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59 Chinese apps banned in India: these are the best alternatives

Last night, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, on the grounds of posing threats to data security and privacy, thereby threatening the “sovereignity and security” of the country. The Ministry of Electronics and IT released a circular, banning these apps under Section 69A of the IT Act.

Also read: Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, ShareIt and Clash of Kings

In order to enforce the ban, the Indian government has reportedly directed all ISPs and telecom operators to block the apps on this list. In simpler terms, if you are using an Indian IP address, access to these apps will be restricted for you. While they can still be accessed using a VPN, it’s better to shift to their alternatives that are safer to use.

Best alternatives to banned Chinese apps in India

Banned AppAlternatives
TikTokChingari / ShareChat / Bolo Indya / Mitron / Triller
ShareitJioSwitch / FilesGo
KwaiChingari / ShareChat / Bolo Indya / Mitron / Triller
UC BrowserChrome / Duck Duck Go / Edge / Firefox
Baidu MapGoogle Maps / MapMyIndia
SheinMyntra / Amazon / Ajio
Clash of KingsLord Mobiles / Age of Kings / Evony / War and orderArena of Valor / Vainglorympb
DU Battery SaverNative battery optimisation feature
HeloChingari / ShareChat / Bolo Indya / Mitron / Triller
LikeeChingari / ShareChat / Bolo Indya / Mitron / Triller
YouCam MakeupAdobe Photoshop Camera
Mi CommunityTapatalk Forums / Mi Community Website
CM BrowserChrome / Duck Duck Go / Edge / Firefox
Virus CleanerNorton / Avast / McAfee
APUS BrowserChrome / Duck Duck Go / Edge / Firefox
ROMWEMyntra / Amazon / Ajio
Club FactoryMyntra / Amazon / Ajio
NewsdogInShorts / Newspoint
Beauty PlusAdobe Photoshop Camera
WeChatWhatsApp / Hike / Telegram / Signal
UC NewsInShorts / Newspoint
QQ MailGmail
WeiboTwitter / Facebook
XenderJioSwitch / FilesGo
QQ MusicPlay Music / Saavn / Spotify / Gaana
QQ NewsfeedInShorts / Newspoint
Bigo LiveFacebook / Periscope / Instagram IGTV / Snapchat
SelfieCityAdobe Photoshop Camera
Mail MasterGmail
Parallel SpaceNative app cloner
Mi Video Call - XiaomiGoogle Meet / Zoom
WeSyncGoogle Contacts / Google Drive
ES File ExplorerFiles By Google / File Commander
Viva Video - QU Video IncInShot / Kinemaste / Quik
MeituAdobe Photoshop Camera
Vigo VideoFacebook / Periscope / Instagram IGTV / Snapchat
New Video StatusSnapchat
DU RecorderNative screen recorder
Vault - HideNorton App Lock / Gallery Vault
Cache Cleaner DU App studioAVG Cleaner / SD Maid
DU CleanerAVG Cleaner / SD Maid
DU BrowserChrome / Duck Duck Go / Edge / Firefox
Hago Play With New FriendsLudo King / Scrabble Go
Cam ScannerMicrosoft Lens / Adobe Scan
Clean Master – Cheetah MobileAVG Cleaner / SD Maid
Wonder CameraAdobe Photoshop Camera
Photo WonderPicsArt
QQ PlayerMX Player
We MeetSnapchat
Sweet SelfieAdobe Photoshop Camera
Baidu TranslateGoogle Translate / Microsoft Translate
VmateChingari / ShareChat / Bolo Indya / Mitron / Triller
QQ InternationalWhatsApp / Hike / Telegram / Signal
QQ Security CenterNorton / Avast / McAfee
QQ LauncherNova Launcher / Lawnchair Launcher / Microsoft Launcher
U VideoYouTube
V fly Status VideoFacebook / Periscope / Instagram IGTV / Snapchat
Mobile LegendsArena of Valor / Vainglory
DU PrivacyNorton App Lock / Gallery Vault

These are the top alternatives of apps which were recently banned in India. If you’re using any of the banned apps, we recommend you switch to one of the alternatives, since these apps are likely to stop receiving updates, making them even more vulnerable to security risks.

Which of these banned apps were you using, and which alternative are you transitioning to? Let us know in the comments below.

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