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Why Kik Notifications Not Working 2021 [Proper Troubleshoot Guide]

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Have you ever miss out on any notifications? Like from a person to whom you are talking on Kik messenger. You can easily view someone’s message when you open the app, but when you close the Kik, then it stops sending any notifications even from a group chat and someone’s birthday. I know it’s the most frustrating thing, especially when you are talking to new people. So, why Kik notifications are not working? How can we solve it? We will find the answer to those questions in this article.

Basically, when you turn off the notification option on Kik, then it won’t send you any further information about someone’s birthday, new messages from both individuals and groups, and more on your mobile notification bar. Other than that, it might be because of the Kik technical issue. If both of these are not the problem in your case, then maybe there are other things that prevent Kik from sending notifications.

So don’t 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 becomes a sensational thing for teenagers.

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. This is why in May 2016, Kik registered almost 300 million users, 40% from the United States, and 60 % from other countries.

On the one side, it was growing gradually and making a profit, and on another side, it keeps introducing new features. It is no more just a messaging app, users can also share photos, videos, memes, sketches, stickers, GIFs, and content from the internet.

Despite the good image, Kik also faces negative reports such as child abuse and other sexual exploitation. For the past six years, police have investigated many child sexual abuse cases. To control these things, Kik also partnered with ConnectSafety and joined the Technology Coalition, which is an anti-sexual exploitation group. They said there are trying to improve their safety and users’ privacy.

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

What Are the Reasons Behind its Popularity?

Kik is not just an instant messaging app where you can send text messages to your friends no matter where they live. But it’s also an app to share your photo, video, Gif, Stickers, meme, and anything from the internet fast and easy. You can share it with your friends, family members, and even strangers, which you can talk about from Meet New People features. So, this is the first thing that why it has become so popular.

Talking about the Meet New People features, it can let you have a short conversation with any random people around the world. You don’t need to search manually, and neither has to add them. Just tap on the Meet New People option at the bottom side, and your job is done. Kik will automatically search for random people for you.

Not only you can talk to strangers but also play games within a chat. If you don’t feel like sending a message, then the game is also a pretty good thing to start a conversation. I don’t know whether all people will like it or not, but anyway, it can do the job.

Furthermore, people can also register a new account on Kik with only their email address and few other details. The Kik only uses it for security purposes. So this means you can stay anonymous on Kik forever because it only shows your name, nothing more than that.

Does Kik Notify a Person When You Take a Screenshot?

Taking a screenshot is the most dangerous thing when it comes to messaging. Sometimes it can ruin your day and other times make you laugh and excited. It’s like the head and tail section of a coin.

Suppose you are talking to your crush on a Kik. You both are having a good time for the past few days. But one day, she tells you her secret, which you have been waiting for a very long time. At that moment, you want to take a screenshot of a message for some reason. So if you are thinking about whether Kik notifies a person when you take a screenshot of a message or not like in the Snapchat app, then don’t worry. It won’t send any notifications, which means she won’t know that you have taken a screenshot of a conversation.

In fact, you can take a screenshot of messages, photos, videos, memes anything you want on Kik. But remember to keep it personal; don’t share it with anyone about other people’s personal things. It’s not a good thing.

Why Kik Notifications Are Not Working?

There can be multiple reasons why your Kik notifications are not working. Steps may differ from mobiles, device models, and operating systems.

We have listed some of the issues as well as their solution behind the failure of Kik notifications. So try these out if you can’t get new messages/old messages notifications or entire notifications from Kik on your mobile.

Okay, let’s get started.

Force Close and Re-open the App

When you open the Kik app, then sometimes it won’t load properly. That’s because of the server issues and loading time errors. In this case, close the app and re-open it. To do so, just swipe up the app from multiple tasks or a recent list. Besides, for IOS users, double-tap on the home button and swipe up.

Now, send someone a text message and then minimize or close your app. If you receive message notifications, then it’s good for you; otherwise, move to the next method.

Switch Over Different Network

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

That’s why make sure your mobile Wi-Fi connection is good and working smoothly. If not, then restart your router or switch between other networks such as Mobile data.

Enable the Notifications of Kik

The main reason that why your Kik notifications are not working can be because your Kik messenger notifications are turned off. In this case, enable your notifications.

Enabling the notifications of Kik is differs from device 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 Kik won’t be supported.

Android Devices

If you have an Android Nougat (7.0) or lower, then follow these few steps.

