Kik Showing Notifications But No Messages

Kik Showing Notifications But No Messages: Fixed

Are you using the Kik Messenger app, but the notifications are not working, or are you getting them, but no messages are showing on your Android or iPhone when you tap to open them?   

Let’s explore the reasons for this problem on your Android or iOS device and how you can resolve it to view the updated events on the Kik app.  

Why do I have notifications on Kik but no messages?

  • Kik notifications are not enabled under the notification settings on your Android or iOS device.
  • There might be bugs in the device software or you are using the outdated version of the Kik app.
  • Corrupt Kik Messenger cache or app’s system files. 
  • Incorrect APN settings.
  • Data Saver or Low Data Mode is active on the device.
  • Outdated device firmware.
  • Unstable or no internet access.
  • Do Not Disturb or Airplane mode is active.
  • The Kik app is restricted in the background.

How do I get Kik notifications to work?

1. Enable Notifications For Kik

You may not have enabled notifications for Kik on your device. That might be why no messages are shown when you tap on them. To fix this issue, manually enable the Kik notifications in the following way:

  • Open device “Settings.”
  • Go to “Notifications.”
  • Toggle on “Kik Messenger.”   

2. Reboot Your Device

The quickest way to troubleshoot Kik notifications on iPhone or Android is to simply reboot it. This may help fix the temporary bugs causing the device to glitch while using the app.  

To do this on an Android, press the “Power” button on the side panel and tap “Restart” from the power menu.  

For iOS, press the “Volume” and “Side” buttons, hold them until you see the slider, and drag it to shut the phone down. Now press the “Side” or “Top” button to turn it on. 

NOTE: Rebooting the device also restarts the Kik app, which may help it work like intended before. 

3. Troubleshoot Wi-Fi & Mobile Data Issues

If you cannot get Kik notifications to work, it’s possible there is something wrong with the Wi-Fi or mobile data Internet access. 

To troubleshoot network issues, first reboot your router and move the device closer to it, which is running the Kik app. If this fails, switch Wi-Fi to mobile data on your phone and verify if this fixes the issue. 

However, Kik may not work on mobile data if a usage limit is set for the app on your phone. To remove this limit:


  • Open “Settings.”
  • Tap “Network and Internet.”
  • Select “Data Usage.”
  • Open Data Usage “Settings.”
  • Toggle off the “Set data warning.” 
  • Toggle off “Set data limit.” 


  • Go to “Settings.” 
  • Tap “Mobile Data.”
  • Select Kikand confirm the app has not consumed your current mobile data plan. 
  • If so, top up or upgrade your data plan to resume mobile internet access on your iPhone. 

Furthermore, when active, Android “Data Saver” mode and iPhone “Low Data” mode may restrict you from viewing messages for any notifications on mobile data. The quick fix here is to deactivate these options in the following way:  


  • Open Android “Settings.”
  • Tap “Connections” / “Mobile Network(s).”
  • Select “Data Usage.”
  • Tap “Data Saver.” 
  • Toggle off “Data Saver.”


  • Open device “Settings.”
  • Tap “Mobile Data” / “Cellular.”
  • Select “Mobile Data Options” / “Cellular Data Network.”
  • Toggle off “Low Data Mode.” 

Finally, open the Kik app using mobile data and verify the fix. 

4. Disable DND and Airplane Modes

It is possible you have accidentally enabled “Do Not Disturb” or “Airplane” mode on your device, and that might be why Kik notifications are not working on your phone.

Here is how you can disable both of these features on your Android or iOS device:

  • Swipe down from the top of your Android or iPhone home screen (On some iPhones, swipe up from the bottom).
  • Tap “Focus” on the iPhone.
  • Toggle off “Do Not Disturb.”
  • Follow the same steps to disable “Airplane” mode on your Android or iOS device, and hopefully, this will sort out your issue.

5. Enable Background App Refresh for Kik

Kik (even closed) needs internet access in the background to show messages for the received notifications. You may not have enabled these permissions, but here is how you can quickly do this:


  • Open “Settings.”
  • Tap “Connections.”
  • Select “Data usage.”
  • Tap “Mobile data” or “Wi-Fi.”
  • Scroll and select “Kik.”
  • Turn on “Background Data.”


