A crucial move has been taken by the Ministry of Information Technology (Meity) according to which, India has banned 59 Chinese Apps popular names among these are TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser, and more. Meity said in an official statement, “Upon receiving recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices. This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure the safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”
Right now, some of the apps that are banned in India are available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store for download. Also, these apps are still performing and are not likely to be taken down from other app distribution platforms. The matter is just of time and the apps would be pulled from app stores to restrict the new downloads. Although, there exist other ways also to sideload the apps on smartphones, no less on the Google Android Platform. That’s why, even after taking down the banned apps from App Stores, there are various alternative routes to get back these apps, and that too for free. Furthermore, the apps would perform constantly on smartphones unless ISPs blacklist the access to the server. Thus, it’s anticipated that the government would ask the ISPs to block the IP addresses along with the access to these apps.
In fact, there exist some apps in the banned apps’ list that doesn’t demand internet access to function. Additionally, there are apps that arrive pre-loaded on some smartphones. Still, we have to wait for the government, how it plans to compel ban completely on the use of such apps.
Among the 59 Chinese apps that are pulled from App Stores, TikTok is catching up with the headlines comparatively more. As per the report, TikTok has been removed already from both Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Catching up the opportunity post-TikTok banned, Varun Saxena, founder of Bolo Indya said, “As the most loved Indian short videos app that is having users spend more than 39 min per day on it before the ban on Chinese apps, we invite all the Tiktok stars from India to be the part of fast-growing Bolo Indya community. We are pleased to have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of millions of Tiktok stars and provide them the platform to build on their social capital and convert it to financial independence. Simultaneously, we stay committed to the Indian government’s guidelines on UGC platforms, Data security, and promoting Indian ethos, values, culture, and heritage in the content that stays on the platform.”
Being a human, obviously, we too get connected, even with our mobile apps. The same happened in the case of most of such Chinese apps that are now banned in India.
That’s why, not to leave you alone, we are here today, with the alternatives to such apps that you are not China-born and can be used freely without hurting our patriotism.
Alternatives to Chinese Apps Banned in India
Well, the count of banned apps is 59, but below we will let you know the best alternatives for some of those apps. This way you will get a route to another track, which will lead to your easy and smooth life with unstoppable entertainment.
- TikTok is a Social Media app and we can replace it with Youtube, Instagram IGTV, Snapchat, and more.
- Shareit, a file transfer app, can be make-up using Google Files Go.
- The alternatives for a shopping app from the banned list, Shein are Myntra, Snapdeal, and more.
- A utility app, Mi community has been banned, so Reddit can be used in place.
- Mi Video Call is a video calling and chat service which is owned by Xiaomi, but has been banned in India. Well, there are various options for this particular need. We can access WhatsApp, Instant messaging, Hike, Telegram, etc. also in the replacement of WeChat.
- Beauty Plus is banned, so in place, we can use Open Camera, G Cam, Snapchat that are also a utility app.
- A file transfer app, Google Files Go, can be an alternative for Xender.
- There exist various decent picks to incorporate when we are looking for an app in place of ES File Explorer. For cleaning up the space on our phone, Files by Google.
- A video-sharing app, Viva Video has been banned, so we can use YouTube, Instagram IGTV, and Snapchat in place.
- In place of CamScanner, Adobe Scan, Microsoft Office Lens, can be taken into consideration as a utility app. Such apps also facilitate an integrated OCR technology, permitting it to detect the handwriting and printed text instantly.
- Vmate has been banned, so we can put on Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat for video sharing purposes.
- Also, we can use Instagram IGTV, YouTube, and Snapchat in place of UVideo.
- We can use Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus as an alternative for 360 Security on our phone and safeguard against malware and viruses.
- For online maps, we can take in Google Maps, HERE Maps in place of the Baidu Map app.
- Popular in games, Mobile Legends is now banned and we can handover the control to Ludo King, etc.
- We can make-up for the need of AppLock with the Norton App Lock, which permits us to set a secure pattern lock screen or password to keep Android smartphones private and secure.
This is not the end, there are more options, that we can access to meet the specific needs offered by such apps. So, now a message for those who are not happy with this ban. The 59 Chinese apps have been banned because of the reasons of privacy and security. These apps have been reported to be spying on the users and sending the user data to China. Therefore, for our betterment, we should put our hands on the alternatives to all such banned apps. The aforementioned are some popular ones, but you can pick other options too as per your choice. In absence of Chinese applications top mobile app development companies in india are also working hard to capture the market and soon we gonna have indigenous versions of famous applications that follow indian standards of data security.