Its time to uncrown chinese apps. Few days back, “59 Chinese apps banned in India.” Boom its indeed a big move for the digital market. The year 2020 has been taken for rough start and we have seen a lot of extremely disappointing incidents. But the banning of 59 Chinese apps in India, is a master stroke headline which is flooding all over social media. As we all are aware that, in the recent few years, the app ecosystem in the Indian market has been taken over by multiple Chinese apps. But recently, the Ministry of Information Technology announced a crucial move of banning 59 Chinese apps in the country stating privacy concerns.
The official statement, said “upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices. This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”
List of banned apps include some very popular apps in India, especially TikTok, which has over 100 million active users in the country, mainly in the heartland. New social media platforms like Helo and Likee, as well as video chat app Bigo Live are immensely popular among Indians who are not comfortable in English. These users will have to look for substitutes.
With the sudden ban of Chinese applications, various industries have been affected and Indian users are now on the lookout for the alternatives to replace these Chinese apps. But, we users made these apps so popular that we are in doubt now about their alternatives. Now you see how powerful we users are and if we have so much power to make any application so popular then what to worry guys. There are lots more options available for these apps with similar features. So, Here are some alternate apps you can use instead of TikTok and other 58 Chinese apps that have been banned in the country.
Banned video-sharing and social media apps:
TikTok, Kwai, Vigo Video, VFly Status Video, VMate, Likee, U Video, New Video Status, Helo
You may consider trying out some Indian apps like Chingari and Mitron, although these are not as established as their Chinese counterparts. Other apps that you can look for are Roposo, Bolo Indya, Dubsmash, ShareChat and Facebook. Also switch to Instagram where you can still follow your favorite tik tok stars.
Banned File transfer app:
ShareIt, Xender, ES File Explorer
SuperBeam, Files Go, Google Drive, Dropbox are some of the popular alternatives to file sharing apps. You can also use Wifi Direct, NFC or QR codes for sharing large files and can also be used to transmit files to and from your PC.
Banned browser app:
UC Browser, CM Browers, DU Browser, APUS Browser
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox are the two best alternatives to these Chinese browsers which keep on adding new features and are very safe options. Apart from these two apps Jio Browser, which is Indian browser app that is not only fast but also offer secured internet surfing at the same time. Also, Microsoft Edge can be used for the same purpose.
Banned mapping apps:
Google Maps and Apple Maps are the alternative option that you can use as an alternative for this Chinese app. These apps allow you to choose a destination and plan the shortest route to it by different means of transportation.
Banned online shopping app:
Shein, Romwe, Club Factory, AliExpress
These Chinese apps are popular fashion platforms which features a wide collection of trendy clothes. Few perfect alternatives where you can find the trendiest fashion are Myntra, Amazon India, Koovs, Limeroad and Flipkart, which are also the biggest fashion retailer in India. Also, people who are looking forward to wholesale orders can further look upon platforms like IndiaMart and Udaan as well.
Banned mobile game apps:
Clash of Kings, Mobile Legends
Clash of Clans is an alternative to Chinese gaming apps. This is a fantasy-themed multiplayer game in which players form communities called clans, train troops and attack other players to earn resources.
Banned battery saver apps:
DU Battery Saver
Your phone doesn’t need this sort of app and can run smooth and safe without it. Infact, this app occupies more RAM and deteriorate the performance of your phone. But if you are looking for alternative then you can go for Battery Saver & Charge Optimizer
Banned photo editing apps:
Beauty Plus, YouCam makeup, Wonder Camera, Photo Wonder, Sweet Selfie, Meitu, SelfieCity
Have you ever think about why these photo editing apps require all the access to your information? Now this banning thing cleared this in terms of threat to security. So now you can switch from these Chinese apps to other apps like B612 Beauty & Filter Camera, PicsArt, Candy Camera, Lightroom and Snapseed. These apps have similar features for most part including beauty filters, stickers and so on. For selfie makeover, you can look for FaceTune 2 app as well.
Banned community apps:
There isn’t any alternative as such but users can use Twitter for Xiaomi updates.
Banned anti-virus apps:
Virus Cleaner is prominently featured in the report as a threat to security, it’s time to let go of this one. If you want an anti-virus and anti-malware app then I would suggest you Avast Anti-virus app. Avast has always been at the forefront of virus protection.
Banned news apps:
Newsdog, QQ Newsfeed, UC News
Google News, Apple News, InShorts and NewsHunt are apps that provide news or you could also install apps from famous news providers like Times of India in order to read verified news.
