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 haven’t made to the list, given below:
- TikTok Lite
- PUBG Mobile
- PUBG Lite
- MV Master
- 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 Currently Banned by the Indian Government
As of now, the following apps have been banned by the Indian government.
2. ShareIt (Alternatives)
4. UC Browser (Alternatives)
5. Baidu map
7. Clash of Kings
8. DU Battery Saver
11. YouCam makeup
12. Mi Community
13. CM Brower
14. Virus Cleaner
15. APUS Browser
17. Club Factory
19. Beauty Plus
21. UC News (Alternatives)
22. QQ Mail
25. QQ Music
26. QQ Newsfeed
27. Bigo Live
29. Mail Master
30. Parallel Space
31. Mi Video Call — Xiaomi
33. ES File Explorer
34. Viva Video — QU Video Inc
36. Vigo Video
37. New Video Status
38. DU Recorder
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
53. QQ International
54. QQ Security Center
55. QQ Launcher
56. U Video
57. V fly Status Video
58. Mobile Legends
59. DU Privacy
1. Will these Apps be removed from Google Play Store & App Store?
Basically, an order will be issued to @Google, @Apple to remove Chinese apps including #TikTok from play stores and secondly to Internet Service Providers in India to stop existing downloaded apps to interact with their host servers making them practically dead per an analyst.
— Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) June 29, 2020
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.
2. Will Existing Apps Work on My Phone?
As per reports, 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.
3. 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 or their host. The only way thee apps will work is by using a VPN, which most people won’t use.
Over time, China has managed to attract a huge base of Indian audiences with its home-grown apps. Apps that collect and store way more data than required are definitely 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.
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