Charlene and I don’t have free text messaging, so instead we’ve tried a few of the various free texting apps out there. The key for us is that they have to be cross-platform because I have an Android phone, and she has an iPhone. To date, we’ve tried both PingChat! and Kik Messenger. Of the two, Kik Messenger has been far better and more reliable with one caveat: Charlene was never notified when I had kik’d her. She had to actually open Kik in order to get my message.
What’s up with that?
But tonight I resolved the issue. And if you’re having the same problem, here’s how you can too.
(Keep in mind that Charlene has the original iPhone 3G with iOS 4.1. If you’re on a different setup, your mileage may vary.)
- Open Settings
- Select Notifications
- Select Kik
- Turn on Sounds, Alerts, Badges.
Now, whenever I kik Charlene, she gets a nice audible notification as well as a popup message on her phone, and a little badge on the Kik icon. Ta Da!