September 27, 2020

The best alternatives to Chinese apps banned in India

Was your favorite app banned in India? You might end up liking these alternatives.

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Following a border dispute along the Sino-Indian border, India has witnessed a rising anti-China sentiment that has culminated with India banning over 60 popular Chinese apps. Caught in the crossfire, users have been left scrambling to find the best alternatives to the banned Chinese apps. From TikTok to UC Browser and many more, the apps have enjoyed millions of users who need a quality option to switch over to.

Here are the best Chinese apps alternative options to replace each of the major banned apps in India.


Banned Chinese apps alternative options: The big names


Apps like TikTok

Tiktok on the Google Play Store.

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Tiktok has quickly become a massive social media and video sharing phenomenon. With over 81 million users in India, TikTok played a big role in surfacing talent from smaller towns around India. Now among the banned apps, content creators may be looking for other apps like TikTok.

Triller is shaping up to be an interesting option and allows for filters and collaborative options like making group videos. If you are looking for an Indian alternative, Chingari is another TikTok alternative option that is quickly picking up steam. The app has gained significant traction over the last few days, however, the feature-set isn’t quite there and the UX is a bit lackluster. The app includes monetization options for content creators and support for multiple Indian languages.

Apps like Camscanner

Banned China Apps CamScanner

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Camscanner has had multiple security issues over the years and wasn’t the most obvious recommendation even before it joined the list of banned apps in India. Thankfully there are some great Camscanner alternatives.

Notebloc is a fantastic option that can easily serve in a pinch if you need to scan a document. The app does a great job at perspective correction, removing shadows, and can easily share scans over email or social media options. It can also export scans as PDFs and JPEGs.

Read more: Best document scanner apps for Android

Another excellent option is Adobe Scan that works much in the same way. Finally, if you are an Office 365 subscriber, the included Office Lens is a great Camscanner alternative thanks to its integration with OneDrive.

Apps like UC Browser / DU Browser

Banned China Apps UC Browser

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UC Browser enjoys a 10% share of the browser market in India which translates to millions of users. This was largely because the app came pre-installed on millions of Chinese smartphones. However, there are many better options to chose from. To start with, the built-in Google Chrome browser on your phone should be your first stop. However, if you are looking for a broader feature-set, Firefox and Brave are great alternatives.

Read more: Best browsers for Android

Brave, in particular, has a focus on privacy and claims that it does not track any data at all. Personally, I prefer using Firefox Focus for glancing at quick links shared over social media since it automatically blocks all ad trackers, erases cookies, and passwords the moment you close the app.

Apps like ShareIt

Banned China Apps ShareIt

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ShareIt has long been a popular option for users to easily and, more importantly, quickly share files between phones. As far as apps like ShareIt go, Files by Google allows for much the same features without intrusive ads or snooping on your data.

Read more: Best file sharing apps for Android

While most apps only work across phones, an excellent cross-platform option, albeit without an app is Snapdrop.net. Pop-in to your browser on any device and head over to the website to quickly shoot over files and images over to other devices on the network. This is as close as you get to Apple’s Airdrop on Android devices.

Apps like BeautyPlus / YouCam Makeup

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If you are an avid selfie-taker, Beauty Plus was likely on your list. The app promised to remove blemishes and enhance your selfies to make them more visually appealing. The app had clocked close to 300 million installs.

Read more: Best camera apps for Android

If the built-in selfie enhancement features on your smartphone don’t cut it for you, B612 is a good South Korean alternative that takes things a step further with its focus on skin and beauty enhancement as well as a boatload of filters that should satisfy the itch.

Apps like Clean Master / DU Battery Saver

Banned China Apps DU Battery Saver

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Simply put, you do not need an app that promises to boost performance or improve battery life to keep your phone running optimally. If you feel that a particular app is starting to bog down your device, just head over to settings and clear the cache.

Read more: Best tools and utility apps for Android


Banned Chinese apps alternative options: Other apps

In addition to the more prominent apps mentioned above, the list contains a fair few utilities and smaller apps that might have you searching for an alternative. Here are some Chinese apps alternative options for more of the banned apps:


Those are our picks for the banned Chinese apps alternatives. We’ll update this list if any better alternatives become available.