena of terribly optimized talk apps. Using the app is slick and effortless, calls sound good on WiFi or wireless data, and the lack of ads and bloatware make using the app a breeze. WhatsApp may not substitute Kik for anonymous talking anytime soon, but it sure can try—it’s a superb app, one absolutely worthy of keeping on your phone.
Yes, that’s right—our 2nd recommendation is another app possessed by Facebook. But where WhatsApp largely serves foreign and developing countries, Facebook Messenger is the app that’s caught on in Facebook’s own home country, largely based on the ubiquity of Facebook in our modern culture. With a built-in user base of over two billion users, Facebook Messenger is the easiest way to talk with the people you already know, even if you’ll likely find the discovery instruments to be a bit lacking overall.
Let’s commence with the basics. If you haven’t used Facebook Messenger before, you likely aren’t on Facebook. The app does, unsurprisingly, require a Facebook profile, but Messenger itself doesn’t require Facebook to be installed on your phone. Once you’ve loaded into the main app, you’ll find the main page to be a bit busy. The top features a search bar, along with a tab-based interface for your inbox, active users, group messages, and calls. In the inbox tab, you’ll find your messages in reverse-chronological order, along with an "Active Now" interface built in. And if you scroll up, you’ll find Messenger’s hidden "Stories" feature, a direct copy of Snapchat’s own stories (however you’re much less likely to find anyone using it). At the very bottom of the app are a few more tabs: home, contacts, camera, games, and a Facebook group feature for messaging brands and companies. It’s all a bit much, if you’re fresh to the app, but most of the features can be lightly disregarded.
The basic talk interface is clean, tho’, with a nice, bright blue-on-white interface. From within each talk thread, there are various options to choose from for sending messages. At the top of the messaging interface, you can activate a voice or movie call to any user, making it effortless to reach out to anyone regardless of their operating system of choice. At the bottom of each talk, you have near-endless possibilities for sending messages to users and others. You can send your location, photos, movies, audio recordings, emojis, stickers, even money, all within a single app. The possibilities are almost limitless, making it effortless to send all sorts of messages to others quickly and lightly.
Each talk thread can be customized by hitting the information button in the top-right corner, From there, you can switch how notifications work, modify the talk’s color theme, pick your automatic emoji for the thread (by default, it’s a like), switch nicknames for people inwards the app, enable a "secret conversation" mode that automatically deletes messages after a certain amount of time, and more. The customization involved in Messenger is something we haven’t seen from most other messaging apps, making it a unique suggesting among the litany of other selections.
As we mentioned, Facebook Messenger manages to fit in more features than most users will ever need or want. There’s the Snapchat-styled AR filters and stickers, permitting you to add effects and designs to your Snap-like photo messages for sending to users. There’s the aforementioned Stories rip-off, however no one seems to be using it too much. There’s a built-in games interface within Messenger, with multiplayer games where you can contest against your friends for points and high scores. A lot of this might seem like bloat—and it is, to a point—but it also makes for one of the most well-rounded talk apps on the market today. In fact, Facebook Messenger indeed only falls in one major category: discovery. You don’t necessarily need to be friends on Facebook with someone to message them, but you’re going to run into the unique problem of your message being shoved into an "Other" category that hides your message automatically. This lack of capability to meet and communicate with fresh people makes it difficult to rival with Kik.
But overall, Messenger is one of the best appsyou can pick on the market. For one, the audience is there—you won’t have to woo your friends to switch over to a fresh messaging app if they’re already on this one. The app is loaded with features, making it a one-stop shop to substitute pretty much any communication app on your phone. The built-in functionality works well, even if some of it is directly taken from apps like Snapchat or Venmo. The app can be a bit of a battery and resource hog, and it’s certainly not a slender app, but for substituting apps like Kik, you won’t find much better than Messenger.
Like WhatsApp, WeChat has had its fair share of difficulty penetrating the world outside of its home country of China. You might not’ve heard of WeChat, but the world has: the messaging app has almost a billion active users, with the app being used for professional and private communications within China itself. The app has substituted mainstays like email and SMS messages for hundreds of millions of people, and even however the app’s had challenges making moves within other countries, its success in China is nothing to blink at. Like WhatsApp, you can talk, share pictures, send movie and audio to other users, and more. In addition to standard text and photo messages, the app supports all sorts of calling, including voice, movie, and group calling. The app manages to be resilient enough for business and casual usage, but it’s best Kik-replacement feature is the capability to meet fresh people for talking. Heading into the Detect tab inwards the app invites you to wiggle your phone. The app then searches for other users jiggling their phones at the same time, and that’s it—new friend discovered. WeChat’s social features make Kik’s username-based search functions seem like a thing of the past, with meeting and making fresh friends amazingly effortless for anyone to use. Whether you’re looking for a standard messaging service or you want to meet fresh people, WeChat’s a good app—if you can find other stateside users, that is.
