Why is Kik stuck on S?

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What’s your favorite instant messaging app? For young people, especially teenagers, Kik is one of the best choices. It has an intuitive interface and a large selection of emojis and gifs. And the best part is that it can be completely anonymous.

You can choose to display your phone number, but it is not mandatory. An email, password and username will suffice. Kik can be great for group chats, meeting new people, and just having fun with your friends. But how do you know if your messages are getting through?

What does “S” stand for?

Every text messaging app that uses data or Wi-Fi works on a similar principle. Your message is sent to a server and then it is delivered to whom you are texting. Provided they are also connected to the internet, the message will be received. So what does it look like on Kik?

You open your Kik app, tap your best friend’s username, and proceed to write a mini-essay about how you woke up and realized you were out of coffee. Major disaster. You press send. Just above your message, you see a letter “S” shape floating in the upper left corner. And there is a checkmark below. Great, the message is sent to the Kik server.

Almost instantly, the “S” turns into a “D”. Excellent, your message has been forwarded to your best friend’s Kik. But they haven’t opened the app yet and read it. A few minutes later, “D” turns into “R”. Your friend has read the message and is probably typing a thoughtful response. So, the path from your Kik to your friend’s is SDR.


When “S” is all you see

If you use Kik all the time, you are used to messaging traffic. He can be busy and fast. But every once in a while, you might find yourself in a conundrum. You’ve messaged someone, but the check mark is still stuck on “S”. What could that mean?

Why is it stuck on S

They are offline

Most likely, the person you’re trying to reach doesn’t have their phone connected to the internet yet. It could be that the Wi-Fi is out of range and their data plan is completely gone. They could also have died out because they were working or sleeping. Or maybe they’re driving or traveling and will be back online soon.

Kik is bugged

Kik, like any other app, is not perfect. Sometimes a problem can cause the email to hang. When this happens, your best course of action is to check on your friend using another messaging app to see if you can reach them that way.

Or maybe you just haven’t updated Kik in a while. And for an application to work properly, it is best to always have the latest update. You can go to check for updates on Google Play and Apple Store and update Kik if necessary. There is a chance that this will solve your stuck on “S” issues.

Kik stuck on S

They blocked you

It can be very uncomfortable to realize that someone has blocked you. Maybe you deserved it, maybe not. People can be quick on the block button. You’ve messaged someone and they’re constantly stuck on “S”. Now you are starting to suspect that you have been blocked.

An easy way to check this is to try adding that person to a group chat. If they blocked you, this action will not be possible. If you can add them to the group chat, but “S” is still hanging, then it’s probably a connectivity issue.

They deleted the app

It’s possible that the person you’re trying to reach through Kik has deleted the app. They used it until yesterday, of course. But today they woke up and decided they didn’t need it anymore. Unless they sent out a special notification, you won’t know. Try to reach them by other means for confirmation.

What if your message is stuck on “D”?

When the message you sent to someone on Kik is stuck on “D”, it means it is delivered but not yet read. You can rest easy – they will get there eventually. The message went through the server and they were notified. If “D” lingers there longer than expected, it likely means the person is busy or away from their phone.

What to do if your message is stuck on “R”?

Your message has been sent, delivered, and the person has read the message. You can hardly call it “stuck”, but it means you’re stuck with no response. At this point, Kik has done everything you could ask of it. The person you messaged chooses not to reply.


Nobody likes to be stuck

If you’re stuck on “S” with Kik, that sucks. But let’s face it, being stuck on “R” is worse. Well, if the reason you’re seeing the “S” is because someone blocked you, that’s much more serious. In any case, the most common reasons for the infamous “S” stuck on Kik is a matter of inconvenience. A person you are texting is either offline or has deleted the app.

Have you ever been blocked on “S” on Kik? Let us know in the comments section below.

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