10 Banned Chinese Apps Substitutes ft. Tiktok, ES File Explorer, Viva Video, Vault, CamScanner

    1) TikTok, VMate, Kwai, Helo, Likee, Vigo Video

    Alternative: Trell

    Ratings in Google Store: 4.3 (89K Reviews)

    Description: Download & Watch million of interesting short videos and be a part of the growing & thriving community of 4 million+ talented creators, influencers, and like-minded “Trellers”, enabling people to discover, create & share experiences through short videos.


    1. Made in India
    2. Short Videos
    3. Discover and Shop Section
    4. 100+ Filter


    1. Still a long way to go in terms of consistency of updates.
    2. Less Options for editing
    3. Filter Quality

    Price: Free

    Other Substitutes: Triller, Chingari

    2) ES File Explorer

    Alternative: Files by Google

    Ratings in Google Store: 4.6 (3.1M Reviews)

    Description: Files by Google is a file management app that helps you: Free up space with cleaning recommendations Find files faster with search and simple browsing.


    1. No ads
    2. Share feature
    3. User friendly interface
    4. Smart Categorization & Clean up function


    1. Room for improvement
    2. Very Minimal basic features

    Price: Free

    Other Substitutes: X-Plore File Manager, Solid Explorer, File Commander

    3) Viva Video

    Alternative: Adobe Premiere Rush

    Ratings in Google Store: 4.1 (13K Reviews)

    Description: Feed your channels a steady stream of awesome with Adobe Premiere Rush, the all-in-one, cross-device video editor. Powerful tools let you quickly create videos that look and sound professional and just the way you want.


    1. No ads
    2. Share feature
    3. User friendly interface
    4. Smart Categorization & Clean up function


    1. Room for improvement
    2. Fewer video effects
    3. Limited transitions
    4. Does not offer storyboard templates

    Price: Free

    Other Substitutes: KineMaster, Filmora, PowerDirector

    4) Vault – Hide, DU Privacy

    Alternative: 1Gallery

    Ratings in Google Store: 4.3 (3K Reviews)

    Description: 1Gallery is ideally the best alternative gallery app designed for managing your photos. Besides, you can secure your photos, videos via hidden and encryption feature.


    1. Supports Images, GIFs and Videos
    2. Full Encryption
    3. Works with RAW, SVG and panoramic images
    4. Includes Super Basic Photo and Video Editor


    1. Not Completely Free
    2. Very Basic

    Price: Free

    Other Substitutes: Gallery Vault, Hide Something

    5) DU Recorder

    Alternative: AZ Screen Recorder

    Ratings in Google Store: 4.5 (1.2M Reviews)

    Description: AZ Screen Recorder is a stable, high-quality screen recorder for Android that helps you record smooth & clear screen videos.


    1. High Quality Video
    2. No recording time limit
    3. Records mic audio
    4. Face-cam Feature


    1. Not completely free
    2. Basic Editor

    Price: Free

    Other Substitutes: Super Screen Recorder

    6) Cam Scanner

    Alternative: Adobe Scan

    Ratings in Google Store: 4.6 (770K Reviews)

    Description: The free document scanning app from Adobe turns your device into a powerful portable PDF scanner.

    Use this mobile document scanner to turn anything — receipts, notes, documents, photos, business cards, whiteboards — into an Adobe PDF.


    1. Cloud Saving
    2. High Level functionality
    3. Uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to convert printed text to digital text.


    1. Can’t edit documents without a creative cloud subscription.
    2. Requires an account

    Price: Free

    Other Substitutes: Kaagaz Scanner, Zoho Doc Scanner

    7) Hago Play With New Friends

    Alternative: Houseparty

    Ratings in Google Store: 3.9 (135K Reviews)

    Description: Houseparty is the face-to-face social network where you can connect with the people you care about most. The app makes connecting face to face effortless, alerting you when your friends are “in the house” and ready to chat so you can jump right into the conversation


    1. Fast Connection
    2. Varieties of Games
    3. Face to Face Social Network 
    4. Chat options


    1. Laggy interface
    2. Room for improvement

    Price: Free

    Other Substitutes: Bunch

    8) We Meet

    Alternative: HOLLA

    Ratings in Google Store: 4.2 (336K Reviews)

    Description: Live & instant video chat with people from all over the world! You can meet new friends from different cultures and backgrounds worldwide, all through the unique experience of free video chat, free voice chat, and free text chat!


    1. Free Live Video Chat 
    2. Free Live Voice Chat 
    3. Free Text Chat 
    4. 1-on-1 Direct Video Call 
    5. Select the region and gender of your choice


    1. Nothing is free
    2. Reputation for fake accounts

    Price: Free

    Other Substitutes: OmeTV, LivU

    9)  DU Cleaner, DU Cache Cleaner, Clean Master

    Alternative: CCleaner

    Ratings in Google Store: 4.6 (1.5M Reviews)

    Description: Remove junk, reclaim space, clean RAM, monitor your system and browse safely. Become the master of your own device with the ultimate cleaning app for your Android!


    1. Easy to use
    2. Efficient Monitoring
    3. Helps in reclaiming storage


    1. In-App Purchases
    2. Requires many in-app permissions

    Price: Free

    Other Substitutes: OmeTV, LivU

    10) MI Video Call

    Alternative: Google Duo

    Ratings in Google Store: 4.5 (6M Reviews)

    Description: Duo is the highest quality video calling app. It’s free, simple and works on Android phones, iPhones, tablets, computers, and smart displays, like the Google Nest Hub Max.


    1. Super high quality calls
    2. Voice calling
    3. Completely free to use


    1. Group calls limited to 12 people
    2. Can’t invite additional people to existing group call

    Price: Free

    Other Substitutes: Zoom, Skype, Jio Meet

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