If another Kik user can join your group without scanning the group’s Kik Code, being invited or tapping the group’s direct link, then your group is a Public Group.
You can tell the difference between a Public and a Private Group by going to the Group Info screen. If you see a #hashtag name in a smaller and lighter font under the Group Name, then it's a Public Group.
Kik users can join Public Groups by searching for the group’s direct #hashtag or by searching based on interests.
To search for and join a Public Group:
- Open the Kik app.
- From your main chat list tap the blue + icon.
- Select Public Groups.
- Search for a topic in the search bar or explore groups under Popular Searches.
- Select a group from the results to view the group's members and/or join.
- Tap Join Public Group once you find one you’d like to join.
- Start Chatting.
To learn how to make a new Private Group, click here!