I do not have to say much about instant messaging apps. The whole world uses instant messaging apps now. Not only does it provide a better and faster method of communicating with people but it also provides a much more reliable gateway to get in touch.
Kik Messenger is one of the most popular of these instant messaging apps. It is just like any other app with texting features.
In addition, it has all the regular features like attaching files and pictures and videos.
What makes Kik special, though is that it does not need a user to provide their phone number to activate the account. Just an email id will do, due to which Kik has found a large number of takers.
Now, there are several factors due to which one may feel the need to deactivate the account completely. The no phone number thing which epitomises disguising one’s identity has also been misused.
Reports have come in a lot of times that Kik’s functions have helped users in abusing the concealed identity factor in order to make sexual advances on children and other such putrid acts. All this has sometimes raised the urgency of deactivating the Kik account.
Below are the steps as to how it can be done.
1. The messenger cannot be deleted completely from the app. Only the messages can be completely deleted. To permanently delete the messenger, one has to log on to the Kik website and go to the Deactivate page.
2. As soon as you click on the Deactivate option, a prompt will appear which will require you to provide the email id that you created the Kik account with. In case if you have forgotten the email id, go to the app and open the Settings menu.
Select the ‘Your Account’ option and you will get the username, email id and your name.
3. Clicking on the Deactivate option will result in a confirmation email being sent to your inbox. Open your mail id and then open the mail from Kik.
You will find a link in the mail which will ask for confirmation about the action you are going to take. Click on the link and your account will be deactivated.
Keep in mind that the deactivation mail may take some time to reach your inbox, so do not panic if you do not get it instantly.
What does deleting a KIK account mean?
This is the way you can completely get rid of Kik Messenger from your phone. Another thing that the user must keep in mind is that deletion of the account does not necessarily mean your messages and chat history have been removed.
You must do that separately to prevent misappropriation of your communications. In order to do that simply visit the app before deactivating it and then choose the Reset option.
You can get the option in the same ‘Your Account’ menu. Resetting Kik will instantly delete all your chat history. It is advisable that you undertake this job first before going ahead with deactivating your account.