If you exchange confidential information via the Kik app on your device, you may want to delete your messages after you have sent them to someone. This way you ensure that anyone who uses your phone does not see any of your confidential messages in the app on your device. It is pretty easy to delete Kik messages on both iPhone and Android devices and the following guide is all about how you can do it.
Kik lets you delete both individual chats as well as entire chats from your device. That way you can be specific and delete the content that you actually want to remove from your device. Doing both the tasks on any of your devices is extremely easy and the following is how you do it.
Let’s check out the methods to delete messages in the Kik app on your smartphone.
How to Delete Kik Messages
The message deletion process for Kik is divided into three parts. The first part lets you delete individual messages in a chat conversation. The second part allows you to delete the entire chat conversation you have had with someone. Lastly, the third part deletes all the chat conversations you have ever had in the Kik app on your device.
Let’s check them all out one by one:
1. Deleting Individual Kik Messages
To delete an individual message in the Kik app, launch the app on your device, open the conversation in which the message you want to delete is located, tap and hold on the message and select Delete.
The selected message will be deleted from the app on your device. However, it will continue to exist on the recipient’s phone as Kik stores messages locally on devices.
2. Deleting Entire Kik Chat Messages
If you wish to delete the entire chat conversation you have had with a user, you can do so by launching the app on your device, swiping and selecting Delete on iPhone, or pressing and holding down and selecting Delete on an Android device.
It will get the selected chat conversation removed from your device.
3. Delete All Kik Chat Messages
If you want to fully clean-up the Kik app on your device, you can do so by logging out of the app on your device as it will remove all of your messages from the app. To do that, open the Settings menu in the app, tap on Your Account, and finally tap on Log Out to log-out and clear your chat history.
Your entire chat history in the app will be cleaned-up.
How to View Deleted Kik Messages
Sometimes it may happen that after deleting the messages you realize you deleted an important message that you wanted to keep on your device. If this has happened to you, this section will teach you how you can view the deleted Kik messages on your device.
The following are the ways that let you view even the deleted messages on your iPhone or Android device.
Method 1. Restore Messages from Android Backup
If you happen to use an Android device and you have a backup of your device with you, you can restore the backup and it will restore your deleted Kik messages as well on your device. With the backup option built right into the Android operating system, many of the users have started using the feature regularly to keep backup copies of your data on your device.
To restore a backup on an Android device, simply head to Settings, choose the Backup & reset option, and you will find the option to restore the backup if you have at least one backup created for your device.
Method 2. Restore Messages from iCloud Backup
If you use an iOS device such as an iPhone or an iPad, you can use one of your iCloud backups to restore and view the deleted Kik messages on your device. You will need to reset your device to factory settings, though, if you wish to restore the Kik messages.
To do it, open the Settings app on your device and tap on General followed by Reset. Tap on Erase All Content and Settings. It will reset your device. Once it is done, set up your device from scratch and select Restore from iCloud Backup on the apps & data screen to restore your Kik messages on your device.
Method 3. Ask Friends to Help Get Messages
Although your Kik messages are deleted from your device, they still continue to exist on the recipient’s device. To view your deleted messages, what you can do is you can ask the recipients, likely your friends, to send you the copies of your messages. You will then be able to view your Kik messages on your device.
The Bottom Line
If you want to perform basic tasks like deleting Kik messages and viewing deleted Kik messages on your devices, the above guide should help you do both the tasks on your iOS and Android-based devices.