Kik isn’t just a messaging app, it is a mini ecosystem within which you can surf the net, chat, share media and ideas, buy stuff, sell stuff and hook up. Kik is all about connecting people and what they do after that is entirely up to them. If you’re a new user and want to know how to use Kik to find a date, this post is for you.
While the intent of Kik was never as a hookup app, many of its several million users consider it just that. While some people still go on traditional dates, chat apps and IM are the new way to get to know someone new. Whether you like the idea or not, you had better get on board if you want to find a date on Kik.
How to find people on Kik
You have four main ways to get yourself out there on Kik. You can:
Share your Kik profile – Go to Settings and tap ‘Share your profile’.
Join a public group – Search for hashtags that match your interests and check out the results.
Start your own public group – If you can’t find what you’re interested in, start your own public group. Name it something meaningful and let people find it. Build it and they will come.
Use address book matching – Go to Settings, Chat Settings, Address Book Matching. The app will check to see who in your phone contacts has Kik and send a message.
How to find a date on Kik
Kik is not a dating app but a chat app. However, it does lend itself well to meeting new people so dating and hooking up is obviously how many users utilize the app. Especially given the average age of users.
There are two popular Kik tools for finding a date. One is Match&Chat and the other is Matcher. Similarly named but different services. Type ‘match’ into the Kik web browser and both of these will appear. Both of these apps are third-party and will attempt to match you up with other like-minded Kik users that use them.
Match&Chat will require you to link your Kik profile to its own website and allow it access to your Kik profile. In return it will allow you to browse their listing of users to find someone you like. You can then link and chat.
Matcher does much the same thing. Browse user profiles, find someone you like, get in touch and if they like you too, usernames are shared and you can chat.
There are a couple of other ways to find people too. Reddit is a font of every kind of knowledge and nonsense but also somewhere to find fellow Kik users. Check out Kikpals, a page specifically for Kik users wanting to meet others. Tumblr does much the same thing on Kik Single.
Other sites include:
Be aware though that the average age of the users on these sites is around 20. Some of the sites also include popups and pop-unders so make sure your device is secure if you interact with any of them.
Tips for finding people on Kik
How do you know what someone is looking for on Kik? Most of the ads within the third-party sites or groups will have a small profile element for you to check. If you’re lucky it will contain an image, an age, approximate location and what they are looking for. There should also be a ‘Kik Me’ button for you to tap to let them know you’re interested.
Tap Kik Me, write them a message and wait for a response. The person you message has to agree to talk to you before you can communicate. Some apps will keep your username private until they agree to chat, others don’t.
As with any online platform where people want to meet, chat or whatever, you get the usual lowlifes, scammers and worse. The usual rules apply on Kik as they do anywhere on the internet.
- Never take people at face value until they prove worthy.
- Don’t disclose too much private information until you’re ready.
- Don’t share anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see until you’re sure of the person you are sending it to.
Many legitimate users will ask for a quick video asking you to do something to prove you’re real. For example, someone might ask for a quick video of you holding a pen on your forehead while saying their username twice. While it may seem a little bizarre, they are just checking you are real and it is an accepted way of identifying yourself. Go with it.
Kik may be a messaging app but it has the potential for so much more. Hooking up on Kik is as simple as finding a girl or guy and asking them to Kik you. Meeting people doesn’t get easier than that!