Why Is Kik Notifications Not Working 2022 [Proper Troubleshoot Guide]

Have you ever missed out on any notifications from the Kik Messenger app? A notification from a person you are talking to on Kik Messenger could not be showing up on your device’s notification bar.

When you turn off the notifications on Kik, it will not notify you about someone’s birthday or new messages from individual chat and group chats on your device’s notification bar. Other than that, it might be because of Kik’s technical issue. If both of these are not the problem in your case, then maybe other reasons are preventing Kik from sending notifications.

If you can easily view someone’s message when you open Kik, but when you close it, it stops sending notifications of their messages or from a group chat or even someone’s birthday, it is the most frustrating thing. Especially when you are talking to new people that you are really interested in.

So why do Kik notifications not work sometimes? How can we solve it? You will find the answers to these questions in this article.

Do not worry and relax! We are going to solve it with a few simple helpful solutions. But before we move to our main topic, let’s know more about Kik and why it has become a sensational thing for teenagers.

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What is Kik Messenger?

Kik is the freeware instant messaging app that was originally developed by Kik Interactive Inc in 2010. It is well-known for its anonymity because users can sign up for an account without using a phone number. Because of these features, Kik registered almost 300 million users, 40% from the United States and 60 % from other countries, in May 2016.

On one side, Kik was growing gradually and making a lot of profit and on another side, it kept introducing new features. It is now no longer just a messaging app. Users can share photos, videos, memes, sketches, stickers, GIFs, and other content from the Internet as it has its own browser.

Despite the good image, Kik eventually faced a lot of negative reports such as child abuse and other sexual exploitation. For the past six years, police have investigated many child abuse cases that happened through Kik Messenger.

To control these things, Kik partnered with ConnectSafety and joined the Technology Coalition, which is an anti-sexual exploitation group. It was said that they were trying to improve users’ safety, security, and privacy.

But suddenly in September 2019, Kik CEO Ted Livingston announced about discontinuing the app and wanted to focus more on its Kin cryptocurrency. The app was later on owned by MediaLab in October 2019.

Why Are Kik Notifications Not Working?

There could be multiple reasons why your Kik notifications are not working. The reasons may differ from one device model to another and also from one operating system to another.

There can be various reasons why Kik notifications are not working. Some of the reasons can be:

Cause 1:Due To Bugs And Viruses

As Kik is an open online search engine, the chances of bugs and viruses getting inside the program are much higher. Due to the bugs and viruses, many problems can be caused like; the frequent crashing of the app, the app not sending notifications or Kik notifications not working in general, and many more.

Cause 2:Lack Of Space

In android devices, lack of space becomes a major problem with time. When Kik can not get enough space it needs to operate, it can start getting glitchy, slow, and often time crashes straight away.

Cause 3:Server Down Of Kik

The chances of the server of Kik being unable to handle all the changes in data of the app gets significantly higher than in other applications. Due to this, many users of the different parts of the world might need to face various problems, including Kik notifications not working.

Cause 4:Poor Internet Status

As Kik is fully based on online sources, it is important to have a good internet source or Wi-Fi connectivity. If the internet quality or the Wi-Fi status is poor, it will cause many problems while using Kik. These problems can include the Kik notifications system not working as well.

Cause 5:Device Not Being Updated

When the device isn’t up to date with its recent software update, it can often cause difficulties in operating Kik. As Kik is optimized to operate in a newer version of the software, an older version might create some issues, such as; Kik not opening, slower speed of messages getting loaded, notifications not working, and many more.

Cause 6: Kik App Not Being Updated

It is a common mistake for people who use Kik on their smartphones do, as not keeping Kik updated can cause various issues such as; bugs not being fixed, which can result in the crashes of Kik and glitches, problems adding people, problems with notifications not working properly, and so on.

We have listed some of the issues behind the failure of Kik notifications and their solutions. So try the following methods one by one if you are not getting new messages/old messages notifications or entire notifications from Kik on your mobile.

Okay, let’s get started.

Method 1: Force Close And Reopen Kik

When you open the Kik app, it sometimes does not load properly. That could be because of server issues and loading time errors. In this case, close the app and reopen it. To do so, swipe and close the app from multiple or recent app lists. Besides, for IOS users, double-tap on the home button, swipe up, and close the app.

Now, reopen the app and send someone a text message. Then minimize or close your app. If you receive message notifications, a notification from the Kik app has started working. Otherwise, move to the next method.

Method 2: Switch Over To A Different Network

Whenever you open any social media network app such as Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp, Wechat, and even Kik, you must have a stable internet connection. If your connection is weak, your app will not load its features properly. Besides, it also has effects while sending or receiving text messages. In addition, your app works slowly and gives you a lot of trouble.

That is why you should make sure the Wi-Fi connection or mobile data is fast and smooth. If not, restart your router or switch to other networks.

Method 3: Enable Kik Notifications

The main reason why your Kik notification is not working could be if your Kik Messenger’s notifications are turned off. In this case, enable your notifications.