Banned messaging apps:
WeChat, QQ International
You can uninstall these Chinese apps and switch to WhatsApp, which offers end-to-end encryption and has all features you would want, including file sharing, location sharing, voice and video calls and so on. Other options include Telegram and Signal Messenger, which is open-source and user end-to-end encryption like Whatsapp.
Banned mail apps:
QQ Mail, Mail Master
There are alternative email apps which support for multiple services like Gmail and Outlook. Microsoft Outlook not only supports its in-house email service Outlook, but also works with Gmail, Yahoo mail and other POP, IMAP and SMTP email configurations. And the best part about Outlook is that it connects your calendar too and has an intelligent algorithm that creates automated reminders for future tasks.
Banned micro-blogging apps:
Alternative to this Chinese Weibo app is Twitter which has become internationally identifiable by its signature bird logo or the twitter bird. With this app users can post and interact with each other across the globe.
Banned music apps:
There are various music app options available in market like YouTube Music, JioSavn, Apple Music, Wynk Music and Spotify. With these apps you can create a playlist of your own choice.
Banned live-streaming apps:
Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram are the alternatives to Bigo Live app. These apps help you to stay connected with your followers and friends in the real-time. Twitch live streams the video games, lets you chat with other streamers as well. These apps let you capture and share the moments with the world in a simple and secured way.
Banned clone apps:
Dual App and Multiple App Cloner is a good app that is developed by an Indian developer and hence is the best alternative to this Chinese app. Though most of the smartphones have dual apps ability which eliminates the need for dedicated app like Parallel Space in order to run two WhatsApp accounts.
Banned video calling apps:
Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
As we all know that Mi Video Call is Xiaomi’s own video calling and chat service. But nothing to worry about its ban as there is no shortage of apps in this category and one of the most popular alternatives are Google Duo, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
Banned syncing apps:
Google Contacts is best syncing app which ensure safety to the user’s personal data. It offers extensive search function and the ability to restore the entire database from a time within the last 30 days.
Banned video editing apps:
Viva Video – QU Video Inc
The non-chinese alternative would be INShot, as it come with a similar interface with similar tools. Furhther more, you can go for full-fledged video edition apps like KineMaster, PowerDirectore and Adobe Premier Pro.
Banned call recorder apps:
Automatic Call Recorder, inbuilt call recorders are there in smartphones. But you can use AZ Screen Recorder for recording the contents of your screen if your smartphone does not come with an in-built screen recorder.
Banned app lock apps:
Vault- Hide, DU Privacy
Banned cache cleaner apps:
Cache Cleaner DU App studio, DU Cleaner, Clean Master
Are you using Clean Master or DU Speed Booster on your phone? Well apps like these are not required on modern versions of Android. Infact these apps usually collect user data and make the device speed go slow. However, if you want an application to clean unnecessary junk then I would advice you to use apps like CCleaner, Norton Clean and Files by Google, as all of these come from trustworthy companies.
Banned interactive gaming apps:
Hago Play With New Friends
Snapchat is the fastest way to share a moment with friends similar to the Hago Play With New Friends app which has been banned. With Snapchat you can control how long your friends can view your message and also other features available.
Banned scanning apps:
PDF Scanner with OCR is one of the most trusted apps that you can use as an alternative to this Chinese app. You can download this app and start scanning your documents straight away. Other options that you can look for are Adobe Scan, Microsoft Office Lens, inbuilt scanner in iPhones’ Notes app.
Banned media player apps:
VLC Media Player is an open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files and various streaming protocol. It is the best alternative to Chinese QQ Player app.
Banned translation apps:
The alternative to this app is Google Translate which is a free multilingual statistical and neural machine translation service. This helps you translate multiple forms of text and media which includes text, speech, and text within still or moving images.
Banned password manager apps:
QQ Security Center
1Password and Keychain in iOS are the password manager apps that keeps you safe online. 1Password app allows you to access everything you need directly in Google chrome. These apps stores your passwords and account information and reduces the number of passwords you have to remember and manage.
Banned launcher apps:
Microsoft Launcher, Nova Launcher, Evie Launcher are some alternatives to QQ Launcher app. These app comes with a variety of themes, icon packs, widgets, wallpapers and more. It’s a great way to customize, personalize and revitalize your phone.
So these are the best local or non-Chinese foreign alternatives to the popular Chinese apps in the market for both Android and iOS presently. Though we have these alternatives but with the move out of these Chinese app of the market, there is a lucrative opportunity for the entrepreneurs. You never know your little innovation can provide a better solution to the people looking for the alternatives to these Chinese apps.
The need for innovative solutions is imminent, and if you have a slight bit of interest in developing an app, and providing a solution, then this is the best time for that. You never know you can create new trend in this digital app ecosystem by providing people with trustable and innovative solution to fill this gap.
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