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List of apps banned in India

Indian Government has banned many Chinese apps in India in last year, 2020, but this was not the first time when any application was banned by the Indian government. The Ministry of Electronics and Information technology, lead by the central government, has also banned many applications in the past.

In this article, we will see the names of all the applications or apps that the Indian government has banned. But before that, we will first see that why an app is banned in India and which ministry handles all this process and working.

Why is an app banned?

Recently, when the ministry of Electronics and Information technology released a list of applications it has banned in the country, it also released a statement with the list. The statement released by the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology is something like 'The action was taken action these apps as these apps were prejudicial to integrity and sovereignty of India, security and state of public order and defence of India.'

So, with this statement, we can draw the conclusion that an app can be banned because any of the following reasons:

  • The app is not complying with the IT & electronics rules and regulations of India.
  • The app doesn't maintain the sovereignty and integrity of India.
  • The cybercrime branch has released multiple complaints against the application.
  • The application is breaching the data and personal information of the people.
  • The app is creating a threat to the defence and law & order of India.
  • The application is intended to provide some personal data of users or confidential data of country to other countries.
  • The application is creating issues among the users or hurting the sentiments of many people.
  • The app is religiously biased and making some inappropriate religious content or comment or both.
  • If the government finds that the app poses a threat to anyone's life or causing a conflict among a group of people.
  • If an app is intentionally trying to possess a threat or trying to break the peaceful environment of India, etc.

So, suppose our government finds one or more of these reasons against any application. In that case, it will ban the application entirely or partially in the country, and the people of the country will no longer have access to such applications.

Who bans an app in India?

In India, the regulation regarding application was majorly looked at by the ministry of information technology and electronics. Still, suppose the ministry of home affairs or defence ministry, or cybercrime group find complaints against any application or find the application inappropriate. In that case, they can also possess the power to ban the application.

So, basically, the following group of people possesses the power to ban the application in our country:

  • Ministry of Electronics and Information technology,
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Home affairs
  • Ministry of law & order
  • Ministry of communications
  • And central & state governments as well.

So, these are the ministries and authorities of government that can prohibit the use of any application and ban its access in India. But they just can't ban any app. They have to first look out for the threat an application possesses and how much it can affect the users and country information.

List of all the apps banned in India

The Ministry of Electronics and Information technology banned 118 Chinese apps in September 2020 that included some apps such as PUBG (Player's Unknown Battle Ground), PUBG Lite, Clash of Kings, CamScanner, and many other popular apps. With these 118 banned Chinese apps, the total number of apps banned in India till now is 220.

Here, we are providing you the list of all the 220 apps that the Indian government bans so far to use in India:

