After the Indian government’s interim order to disallow the use of 59 mobile apps with Chinese origin, Google Play Store and Apple App Store has de-listed TikTok in India along with some of the other apps in the list. The government finds all these apps “engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.” Having said that, most apps from the list are still available on both the app stores at the time of writing.
Nevertheless, if you want to stop using these apps and are looking to replace these popular mobile apps of Chinese origin, here are the top 10 alternatives to the banned mobile apps.
Alternatives to TikTok, Helo, Bigo Live, Vigo Video, Vmate, U Video, Viva Video, Likee and Kwai
TikTok and other short video platforms are part of the list of 59 apps banned in India. You can choose Dubsmash, Roposo, Chingari and more such apps available both on Play Store and Apple App Store.
Alternatives to Shareit and Xender
Shareit and Xender are two popular file transfer apps that are part of the apps that have been prohibited for use in India. Users have the option to download Google Files, ShareAll and more for transferring files between devices.
Alternatives to UC Browser, CM Browser, APUS Browser and DU Browser
Popular mobile browsers such as UC Browser have been banned and instead, you can switch to other popular and secure browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox Browser, Opera and more.
Alternatives to Camscanner
Camscanner is a popular document scanning app for smartphones but with its ban in India, you can now look at using Adobe Scan and Microsoft Office Lens which are equally good, if not better.
Alternatives to UC News, Newsdog and QQ Newsfeed
News curating apps such as UC News has been banned in India and so alternate options include Google News, Apple News or dedicated apps of various news publications.
Alternatives to ES File Explorer
A popular file manager, ES File Explorer is among the list of 59 apps being banned in India. You can download Files by Google, Solid Explorer File Manager and more such apps.
Alternatives to Club Factory, Shein and ROMWE
Popular shopping apps like Club Factory are now banned for use in India. Users can instead install and shop from Amazon India, Myntra, Flipkart and more such e-commerce platforms.
Alternatives to Baidu Map and Baidu Translate
You can install and use alternative apps like Google Maps, Google Translate, Apple Maps and more.