Following a border dispute along the Sino-Indian border, India witnessed growing anti-Chinese sentiment that culminated with India. ban over 60 popular Chinese apps. Caught in the crossfire, users had to scramble to find the best alternatives to banned Chinese apps. From TikTok to UC Browser and many more, apps have benefited millions of users who need a quality option to switch.
Here are the best Chinese app alternative options to replace each of the top apps banned in India.
Alternative options for banned Chinese apps: the big names
Apps like PUBG
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While PUBG Mobile is expected to return to India soon, the void left by the PUBG ban has sparked many alternative options.
Call of Duty Mobile has become a particularly popular option with an emphasis on rich gameplay, high-quality graphics and the popularity of the franchise. The game includes a range of modes, including team battles, as well as a PUBG-style battle royale mode. Unfortunately, the high-quality graphics mean the game doesn’t adapt too well to low-powered phones, and you’ll need a pretty beefy smartphone to get started.
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Garena’s Free Fire is another popular alternative that gives a unique twist to the Battle Royale genre. The game consists of ten minute matches with up to 50 players. Players can team up with up to three friends to create teams of four with voice chat. Like most others, the game follows a freemium model, but the game is still enjoyable even if you choose not to make a purchase.
Apps like TikTok
TIC Tac has quickly become a massive social media and video sharing phenomenon. With over 81 million users in India, TikTok has played an important role in finding talent in small towns in India. Now, among the banned apps, content creators can search for other apps like TikTok.
While Thriller in French initially gained some traction as an alternative with its filters and collaborative options like making group videos, it’s the Indian alternative, Chingari which capitalized on the gap left by TikTok. The app quickly gained traction following the TikTok ban and, as of March 2021, has over 46 million users in India. The app includes monetization options for content creators and support for multiple Indian languages.
Applications like Camscanner
Camscanner has had several security issues over the years and wasn’t the most obvious recommendation even before it joined the list of banned apps in India. Fortunately, there are some great alternatives to Camscanner.
Noteblock is a fantastic option that can easily be used in a pinch if you need to scan a document. The app does a great job of correcting perspective, removing shadows, and can easily share analytics via email or social media options. It can also export scans in PDF and JPEG format.
Read more: Best Document Scanning Apps For Android
Another great option is Adobe Scan it works pretty much the same way. Finally, if you have subscribed to Office 365, the Office lens is a great alternative to Camscanner thanks to its integration with OneDrive.
Applications like UC Browser / DU Browser
UC browser enjoys a 10% share of the browser market in India which translates into millions of users. This was largely because the app came preinstalled on millions of Chinese smartphones. However, there are many better options to choose from. For starters, the Google Chrome browser built into your phone should be your first stop. However, if you are looking for a broader feature set, Firefox and Courageous are great alternatives.
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Brave, in particular, emphasizes privacy and says it doesn’t track any data at all. Personally, I prefer to use Focus Firefox to take a look at the quick links shared on social networks, as it automatically blocks all ad trackers, clears cookies and passwords the moment you close the app.
Apps like ShareIt
Share it has long been a popular option for users to easily and, more importantly, quickly share files between phones. As for apps like ShareIt go, Files by Google allows pretty much the same functionality without intrusive ads or snooping on your data.
Read more: Best File Sharing Apps for Android
While most apps only work on phones, Snapdrop.net is a great cross-platform option, albeit without an app. Go to your browser on any device and go to the website to quickly save files and pictures to other devices on the network. It’s as close as you get to Apple’s Airdrop on Android devices.
Applications like BeautyPlus / YouCam Makeup
If you’re a selfie enthusiast, Beauty Plus was probably on your list. The app promised to remove blemishes and enhance your selfies to make them more visually appealing. The app had recorded nearly 300 million installs.
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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 it a step further with a focus on improving skin and beauty as well as a load of filters that should satisfy the itchiness.
A SODA app is another app that brings a set of filters and an even more comprehensive set of photo manipulation tools to the mix.
Apps like Clean Master / DU Battery Saver
Simply put, you don’t need an app that promises to boost performance or improve battery life for your phone to perform at its peak. If you suspect that a particular app is starting to bog your device, just go to settings and clear the cache.
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Alternative options of prohibited Chinese applications: Other applications
In addition to the most important apps mentioned above, the list contains a few utilities and smaller apps that might make you look for an alternative. Here are some Chinese app alternative options for more banned apps:
These are our picks for banned Chinese app alternatives. We will update this list if better alternatives become available.