Chinese apps banned in India: Know apps status, alternative apps, and more

India has banned 59 apps of China origin, including some popular names such as TikTok, CamScanner, Shareit, Mobile Legends, UC Browser, Mi Community, Mi Video Call and Weibo. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Monday invoked its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act to put a ban on these apps and termed their usage ‘prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order’.


Currently, some of the apps listed under the ban are available on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store for download. Moreover, these apps are still functional and do not seem to have been taken down from any other app distribution platforms. It is about time and the apps would be taken down from distribution platforms to curtail new downloads. However, there are ways to side load the applications on smartphones, at least on Google Android platform.

Thus, even if the banned apps are taken down from Google’s Play Store, there will be an alternative route to get these apps for free. Also, the apps would continue to function on smartphones unless their access to server is not blacklisted by internet service providers. Therefore, there are chances that the government would ask internet service providers to block IP addresses and access to these apps.


In the list of banned apps, there are some that do no require internet access to work. Moreover, there are apps that come pre-loaded on some smartphones. It is still to be seen how the government plans to impose ban on the use of such apps.


59 Chinese apps banned in India and their alternatives:

TikTokSocial MediaInstagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
ShareitFile transferGoogle Files Go
KwaiSocial MediaInstagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
UC BrowserBrowserGoogle Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
Baidu mapMapsGoogle Maps, HERE Maps
SheinShoppingMyntra, Flipkart, Snapdeal
Clash of KingsGamesLudo King
DU battery saverUtilityNA*
HeloSocial MediaInstagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
LikeeSocial MediaInstagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
YouCam makeupUtilitySnapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
Mi CommunityUtilityReddit
CM BrowersInternet browserGoogle Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
Virus CleanerUtilityNA*
APUS BrowserInternet browserGoogle Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
ROMWEShoppingMyntra, Flipkart, Snapdeal
Club FactoryShoppingMyntra, Flipkart, Snapdeal
Beutry PlusUtilitySnapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
WeChatInstant messagingWhatsApp, Telegram, Hike
UC NewsNewsInShorts
QQ MailEmail ClientOutlook
WeiboSocial mediaReddit, Twitter
XenderFile transferGoogle Files Go
QQ MusicAudioVLC, MX Player
QQ NewsfeedNewsFlipboard, InShorts, Google News
Bigo LiveVideo sharingInstagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
SelfieCityUtilitySnapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
Mail MasterEmail ClientOutlook
Parallel SpaceUtilityDual Apps, Multiple App Cloner
Mi Video Call – XiaomiCommunicationGoogle Duo
WeSyncUtilityGoogle Files Go
ES File ExplorerUtilityGoogle Files Go
Viva Video – QU Video IncVideo sharingInstagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
MeituCameraSnapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
Vigo VideoVideo sharingSnapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
New Video StatusVideo sharingSnapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
DU RecorderUtilityAZ Screen Recorder
Vault- HideFile managerGoogle Files Go
Cache Cleaner DU App studioUtilityNA*
DU CleanerUtilityNA*
DU BrowserBrowserGoogle Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
Hago Play With New FriendsGamesLudo King
Cam ScannerUtilityMicrosoft Offile Lens, Adobe Scan
Clean Master – Cheetah MobileUtilityNA*
Wonder CameraCameraSnapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
Photo WonderCameraSnapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
QQ PlayerMedia playerVLC, MX Player
We MeetSocialTinder
Sweet SelfieCameraSnapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
Baidu TranslateUtilityGoogle Translate, Microsoft Translate
VmateVideo sharingInstagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
QQ InternationalInstant messagingWhatsApp, Telegram, Hike
QQ Security CenterUtilityNA*
QQ LauncherUtilityMicrosoft Launcher
U VideoVideo sharingInstagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
V fly Status VideoVideo sharingInstagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
Mobile LegendsGamesLudo King
DU PrivacyUtilityNA*


Posted By : Parthasarathi Swain

Source : Business Standard