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Kik wants to be your go-to messaging client (photos)

Kik has the looks and features of a modern messaging client and offers extras so you can include images, memes, and other fun content to your texts.

Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani
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Networking

After setting up your Kik account, you're immediately asked to upload your contacts to its servers. If you decline the first time, you're asked again (seen above).

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Settings

The settings screen contains options to control your account information, chat bubbles, notification types, and more.

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Conversation

As you can see, sent messages are marked with an R once they've been read. The default chat bubble is green, although you can change that in the settings.

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Extras

You can quickly add items to your conversation. Photos from your camera roll, camera or a Web image search are all possibilities. As are user-created memes and hand-drawn sketches.

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Menu

The slideout menu lets you browse between conversations and integrated services.

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Extra extras

If you're not satisfied with the default services for bringing extras in your conversations, you can search and add third-party solutions from the search bar within the app.

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Stickers!

You can purchase individual stickers for 40 Kik points (first 100 points are free), or pay $2 and get an entire pack.

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