A growing number of men want to learn how to use Kik for dating, and for good reason. Many of the more established dating platforms out there are quite expensive. It takes a pretty penny to unlock the good features on these services, without which you’d just be wasting your time.
On top of that, there’s the fact that men fight an uphill battle in online dating. You’d expect to spend several hours a week sending messages to women online to score a single date. All told, those paid online dating services can seem like a hard sell.
So what do guys do? They look for free alternatives, that’s what. They look for ways to meet women online and hook up for face-to-face dates without having to pay any fees. And Kik fits the bill quite well.
So here’s how to find dates on Kik. If you, too, want a free, fun way to meet women online, then this article will show you how Kik just might be the answer to your problems.
How to Meet People on Kik At First
So what is Kik and how does it work? It’s a popular chat platform that’s available on both PC and mobile. Its main draw, aside from being free to use, is its focus on chat. People interact with each other through instant messaging more than any other feature.
This article will give you a quick guide on how to use Kik to meet people—and, once you get used to it, start meeting women to date and hook up with.
Let’s start with the basics:
Creating and Sharing Your Profile
As always, everything starts with your profile. Creating yours on Kik is quite straightforward—you input your name, some of the usual information, and your interests. Pick up to five topics that interest you, but do choose wisely. Kik will use your interests to pair you with like-minded chatmates.
Some of the options for interests include:
One important tip, though: You may want to keep some information private. For example, Kik has the option to display your last name as an initial, which is a good idea—many Kik users do that. You may also check the Settings menu to see what else you can keep private.
Perhaps a better idea is to use an alias, which is also a common practice among Kik users. Many people want to stay anonymous as they meet people.
Once your profile is in place, click the “Share Your Interests” link. That way, other Kik users will find you more easily, and you’ll get matched with people who like the things you like.
(Quick Note: Want to learn how to write an online dating profile like you were Don Draper? We’ve got just the guide.)
The Meet New People Feature
Do you fancy chatting with random strangers? Or would you rather talk with someone who can relate to your hobbies and views? No matter your preference, you’re given the choice right at Kik’s main menu.
Click “Meet New People,” and if you’d like to chat with someone random, click “Start Chat.” Meanwhile, if you want to talk with a like-minded chat mate, click “Filters.”
Remember when you chose five interests while setting up your profile? In the “Filters” section, you can also choose interests to help Kik find the right chat buddies for you. It’s simple, helpful, and fun.
Lastly, Kik has public groups you’re free to join anytime. There are all sorts of groups out there that are formed around certain interests, demographics, activities, and so on. And, yes, you can bet you’ll find dating and matchmaking groups, too.
Later on, you might like the Kik platform so much that you decide to create your own group. For now, join a few and see how they work. You might even meet women with the same interests as you and are open to date, too. Fingers crossed!
And speaking of dating—let’s move on to what we’re really here for. Let’s take a look at how to use Kik for dating, to meet women to hang out and hook up with. The next section will cover a few pointers to help make sure your experience is a good one.
Here’s how to find dates on Kik.
How to Use Kik for Dating Long-Term
Aside from meeting women in Kik groups, you can also use third-party apps and sites. These can either turn Kik into a real dating app experience or simply group you with people who’s thinking the same thing you are.
Let’s take a look at some of them:
“Match & Chat” is a popular third-party app, which you can search for from Kik’s browser. It requires you to link your Kik profile to its website, after which you can check other members’ Match & Chat profiles.
The app turns Kik into a Tinder-like experience where you browse women and swipe left or right depending on whether you want to match with them. When you look for similar apps, you might confuse it with “Matcher” and many other third-party apps that do a similar thing—turn Kik into a real dating app.
Another app worth considering is Flirt!, which alerts you to other Kik users in your area within your age range. It’s a popular option for singles who want to use Kik for dating.
When you want to try using third-party apps with Kik, here are some friendly reminders:
- Some apps are more reputable than others, so make sure your device is secured with antivirus, antispyware, and antispam in case you download a bad one.
- While Kik itself is free to use, some third-party apps aren’t, so expect paywalls here and there.
- Most apps that are free to use tend to have lots of ads, so expect some “words from their sponsors” as you use them.
Also, it pays to avoid making any of the common online dating mistakes men make. If you’re new to meeting women online, our article on some of the biggest online dating mistakes men make. It’ll cut your learning curve by a lot.
Reddit, Tumblr, and Social Media
Do you hang out at sites like Reddit or Tumblr, or on social media platforms like Facebook? If you do, do a quick search for groups and subreddits where Kik users congregate to meet, plan dates, and more.
For instance, Reddit has the subreddit Kik Pals. Kik users post there almost daily looking for people to chat with. Likewise, Facebook has many Groups for Kik users who want to find chatmates.
There’s no shortage of places to find new Kikmates outside of the Kik platform. Just look around and have fun meeting new people. Eventually you’ll find women in your area with the same interests—or the same kinks—as you.
What to say to a girl on Kik
Kik, when used as a dating app, is pretty much like all the dating apps out there. Women on the platform are there to find dates, so they’re pretty receptive to guys messaging them. But don’t settle for the generic “hi” and “hello”. If the woman you’re talking to is reasonably attractive, she probably already gets dozens of generic messages each day.
So what should you start with? Here’s what to say to a girl on Kik to get her to respond:
- Ask her a question. Low-stakes questions about her profile or interests are almost always a winner. She’ll appreciate that you want to know more about her.
- Give her a compliment. A little flattery can get you far. But make sure your compliment isn’t just about her looks. Find something in her profile that resonates with you and compliment her on that.
- Use a fun pickup line. Emphasis on the word “fun”. These pickup lines may have been designed for Tinder, but they work on nearly all apps. Keep in mind that these aren’t your typical pickup lines; they’re more of guidelines for how you can create lines based on the woman you’re talking to.
How to Chat and Have Fun at the Same Time
When it comes to online dating in general and Kik in particular, chatting etiquette is crucial. There’s no sense chatting strangers up if you can’t get along, make friends, and agree on certain things.
So to wrap up this guide, here are some best practices to follow when using Kik. These tips will make your experience more enjoyable and rewarding at the same time, with minimal stress and effort.
The obvious fair warning
Before anything else, here’s a gentle reminder to temper your expectations. Kik facilitates meetups between random strangers on the Internet. Beyond that, it’s hands-off. Kik isn’t responsible for what people do with each other after chatting on the app.
As a result, Kik has developed a “hookup culture” reputation, not unlike Tinder. It also has a rash of scammers who try to trick horny guys into paying or revealing their credit card information.
The worst part is that it’s not easy to tell whether a Kik user is trustworthy or not. So if you’ve used apps with a similar shady reputation in the past, you know the drill:
- Don’t reveal any private information like your real name, your birthplace, birthdate, social security numbers, and so on;
- Don’t reveal any information that can be used against you in a court of law;
- Don’t be so quick to trust people on Kik, no matter how nice and in order their profile and photos might look;
- Don’t share any incriminating photos or videos.
And perhaps most importantly:
Don’t break the law
Another potential pitfall in Kik and other free-to-use chat apps is that members aren’t required to verify their ages. So even underage girls can get on Kik and be up to no good. It should go without saying, but don’t break the law. If you match with someone who shouldn’t be there, do the right thing and decline to meet up.
Despite all that, Kik can be extremely fun to use. Many of the women you meet on the chat platform have the exact same idea as you—they’re looking for people to meet, hang out with, and perhaps have some good consensual fun with. Manage your expectations and keep your wits about you, and you’ll be in for a good time—free of charge, too.