Full List of Banned Apps

Update: The developer released a statement on the ban indicating that they are aware of the situation and are working to resolve the issue. It is unclear whether the game will return to the market or not.

The Interior Ministry recommended banning 54 Chinese mobile apps, including the popular game Garena Free Fire. Interestingly, Garena Free Fire is based in Singapore and the developer is not Chinese. The game was one of the most downloaded games in India last year and occupied the space created by PUBG Mobile after it was banned in September 2020. The app had already been removed from Google Play Store and App Store in India, as indianexpress.com had reported on Sunday.

According to PTI, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will officially issue a notification banning the operations of such apps in India. In 2020, the government also banned TikTok and other popular short video apps in China. When TikTok was banned on June 29, 2020, the list included around 59 apps in total. Other popular apps on the list were Shareit, Shein (the fashion website and app), Xiaomi Mi Community, Clash of Kings, Weibo, Likee, etc.

MeitY had banned the earlier apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, which states that the government has “power to give directions for the interception, monitoring or decryption of any information via any computer resource”. It is usually when the government is “convinced that it is necessary or expedient to do in the interests of the sovereignty or integrity of India, the defense of India, the security of state, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or to prevent incitement to commit any recognizable offense relating to the foregoing or to investigate any offence.”

For TikTok and PUBG, the government had said these were banned “given the emerging nature of the threats” as “they engage in activities detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, to the security of the state and public order.” PUBG was banned in September 2020, along with 117 other apps. A third list of banned apps was released in November 2020, which included a total of 43 apps. AliExpress was the most prominent name on this particular list.

The full list of 54 blocked Chinese apps is provided below:

1 Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD
2 Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
3 Equalizer – Bass Booster & Volume Equalizer & Virtualizer
4 Music Player – Music.Mp3 Player
5 Equalizer & Bass Booster – Music Volume Equalizer
6 Music Plus – MP3 Player
7 Equalizer Pro – Volume Booster & Bass Booster
8 All format media video player
9 Music Player – Equalizer & MP3
Volume Amplifier 10 – Speaker and Sound Amplifier
11 Music player – MP3 player
12 CamCard for SalesForce Ent
13 Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
14 Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
IS/APUS Security HD (Pad version)
16 Support for Parallel Space Lite 32
17 Viva Video Editor – Snack Video Maker with Music
18 beautiful baidu video
19 Tencent X River
20 Onmyoji Chess
21 Onmyoji Arena
22 App Lock
23 Dual Space Lite – Multiple Accounts and Clone App
24 Dual Space Pro – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
25 DualSpace Lite – 32-bit support
26 Double space – 32-bit support
27 Double space – 64-bit support
28 Dual Space Pro – 32-bit support
29 Conquer Online – MMORPG Game
30 Conquer It Online
31 Live Weather & Radar – Alerts
32 notes – color notepad, notebook
33 MP3 Cutter – Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter
34 Voice recorder and voice changer
35 Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan
36 Lica Cam – selfie camera app
37 EVE Echoes
38 Astracraft
39 UU Game Booster – network solution for high ping
40 Extraordinary
41 Badlanders
42 Stick Fight: The Mobile Game
43 Twilight Pioneers
44 CuteU: match with the world
45 Small World – Enjoy Group Chat and Video Chat
46 CuteU Pro
47 FancvU – Video chat and dating
48 Dir: Go live. To make friends
49 MoonChat: enjoy video chats
50 Real Lite -video to live!
51 Wink: Log in now
52 FunChat Meet people around you
53 FancyU pro – Instant Meetup via video chat!
54 Garena Free Fire – Illuminate

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