As one of the most popular anonymous chat apps, Kik’s photo traffic is impressive. There are two ways of sending a photo on Kik, like on any other messenger app, from Messenger to WhatsApp: you can take a live photo or select one from the camera roll. However, in order to encourage honesty and prevent catfishing, Kik tells the recipient when a photo was taken in-app and when it’s sent from the camera roll. Of course, this precaution can be overridden.
Why Use a Fake Photo on Kik?
First of all, why would you even use a fake photo? Although fraud, identity theft, and other issues do exist, fake photos are usually used on Kik for harmless reasons like practical jokes and lazy selfies. They can also be a good way to respond to unwanted advances.
The main idea behind Kik was always fun. It is not a business app, it is not intended for serious matters. As such, it can be limiting to not be able to play practical jokes on your friends. For instance, you may want to send a photoshopped photo of yourself. If the recipient can’t tell that a particular photo is from the phone’s camera roll, you can surprise them or make them laugh with a funny filter from a photo editing app.
Let’s say that you are in your sweatpants, wearing no makeup, or looking exhausted. But your crush is asking for a selfie now. Enter the fake camera!
Responding to Unwanted Advances
The point of Kik is that pretty much anyone can message you. If a creep messages you, you can always block him and turn him away. But unfortunately, some people will work around the block and start stalking you. It might be easier to send a random, non-alluring picture to throw him off.
So how do you send a fake photo without the other party knowing?
How to Use the Fake Camera
If you already have the Kik app downloaded, you’ll need a fake camera app. There are many of these out there, so you likely won’t have a problem finding one that works best for you. Make sure that you browse around the store and read reviews before you download one.
Once you’ve found a perfect fit for your device, download it. It will probably automatically work with Kik once you’ve installed it, so try entering the camera and selecting the Live Camera function on Kik. When Kik asks you what camera you would like to use, there is going to be the option to select the fake camera app. This will open your camera roll and once you’ve selected the picture that you wish to send, it will be sent as a live photo. You may have to install an earlier version of Kik to be able to do this, though.
Keep in mind that you always need to be careful online, and Kik isn’t an exception here. Using a fake camera app will show you how easy it is to send fake photos, which means that people could be using the same trick on you, too.
Fake Doesn’t Mean Evil
It is obvious that a fake camera can be used for good. In fact, it can be a lifesaver when it comes to sending photos to your crush or significant other. But be wary of the ways that other people might use it, and make sure that all your loved ones who use Kik are aware of the dangers too. You can never be too careful online.
Have you ever used a fake camera? Which one worked for you? What have you used it for? Feel free to tell everyone about your Kik adventures in the comment section below.