Amid the chaos of India Vs. China and #BoycottChinaProducts, The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has banned 59 Chinese Apps in India on Monday 29th June 2020, under section 69A to protect the information and security of Indians which was claimed to be breached by these apps. Among the list of 59 banned Chinese Apps in India, there are some popular china apps like Tiktok, Helo, WeChat, Camscanner, Shareit, etc., which are used by a large number of Indian and now people are looking for their Indian alternatives. To sort this out, here is the everything you need to know about the list of 59 banned Chinese apps in India and their alternatives.
List of 59 Banned Chinese Apps In India and Their Alternatives
As per the Indian government latest rule, here is the complete list of 59 Banned Chinese Apps in India and their Alternatives:
|Chinese App||Category||Indian Alternative|
|TikTok||Entertainment||Chingari, Mitron, Roposo|
|Shareit||File Transfer||Google Files Go|
|UC Browser||Browser||Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome|
|Kwai||Video-Sharing App||Sharechat, Instagram, Youtube|
|Shein||Shopping||Myntra, Amazon, Flipkart|
|DU battery saver||Utility||Greenify, Battery Doctor|
|Helo||Social Media||Instagram, Sharechat, Snapchat, Youtube|
|Likee||Social Media||Instagram, Sharechat, Snapchat, Youtube, Chingari|
|Baidu map||Maps||Google Maps, Here Maps|
|Clash of Kings||Games||Ludo King|
|Mi Community||Utility||Reddit, Quora|
|YouCam makeup||Utility||Snapchat, Open Camera, G cam|
|Messaging||Whatsapp, Telegram, Hike|
|CM Browers||Browser||Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome|
|Virus Cleaner||Utility||AVG Antivirus, Avast Antivirus|
|Club Factory||Shopping||Myntra, Amazon, Flipkart|
|ROMWE||Shopping||Myntra, Amazon, Flipkart|
|APUS Browser||Browser||Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome|
|QQ Mail||Email Client||Outlook|
|Social Media||Reddit, Twitter|
|Xender||File Transfer||Google Files Go|
|QQ Music||Audio||VLC, MX Player|
|QQ Newsfeed||News||Flipboard, InShorts, Google News|
|Bigo Live||Video sharing||Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat|
|SelfieCity||Utility||Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera|
|Mail Master||Email Client||Outlook|
|Parallel Space||Utility||Dual Apps, Multiple App Cloner|
|Mi Video Call – Xiaomi||Communication||Google Duo|
|WeSync||Utility||Google Files Go|
|Viva Video – QU Video Inc||Video-Sharing||Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat|
|ES File Explorer||Utility||Google Files Go|
|Meitu||Camera||Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera|
|Vigo Video||Video Sharing||Chingari, Sharechat, Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera|
|New Video Status||Video Sharing||Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera|
|DU Recorder||Utility||AZ Screen Recorder|
|Vault- Hide||File Manager||Google Files Go|
|Cache Cleaner DU App studio||Utility||Avast Cleaner, AVg Cleaner|
|DU Cleaner||Utility||Avast Cleaner, AVg Cleaner|
|DU Browser||Browser||Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox|
|Hago Play With New Friends||Games||Ludo King, MPL|
|Cam Scanner||Utility||Microsoft Office Lens, Adobe Scan|
|Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile||Utility||Avast Cleaner, AVG cleaner|
|Wonder Camera||Camera||Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera|
|Photo Wonder||Camera||Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera|
|QQ Player||Media Player||VLC, MX Player|
|Sweet Selfie||Selfie Camera||Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera|
|Baidu Translate||Utility||Google Translate, Microsoft Translate|
|Vmate||Video Sharing||Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat|
|QQ International||Messaging||WhatsApp, Telegram, Hike|
|QQ Security Center||Utility||Apus Security|
|QQ Launcher||Utility||Microsoft Launcher|
|U Video||Video Sharing||Sharechat, Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat|
|V fly Status Video||Video Sharing||Sharechat, Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat|
|Mobile Legends||Games||MPL, Ludo King|
|DU Privacy||Utility||Vault, Privacy Master|
Why the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology banned these 59 Chinese apps in India?
It has always been a matter of controversy that Chinese Apps breaches the data of Indian users and sell it to Chinese companies and third parties, which is the biggest threat to Indian Security. Recently, we faced the same controversy with video calling app Zoom and with the UC browser in the past. Since now, India is officially Boycotting Chinese Apps & Products to promote Make in India & Vocal for Local, it was necessary to ban such Chinese Apps which can be a threat to the security of Indians.
These Chinese Apps were used by millions of Indians and covering the large marketplace of India. Through these apps, Chinese companies were earning a major revenue from Indians, and Indian apps were getting neglecting throughout. For Example: Viral Chinese short-video sharing platform Tiktok nearly had 119 million active users in India, while the similar Indian Apps used to have very less traction in comparison to it. But in recent days, Chingari App– the viral Indian alternative of Tiktok App was downloaded by more than 2.5 million people in India on Google Play Store, which makes Tiktok loses its spark in India.
By banning these 59 Chinese Apps in India, the Indian Govt. has taken a big step towards the promotion of Indian Apps and fixed the issues like data breach by Chinese Apps.
Also Read: MITRON APP BAN – What is the Reason?
Popular Chinese App Tiktok’s Reaction on Ban In India:
Tiktok App Clarifies that it doesn’t share users data with anyone and ready for clarifications with the Indian Goverment. Check out the reaction of Tiktok on Chinese Apps Ban in India:
Can people still use these 59 Banned Chinese Apps in India on their smartphones?
While Govt. has banned 59 Chinese Apps in India to download from Google Play Store or other App stores, these apps can still be used by those people who have already installed them on their smartphones. The only difference will be, people will not be able to see/refresh new feeds on these apps. But they can still use these apps on their phones and access the old videos available on apps like Tiktok, Helo, etc.
Among the list of 59 banned Chinese apps in India, some apps come pre-installed in smartphones and don’t require mobile data to operate. To completely ban the usage of such Chinese apps, the Government might need to talk to Internet Service providers to blacklist these apps entirely in India. Although the apps are not available on Google Play Store, there will be other alternative routes available to download these banned Chinese apps and It will be interesting to see how Government will impose the complete ban on these apps.
We have shared the list of 59 banned Chinese Apps in India and their alternatives by Indians which are equally good and must be used by people in place of these banned Chinese apps. We must promote Make In India products & apps, only then we will be able to stand strong against countries like China, and this will serve the true purpose of campaigns like #BoycottChineseProducts or #BoycottMadeInChina.