AliSuppliers Mobile App Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat Mail Master APUS Browser Meitu
Clean Master - Cheetah Mobile Beauty Plus Conquista Online II DU Browser BoxStar (Early Access)
Viva Video - QU Video Inc MGTV-HunanTV official TV APP APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles Netease News
Photo Gallery & Album AliExpress - Smarter Shopping, Better Living SelfieCity VPN for TikTok VooV Meeting - Tencent Video Conferencing
Kitty Live - Live Streaming & Video Live Chat Baidu Express Edition DU Recorder Clash of Kings Music Player - Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
Parallel Space Lite - Dual App Cyber Hunter Video Player - All Format HD Video Player Alibaba Workbench QQ Launcher
InNote Fighting Landlords - Free and happy Fighting Landlords Rules of Survival ZAKZAK Pro - Live chat & video chat online Shein
APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright Alipay Cashier Taobao Live Hago Play With New Friends Drive with Lalamove India
DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online Creative Destruction NetEase Games Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese CamOCR HD Camera - Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama
FlirtWish: chat with singles UC News QQ Security Center Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games Soul Hunters
APUS Launcher -Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper Penguin FM Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games CamCard Business Small Q brush
Road of Kings- Endless Glory Chinese Social - Free Online Dating Video App & Chat Cashier Wallet QQ Mail Isoland 2: Ashes of Time
CamCard - Business Card Reader APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus "Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC DU battery saver Mi Video Call - Xiaomi
Vmate Cache Cleaner DU App studio QQ Player Likee HideApps
Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games Xender CamCard - BCR (Western) Government WeChat WeWorkChina
DU Privacy Sweet Selfie Weibo WeSync Baidu
ES File Explorer ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app Munchkin Match: magic home building HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera Snack Video
Web Browser - Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer MV Master - Make Your Status Video & Community WeDate-Dating App Lucky Live-Live Video Streaming App Lalamove India - Delivery App
Cleaner - Phone Booster Kwai CamCard - Business Card Reader Dank Tanks VPN for TikTok
MV Master - Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor Little Q Album Super Clean - Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster Vault- Hide Free dating app-Singol, start your date!
Baidu Translate Parallel Space CM Browser Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices Adore App
YouCam makeup PUBG MOBILE LITE LifeAfter Pitu AFK Arena
Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart Date in Asia - Dating & Chat For Asian Singles Cam Scanner TikTok
First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online Rela - Lesbian Social Network Hi Meitu LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers Web Browser - Secure Explorer
PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik WeChat Bigo Live Identity V HUYA LIVE - Game Live Stream
Photo Wonder Helo Tubit: Live Streams Beauty Camera Plus - Sweet Camera & Face Selfie Mafia City Yotta Games
WeTV - TV version Newsdog QQ Music TrulyAsian - Asian Dating App Mobile Legends: Pocket
Sina News WeTV Lite Vigo Video U Video DU Cleaner
Jellipop Match-Decorate your dream island? Gallery Vault - Hide Pictures And Videos Knives Out-No rules, just fight! Baidu map Club Factory
Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology) U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate Gallery HD APUS Message Center-Intelligent management Dual Space - Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals Music Player - MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team Web Browser & Fast Explorer Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games
MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen Amour- video chat & call all over the world WeTV - Cdrama, Kdrama & More QQ Newsfeed ROMWE
New Video Status We Meet QQ International MangoTV Virus Cleaner
V fly Status Video iPick Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles Mobile Taobao Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded
Happy Fish Alipay AppLock Warpath Shareit
DingTalk Wonder Camera Mobile Legends Youku Tencent Weiyun
GO SMS Pro - Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji Onmyoji NetEase Games Soul- Follow the soul to find you Tantan - Date For Real Music Player - Bass Booster - Free Download
Ludo World-Ludo Superstar AsianDate: find Asian singles Z Camera - Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage HD Camera Selfie BeautyCamera Smart AppLock (App Protect)
Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game Video Player All Format for Android TrulyChinese - Chinese Dating App Cut Cut - Cut Out & Photo Background Editor Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
AlipayHK UC Browser Heroes Evolved WeChat Work Chess Rush
MARVEL Super War NetEase Games Music player - Audio Player Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game FaceU - Inspire your Beauty Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon
Photo Gallery HD & Editor CamCard for Salesforce Cyber Hunter Lite WeChat reading Ulike - Define your selfie in trendy style
Crusaders of Light NetEase Games Penguin E-sports Live assistant Hide App-Hide Application Icon Lamour Love All Over The World Murderous Pursuits
Super Mecha Champions Music - Mp3 Player Dawn of Isles AppLock Lite Game of Sultans

Note: If the Indian government has banned any application in India and the owners of the application are not happy with the decision of the Indian government, then they can raise their objections in front of the Indian government by talking to the ministry of Electronics and Information technology. The ban can be lifted from an application if it rectifies all the possibilities that lead it to ban and comply with the country's IT rules.

It has been very rare that when any banned application is restored after it is prohibited in the first place, but it is not impossible at all. Popular applications such as PUBG mobile have been restored in India recently with a New Name, i.e., BGMI (Battle Ground Mobile India). It was ready to comply with all the norms and IT rules& regulations set by the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology, and that's why the Indian government gave its permission to relaunch the game in India.

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