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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  • BL

    what does nothing yet mean on kik? The person read the message, I see under their name Nothing yet. I go into the conversation, and what I send has and r next to it but he has not written anything back.

  • i

    What does “nothing yet” mean on kik

  • Lily

    What does “nothing yet” mean on Kik?

  • Scott

    I also have a dilemma,I’m speaking to a girl on Kik,she told me she was going to bed to go to sleep,half an hour later I sent her a message and it went to a solid d,I accused her of being awake and chatting to someone,is there any way that it could have done that if she was asleep with her phone locked

  • Zoe

    So my friend says her phone battery died yet when I send kik messages they go through with a D. Surely I’d get an S?

  • Melanie Pennington

    Does a phone have to be connected to wifi for the solid d to show up on kik?

  • becca

    Soo this is more specific. If a device is not connected to internet but they open the Kik app, will your message change from the faded D to the bolded D?

  • Taunia Allan

    Hi I sent a message to a friend on kik but it says oopps this person has been disconnected for awhile but instead of an S it showed a faded D I’ve never seen a faded D with that message. What does that mean?

    • Lisbeth Bengtsson

      I got that too for 3-4 days and then that oopps message

  • michaele carvell

    What do a light color D mean on kik