The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology banned 59 Chinese apps on June 29. The apps include Tik Tok, Shareit, UC Browser, Viva Video, Wonder Camera, Shein, etc. The move came after a standoff between Indian and Chinese troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
The government prohibited the use of the prescribed Chinese apps under section 69 A of the Information Technology Act. This digital strike is a result of many complaints of data breaching through these apps. The government has mentioned that the use of these apps can be “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”
While Google Play Store and Apple Store have already removed Tik Tok, other apps will soon vanish from the stores.
The users of these banned apps are looking for a replacement. Here are some alternatives to the banned Chinese apps in India.
- File transfer apps
The banned file transfer apps include ShareIt, ES File Explorer, and Xender. ShareIt is popular with all the data sharing apps. It is a cross-platform app used to send or receive files, videos, documents, images, and app.
The best alternatives could be Google Files Go, Send Anywhere, Zapya, Dropbox, and SuperBeam.
- Video Platform apps
Tik Tok is the largest video sharing platform in the Indian market. Other than Tik Tok, Kwai, Likee, Vigo Video, and VMate are also banned.
Dubsmash is the best substitute. It was launched much before Tik Tok. When Tik Tok entered the market, it destroyed the business for Dubsmash. Also, India does have an original short video app called Chingari.
- Browser apps
The use of UC Browser, DU Browser, and CM Browser will be prohibited.
The alternatives available are Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox,
- Scanning apps
CamScanner is an image scanner app that allows you to scan images and share it is a word document. CamScanner is the most favored app which is now being banned.
Other options include Adobe Scan, TapScanner, and Microsoft Office Lens.
- Video calling apps
The Chinese app Mi Video Call will no longer be accessible for users.
Easy to use free messaging and calling apps such as Google Duo, Skype, FB Messenger, and WhatsApp Messengers are available in Indian markets.
- News apps
News reading apps such as UC News, News dog, and QQ Newsfeed are on the banned list.
To get the information on your fingertips, Apple News, Google News, Inshorts, and many such apps are readily available.
- Photo editing apps
A wide range of photo editing Chinese apps is present such as Beauty Plus, Wonder Camera, Sweet Selfie, YouCam makeup, Selfie City, and Meitu.
When all these will be wiped out from India, the best possible substitutes will be B612 Beauty & Filter Camera, Snapseed, PicsArt, and Lightroom.
- Social Media apps
WeChat is a popular social media and messaging app that supports group chat, calling, and sharing pictures.
After it is gone, alternatives such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat will serve the same purpose in India.
- Online shopping apps
Shein, Romwe, and Club Factory were much in demand. More often, bloggers and influencers are seen reviewing and using these online shopping apps.
To replace them, there are a variety of online shopping apps such as Amazon, Myntra, Flipkart, Koovs, etc.
- Music apps
QQ Music is a free music streaming app.
Alternatives such as YouTube, Gaana, Wynk Music, Apple Music, and many more are present.
- Recorder apps
DU Recorder allows you to record activities that take place on your mobile screen.
In many smartphones, there is an inbuilt system to record whatever is happening on the screen. Besides that, there are plenty of external apps available such as ScreenCam, AZ Screen Recorder, etc.
- Cache Cleaner apps
To clear unwanted logs in devices, Chinese companies offer various Cache Cleaner apps that are now being banned in India. To name a few, Clean Master, DU Cleaner, and Cache Cleaner DU App Studio.
CCleaner, Ace Cleaner, All in one Toolbox, etc. will provide you with similar features.