The Government of India (GoI) on Monday banned as many as 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, Likee, Helo, Shareit and Shein, over national security concerns. The government said that the decision to ban these apps was taken to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. These apps, the government said, "engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of state and public order."

The move to block Chinese apps is also linked to the recent clashes between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in Galwan Vally in Ladakh. At least 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in the clashes while over 70 others injured. While the ban on Chinese apps was supported across party lines, there were some concerns about the alternatives of these apps.

We have identified some of the desi and more authentic alternatives to TikTok and some other Chinese apps. Check the list below

TikTok, Kwai, Helo, Likee, Bigo Live alternatives

TikTok has been the most popular among all the Chinese video-sharing apps banned by the Indian government. The short video sharing app was very popular in India with move than 119 million users. With these apps now banned in India, you can try these Indian alternatives which are quite similar to TikTok.

Chingari: This is an Indian version of TikTok developed by an IT professional in Chhattisgarh. Chingari has been gaining quite a popularity in Indian with more than 2.5 million downloads.

Roposo: Another Indian video-sharing social media platform that can be a potential alternative to the banned Chinese app. Owned by Glance InMobi Pte. Ltd, Roposo has a registered office in Gurugram.

Vande: This is among the promising new entrants in the short video-sharing apps market. Vande is quite similar to TikTok and allows users to upload and create short videos. The app is developed by three Rajasthan-based youths.

UC Browser alternatives: Another popular Chinese app banned by the GoI is US Browser. Although the UC browser was not the first choice browser in India, people who used it for internet surfing and news reading can replace it with much better Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. So far, there is no credible Indian browser as an alternative to UC or any other browsers.

Shein alternatives: Shein was a popular women's fashion platform that gained populairty among Indian users due to its large collections and cheap rates. With Shein now banned in India, users can try Flipkart owned Myntra, one of the largest fashion retailers in India.

Shareit, Xender alternatives: Shareit and Xender were among the 59 Chinese apps banned by the government. These popular apps to trasnfer files between mobile phones can be replaced by the built in Airdrop function for iOS users and Google's Files Go for Android users.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma