Like many chat apps, Kik tries to keep things as simple as possible and lets you know exactly what happened and when. It has three message status markers, S, D, and R, that appear after sending a message. It’s these signs that let you know what’s going on and whether the person you’re chatting with has read your message. But what happens when something goes wrong? For example, what to do if your Kik messages get stuck on D for Delivered?
Three message statuses used by Kik: ‘S’ for Sent. This tells you the message was sent to the Kik server. Next, ‘D’ for Delivered. This tells you that the Kik server has forwarded your message to the recipient and it has been delivered to their phone. The D light indicates that the message was delivered but the Kik app is not open. A darker D means the message was delivered to a light Kik app. The ‘R’ status indicates that the recipient has read this message.
If you see three dots instead of one of these status beacons, it means your phone and Kik app are unable to establish a connection with the Kik server. As soon as this connection is established, the status should change to S for Submitted.
Kik message stuck on S for Sent
If your message is stuck on S for Sent, it usually means that the recipient has turned off their phone, out of range, signed out of Kik, or deactivated their Kik account. There are many reasons for this, as you can imagine, so there is no need to panic or think something is wrong. Not yet.
Kik uses push messaging and does not keep messages on its server. This means that if the server cannot reach the recipient’s phone, it cannot count the message as delivered. The server will retry periodically until it successfully delivers the message.
Kik messages stuck on D for Delivered
If your Kik messages get stuck on D for Delivered, it could mean one of a few things. As mentioned, a slight D means the message has been delivered to the phone, but the Kik app has yet to confirm receipt. This may be because the recipient has closed the Kik app or is not using their phone. A darker D means the message was received by the Kik app but has not yet been read.
Why would a message get stuck on D? There are several reasons for this. The recipient may be too busy to check out Kik. They may be at work, school, or somewhere where they can’t use their phone. This is the most likely scenario for most of us.
Alternatively, a message stuck on a D can also mean that the person has seen the message but does not want to read it. They may be ignoring you or not wanting to engage with you for any reason.
It could also mean that they blocked you. Kik will not notify you if someone blocks you to avoid any social awkwardness. Instead, the messages you send to that person will stand on the D for Delivered and never change. It is one of the main ways to know if someone has blocked you on Kik with a message sitting on D. It’s not sure to strain any imagination, but in the absence of other notifications, it’s the best we’ve got.
Kik messages stuck in R for Reading
When a Kik message shows R for Reading, it means that the recipient’s Kik app has received and confirmed the message you sent and the person has read it. This is a read receipt just like you receive in an email. A message won’t get stuck in the R state, a Kik user chooses to leave it there.
If your message displays as R for a long time, it’s because the recipient doesn’t want or can’t reply at the moment. This is not necessarily bad, as there are many reasons why someone might not be able to respond right away. They may be busy at work, in class, or just not in the mood at the moment.
There are physical reasons as well as other reasons for not responding to a message. Just because someone hasn’t read or replied to your messages for a while doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve ignored or blocked you. Real life happens, and as much as we hate it, sometimes we have to wait. If all else fails, call the person and ask what’s going on. Sometimes it’s good to lie down and just talk.