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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  • lisa

    hi i messaged someone and it has gone to a dark D. does this mean they have opened the message or received it?

    • It means it was successfully delivered to their device, but they haven’t opened it yet 🙂

      When they’ve opened it, it’ll appear as a Dark R

  • snowwhite

    i have a question ,how can someone see when i log on kik from there phone ?i dont see nothing when he/she logs on and can you turn off the R part so ppl wont see i read it ?

  • Chittaranjan Rout

    If I send a mesaage to a kik contact but that person has blocked/deleted me for some reasons then what status will it show , will it show an S or something else

    • Hazel Japhet

      Im wondering the same thing

  • lupe

    If a mesaage has been sent but not delivered can i log into another device and get the message there? Or will it be deleted?

  • Riley

    My kik says the dark grey D but it had been that way all day what does this mean?

  • Jack

    I sent a message to my gf and it has a faded d, she has an iPhone, I don’t know if she still has the app but if she does, did she see it, if she doesn’t have the app what would appear?

  • Mariah Shumake

    What is happening if I send a message to one kik user and the letter remains an S, but I can send messages to another kik user and only that user receivs it?

  • Amy

    So my friend I was texting didn’t have wifi but it still went to the faded d, what does that mean?


    What does it mean if a person’s phone gets disconnected when you try to send a message but their profile picture still changes?

  • AJlee

    What does it mean when you click on a persons profile and it says “chatting” theirs this girl that I don’t talk to anymore and I accidentally clicked her profile and now it says “chatting” can she see that? Thanks