Apps Like Kik: 30 Best Kik Alternatives for Messaging and Chatting

Kik is one of the most popular apps in the messaging world. However, for many people, one messaging app is not enough. So, if you’re looking for other apps like Kik to chat with your friends, family, and team, we’ve covered 30 of the best Kik alternatives in this list.

Apps Like Kik

1.     Telegram

Many users may agree that the popularity of Kik is mainly because it allows users to meet new people without sharing their personal phone number. Therefore, we put Telegram at the first in the list of KIK alternatives.

Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s super-fast, simple, secure and free. You can create group chats for up to 200,000 members, share large videos, documents of any type (.DOCX, .MP3, .ZIP, etc.), and even set up bots for specific tasks. Also, it seamlessly syncs across all of your devices.

If you are really concerned with privacy you should really look into end to end encryption. Unfortunately, not all instant messaging apps offer message encryption. In this case, Telegram does but Kik Messenger does not. So, at least in this regard, Telegram is safer that the Kik Messenger app.

  • Platforms: Web, Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, macOS, BSD, Windows phone, UWP
  • Most Popular Countries: India, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, United States, Turkey, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and more
Telegram

Telegram vs Kik comparison

FeatureTelegramKik
End-to-End Encryption (E2EE)YesNo
ChatYesYes
Voice callsYesNo
Video callsYesNo
Sending mediaYesYes
BotNoYes
StickersYesYes
GIFsYesYes
EmotionsYesYes
Group chatsYesNo

2.     Signal

The second app like Kik that respect your privacy is Signal.

Developed by Open Whisper Systems, Signal is a free, open-source chat app. Its chat features include one-on-one, group, as well as voice and video calls. Unsurprisingly, Signal also features end-to-end encryption on all chats, calls, and shared data.

Signal also supports location sharing, the sharing of multimedia including GIFs, as well as the ability to set messages to delete themselves.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, Mac OS X
  • Most Popular Countries: United States, Germany, India, France, Russia, China

Signal vs Kik comparison

FeatureSignalKik
End-to-End Encryption (E2EE)YesNo
File SharingYesYes
Groups / ChannelsYesNo
PaymentsNoYes
Search / FilterYesYes
Self-Destructing MessagesYesNo
Stickers / GIFsYesYes
Threaded DiscussionNoNo
Video ConferencingYesYes
Voice CallingYesYes

3.     WhatsApp

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app around the world. The free chat app allows you to chat one-on-one and in groups group (for up to 256 people), as well as make voice and video calls. Users can share media, format text, and also back up chats on Google Drive and iCloud.

Different from Kik, WhatsApp requires you to use a valid phone number as your username.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS, Web, Mac, Windows, Windows Phone
  • Most Popular Countries: India, Brazil, Pakistan, Indonesia, Mexico, United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and more

WhatsApp vs Kik comparison

FeatureWhatsAppKik
ChatYesYes
Voice callsYesNo
Video callsYesNo
Sending mediaYesYes
DrawingNoYes
Sharing LocationYesNo
StickersYesYes
GIFsYesYes
EmotionsNoYes
EncryptionYesNo
Group chatsYesYes

4.     Viber

Viber is another app like Kik. With Viber, you get the ability to chat one-on-one, in groups, over voice or video, as well as share media and documents. There are also hidden and public chats, stickers, emojis, and even games. Viber also provides the option to make out-bound calls to non-Viber users, albeit for a fee of course.

It supports group video calls for up to five users, as well as group chats for up to 250 participants.

Like Kik, Viber offers a lot of funny stickers to spice up your chats.

  • Platforms: Android / iOS / WP / BB / Symbian / Windows / OSX / Linux
  • Most Popular Countries: Russia, Philippines, Ukraine, United States, India, Vietnam, Egypt, Greece and more
Viber

Viber vs Kik comparison

FeatureViberKik
ChatYesYes
Voice callsYesNo
Video callsYesNo
Sending mediaYesYes
DrawingNoYes
Sharing LocationYesNo
StickersYesYes
GIFsYesYes
EmotionsYesYes
EncryptionYesNo
Group chatsYesYes

5.     LINE

LINE is a Japanese-developed app that offers a powerful feature set. It is often referred to as the “Facebook of Japan”

Like WhatsApp and Viber, Line registers users using their mobile phone numbers. Then, the LINE app allows users to chat, make new friends, and play in a social media network filled with cute stickers and avatars. 

  • Platforms: Android, iOS, Web, Mac
  • Most Popular Countries: Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan
Line

Line vs Kik comparison

FeatureLineKik
ChatYesYes
Voice callsYesNo
Video callsYesNo
Sending mediaYesYes
DrawingNoYes
Sharing LocationYesNo
StickersYesYes
GIFsYesYes
EmotionsNoYes
EncryptionYesNo
Group chatsYesYes

6.     WeChat

You might not have heard of WeChat, but WeChat, which is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent, has more than a billion monthly users, just behind Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger.

One of the primary uses of WeChat is messaging. WeChat is one of the main ways people communicate in China. To keep in touch with your friends and family, and new-found friends in China, send photos, and make video calls, WeChat should be your first choice. Even when doing business, people prefer WeChat to email. 

There is also a social feature called “Moments.” Users can upload a number of images or videos and their friends can comment or like the post.

While it started out as a messaging service, it has transformed into an app where you can do everything from payments to hailing a ride, or even booking flights.

