If you’re home alone and bored, all your friends are at work, school or whatever and you want to talk, what do you do? Fire up Kik and find someone! While the social network is all about connecting friends, it is also possible to meet new people too. In ‘How do I find friends on Kik and what’s the best Kik friend finder?’ I’ll show you how to do just that.

Getting Kik up and running on your device is very simple.

Download and install the latest version of Kik for your brand of device.
Enter your cell number when prompted. Make sure it is your real one otherwise Kik won’t work.
Select Settings and Privacy and allow Address Book Matching. This works the same on Android and iPhone.
Start a chat with each friend to make sure you are connected.
Now you have your main friends linked to your Kik account you can spread your net a little wider.

If you have friends not on Kik, you have the option to Tell Friends About Kik within the Settings menu. If you want to chat to kik friends, send them a link through this option. You can then send a link through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks so they can get on Kik.

The best way to find friends on Kik is to use Kik Cards. These are profile cards within the app that enable people to share their details across the world. It’s a good way to get to meet new people without having to leave the Kik ecosystem.

1: Navigate to Settings in Kik and select Share Your Profile.
2: Select your social network(s) of choice to share your own profile.
3: Navigate to the conversation window in Kik.
4: Select the little globe icon and use a search term to find a chat.
5: Use search terms such as ‘chat’, ‘football’ or whatever to try to find ongoing public chats on a subject you’re interested in.

6: Engage with chatters to quickly gain friends.

You can also use public groups to make friends on Kik. Public groups can have up to 50 members and are an ideal way to meet new people and chat about subjects you like. Here’s how to find a public group.

Navigate to your main chat list in Kik. Tap the ‘+’ icon and then Public Groups.
Either use the popular search banner or perform a search of a subject you’re interested in.
Tap a public group to learn more about it.
Select Join Public Group if you want to join and start chatting.