With the government of India proposing a ban on specific Chinese apps post the Galwan standoff, a bunch of Indian alternatives to Chinese apps are seeing a surge in downloads. Most Indians are uninstalling Tik Tok and are installing Indian alternatives like Mitron and Chingari. People are also sharing large files via Google Drive rather than Chinese ShareIt.

Apart from Tik Tok, the Indian government also banned UC Browser, WeChat and CamScanner and a load of other popular Chinese apps. It is alleged that these apps provide data from Indian users to the Chinese government. Therefore, the ban was imposed to protect the interest of Indian sovereignty, especially in the volatile cyberspace.

Alternatives to Tik Tok, like Mitron, Chingari and Roposo saw a surge in downloads in the last couple of weeks. Mitron saw an 11-fold growth after the ban while Chingari saw over 2.5 million downloads since then. Meanwhile, the Zoho Doc Scanner is emerging as an alternative to the Chinese CamScanner. VCs say that Tik Tok was also abusing its monopoly.

Acquisition of users has become easier for Indian start-ups but stickiness will be the key. The question is if these apps can sustain once the China enmity is over. Many are not satisfied with alternatives to Tik Tok but they may need time. Start-ups also ask for protection to Indian platforms from Chinese money bags.