Kik is a highly popular and fairly new cross-platform messaging app that’s famous for its emphasis on privacy and anonymity. Given the importance that Kik places on its users’ privacy, it’s unsurprising to find out that their system for blocking users is strict and straightforward.
If you find yourself needing to block an unwelcome friend-wannabe, you can take comfort in knowing that your virtual personal space is being respected. On the other hand, if you’re on the other side of the blocking coin, you’ll find that you have little or no recourse.
In fact, Kik won’t even tell you that you’re being blocked. However, with a little detective work, you can find out that you’ve been blocked or at least determine if the odds are you’ve been blocked, even if you never find out why.
What is Blocking?
Everybody knows that blocking means setting a social media app to prevent another user from contacting you, but what is technically happening when the blocking process goes into effect?
The answer is fairly simple: the blocker will not receive any of the messages received by the person being blocked. Other platforms have different systems, but on Kik, the person being blocked can still send messages. The reason that the person being blocked can still send messages is part of Kik’s policy not to inform someone that they’ve been blocked. The idea is that if you can still send messages, it’s hard to tell if you have been blocked or not.
The person being blocked can keep sending messages; it’s just that those messages will never be received by the person who blocked them.
It’s essential for anyone thinking of blocking someone to note that this will not affect any communications before the blocking. Blockees can see all of your shared communication histories. Don’t perform this action in an attempt to remove unwanted information; that will not work.
How Do I Block or Unblock Someone?
First, here is how you block or unblock someone on Kik. These steps to block or unblock someone on Kik are a bit different depending on the device you’re using.
- Open a chat with the person you wish to block
- Click or tap on their name at the top of the chat.
- Click or tap the three dots at the upper right-hand corner of the screen
- Click or tap on Block “name.
- Click or tap on Block again to confirm the action.
- Go to Settings
- Tap Privacy
- Tap Block List. (Note: you can come here to view a list of all users that you’ve blocked)
- Tap the plus sign
- Tap the user’s name
- Tap Block
Note that you can also report a user (in the same menu where you found Block). When should you report someone? Probably if they’re wildly inappropriate, and definitely if they are threatening you or acting abusively toward you.
Unblocking someone is as easy as blocking them. Simply follow the same steps, as you see above. You’ll notice that it says “unblock” wherever it used to say “block.” However, if you block someone, they will disappear from your contact list, so you’ll have to search for them to unblock them.
How Can I Tell if I’ve Been Blocked?
Kik will not notify you if you’ve been blocked. There will be no special message, no banners, and no alerts. There are two ways to know if you’ve been blocked.
The first way is by paying close attention to your sent messages. Whenever you send a message through Kik, you’ll notice that it has a small “S” to the left of the message. The “S” stands for “Sent.” The letter will later change to a “D,” which stands for “delivered.” However, once the user that you are trying to reach sees the message on screen (whether they READ it or not is a different question), the “D” becomes an “R” for “received.”
Note that when a user is blocked, his or her messages can be sent but not received. If your messages to a specific user never turn from “S” to “D” to “R,” then you have almost certainly been blocked by that user. The only other explanation might be a technical issue. However, there are no commonly known Kik technical issues associated with messages being sent but not received.
As I mentioned above, the other way to tell if you’ve been blocked is to start a group chat and invite the user to the chat. If you cannot add them to a group chat, it’s because they’ve blocked you. Trying to add the person to a group chat is a way to test to see if you’ve been blocked. If you can’t add them to a chat, then you’ve answered the question of whether you’ve been blocked by that user on Kik.
Can I Get Around a Block in Kik?
No, you can’t get around a block in Kik. If you’ve been searching online for a way to tell if someone’s blocked you on Kik, then you might have come across a popular strategy for circumventing the block. Websites were instructing blocked users to invite the blockers to a group chat and message them through the group chat. This strategy may have worked for a while, but it has since been fixed in a Kik update. Now, blocked users can no longer invite blockers to group chats. So the workarounds that worked before no longer work to get around a block on Kik.
One way to see if someone has blocked you on Kik, though we don’t condone this behavior, is to create a new Kik account and add that person to your new account. Not only will the person not know it’s you unless you tell them, but you’ll be able to see if they may have blocked you with a search from the proxy account. Be warned. If you connact this person notifying them that you made a new account to speak to them, this likely won’t help your case of being unblocked.
The only way to get around a block is to get unblocked. The only way to do that is to appeal to the user who blocked you by contacting them in some other way and have them unblock you on their end. That’s their decision, though. If you have no way of communicating with that person other than through Kik, you’ll just have to be patient and see if they decide to do it on their own. If you can contact them on some other forum, do remember that they blocked you for a reason, and it’s not a good idea to go around harassing people online.
If you liked this article and if you are getting tired of Kik and want to explore some alternatives, you might find Tired of Kik? Here Are 7 Alternatives You Might Try to be a useful article to read.
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