Enabling the notifications on Kik differs according to the devices’ OS (Operating System) on Android devices. However, in the IOS device, there is only one method; it doesn’t matter which version of IOS you are using. Besides, if your IOS version is way too old, then the Kik Messenger application will not be supported.

Android Devices

If you have an Android Nougat (7.0) or lower, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Open Kik

Launch the Kik app on your device. Log in if necessary using your login credentials.

Step 2: Click On Settings

Now, tap on the Settings (Gear Icon) in the upper right corner of the home screen.

Step 3: Click On Notifications

Scroll down and tap on Notifications.

Step 4: Choose One Of Two Options

Here, you can see four different options:

  • Sound: Kik makes a sound whenever someone sends you a new message, or you receive a notification.
  • Vibration: Vibrates if Kik sends you any notifications.
  • LED Color: This shows the color of your Kik notifications.
  • Mute New Chats: You won’t get any notification if you enable this option when a user sends you a new message, usually from “new people.”

So, enable all the notifications except the LED color.

If you have an Android Oreo (8.0) or greater, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Open Kik

Open the Kik app on your device. If necessary, log in using your login credentials.

Step 2: Open Settings

Tap on the Settings (Gear Icon) located in the upper right corner of the home screen.

Step 3: Click On Notifications

Tap on the Notifications option.

Step 4: Choose Between Two Options

Here, you get two options:
In-app Alerts: This shows you all the notifications that you will receive from the Kik app, such as messages, vibrations, LED lights, and even notifications on your lock screen. You can manage your notification according to your desire.
Mute New Chats: You will receive notifications whenever you get new messages, whether it’s from your friends or strangers.

Step 5: Customize Your Notifications

So, toggle on both of the options to receive notifications from Kik. Customize your notification according to your desire.

At last, turn on all the notifications options so that you do not miss any of them from Kik.

IOS Devices

Step 1: Open Kik

Open the Kik Messenger. If you need to, log into your account.

Step 2: Click On Settings

Tap on the Settings from the upper right corner of the screen.

Step 3: Toggle Notifications

Now, toggle on all these notifications:
Sound: Makes a sound to notify a new message.
Vibration: Vibrates for every notification you receive.
Message Preview: You can see the first section of the message in a push notification.
Mute New Chats: You will get notifications from new people when they send you a message.

So, enable the entire notifications.

Method 4: Check Your Device Notification

Suppose you have installed the Kik app. You have enabled the entire notifications from Kik as mentioned above so that you won’t miss any text messages from your friends.

If Kik does not notify you even after following the steps mentioned above, that could be because you still haven’t allowed your device to receive notifications from Kik. Until and unless you do not enable Kik notifications on your device, you will not see any of the new notifications on your phone’s notification bar.

So, let’s see how you can enable Kik Messenger’s notifications on your device and solve the notifications issues.

Step 1: Go To Settings

Go to your device “Setting.”

Step 2: Click On Notifications

Search and tap on the Notifications option.

Step 3: Find Kik Messenger

Scroll down and locate the Kik Messenger.

Step 4: Allow Notifications

Once you find it, toggle on the Kik to allow notifications.

Now you will receive notifications on your home/lock screen from Kik.

Also Read: How to Mute Notifications on Snapchat

Method 5: Check Airplane Mode

Check your Airplane mode on your device. If it is enabled, it suspends the device’s radio frequency signal transmission, which disables all incoming text messages, phone services and also notifications. So turn it off and then check for the notifications from Kik.

Method 6: Check The Do Not Disturb Mode

Do Not Disturb Mode is similar to the Airplane Mode that disables all the phone calls, alerts and notifications on your device.

Now, go to the Settings > Do Not Disturb > toggle off. You can also disable this mode for individual apps. In order to do that, search for an app inside Do Not Disturb and then toggle it off.

Method 7: Disable Data Saver Mode

If you are using the Kik messenger via mobile data, it will restrict all the unwanted things like notifications and alerts of the app. So, if the Kik app isn’t whitelisted, this means you will not get any notifications from Kik. So you have to whitelist the Kik app to receive notifications. But remember, this act will increase your data consumption.

Step 1: Open The Settings App

Open the mobile “Settings” app.

Step 2: Click On Connections

Tap on the Connections option.

Step 3: Click Data Usage

Now, tap on the Data Usage option.

Step 4: Enable Data Saver Mode

Finally, allow toggle on Kik while using the Data Saver Mode.

Method 8: Disable Battery Optimization

When you enable the battery saver/optimization on your device, it disables all the background running activity. It’s like a power-saving mode that affects your notification.

So, remove the Kik app from the battery optimization mode to receive notifications from Kik on your device.

Step 1: Open The Settings App

Open your device’s Settings.

Step 2: Click Battery

Scroll down and tap on the Battery option.

Step 3: Click On Battery Optimization

Now, tap on the Battery Optimization or App Power Saving option.