  • Open “Settings.”
  • Tap “General.”
  • Select “Background App Refresh.”
  • Toggle on “Kik.”

NOTE: Optimized Battery Charging is active by default on your iPhone, which is why Kik app notifications are not working due to restrictiveness. So turn it off under “Settings” > “Battery” > “Battery Health” & Charging” and see if this fixes the issue.

6. Reset APN Settings

If Kik is sending you notifications on an Android phone or iPhone with blank messages, try resetting the carrier’s APN settings to default this way:


  • Open “Settings.” 
  • Scroll and tap “Connections” / “Mobile Network(s).”
  • Tap “Access Point Names.”
  • Tap the vertical ellipses icon.
  • Choose “Reset to Default.” 


  • Open “Settings.”
  • Tap “Mobile Data” / “Cellular.”
  • Go to “Mobile Data Options” / “Cellular Data Network.”
  • Tap “Reset Settings.”

After resetting APN settings to default, wait for a Kik notification to arrive and confirm you can see the messages.  

7. Update Device Software

An outdated iOS or Android software might be the source of your issue. In this case, update your device OS quickly by following these simple step-by-step instructions:


  • Open Android “Settings.”
  • Scroll and tap “System.”
  • Tap “System Update.”
  • Wait for the phone to search and download the latest available updates. 


  • Open “Settings.”
  • Tap “General.”
  • Select “Software Update.”
  • Tap “Automatic Updates.”
  • Toggle on “Download iOS updates.”

After the Android or iOS firmware updates, connect it to the internet, and you’ll start seeing messages on Kik notifications.

8. Clear Kik App Cache

Another possibility is the corrupt Kik app cache accumulating over time on your device and causing the notifications not to work.

To resolve this, clear the Kik Messenger app cache data on an iPhone or Android device. Here’s how:


  • Open “Settings.”
  • Select “Apps.”
  • Go to “All Apps.”
  • Scroll and tap “Kik.”
  • Tap “Storage.”
  • Tap “Clear Cache.”
  • Select “Clear Data.”


  • Open “Settings.”
  • Tap “General.”
  • Go to  “iPhone Storage” / “iPad Storage.”
  • Tap “Kik.”
  • Select “Offload App.”
  • Tap “Offload App.”

TIP: You can also fix the Kik chat limit reached error by clearing the app cache.

9. Update Kik App

An outdated Kik app might not be compatible anymore with your device and can cause notifications to malfunction. The easy way to fix this issue is to update the Kik app to the latest version in this way: 

  • Open “Play Store” / “App Store.”
  • Search for “Kik.”
  • Tap “Update.”

Now, wait for the update to complete on the Android or iOS device, and see if this fixes your problem.

10. Reinstall Kik App

Kik app requires internet access to function correctly, but with time, online bugs and other causes lead its system files to corrupt, and the app notifications start to misbehave. The only solution here is to reinstall the Kik app on your device by following these simple steps:

  • Tap and hold the “Kik” app on your iPhone or Android device’s Home screen. 
  • Choose “Uninstall.”
  • Tap “OK.”

There’s another way to uninstall Kik on your device. Here’s how:


  • Open “Settings.”
  • Open “Apps.”
  • Select “Kik.”
  • Tap “Uninstall”
  • Tap “OK.”


  • Open iPhone “Settings.”
  • Scroll and tap “General.”
  • Select “iPhone Storage.”
  • Tap “Kik.”
  • Tap “Delete App.” 

After successfully uninstalling the Kik app, reinstall it on your Android or iOS device like this: 

  • Open “Play Store” or “App Store.” 
  • Search for “Kik.” 
  • Tap “Install” or “GET.” 

Now, open the Kik app, sign into your account, and verify the solution.  


In this article, we’ve discussed why Kik app notifications are not working, or they are showing blank on your iPhone or Android device. We’ve also explored many solutions that can potentially get you out of this frustrating issue.   

We hope you can now easily see the Kik app notification messages on your mobile device and re-initiate the missed moment while interacting with other contacts.