  1. Launch your Kik app.
  2. Now, tap on the Setting Gear icon from the upper right corner.
  3. There, you can customize the profile as well as your entire notifications. So, scroll down and tap on Notifications.
  4. Here, you can see four different options, such as:
    Sound: It makes a sound whenever someone sends you a new message on Kik. Vibration: Vibrate 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 when a stranger sends you a new message, usually from new people.
  5. So, enable all the notifications to expect an LED color.

If you have an Android Oreo (8.0) or greater, then follow these few steps.

  1. Open your Kik app.
  2. Tap on the Settings Gear icon, which is located in the upper right corner.
  3. Now, tap on the Notifications option.
  4. Here, you have two options:
    In-app Alerts: This shows you all the notifications which you will receive on the Kik app, such as important messages, vibration, LED light, and even notifications on your lock screen. You can manage your notification according to your needs.
    Mute New Chats: You will receive every notification whenever you get any new messages, whether it’s from your friends or strangers.
  5. So, toggle on both of the options to receive notifications from Kik. Later on, customize your notification.

At last, turn on all the notifications option so that you won’t miss any things from Kik.

ISO Devices

  1. Open the Kik messenger.
  2. Tap on the Settings from the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Now, toggle on all these notifications:
    Sound: make a sound for a new message.
    Vibration: make vibration for every message.
    Message Preview: can see the first section of the message in a push notification.
    Mute New Chats: will get notification from new people when they send you a message.
  4. So, enable the entire notifications.

Check Your Device Notification

Suppose you have installed the Kik app. You have enabled the entire notification from Kik so that you won’t miss a text message from your friends. Unfortunately, there is a new message on your Kik, but you didn’t get any notifications on your mobile. That is why because you still don’t allow your device to receive notification from Kik. Until you enable the Kik on your device notifications section, you won’t see any new messages in your mobile notification bar.

So, let’s see how to enable Kik messenger on your device and solve notifications not working issue.

  1. Go to your device settings.
  2. Search and tap on the Notifications option.
  3. Scroll down and locate the Kik messenger.
  4. Once you find it, then toggle on the Kik to allow notifications.

Now you will see any notification on your home/lock screen.

Also Read: How to Mute Notifications on Snapchat 

Check Your Airplane Mode

You can also check your Airplane mode on your device. If it’s on then, it suspends the device’s radio frequency signal transmission, which disables all incoming text messages, phone services, and also notifications. So first, turn it off and check for the notification.

Check Do Not Disturb Mode

Do Not Disturb Mode is also 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 off.

Disable Data Saver

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

  1. Open the mobile settings.
  2. Tap on the Connections option.
  3. After that, tap on the Data Usage option.
  4. Finally, allow the Kik while on Data saver mode.

Disable Battery Optimization

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

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

  1. Head to mobile settings.
  2. Tap on the Battery option.
  3. Now, tap on the Battery optimization or App power saving option.
  4. After that, tap on Not optimized and then tap on ALL apps.
  5. Locate the Kik app and finally select Don’t optimize.

Update the Kik App

If your Kik notifications are not working, you may be using the outdated version of the app. When the app version is not updated, then it not only malfunction the notification but also some of the features. So, update your app from time to time if there is one or available.

Android Device

  1. Launch the Google Play Store.
  2. Tap on three horizontal lines from the upper left corner.
  3. Now, tap on the My apps & games option.
  4. Locate the Kik app and then tap on Update. If you can’t see the update option, then your app is up-to-date.

Besides, you can also enable the auto-update option so that Kik will automatically update. To do so, follow these paths:

  1. Open Google Play Store.
  2. Tap on three horizontal lines at the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on the Settings option.
  4. Now, select the Auto Updates option.
  5. Finally, choose Auto-update over Wi-Fi.

IOS Device 

  1. Launch the App Store.
  2. Tap on the Today option from the bottom side.
  3. After that, tap on your Profile icon from the top side.
  4. Search for the Kik update, and if it is available then tap on Update.

Update Your Device OS

Suppose you are using the new version of the Kik app on your old version of OS (Operating System). Then this thing won’t work together. That’s because a company updates the app in such a way, it’s only compatible with the latest version or at least the recommended version. So, update your device after updating your Kik app. But remember, only choose this option if the other above methods fail.


Kik is a good place to talk with any stranger while staying anonymous. You can meet new people on Kik. But if you didn’t get a notification of someone’s new messages, then it can be over for you. So follow the above-mentioned steps, and from now on, don’t miss out on any notifications. Every second count, while talking to anyone on instant messaging apps.

Furthermore, don’t get too close and share your personal life stuff instantly with that person, which you have just met on Kik. It can cost you later on. Besides that, have fun and talk to new people.

Do your Kik notifications are still not working? Let us know in the comment section down below.

Thanks for reading.

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