  • Platforms: Android / iOS / OSX / WP / Windows / BB / Symbian / Web
  • Most Popular Countries: China, United States, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan

WeChat vs Kik comparison

FeatureWeChatKik
ChatYesYes
Voice callsYesNo
Video callsYesNo
Sending mediaYesYes
Self-distracting messagesYesNo
DrawingNoYes
Sharing LocationYesNo
StickersYesYes
GIFsYesYes
EmotionsYesYes
EncryptionYesNo
Group chatsYesYes

7.     Snapchat

If there are two hugely popular instant messaging apps among US teenagers, they are Snapchat and Kik Messenger. That’s why we choose Snapchat as a replacement of Kik.

Snapchat is more than just a chatting app. Originally started as a person-to-person chatting application, it has evolved in a community where you can send short videos, live video chatting, create bitmoji avatars, and share your daily stories.

Also, Snapchat has amazing AR filters which makes the app more fun and engaging.

Platforms: Android / iOS

Most Popular Countries: India, United States, Pakistan, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt,Turkey, Philippines, Russia and more

Snapchat vs Kik comparison

FeatureSnapchatKik
ChatYesYes
Voice callsYesNo
Video callsYesNo
Sending mediaYesYes
Self-distracting messagesYesNo
Photo FiltersYesNo
Discover modeYesYes
StickersYesYes
GIFsYesYes
EmotionsYesYes
EncryptionYesNo
Group chatsYesYes
Personal profilesYesYes

8.     Facebook Messenger

The next popular option that may satisfy as a Kik alternative is Facebook Messenger.

Facebook Messenger is Facebook’s chat messenger that allows its users to chat with their Facebook friends and send emojis, stickers, photos, videos, and other tasks. A major advantage of the app is its new money transfer feature. It also supports individual and group audio and voice calling. To top it all, it is encrypted to ensure absolute security.

In order to get started with the Facebook messenger, you have to have a Facebook account. 

  • Platforms: Android / iOS / WP
  • Most Popular Countries: India, United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Philippines, Mexico, United Kingdom, France and more

Facebook Messenger vs Kik comparison

FeatureFacebook MessengerKik
End-to-End Encryption (E2EE)NoNo
File SharingYesYes
Groups / ChannelsYesNo
PaymentsYesYes
Search / FilterYesYes
Self-Destructing MessagesYesNo
Stickers / GIFsNoYes
Threaded DiscussionNoNo
Video ConferencingYesYes
Voice CallingYesYes

9.     KaKaoTalk

KakaoTalk (Korean: 카카오톡), or sometimes KaTalk, is Korea’s number one messenger app. 

Like other messenger apps, the KakaoTalk app enables its users to share and send photos, videos, voice messages, website links, and contact information. You can send messages privately or in group chats. Making phone calls with five other friends is also easy on the KakaoTalk app.

Platforms: Android / iOS / Windows /Mac

Most Popular Countries: South Korea, Japan, Indonesia

KakaoTalk

KaKaoTalk vs Kik comparison

FeatureKakaoTalkKik
Group chatYesYes
Based on phone numberYesNO
Voice CallYesNO
Secret chatsYesNO
StickersYesYes
Chat BotYesYes
Cloud syncYesYes
End-to-End EncryptionYesYes
ForumsYesYes
Video callingYesYes
Animated stickersYesYes
Group collaborationYesYes
In-app Money TransferYesNO
Share VideosNOYes
Picture sharingNOYes
IFTTT integrationNOYes
Public groups chatNOYes

10. Google Hangouts

The 10th app like Kik is Google Hangouts. It gives you quick access to chat with or place video calls with individuals or groups across platforms. 

With Hangouts, you can have a video call with up to 10 people and you can choose who will be in the hangout through a list of your contacts or by using a search field.  As you chat, you can embed emoji or attach photos to a message. 

Most importantly, Hangouts is part of the Google Suite of products, and can be used by teachers who might need to connect with students in a virtual learning environment (for example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially after Zoom became such a privacy risk).

Platforms: Web / iOS / Android / OSX / Chrome

Most Popular Countries: India, United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Philippines, Mexico, United Kingdom, France and more

Hangouts vs Kik comparison

Google Hangouts
FeatureHangoutsKik
ChatYesYes
Voice callsYesNo
Video callsYesNo
Sending mediaYesYes
Cloud syncNoNo
BotNoYes
StickersYesYes
GIFsYesYes
EmotionsNoYes
EncryptionYesNo
Group chatsYesYes

20 More Apps Like Kik

  1. BBM
  2. MeWe
  3. GroupMe
  4. Tango
  5. Discord
  6. Skype
  7. imo
  8. Hik Messenger
  9. GetContact
  10. Live Talk
  11. Azar
  12. Michat
  13. Google Duo
  14. BOTIM
  15. JioMeet
  16. Zello Walkie Talkie
  17. Google Messenger
  18. ICQ
  19. Zalo
  20. TextNow

Start Messaging and Chatting

Most of the listed apps like Kik have grown beyond the core functions of instant messaging and video calls. Nearly all of them allow you to chat with others, share files, play games, and even connect with strangers. The most important note is that you should choose those apps that provide end to end encryption to protect your privacy. Otherwise, some apps will sell your data and information for commercial purposes without informing you about it.

If you have used Kik Messenger and any app like Kik and would like to share your experience with our readers, why don’t you leave us a message in the comments section below?

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