Step 4: Tap On Not Optimized

After that, tap on Not Optimized and then tap on ALL apps.

Step 5: Select Don’t Optimize

Locate the Kik app and finally select the Don’t Optimize option.

Method 9: Update The Kik App On Android Devices

If your Kik notifications are not working, you could be using an outdated version of the app. When the app version is not updated, it not only malfunctions the notifications but also malfunctions some of the apps’ features. So, update the Kik app from time to time when updates are available.

Step 1: Open Google Play Store

Launch the Google Play Store. Log in if necessary.

Step 2: Click On Three Horizontal Lines “≡”

Tap on the three horizontal lines “≡” on the upper left corner of the home screen.

Step 3: Select My Apps & Games

Now, tap on the My Apps & Games option.

Step 4: Update Kik

Locate the Kik app and then tap on Update.

If you do not see the update option, this means your app is up-to-date.

Method 10: Update The Kik App On iOS Devices

Step 1: Open App Store.

On your iOS Device(iPhone or iPad), open App Store.

Step 2: Click On The Profile Icon

Now, search for your profile icon in the highest right section and click on it.

Step 3: Update Kik

You’ll find the list of apps waiting to be updated. Scroll down until you find Kik.

If you discover Kik on the list, tap “Update.” If you have the will to update other remaining apps, simply tap on Update All.

Method 10: Update Your Device OS

Suppose you are using the new version of the Kik app on your old version of OS (Operating System), this is not going to work well together.

That is because when a company updates their application in such a way that it is only compatible with the latest version or at least the recommended version of OS. So, update your device after updating your Kik app. But remember, only choose this option if the above mentioned methods fail.

How To Enable Auto-Update Kik

You can enable the auto-update option so that Kik automatically gets updated. To do so, follow the following steps:

Step 1: Open Playstore

On your smartphone or tablet, open Playstore by simply tapping on the app.

Step 2: Tap On The Three Horizontal Lines “≡”

Click on the three horizontal lines “≡” in the screen’s upper left corner.

Step 3: Click On The Settings

When you click on the three horizontal lines “≡,” you will see Settings. Tap the Settings option.

Step 4: Enable Auto-Update

Search for the Auto-updates apps option on the setting menu and click on that option.

You’ll have to choose between updating your apps “Over Any Network,” and “Over Wi-Fi only.” I would suggest clicking “Over Wi-Fi only” if you have the availability of a Wi-Fi network most of the time.

Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Are The Reasons Behind Kik’s Popularity?

Kik is not just an instant messaging app where you can send text messages to your friends from all around the world. It is also an app that lets you share your photos, videos, Gifs, Stickers, memes, sketches, and anything from the internet fast and easy. You can share it with your friends, family members, and even with strangers, that you can find from the feature called ‘Meet New People’. This is the first reason why Kik has become very popular.

Talking about the ‘Meet New People’ feature, it lets you have a short conversation with random people around the world. You do not need to search manually for other users and do not have to add them. Just tap on the Meet New People option at the bottom of the home page, and your job is done. Kik will automatically search for new random people for you to talk to.

Not only can you talk to strangers, but you can also play games within the chat box. If you don’t feel like sending a message to a new user in the very beginning, then playing a game with them is a pretty good way to start a conversation. Not all people might prefer playing games in the beginning, but it can get the job done if you are an awkward conversation starter.

Furthermore, you can register a new account on Kik only using your email address and a few other details. Kik uses your email only for security purposes. This means you can stay anonymous on Kik forever as it only shows your name and nothing more than that.

Does Kik Notify A Person When You Take A Screenshot?

Taking a screenshot could prove to be useful as well as dangerous while having a conversation with someone. You could take a screenshot of a conversation for many reasons.

However, the question is if Kik notifies the person on the other when you take a screenshot of the conversation with them just like Snapchat application does. Do not worry! Kik does not send notifications of screenshots. This means the person on the other end will not know that you took a screenshot of your conversation with them. In fact, you can take a screenshot of photos, screen record videos, memes or anything else that you want on Kik. But remember to keep it personal and not to share it with anyone else that might jeopardize someone’s privacy. Violating someone’s safety and privacy is not ethical and is against Kik’s policy.

Also remember that the same thing applies to you. You will never know if someone took a screenshot of your conversation, pictures, or screen recording your videos. Violating one’s privacy works both ways.


Kik is a good application to talk to any stranger while staying anonymous. You can meet new people on Kik. But if you do not get notifications from Kik, then it can be troublesome for you.

In such a case, follow the above-mentioned steps and don’t miss out on any notifications. Every second counts while talking to anyone on instant messaging apps.

Furthermore, don’t get too close and share your personal information instantly with people on an app like Kik that has features of anomaly. It can cost you later on. Besides that, have fun and talk to new people.

Does your Kik notifications still not work? If not, please ask for help from Kik’s customer service.

Thank you for reading.

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