9 Best Alternatives to Kik Messenger App

Last Updated: May 16, 2016

Kik is definitely one of the most popular apps in the messaging world right now. It has a huge user base in the U.S and other parts of the world as well. However, there are many people who don’t feel comfortable with Kik because of the rise of spam accounts on the service. If that’s the case with you and you want to move to a completely new messaging platform then we have some great choices for you. Below are the 9 Best Kik Alternatives for everyone.

9 Best Apps Like Kik

1. WhatsApp

WhatsApp Messenger on the App Store on iTunes

One of the most popular IM app out there in the market. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for a whopping $19 Billion last year and that type of price tag shows us how big WhatsApp actually is right now (Currently, 900 million users are using WhatsApp every month). WhatsApp is a simple messaging service that offers way more features than other messaging services in the market. You can chat with friends, call them, send photos/videos/music, etc with just a tap of the button. WhatsApp is free to download and you can use it for free for the first year, however, once you complete the year you will have to pay a very small fee of $0.99 per year to get another year of service. That’s a really small fee considering the fact that WhatsApp is being used by millions of people around the world. This app offers a lot of emojis for you to send to your friends, however, there are no stickers which is a drawback.

Developer: WhatsApp

Compatibility: iOS 6.0 or Higher, Android 2.1 or Higher, Windows Phone 8.0 or Higher

Availability: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian (Free)

2. Viber

Viber on the App Store on iTunes

Another top dog in the world of mobile messaging platforms. Viber offers a lot of features that you won’t find in most other messaging apps. Similar to WhatsApp, Viber also uses your phone number to create your identity which means that you don’t have to remember any usernames or passwords, and everyone who has your number can reach you on Viber without any problems. Viber lets you chat, call, share photos, videos, audio with your loved ones. You can also call other people who don’t have Viber via ViberOut but that will cost you a small amount of money. You can top-up your account anytime you want to get ViberOut credits for calls. Viber brings a lot of stickers and emoticons for you, you can download complete sets for free and there are even some paid ones as well which makes your conversations more enjoyable.

Developer: Viber Media

Compatibility: iOS 6.0 or Higher, Android 2.3 or Higher, Windows Phone 8.0 or Higher

Availability: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry (Free)

3. LINE

LINE on the App Store on iTunes

LINE started off as a small messaging platform originating from Asia, however, it quickly took over the messaging space and became one of the hottest messengers available on multiple platforms just like Kik did. It’s the perfect alternative to Kik because it has almost the same or even higher user base. Best thing about LINE are the unique and funny stickers that you can use in your chats. There are a lot of celebrities on LINE as well and you can automatically connect to the official accounts of your favorite celebrities. You can share your photos, post updates, chat with friends, and voice or video call your buddies via LINE for free. You can also make calls to anyone in the world via LINE Premium but you will have to pay a fee every time you want to make the call. You can also play games with your friends connected to LINE accounts.

Developer: LINE Corporation

Compatibility: iOS 6.0 or Higher, Android 2.3 or Higher, Windows Phone 8.0 or Higher

Availability: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry (Free)

4. KaKaoTalk

KakaoTalk on the App Store on iTunes

More than 150 million active users from around the world make KakaoTalk a fierce competitor to Kik and many other messaging platforms out there. The most lightweight messaging app that even works with Edge or GPRS data and lets you make voice calls or send text messages to your friends and loved ones. The included emoticons are pretty fun to use and you can always expand your collection by purchasing new emoticon packs in the emoticon store available in the app. You can chat with multiple friends by creating a group and adding them all to the group and having a text party. If you want more personal experience then you can video call your friend via the FaceTalk feature in the app.

