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Garena Free Fire to TikTok: All the 273 Chinese apps that Indian govt banned so far

Garena Free Fire to TikTok: All the 273 Chinese apps that Indian govt banned so far

Chinese app ban in India: The government says that these apps are allegedly obtaining critical permissions and assembling sensitive user data.

Garena Free Fire to TikTok: All the 273 Chinese apps that Indian govt banned so far Garena Free Fire to TikTok: All the 273 Chinese apps that Indian govt banned so far
Story highlights
  • The government of India is banning 54 new Chinese apps.
  • The list includes one prominent name -- Garena Free Fire.
  • The government has so far banned 273 apps in India.

The government of India has ordered to ban 54 new Chinese apps, citing that these pose a security and privacy "threat" to users. While many of them are not as popular or widely used in India, the list includes one prominent name -- Garena Free Fire. Surprisingly, the list misses out on the second version of the game, Free Fire Max, which is still visible on Google Play Store.

The government says that these apps are allegedly obtaining critical permissions and assembling sensitive user data. It is being said that the collected data is being misused and transmitted to servers located in a hostile country.

"In addition, there are other serious concerns as some of these apps can carry out Espionage and Surveillance activities via camera/ mic, accessing fine location (GPS) and do malicious network activity similar to previously blocked apps. These apps were allegedly engaged in activities prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of the country also posing serious threat to Security of the State and defense of India," the government said.

Besides, this is not the first time that the government has banned Chinese apps. So far, around 273 apps have been banned in India. Last year in June 2020, popular apps like AliExpress, Weibo, WeChat, and Shareit were banned from the country.

The ministry also banned TikTok, which was bad news for millions of users, as this was one of the most widely used short-video-sharing platforms in the country. It was so popular that Instagram launched "Reels" just a week after TikTok got banned in India. It follows a similar concept and lets people create and share short videos instantly with effects or music. Interestingly, TikTok still remained one of the most downloaded apps in 2021 with 656 million downloads, beating other social media apps like Instagram and Facebook, as per data shared by Apptopia.

The first list of banned apps included 58 apps. The second one was a major one as the government announced the ban of 118 apps back in September 2020. This list included both PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite. The ban of this game got mixed reactions. While some people were happy, many players were heartbroken after listening to this news. The third list was released on November 24 in the same year, which included 43 apps.

Now, it has banned 54 more apps in India, which includes Garena Free Fire, another popular battle royale game. However, this has no links to China and was created by a Singapore-based company. It gained massive popularity when the government banned PUBG in India. The app is on the list as this one too falls into the "security threat" category.

Here's a full list of Chinese apps that have been banned in India so far. All the below-mentioned apps were banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act. These apps were banned as the government reported these posed a threat to India's security and society.

