It’s no surprise that the most popular apps of our times are mostly messenger apps. Socializing, staying in touch with old friends and getting to meet new people, is after all, the most appealing sport of our generations. This demand has also seen an increase in the number of these apps, each trying to out-do the other with some new features.
KIK is one of the leading instant messaging apps and boasts one of the largest user bases in America. However, it too comes with its downsides. It’s an anonymous platform and therefore offers very little opportunity to ensure the authenticity of the person you’re interacting with, which means that it can often be a breeding ground for impostors and predators. It’s also very prone to spam and unwanted content. With due precaution, of course, you can save yourself from any trouble or uncomfortable situation. KIK however, is much more than just for instant messaging, and sometimes users can find it a little extra.
So if you’re tired of KIK, or just looking for other avenues to add to your online social circle, here’s a list of our top applications like KIK :
It might not be the most popular messaging app in America, but internationally Whatsapp is one of the most famous and most widely used messaging apps. Owned by Facebook, it is available for both Android and iPhones. The two versions differ a bit in terms of display but offer all the same features. The iPhone version is built to resemble iMessaging, while the Android version has a distinct green look. Whatsapp is used to send texts, pictures, videos, audios, documents, contacts (from your phone book), location (including your current location and your live location), etc. You can also do voice calls and video calls with your data. You can change your profile picture, bio and add stories that will be visible to your contacts for 24 hours. Contacts in Whatsapp are added only through your phone book, so you would need the phone number of the person you want to contact.
- Facebook Messenger
Very evidently, also owned by Facebook, the Facebook Messenger is our next leading suggestion. The best part about the Facebook messenger is that you won’t have to start from scratch and convince all your friends to join a new messaging app since pretty much everyone already has a Facebook account. If you have the messenger app then you don’t need the Facebook app on your device. Facebook also allows you to send and receive texts from people who are not already added to your friend list. Those texts go on a different tab named ‘Others’ though. The good and bad thing about Facebook messenger is that it has more features than anybody will ever require. You can send texts, pictures, videos, audio, and all sorts of other things including GIFs and stickers, etc. You can also customize chats with a specific user – change their names, notification ringtone, color scheme, etc. Messenger also has the stories feature similar to Whatsapp, Instagram, and Snapchat, however, it isn’t really that popular on messenger.
Even though Snapchat is a bit different than traditional instant messaging apps, it is still quite popular. Adding people on Snapchat is pretty similar to KIK as you would require the username or snapcode of a person to add them. The feature that sets Snapchat apart from the others is the fact that it automatically deletes texts, pictures, and videos once they’ve been viewed unless you manually save them. It is also traditionally not very helpful for texting per se and is more effective for talking via photos and videos. A lot of features from Snapchat have been copied and used by other social media apps, like the exclusive filters that it offers to add to your photos, or the 24-hour story system.
Another loved instant messaging app is Viber. It is quite similar to Whatsapp in terms of setting up your account, which means that you only need your phone number and no usernames or codes. All people in your phonebook who use Viber will automatically be added to your Viber. You can send texts, photos, videos, audio, and all the other usuals. Viber also offers a large set of emoticons to jazz up your conversations. Some of them are paid, so you’ll have to see if you want them. You can also make calls through Viber; what’s extra interesting is that you can also call people who are not on Viber, via Viber. These are paid calls though, so you’ll have to top up your account before making those calls, but it’s still pretty cool.
- BBM Messenger
One of the oldest instant messengers, BBM used to be the most popular platform in its hay day. Initially, it was only available for Blackberry phones, and the exclusiveness gave it an extra appeal. However, with the rise of the smart-phones, Blackberry lost its popularity and so did the BBM Messenger. Post which, they made it available on all platforms, which brought it back into the game, somewhat. BBM is one of the safest platforms to interact with people. The procedure to add friends happens via a special BBM Pin, so you don’t have to disclose your phone number or username. You can send texts, photos, and videos, and rest assured that they will remain safe. You can also make calls to other BBM users.
Though this Chinese messaging app may seem similar to the rest of them in the market, once you try it, you’ll realize that WeChat has some pretty exclusive features that the rest of them don’t have. Like the others, you can send photos, videos, texts, stickers, make a call, etc. What makes WeChat interesting, though is its exclusive features, including the famous “Shake” feature, which basically means that every time you shake your phone while on WeChat, you will be automatically connected with another stranger, and you can interact with them, much like KIK. It also has an inbuilt social media platform, much like Facebook and Twitter, called Moments. It also allows users to play games and make payments. Finally, it has a ‘Go Dutch’ feature which does the math for you and helps you split bills when you’re out in groups.
Final on the List, the Line messenger is also a pretty popular messaging app. In addition to texts, photos, videos, audios, stickers, and other usual media, Line allows you to make calls, and wait for it – Group voice calls, and group video calls (much like Google’s hangouts). Line also has the automatically delete messages after a while, like Snapchat, except it allows you to customize the time after which the conversation will be deleted. Another helpful feature is that Line goes easy on your data, and you can smoothly run it even without Wi-Fi, as it lets you alter the quality of the media that you are sending or downloading to save your data.