How to Download Kik for iPhone, iPod, and iPad Devices

Install Kik through the App Store app

Kik is a free text messaging app that provides a wide range of features for chatting and sharing with your friends on your iPhone or another Apple mobile device. You can chat with people who share your interests and with chatbots that are available for your entertainment.

The bots you can chat with include H&M, Sephora, CNN, Wikipedia, The Weather Channel, Spock, and many more. In addition to providing access to fun and interesting chatbots, Kik is also a great messaging app for sharing stickers, viral videos, sketches, memes, videos, and websites.

Information in this article applies to the Kik app running on Apple mobile devices with iOS 9 or later, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Before you can message friends with Kik on your Apple device, you must download the app. After you install it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can send and receive messages, share photos and sketches, send YouTube video links, and search and share images and internet memes with other Kik users.

How to Download and Set Up the Kik App

To download Kik on your iPhone, IPad, or iPod touch, search for the Kik app in the App Store and download it. Here's how:

  1. Tap the App Store icon on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch Home screen.

  2. Tap the Search icon at the bottom of the App Store screen.

  3. Type Kik in the search field at the top of the screen. As you type, search results appear beneath the search field.

  4. Tap kik in the search results.

    App Store search results for Kik
  5. Select GET in the listing for Kik to start the app download. If you're prompted for your Apple ID and password, enter it to continue the download.

  6. Tap OPEN, which appears in the app listing when the download is complete. It replaces the GET button.

  7. Select Sign Up on the Kik screen.

    App Store download screen for Kik app
  8. Enter your information in the screen that opens. A photo and phone number are not required, but they are recommended. The required information is your first and last name, username, email address, and birthdate.

  9. Check to confirm that you've read Kik's Terms and Privacy Policy and tap Sign Up.

  10. Turn on Notifications for the Kik app so you will know as soon as someone texts you.

    Sign Up information screen for Kik app
  11. Indicate whether you want Kik to find your friends who also use the app, based on your phone contacts (if you provide access to them). Tap either Find Friends and enter your phone number if you haven't done so already or decline by tapping Not Now.

  12. Select Explore Public Groups on the next screen and locate a public group in one of your interest areas to get started with Kik. Choose from trending topics or use the Search Public Groups search field and enter a topic. If you prefer to meet new friends immediately, tap Meet New People at the bottom of the screen and Join.

    Kik meet new people selection

Log In to Kik

After downloading the app and setting up your Kik account, you can sign in at any time and chat with friends (and strangers) who also have the app installed.

To log in with your new Kik account, tap the Kik logo on your mobile device, enter your username or email address and Kik password, and then tap Log In.