Full list of apps banned in India in June 2020

1. TikTok

2. Shareit

3. Likee

4. Clash of Kings

5. Club Factory

6. Weibo

7. WeChat

8. DU battery saver

9. Helo

10. Kwai

11. YouCam makeup

12. Mi Community

13. CM Browers

14. Virus Cleaner

15. APUS Browser

16. ROMWE

17. Baidu map

18. Newsdog

19. Beutry Plus

20. UC Browser

21. UC News

22. QQ Mail

23. Shein

24. Xender

25. QQ Music

26. QQ Newsfeed

27. Bigo Live

28. SelfieCity

29. Mail Master

30. Parallel Space

31. Mi Video Call Xiaomi

32. WeSync

33. ES File Explorer

34. Viva Video QU Video Inc

35. Meitu

36. Vigo Video

37. New Video Status

38. DU Recorder

39. Vault- Hide

40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio

41. DU Cleaner

42. DU Browser

43. Hago Play With New Friends

44. Cam Scanner

45. Clean Master Cheetah Mobile

46. Wonder Camera

47. Photo Wonder

48. QQ Player

49. We Meet

50. Sweet Selfie

51. Baidu Translate

52. Vmate

53. QQ International

54. QQ Security Center

55. QQ Launcher

56. U Video

57. V fly Status Video

58. Mobile Legend

Full list of apps banned in India in September 2020

1. Baidu

2. PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik

3. PUBG MOBILE LITE

4. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

5. APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright

6. Cut Cut Cut Out & Photo Background Editor

7. APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart

8. Baidu Express Edition

9. FaceU Inspire your Beauty

10. ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals

11. CamCard Business Card Reader

12. CamCard Business

13. CamCard for Salesforce

14. CamOCR

15. InNote

16. VooV Meeting Tencent Video Conferencing

17. APUS Launcher -Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps

18. WeChat reading

19. Government WeChat

20. Small Q brush

21. Tencent Weiyun

22. Pitu

23. WeChat Work

24. Cyber Hunter

25. Cyber Hunter Lite

26. Knives Out-No rules, just fight!

27. Super Mecha Champions

28. LifeAfter

29. Dawn of Isles

30. Ludo World-Ludo Superstar

31. Chess Rush

32. Super Clean Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster

33. APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner

34. APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus

35. Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon

36. Dank Tanks

37. Warpath

38. Game of Sultans

39. Gallery Vault Hide Pictures And Videos

40. Smart AppLock (App Protect)

41. Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team

42. Hide App-Hide Application Icon

43. AppLock

44. AppLock Lite

45. Dual Space Multiple Accounts & App Cloner

46. ZAKZAK Pro Live chat & video chat online

47. ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app

48. Music Mp3 Player

49. Music Player Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer

50. HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera

51. Cleaner Phone Booster

52. Web Browser & Fast Explorer

53. Video Player All Format for Android

54. Photo Gallery HD & Editor

55. Photo Gallery & Album

56. Music Player Bass Booster Free Download

57. HD Camera Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama

58. HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera

59. Music Player MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer

60. Gallery HD

61. Web Browser Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer

62. Web Browser Secure Explorer

63. Music player Audio Player

64. Video Player All Format HD Video Player

65. Lamour Love All Over The World

66. Amour- video chat & call all over the world.

67. MV Master Make Your Status Video & Community

68. MV Master Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor

69. APUS Message Center-Intelligent management

70. LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers

71. Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-

72. Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games

73. Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games

74. Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game

75. Z Camera Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage

76. GO SMS Pro Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji

77. U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate

78. Ulike Define your selfie in trendy style

79. Tantan Date For Real

80. MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen

81. Kitty Live Live Streaming & Video Live Chat

82. Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles

83. Alipay

84. AlipayHK

85. Mobile Taobao

86. Youku

87. Road of Kings- Endless Glory

88. Sina News

89. Netease News

90. Penguin FM

91. Murderous Pursuits

92. Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology

93. Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese

94. HUYA LIVE Game Live Stream

95. Little Q Album

96. Fighting Landlords Free and happy Fighting Landlords

97. Hi Meitu

98. Mobile Legends: Pocket

99. VPN for TikTok

100. VPN for TikTok

101. Penguin E-sports Live assistant

102. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices

103. iPick

104. Beauty Camera Plus Sweet Camera & Face Selfie

105. Parallel Space Lite Dual App

106. "Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC

107. MARVEL Super War NetEase Games

108. AFK Arena

109. Creative Destruction NetEase Games

110. Crusaders of Light NetEase Games

111. Mafia City Yotta Games

112. Onmyoji NetEase Games

113. Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games

114. Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded

115. Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games

116. Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games

117. Soul Hunters

118. Rules of Survival

Full list of apps banned in November 2020

1. AliExpress

2. Alibaba Workbench

3. Adore App

4. Alipay Cashier

5. Lalamove India Delivery App

6. Drive with Lalamove India

7. AliSuppliers Mobile App

8. CamCard Business Card Reader

9. CamCard BCR (Western)

10. Soul- Follow the soul to find you

11. Chinese Social Free Online Dating Video App & Chat

12. Date in Asia Dating & Chat For Asian Singles

13. WeDate-Dating App

14. Free dating app-Singol, start your date!

15. Snack Video

16. TrulyChinese Chinese Dating App

17. TrulyAsian Asian Dating App

18. ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles

19. DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online

20. AsianDate: find Asian singles

21. FlirtWish: chat with singles

22. Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat

23. Tubit: Live Streams

24. WeWorkChina

25. First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online

26. Rela Lesbian Social Network

27. Cashier Wallet

28. MangoTV

29. MGTV-HunanTV official TV APP

30. WeTV TV version

31. WeTV Cdrama, Kdrama&More

32. WeTV Lite

33. Lucky Live-Live Video Streaming App

34. Taobao Live

35. DingTalk

36. Identity V

37. Isoland 2: Ashes of Time

38. BoxStar (Early Access)

39. Heroes Evolved

40. Happy Fish

41. Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island

42. Munchkin Match: magic home building

43. Conquista Online II

Full list of apps banned on Feb 14, 2022

1. Garena Free Fire Illuminate

2. Beauty Camera Selfie Camera

3. Lica Cam selfie camera app

4. Music Player- Music.Mp3 Player

5. Voice Recorder & Voice Changer

6. Music Plus MP3 Player

7. Equalizer Pro Volume Booster & Bass Booster

8. Viva Video Editor Snack Video Maker with Music

9. Music Player Equalizer & MP3

10. Volume Booster Loud Speaker & Sound Booster

11. Music Player MP3 Player

12. CamCard for SalesForce Ent

13. Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite

14. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

15. APUS Security HD (Pad Version)

16. Parallel Space Lite 32 Support

17. Video Player Media All Format

18. Nice video baidu

19. Tencent Xriver

20. Onmyoji Chess

21. Onmyoji Arena

22. AppLock

23. Dual Space Lite Multiple Accounts & Clone App

24. Dual Space Pro Multiple Accounts & App Cloner

25. DualSpace Lite 32Bit Support

26. Dual Space 32Bit Support

27. Dual Space 64Bit Support

28. Dual Space Pro 32Bit Support

29. Conquer Online MMORPG Game

30. Conquer Online Il

31. Live Weather & Radar Alerts

32. Notes- Color Notepad, Notebook

33. MP3 Cutter Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter

34. Equalizer & Bass Booster Music Volume EQ

35. Barcode Scanner QR Code Scan

36. Equalizer Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer

37. EVE Echoes

38. Astracraft

39. UU Game Booster-network solution for high ping

40. Extraordinary Ones

41. Badlanders

42. Stick Fight: The Game Mobile

43. Twilight Pioneers

44. CuteU: Match With The World

45. Small World-Enjoy groupchat and video chat

46. CuteU Pro

47. FancvU Video Chat & Meetup

48. Real: Go Live. Make Friends

49. MoonChat: Enjoy Video Chats

50. Real Lite -video to live!

51. Wink: Connect Now

52. FunChat Meet People Around You

53. FancyU pro Instant Meetup through Video chat!

54. Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD

Published on: Feb 15, 2022, 10:34 AM IST
Posted by: BT Siteadmin, Feb 15, 2022, 10:34 AM IST