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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  • AJlee

    Also, Can someone see when you block them?

  • Jayla Jackard

    could a faded D mean the device is turned off, if it has been there for a couple days?

  • Rick

    Hey all, I have a troubling question. I’m talking to this chick and we use this kik app to communicate. When we are talking, I sometimes get a solid D and it takes her a bit to write back. She says her ex used to send her messages through here and she stopped talking to him but I have a reason to suspect. Could this be that she is on kik but chatting with someone else or that she is just playing on her phone on another app? Thanks much appreciated

  • Ally

    Can you tell me for how long someone is logged off kik if I get the notification that their phone has been off/disconnected for a while?

  • Jaded

    So if I send a message to their Windows phone while its off will it show a faded D?

  • Jacob Barker

    Is it possible for a D to show up on an off mobile?

  • Keliandra Luoma

    My friend suddenly has a vertical key (like a car key) next to his name. What does that mean?

  • Magz Nhung Yamashita

    It was weird. One message was a solid D on the android, the next was an R… How does that make sense?

  • Ada Wong

    I get so many random Kik request from people I don’t know, when I got to it the person has sent me some gift card. Is Kik like Facebook where they suggest people to new users?

  • Paula

    If I mute some on kik will they get an S or D for the sign thingy? And will they know if I mute them?