Kik Messenger’s S, D, and R Symbols. What Do They Mean?

When sending a message via Kik, many users, especially if they’re new to the app scene, may be curious to know what each of the symbols mean and what their different shades of gray signify.

First of all, let’s go through the types of icons you’re going to see while you’re using the app. As already mentioned in the title of this article, you’re going to see the letters “S,” “D,” and “R” first and most often. You’ll also see more detailed notification symbols within your messages: one containing three dots and one containing a check mark, both of which appear just below the aforementioned letters throughout the messaging process. Finally, you’ll also likely see a red exclamation point (!) periodically, although you shouldn’t see this icon very often.

The first icon you see should only be seen for a brief period: an icon containing three dots, which basically just informs you that your device is connecting to the network. If the three dots are there for a long period of time, you’ll want to check to make sure your data connection is live. Once a connection is successfully established, the icon will change to a check mark and will also feature a letter right above it.

The letters are there to give you more information regarding the status of your message and where in the process the message is at. If you see an “S,” this tells you that your message has been successfully sent to the Kik servers from your device. A “D” lets you know that your message was successfully sent to your Kik Messenger contact. Finally, the “R” informs you that your contact has opened your message.

The letters are there to give you more information regarding the status of your message and where in the process the message is at.

A faded “D” appears when messages are sent to iPhone and Windows Phone devices. It means that the message has been pushed to your Kik friend’s account, but they haven’t opened the app to receive the message on their actual device. Once they open the app, you’ll see a solid D and then the R when it’s been read.

If you wind up getting the rarest of all these symbols — a red exclamation point — it means an error was encountered and your message was not successfully sent. Try sending the same message again. If you continue getting this error, check your data connection or restart your device. You’ll also want to make sure you have the most recent version of Kik downloaded on your device.

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  • Jessicaaaa

    Hi. I was wondering if I send a message to someone and it appears as S, then I deleted the kik app… Will they still receive my message or not?

    • Josh Robert Nay

      Yes, they will, since it was already sent from your account and device. You won’t receive a delivered confirmation.

  • john

    if someones phone is dead will it appear as an S?

    • Josh Robert Nay

      Yes, it will still be sent from your device, therefore will show an “S”. It will not show a “D” however since it’s never delivered.

  • Ricky

    My friend says she’s using a Samsung tablet running android for kik but sometimes I get a faded D is that possible?

    • Josh Robert Nay

      A faded “D” means it was delivered to the device, but the user doesn’t have Kik opened. A dark “D” will show when Kik is active and the message has been delivered.

  • Zahara

    When I text my friend i sent a message and right by it, it showed a “s” instead of a “d” for delivered.

  • Alex

    If I sent a message to someone but they had deleted their app what symbol would show on my side?

    • Josh Robert Nay

      It would show an “S”. Anytime a message is not delivered to the destination device, it always shows “S” unless they’ve blocked you. Some users have reported that it shows a “D” sometimes in those cases.

  • kelly

    If im not connected to wifi and I read the messages I got from kik does it show that ive read them once I connect back to wifi

  • Alex

    Heh, SOLID D