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Top TikTok alternatives: check out these Indian apps

On: November 11, 2020

If you are a social media user, chances are you are either on TikTok or have heard of the short video sharing platform. The app has been downloaded over 1.5 billion times worldwide, with around 466 million downloads from India.

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

The app started out as a platform for young users to create videos ranging from lip-syncing to comedic skits to viral challenges. It was originally launched as Musical.ly, but was later brought by Bytedance and re-branded to TikTok. Notably, the parent company is worth $100 billion as of May 2020 and is one of the most valuable startups at the moment.

However, ever since the Indian government banned TikTok along with several other Chinese apps, content creators have been looking for alternatives. If you are looking for apps like TikTok that are made by Indian developers in particular, we have listed the top 5 alternatives in this article.

Top Indian apps like TikTok

  1. Snack Video
  2. Josh
  3. MX TakaTak
  4. Moj
  5. Roposo
  6. ShareChat

What is TikTok?

TikTok has over 1.5 billion users worldwide as of May 2020

TikTok has over 1.5 billion users worldwide as of May 2020

Not many know that TikTok was not the original name of the platform, but is a merged outcome of Musical.ly and TikTok (owned by Bytedance). Musical.ly was founded by Alex Zhu and Luyu Yang as an education social network app, where users could teach and learn various subjects through 3-5 minute long videos. However, they were soon to realise that the idea will never work and pivoted to a 15-second create-your-own-music-video format that is popular with younger users now.

The popularity of the platform took off and by 2017, it had more than 200 million users. The app was brought by Bytedance in 2017 and merged with its own TikTok app, which had a similar format and gained over 100 million users within a year of inception.

Bytedance consolidated the user accounts of both platforms and merged them under the TikTok brand in 2018. The new unified TikTok soon began to scale the heights of popularity and became the most downloaded app on Apple’s App Store in early 2018, surpassing even Instagram, WhatsApp and YouTube.

Why is TikTok so popular?

TikTok is very popular amongst brands, celebrities and influencers

TikTok is very popular amongst brands, celebrities and influencers

So, why is TikTok so popular with people from all walks of life, brands and celebrities alike? The reason is that the platform has now completely evolved and came a long way from being just a make your own music video platform. Today, the platform allows users to make videos about almost everything, varying from humour, hobbies, fitness, travel, music, photography, dance and more.

Moreover, as the app keeps partnering with celebrities and influencers to create new challenges, the fan base of these public figures flock to the platform and attempt to recreate the particular challenge. Celebrities like Will Smith,  Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and others have joined the platform, adding to the hype.

Top TikTok alternatives in India

Many apps have tried to recreate a TikTok-like platform. These are the top Indian-origin apps like TikTok you can download today.

Snack Video

Snack Video has been developed by Symphony Tech Pte. Ltd. and is one of the most popular alternatives to TikTok. At the time of writing this article, the app has over 100 million downloads on the Google Play Store. Just like TikTok, users are able to create short videos with an already existing library of audio clips and browse through a library of videos posted by people across the globe. The app is rated 4.2 stars on the Google Play Store and 4.6 stars on the App Store.

Josh

Just like Snack Video, Josh is an Indian app developed by Ver Se Innovation. This is another TikTok alternative, which lets creators record video, use music from their existing library, and apply a filter for making aesthetically pleasing short videos. The Josh app also provides features like duet videos, challenges, support for multiple Indian languages, ability download videos and follow your favourite creators. The app has a 4.1-star rating on Play Store and 3.9-star rating on the App store.

MX TakaTak

MX TakaTak is developed by MX Media (formerly J2 Interactive), which also develops the popular media player called MX Player. The developer boasts of a short video community app created locally with over 6 million influencers onboard. The app lets users create shorts videos, lip sync videos, music videos, and share on WhatsApp, or other social media. The app is available in multiple regional languages. It has a 4.2-star and 4.4-star rating on the Play Store and App Store, respectively.

Moj

Moj is another short video app developed in India by ShareChat and is available on both Android as well as iOS. Made in over 15 languages, the Moj app has the same format where users can use a number of special effects, filters, music, and video editing to create short videos. The app offers multiple categories like dance, comedy, vlog, food, sports, and DIY, among others. The Moj app has 4.2 stars on the Play Store and 3,9 stars on the App Store.

Roposo

Roposo lets users earn money by posting videos

Roposo lets users earn money by posting videos

Roposo is probably the oldest app here and is available for download on the Play Store and App Store. The app comes with the same core idea as the TikTok of sharing short videos of 20 seconds. There are filters and effects while creating the video and users can post across 20+ categories. The one advantage Roposo has over the competition is that it lets users earn money from their videos. For every video that gets featured, Roposo awards coins to the user, which can be converted to INR and transferred to Paytm. 10,000 coins amount to Rs 10. The app has 4.6 stars rating on the Play Store and over 50 million users.

ShareChat

ShareChat has been developed by IIT Kanpur Graduates and is based in Bangalore

ShareChat has been developed by IIT Kanpur Graduates and is based in Bangalore

Sharechat is an Indian social media platform, developed by Mohalla Tech Private Limited and was founded in 2015. Apart from letting users share short videos, images and more, the app also lets users chat with others and join chatrooms in regional languages. The app is available in 15 regional languages including Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Odia, Bhojpuri, Assamese, Rajasthani, Haryanvi and Urdu. User can also create their own chatrooms in their preferred language and invite friends. The app is rated 4.4 stars on the Play Store and has over 100 million downloads.

List of Indian alternatives to TikTok

App NameAvailability (Android / iOS)Play Store download linkApp Store download linkRating
Snack VideoAndroid and iOSSnacSnack Video on AndroidSnack Video on iOSPlay Store - 4.1, App Store - 4.6
JoshAndroid and iOSJosh Videos on AndroidJosh Videos on iOSPlay Store - 4.1, App Store - 3.9
MX TakaTakAndroid and iOSMX TakaTak on AndroidMX TakaTak on iOSPlay Store - 4.2, App Store - 4.4
MojAndroid and iOSMoj on AndroidMoj on iOSPlay Store - 4.2, App Store - 3.9
RoposoAndroid and iOSRoposo on AndroidRoposo on iOSPlay Store - 4.2, App Store - 4.4
ShareChatAndroid and iOSShareChat on AndroidShareChat on iOSPlay Store - 4.4, App Store - 4.3
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