How to Delete Your Kik Account [March 2020]
Kik is a free messaging service that is very popular in some circles. It’s a simple download and makes chatting, video, and sharing simple. The service is a part social network and part chat app and doesn’t like to let you go. Even if you cancel your Kik account, it isn’t shut down for good. However, I’ll show you how to permanently delete your Kik account right here.
Kik is a great way to message and chat using your mobile data plan or Wi-Fi connection. As long as you know the username and email address it is fairly simple to deactivate. If you’re curious how Kik Messaging works read How to Use Kik – A Beginner’s Guide.
Deactivating your Kik account has two options: Temporary or Permanent. The temporary deactivation allows you to bring your existing account with messages back. The permanent options removes all content and traces of the account for good.
Permanently delete your Kik account
If you permanently delete your Kik account, you will lose access to all your chat data, friend details, and your username. You will not be able to register later using the same username once you delete your account. Although that might be a good thing!
To delete your account on a mobile device, do this:
- Visit the Kik Delete Page from a web browser
- Type in the username and email information
- Check you email
- Click on the option to “Permanently Delete” your account at the bottom
Permanently delete your child’s Kik account
As a responsible parent, you want your child to enjoy the benefits of the internet without the pitfalls. If you want to stop your child from using Kik, you can also request that their account be deactivated. You will need to know the email address your child uses to make this work, though.
- Email [email protected] with the subject line ‘‘Parent Inquiry”.
- List your child’s Kik username and their age.
- Kik’s customer services will contact you with a form to fill in.
- Complete the form and submit it for account deletion.
To find out the username, open the Kik app on their device, and tap the cog. Then tap Settings, and you will see their Display Name at the top. Their usernames will be directly underneath.
One downside of using Kik on a cellphone is that it does tend to take up a lot of storage on your device. If you don’t have much free space or your cellphone doesn’t have expandable storage, this becomes a problem. Clearing the cache will help with that, but removing it altogether will cure it. Make sure to clean the cache first, then uninstall the app. If you don’t clear the cache, it can occasionally remain in use even if you delete the app.
Can I Get my Kik Back Once it’s Deleted?
No, once you delete your Kik account it’s permanently deleted and can’t be reinstated. Not only that, but your username can’t be used again either. You’ll have to make a new account with a different username and e-mail address. There isn’t any known way of getting your contacts back either.
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Still using KiK and want to meet new people? Maybe you had a change of heart and want to try out the app again? Check out our article about friend finder on Kik.
Temporarily Delete Your Kik Account
To deactivate your Kik account for a short time you can visit the Kik Account Page
- Type in your username and email address then click “Go”
- Check your email and follow the link
- Click “Deactivate”
By deactivating your account you can go to the Kik account page and restore all content that was previously there.
How to Delete a Kik Account Without Email
If you need to delete your Kik account but no longer have access to the email address on file contact Kik support.
If you’ve forgotten the email account and the username you will not have access to Kik and therefore you will be unable to delete the account.
What Happens When You Delete Your Account
When you’ve completed the steps listed above your account will no longer be available. This means your account will no longer be found by the username or the email address.
Your conversation history will still appear on the accounts of people who you’ve messaged previously if you temporarily deactivate your account. Even though you close your account it will not delete content on another users end.
When you permanently deactivate your account it may take a few days for all traces of it to disappear. People who you’ve interacted with in the past may still be able to access your profile and conversations for a short while.
How to Tell if a Kik Account is Deleted
Kik does not outright alert users when a contact deletes their account. There are ways to tell if a contact is no longer available.
When visiting another user’s profile page you can see their profile picture. If a user has deleted their account this profile picture not be available.
For users of the Kik messaging application your number will be disconnected if you delete the app. When you search a contact you will get a message that the user’s phone number has been disconnected, this can indicate the account has been deactivated.
Kik states they do not have a policy for “inactive” accounts. Essentially, the company does not automatically delete user accounts.
When searching for an account you may receive an error that the phone number is disconnected. This means the account was closed by the user, the phone number has been disconnected, the app has been deleted, or the user has their phone off.