Developer: Daum Kakao

Compatibility: iOS 7.0 or Higher, Android 2.3 or Higher, Windows Phone 7.0 or Higher

Availability: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry (Free)

5. BBM

BBM on the App Store on iTunes

BlackBerry Messenger a.k.a BBM, back in the days it was the most exclusive and the most popular messaging service only available to BlackBerry users and every other mobile phone owner wished to use it on their device, however, since the advent of smartphones it has seen a huge decline. Well, BBM has finally regained a lot of its lost popularity by making the app available on multiple platforms. Now you can use this amazing messaging service on almost any mobile platform out there. BBM provides you with unique BBM PINs as your identity which means you don’t have to disclose your mobile number or username to others unlike some other popular apps. BBM is really secure and you can safely send your files, photos, audio, notes, and documents to your BBM contacts with the peace of mind. You can also make free calls to all your BBM contacts and share your location with your contacts if you want. It’s entirely free and you don’t have to pay a single penny.

Developer: BlackBerry

Compatibility: iOS 7.0 or Higher, Android 2.3 or Higher, Windows Phone 8.0 or Higher

Availability: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry (Free)

6. WeChat

WeChat on the App Store on iTunes

WeChat is more like a new friend discovery platform than a regular chat platform. It lets you make calls, videos calls, and send texts to your friends but the best feature that comes with WeChat is the shake to find new friends. You just shake your phone and you’re connected with a complete stranger, you can then talk and see if you’re both compatible to be friends or you can look for the next stranger. This makes the app much more fun to use and very interactive. You get hundreds of free stickers from your favorite movies and shows that you can use in your chats. You can share your photos and files with your contacts and best of all, WeChat is free for life and their are no subscriptions required at all.

Developer: BlackBerry

Compatibility: iOS 7.0 or Higher, Android 2.3 or Higher, Windows Phone 8.0 or Higher

Availability: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry (Free)

7. Tango

Tango Free Video Call Voice and Chat on the App Store on iTunes

Tango is a community of a people from all around the world and it offers more than just a platform for simple chats. You can actually post your status updates and follow other people’s updates via Tango, you can meet new friends from around you by looking at their profile cards and then swiping them if you want to initiate a chat or not. You can share pictures and audio with your friends and add beautiful emojis to make your chats even more entertaining. Make high quality video calls to your loved ones and talk to them as if you were sitting right next to them with the crisp quality. Tango also brings you amazing deals on some of your favorite brands so you can shop at the best places while paying very less. Pretty great for a Kik alternative.

Developer: Tango

Compatibility: iOS 7.0 or Higher, Android 2.3 or Higher

Availability: iOS, Android, BlackBerry (Free)

8. Snapchat

Snapchat on the App Store on iTunes

Snapchat is not your regular messaging app instead it offers something even more exciting than any other messaging app out there in the market. You snap a photo, or capture a video and add some text to it then you send it to you friend, who can view your snap for a few seconds and then the snap automatically disappears. Your friend can take a screenshot of your image but you will be notified and you can always ask them to get rid of it if you feel like it. Snapchat adds a whole new meaning to chatting because you get to chat with your friends via images and videos. If you are both online at the same time then you can also have a video chat face-to-face to make things even more interesting. The only drawback of Snapchat is its availability is very limited, people from countries other than the US has just started using it, but it is catching up very fast.

Developer: Snapchat

Compatibility: iOS 7.0 or Higher, Android 4.0 or Higher

Availability: iOS, Android (Free)

9. Hangouts

Hangouts on the App Store on iTunes

The only reason Google’s own Hangouts app is down below in the list is because of its limited availability. If it were available on all the platforms then it would be the top apps in terms of messaging and connecting with your loved ones. Hangouts provides a fast and quick way of getting in touch with your buddies or anyone for that matter. You can share photos, send emojis, stickers, and make voice calls without a hassle. You can also start a hangout which means a video call with multiple people to have some real fun. Hangouts also lets you call other numbers directly from your phone. Hangouts is a complete messaging app and it’s definitely packed with a lot of features to keep you hooked if it’s available on your platform.

Developer: Google

Compatibility: iOS 7.0 or Higher, Android 4.0 or Higher

Availability: iOS, Android (Free)

SEE ALSO: 5 Best Snapchat Alternative Apps

If you are still looking for an app like Kik messenger that provides you with a variety of features and ways to connect with your loved ones then the above mentioned apps will come in really handy. You can download any one of the mentioned apps and you won’t be missing Kik again at all. If you have any more suggestions for Kik alternatives then leave them in the comments below.

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