59 Chinese Apps Banned In INDIA

India is the secondlargest market worldwide for app downloads as the mobile-first country registered the strongest three-year growth among the top five app economies as per analytics firm AppAnnie’s recent report. TikTok, SHAREit, Xender, WeChat, UC Browser, ClubFactory are among the other prominent apps that have been blocked amid rising tensions between India and China following clashes at the border two weeks ago.

In a summary, there are a total of 59 apps of China origin banned in India, including some popular names such as TikTok, CamScanner, Shareit, Mobile Legends, UC Browser, Mi Community, Mi Video Call, and Weibo. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Monday invoked its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act to put a ban on these apps and termed their usage ‘prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order’.

Currently, some of the apps listed under the ban are available on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store for download. Moreover, these apps are still functional and do not seem to have been taken down from any other app distribution platforms. It is about time and the apps would be taken down from distribution platforms to curtail new downloads. However, there are ways to sideload the applications on smartphones, at least on the Google Android platform.
59 Apps Of China Banned In India

Thus, even if the banned apps are taken down from Google’s Play Store, there will be an alternative route to get these apps for free. Also, the apps would continue to function on smartphones unless their access to the server is not blacklisted by internet service providers. Therefore, there are chances that the government would ask internet service providers to block IP addresses and access to these apps.

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“The compilation of the data, it’s mining, and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” it said. “There have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of you.”

In the list of banned apps, there are some that do not require internet access to work. Moreover, there are apps that come pre-loaded on smartphones. It is still to be seen how the government plans to impose a ban on the use of such apps.

In the Mobile system, the ad tech company that owns Roposo, a video app that competes with TikTok, said the move would open up the market for its platform while ShareChat, the Indian social network, welcomed the government’s move.

How will the ban be enforced in 59 apps of China?

The notification is expected to be followed by instructions to Internet service providers to block these apps. Users are likely to soon see a message saying access to the apps has been restricted on the request of the government.

59 Chinese apps banned in India and their alternatives

Banned App Names Category Alternative
TikTok Social Media Chingari, Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
Shareit File transfer Google Files Go
Kwai Social Media Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
UC Browser Browser Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
Baidu map Maps Google Maps, HERE Maps
Shein Shopping Myntra, Flipkart, Snapdeal
Clash of Kings Games Ludo King
DU battery saver Utility NA*
Helo Social Media Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
Likee Social Media Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
YouCam makeup Utility Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
Mi Community Utility Reddit
CM Browers Internet browser Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
Virus Cleaner Utility NA*
APUS Browser Internet browser Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
ROMWE Shopping Myntra, Flipkart, Snapdeal
Club Factory Shopping Myntra, Flipkart, Snapdeal
Newsdog News Inshorts
Beutry Plus Utility Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
WeChat Instant messaging WhatsApp, Telegram, Hike
UC News News Inshorts
QQ Mail Email Client Outlook
Weibo Social media Reddit, Twitter, Quora
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
ES File Explorer Utility Google Files Go
Viva Video – QU Video Inc Video sharing Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
Meitu Camera Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
Vigo Video Video sharing 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 NA*
DU Cleaner Utility NA*
DU Browser Browser Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
Hago Play With New Friends Games Ludo King
Cam Scanner Utility Microsoft Offile Lens, Adobe Scan
Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile Utility NA*
Wonder Camera Camera Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
Photo Wonder Camera Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
QQ Player Media player VLC, MX Player
We Meet Social Tinder
Sweet Selfie Camera Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera
Baidu Translate Utility Google Translate, Microsoft Translate
Vmate Video sharing Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
QQ International Instant messaging WhatsApp, Telegram, Hike
QQ Security Center Utility NA*
QQ Launcher Utility Microsoft Launcher
U Video Video sharing Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
V fly Status Video Video sharing Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
Mobile Legends Games Ludo King
DU Privacy Utility NA*

What will be the impact of the ban?

These 59 apps of China on the banned list are very popular 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 a video chat app Bigo Live, are immensely popular among Indians who are not comfortable in English. These users will have to look for substitutes.

Also, most of these platforms have Indian creators, for many of whom this is the only source of income. Many of these apps have offices and employees in India, and a few thousand jobs could be at stake.

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