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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  • Kate Lynn

    Useful info for us newbies 😛

  • JennyD

    I know this might be a dumb question, but is there a good place to find more people to add to Kik?

    • JennyD

      The reason I ask is I love meeting new and interesting people and kik seems like a good place to start.

      • Hi Jenny!

        First of all, let me just clarify that there are no dumb questions 🙂

        You can certainly find a lot of Kik users here on TruTower! I’m currently working on bringing forums into the site so users can find other users of the same applications. For now, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter using the buttons above each article’s photo and I’ll keep you informed!

  • Ben Jammin’

    You’re using the Windows Phone version in that picture above aren’t you? I recognize the font lol

    • I sure was 🙂 It’s arguably a lot easier to take a screenshot with Windows Phone 8 than any other OS.

      • Ben Jammin’

        True that.

  • You’re welcome! 🙂

    • Shae Love

      Hey if the person I’m writing has an s4 and I have the g3 how will I know if they have took their account down when I message them

  • Tara

    If someone shuts there phone off and you sent them a message does S appear ?

    • Hi Tara! Thanks for commenting!

      Yes, the “S” will appear when you send the message and their phone is off. Once it’s been successfully delivered to their device, it will show up as a light or dark “D,” and once they’ve read it, it will show an “R” 🙂

  • CaliGuy4000

    Thanks! Very straightforward and helpful!

  • Nick

    If i send a message to a kik user who is on the phone. would it show up as a faded D or a dark D?

    • It depends on if they’re using Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone. For Android, it would still show up as a dark “D” once it’s pushed to the user device, regardless of whether they open the app or not. For iPhone or Windows Phone, it will show up as a light “D” until they open the Kik app, at which point it will turn dark. 🙂

      • mikayla

        Hey what does it mean if it has a r next to a checkmark?

        • The message has been delivered and read. 🙂

          • Hazel Japhet

            So if a solid D on android means “the msg has been sent but not delivered” how can i tell if ive been blocked which would also show a solid D? A bit misleading dont you think

  • Nick

    If i message a kik user who is currently on the phone will it show up as a Light D or Dark D

    • adami

      Depends on if they have a data connection or not. Voice and data are always separate, so it won’t matter if they’re on the phone or not.

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  • rebecca

    What does a prolonged S mean? That their device is turned off? If your friend has deleted you as a contact, will it show a prolonged S, or just a faded D?

    • It will show an “S”. It won’t show a “D” unless they have received the message on their device. 🙂

      • Patricia

        I’ve read different places that the d is faded when you’ve been blocked, but kiks help center just says your messages get stuck on D. Do you know if one can tell the D appart from when you’ve been blocked and when the message just hasn’t been read yet?

  • Treble Clef

    One thing I have not been able to find, and I think that a few of the people on here were asking to remain answered with what we already know is:
    If someone is on the phone (iphone/Windows Phone) but is on apps other than kik, will it show as a faded D or would kik running in the background be enough to make it a solid D?

    • It will show as a faded D until the Windows Phone or iPhone user actually opens the app. Then it will turn into a solid D. This has been what’s occurred in my experience with both iPhone and Windows Phone. I’m a Windows Phone user myself. Then once they open your message, it turns into an R. 🙂