Line is a direct competitor to WeChat in China and other Asian countries, but the app’s introduced a real challenge to WeChat and similar apps with its popularity expanding globally, downloaded over five hundred million times on Android alone. With millions of active users, Line might not be as well-known as Kik or WhatsApp, but it’s certainly worth showcasing some attention. Like WeChat, Line offers free messaging, movie calls, voice calls, and group talks, with support for up to two hundred users talking in a group at once. The app supports stickers and emoji, and even has a desktop client for talking away from your phone. You can add your contacts, or meet fresh people through the app’s social network. Line’s added a bunch of features inspired by other social media apps, including the capability to go after people’s accounts (like Twitter or Facebook) and the capability to create a poll for determining anything from what to do, where to go, or what to eat. Line’s not fairly as popular as its direct competitor in WeChat, but by no means is it a bad app. We might choose WeChat for it’s shake-to-discover feature, but Line’s worth looking into on both iOS and Android.
Viber’s aesthetic more closely aligns with apps like Skype than it does with Kik, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad messaging app by any means. On the contrary, Viber’s packed with both features and millions of regular users, making it effortless to use the app to keep in communication with your friends. Linking your cell number to the app connects you to any and all contacts also signed up with Viber, an app that’s been downloaded over five hundred million times on Android alone. Once you’re signed in, you can do all the standard communication features you’d expect from a messaging application. You can talk, share media like photos, movies and audio clips, send files back and forward inbetween users, and more. Since Viber is a similar app to Skype, you can place movie and voice calls inbetween users without paying a cent, and you can even place international calls to Viber users around the world, with calls to traditional numbers costing only a few cents per minute depending on location. And since Viber is a messaging app in 2017, emoji and stickers are both supported within the app. Overall, it’s a strong contender for messaging apps, even if it doesn’t fairly meet the highs of WhatsApp, Messenger, and WeChat.
Sure, Snapchat isn’t fairly as traditional a messaging app as WhatsApp, Viber, or WeChat, but it’s also one of our dearest social apps for one major reason: it’s amazingly, amazingly joy to use. However Snapchat is largely based around sending photos and movies, the app can also be used for sending talks to other users, which automatically delete themselves after the message has been viewed. Privacy is a major factor in Snapchat’s usage, and the deletion of photos, movies, and text makes it a truly interesting choice for users around the world. Group talks exist as well, with those messages not deleting for twenty four hours, so it’s effortless to make plans and speak amongst yourselves without the messages disappearing instantaneously. Snapchat’s features have been copied by dozens of social and messaging apps, including Facebook’s own WhatsApp and Messenger apps directly implementing Stories as a feature of their own, but no app has fairly built a featureset as fine as Snapchat’s own. One place this app does fall in comparison to competitors: it’s a bit more difficult to meet fresh people without trading usernames or Snapcodes. Fortunately, communities exist online—including in environments like Reddit—for such an event. If you aren’t using Snapchat yet, it’s an amazingly joy and rewarding app worth keeping on your phone—even if the app is a bit of a battery and data hog.
If you’re looking for an app that’s more secure than Kik, Signal is trusted around the world for keeping its users messages safe with end-to-end encryptions. Whereas apps like WeChat and WhatsApp have found to be insecure for sending messages that require privacy and security above all else, Signal is recommended by web security experts like the EFF for keeping your messages secure and safe against leaks and data hacks. Infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden himself has recommended and endorsed the app on numerous occasions, so you can be sure the app is verified for safety and security. But the app’s rapid too, and both the iOS and Android versions match their respective themes, so you never feel too out of place on your phone with an unacquainted interface. If there’s one place Signal falls over Kik, it’s unsurprisingly the social features of the app. Signal isn’t fairly built to meet and make fresh connections through the app—you use your existing phone numbers to make connections. Finding your existing friends through Signal is effortless enough, but finding fresh friends is much stiffer. Still, for those users looking to make their conversations entirely private, Signal is by far the best app on either platform. It’s quick, free, and fully secured.