Banned Chinese apps? You might have not noticed that many of the famous apps that you trusted and have been using are all Chinese Apps. Unfortunately, in the world of Smartphone apps and usability, Chinese apps have always lead the market with their leading-edge optimizations and simpler usability which ends up making these Chinese apps more preferable and are also the most well-rated apps on the Play Store and Appstore.

What bothers me the most is that until one digs deeper, there would be no mention of Chinese Origin in these apps. Hence, difficult to spot them as Chinese-made as well.

Under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, the Ministry of Information Technology has announced an interim ban of 59 Apps of Chinese Origin citing ongoing security threats to the country’s sovereignty and national security.

The following are the best alternatives to banned Chinese apps. The alternatives are only those apps that I have been using over a span starting from over 4 years ago. Hence, these alternative apps are tried and tested by me. (Except for the entertainment apps like Roposo)

UC browser, DC browser, CM Browser and Apus Browser( Banned Browsing apps)

  • Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the most popular and reliable browser in the market right now. Click here to download.

  • Kiwi browser

Firefox, Opera and Safari are honorable mention.

WeChat and WeMeet (Banned Chatting apps)

  • Whatsapp

I don’t think many people use WeChat and WeMeet. But still, Whatsapp is the best alternative that probably needs no introduction. Click here to downlaod.

  • Telegram

Telegram is an Indian made app that provides vast functionality. Click here to download.

  • Messenger

Shareit and Xender (Banned File Transfer apps)

  • Jio Switch

Jio Switch is a better and smoother working version of ShareAll. Prefer this app over ShareAll.

Click here to download.

  • ShareAll

ShareAll is also an Indian made app which has the same functionality as Shareit. Click here to download.

  • FilesGo

TikTok, Helo, Big Libe, Vmate, U Video, Kwai, Likee, New Video Status, VFly Status Video, and Vigo Video (Banned Entertainment app)

  • Roposo
  • Bolo Indya
  • Dubsmash
  • Chingari

Baidu Translate (Translation app)

  • Google Translate

Probably no one uses a Baidu Translate outside of China. But still, Google translate is the best.

Click here to download.

Hago Play with new friends (Banned Social app)

Any social app can be used instead of Hago.

ES File Explorer (File Manager app)

  • Files go

Files Go is the best File Manager app out there. It is also a Google product and defenitely the best.

Click here to download.

Mobile Legends and Clash of Kings ( Banned Games)

  • Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans is outdated now but still the platform has lakhs of players online.

Click here to download.

Baidu map (Banned Maps)

Shein, Club Factory and Romwe (Banned Shopping Apps)

  • Myntra

Click here to download.

  • Koovs

Click here to download.

Camscanner (Banned File Scanning Apps)

  • Adobe Scanner

Camscanner happens to be the most used scanning app. But, Adobe Scanner is a equally good app that performs even better.

Click here to download.

  • Google Drive

YouCam makeup, SelfieCity, Wonder Camera, Beauty Plus, Photo Wonder, Sweet Selfie and Meitu (Banned Selfie apps)

  • Lightroom

Lightroom is one of the best photo editing app. It is the mobile version of the much powerful PC app Lightroom by Adobe.

Click here to download.

DU Battery Saver (Banned Battery Saver app)

  • Greenify

Greenify force stops apps manually in the background. The app is also available for Rooted users that give even more enhanced features.

Though, in today’s age of Smartphones, battery saver apps are pure myth. I highly recommend that you keep away from battery saver apps.

Click here to download.

Newsdog, UC news and QQ Newsfeed (Banned News apps)

  • Inshorts

One of the smartest news app that provides news summarised in 60 words.

Click here to download.

  • Google news

QQ launcher (Banned launchers)

  • Nova launcher

Nova Launcher is the most powerful and feature-rich custom launchers out there in the market.

Click here to download.

  • Pixel launcher
  • Action launcher

QQ security centre (Banned Password Managing apps)

  • Dashlane

Dashlane is a power one-stop Password Manager app for those people who own multiple accounts and require multiple passwords to remember.

Click here to download.

  • 1password

QQ Player (Banned Media Player app)

  • Vlc media player

VLC is the best Media player out there. Providing vast functionality and user experience with a manual slider control for brightness and volume control.

Click here to download.

  • XPlayer

Cache Cleaner, DU App Studio, DU Cleaner and Clean Master-Cheetah Mobile (Banned ram/cache Cleaner apps)

  • CCleaner

I highly recommend that you stay away from Cache and memory cleaner apps if you own a smartphone that was launched from or after 2016. These apps are more or less a myth for a modern phone which can handle itself pretty well.

Click here to download.

Vault-Hide and DU Privacy (Banned App-Lock apps)

DU Recorder (Banned Call Recorder app)

WeSync (Banned Contacts Sync app)

  • Google Contacts

Mi Video Call-Xiaomi (Banned Video call app)

Parallel Space (Banned Duplicate App Maker)

Bigo Live (Banned Live Streaming app)

QQ Music (Banned Music Streaming app)

  • YT Music

Weibo (Banned Social Message app)

QQ mail and Mail master (Banned email apps)

  • Gmail
  • Outlook

Virus Cleaner (Banned Antivirus apps)

Mi Community

In Google, type Mi Community and use the Web version. Although, the website has been blocked as well recently. There is no way to use it right now unless a VPN is used.

These were my picks for the best alternative for the 59 Banned Chinese Apps. These are tried and tested by me over a span of more than 5 years of my usage with them. You can download them and use them without any second thought.


By Jayesh

Hi there!! I'm Jayesh, a Super tech enthusiast who spends a lot of his time obsessing over gadgets, watching reviews, and hands-on experience from various people on the internet( Tech YouTubers generally) as I'm not lucky enough (yet) to own it all for myself. I'm sharing my tech knowledge coming from my obsession over youtube tech reviewers to help friends and family decide on a product.

12 thoughts on “Best Alternatives to Banned Chinese Apps? Here’s my list”
    1. Haha, exactly like I said, it’s quite a devious plot by app companies as they try their best to hide their country of origin. Especially if its china.

  1. I love looking through a post that can make people think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

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