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7 Popular Chinese Apps That Are NOT Banned in India

Amid ongoing tensions at the Indo-China border, the Indian government has decided to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, UC Browser, and CamScanner, citing security issues. However, several Chinese apps are still not banned in India. Here’s the full list of banned apps, why they were banned, followed by the ones that are not on the list.

India Bans 59 Chinese Apps including TikTok

In a press release, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology announced a ban on 59 apps having Chinese links. The list includes TikTok, UC Browser, CamScanner, and ShareIt, which are massively popular in the country.

According to the ministry, the apps were banned because they are “engaged in activities that are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.” The apps were secretly stealing and transmitting user data in an unauthorized manner to servers located outside India.

This imposed a severe risk to the privacy and security of user data. Hence, the centre decided to disallow the usage of these apps on both mobile and non-mobile internet devices.

Chinese Apps That Are Still Not Banned in India

The order issued by the ministry includes 59 mobile apps from China. However, several popular applications still haven’t made to the list, given below.

  • TikTok Lite (Update: Banned)
  • PUBG Mobile (Update: Banned)
  • PUBG Lite (Update: Banned)
  • MV Master (Update: Banned)
  • AliExpress
  • TurboVPN
  • App Lock by DoMobile, etc.

Now, there could be multiple reasons behind not including these apps- maybe they didn’t pose a security risk like others, didn’t get caught, or were simply skipped from the list. It could also be the case that some of these apps are under review and may be banned in the future.

Apps Banned by the Indian government

As of now, the following apps have been banned by the Indian government:

  1. TikTok
  2. ShareIt (Alternatives)
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser (Alternatives)
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU Battery Saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Brower
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. NewsDog
  19. Beauty Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News (Alternatives)
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video Call — Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video — QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu
  36. Vigo Video
  37. New Video Status
  38. DU Recorder
  39. Vault-Hide
  40. Cache Cleaner- DU App studio
  41. DU Cleaner (Alternatives)
  42. DU Browser
  43. Hago- Play With New Friends
  44. CamScanner (Alternatives)
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile (Alternatives)
  46. Wonder Camera
  47. Photo Wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. Baidu Translate
  52. Vmate
  53. QQ International
  54. QQ Security Center
  55. U Video
  56. QQ Launcher
  57. V fly Status Video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy

Will these Apps be removed from Google Play Store & App Store?

Yes. All the apps listed above have been completely banned for download in the country. Both Google and Apple will be issued an order to remove these Chinese apps, including TikTok from Play Store and App Store.

Will Existing Apps Work on My Phone?

The internet service providers in India, including network operators, will be asked to stop already downloaded apps from communicating with their host servers. As a result, apps like TikTok and UC Browser won’t work, similar to websites that are banned by DOT.

Can I Still Download Banned Chinese Apps?

Android users can still sideload any apps they want to. However, as mentioned above, they won’t be able to connect to the internet. The only way thee apps will work is by using a VPN, which most people won’t use.

Final Words

Over time, China has managed to grab a huge base of Indian users with its home-grown apps. Some of these apps collect and store way more data than required, making it a threat to national security amid tensions between the two nations.

Thankfully, all popular Chinese apps have more than enough alternatives in the market. We have already done a detailed article on popular Chinese apps and their Indian and US alternatives in case you’re interested.

Also, read- List of Top Chinese Apps On Indian Phones 2020 #Boycott China Apps


Ritik Singh

Ritik is the Managing Editor at GadgetsToUse. He manages the website and oversees the content to ensure it's as informative as possible. He also heads the sub-sites in the network. Putting work aside, he has a great interest in personal finance and is also a keen motorcycle enthusiast.