To install Kik Messenger on a computer, simply download an Android emulator, and then use the Google Play Store to download the Kik Messenger app. The Kik Messenger app must be downloaded through the Google Play store as only Android-programmed apps work with the emulator. Both the Android emulator and Kik Messenger app may take several minutes to download and install. Android emulator programs are available for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
The Kik Messenger app is designed specifically to work on mobile devices like smart phones. Therefore, to get the app to function properly on a computer, the Android emulator must act as a digital mobile device to allow the app to install and run on the computer's operating system. Because the emulator acts as a mobile device, the computer can run the original Kik Messenger software, which includes access to all of the special add-ons that the app offers. The original Kik Messenger software can also sync with existing accounts, including contact lists, to make it possible to move from mobile device to computer fluidly and without losing pieces of the conversation. To download the Kik Messenger app onto a computer, open the Google Play Store, and search its "News and Social" section.