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Best Chinese Apps Alternatives for Enhanced Privacy

1. Triller (Alternative to TikTok / Likee / Kwai / Vigo / VMate)
Among the many issues with TikTok, privacy has been a major concern for many users. Just recently, four US senators urged the FTC to investigate TikTok because it apparently failed to take down videos made by children under the age of

13 — a violation of their 2019 agreement. Besides, the advocacy group alleged that TikTok failed to protect the privacy of minors. Apart from that, many users are suspicious of apps that are based out of China because of obvious privacy reasons. TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance– a Beijing-based company — has been accused of sharing user data with China.

Experts are particularly alarmed by China’s National Intelligence Law (2017) that mandates companies to comply with intelligence-gathering operations, if and when asked by the Chinese government. There are many such issues with TikTok and you can read more about its privacy issues from the linked article. Talking about Likee and Kwai, both of the apps have Chinese roots and are known for hosting inappropriate content on their platform.

Install TrillerAndroid / iOS (Free)

2. ShareChat – Helo Alternative
Helo is another Chinese app that has had a huge success in the Indian market. It’s a social media platform for discovering viral content and sharing them with friends and communities. The catch behind Helo’s success is its highly curated content for regional audiences. The app offers its service in more than 14 Indian languages and it’s currently one of the top-ranking apps on the Play Store.

However, a recent survey done by an Indian consulting group confirmed that Helo and other Chinese apps seek excessive personal information from users. Helo wants access to the camera and microphone even when such access is not required. It clearly poses a huge threat to user privacy and one must be vigilant about it.

So if you wish to enjoy regional content without compromising your privacy then you can give a shot at ShareChat. The app is based out of India and it offers content in 15 regional languages which is great. Further, the app has strict content policy so that inappropriate content remains at bay.

Install Sharechat: Android / iOS (Free)

3.Norton App Lock – (Alternative to AppLock and DU Privacy)
AppLock is another popular Chinese app for locking apps behind a PIN, password, or fingerprint. It’s run by DoMobile and registered in Hong Kong, outside of mainland China. However, we can’t rule out privacy implications as its privacy policy states that “According to the needs of specific features, we may read (probably not save) your photos, media, and files, use the mobile camera and microphone”.

You are basically allowing the app to read your internal storage and have access to the camera and microphone. For me, it seems too invasive for an app locker.

Install Norton App LockAndroid 

4.Keepsafe – Vault-Hide Alternative
We all have private photos and videos, and sometimes, hiding them behind an app-lock password is not enough. Sometimes, we need to remove them from our regular library and save them in a vault. Vault-Hide is an app that lets you do that. However, in a new advisory by Indian Intelligence Agencies, Vault-Hide is among the 52 apps that are red-flagged for privacy concerns. You don’t want a Chinese app to have access to your private photos.

This is more problematic than other apps as we usually use it to save our most private memories. If you don’t want your private data to be snooped upon, you should switch Vault-Hide for Keepsafe. Keepsafe uses cipher AES-256 encryption, considered among the most secure in the world. It offers the same security as offered by banking apps.

You get military-grade encryption, encrypted back-ups, and your data is inaccessible even by Keepsafe employees. The company is based in the USA, so you get all the data protection offered by the country’s laws. Keepsafe is used by more than 75 million users and has one of the highest ratings on both the App Store and Play Store. It’s the perfect Chinese app alterative to replace Vault-Hide.

Install Keepsafe: Android / iOS

5.Clone App — Parallel Space Alternative
Parallel Space was a popular Chinese app for creating dual space for apps like WhatsApp and Messenger. Basically, it was cloning the apps and running it on a separate user profile. That said, the app has now been blocked by the Indian govt on account of suspicious data collection activity. So, if you are out on a limb and looking for an alternative to Parallel Space, I would suggest you move to Clone App. It has been developed by Arty Product which is based out of the US.

Not to mention, unlike Parallel Space, Clone App does not serve intrusive ads and it’s completely free. One major criticism of Parallel Space was that it used to slow down smartphones because it was very resource-intensive. However, with Clone App, you won’t have such jarring experience as it’s quite light on the resources. Moreover, Clone App brings dark mode, support for WhatsApp, colorful mode, and much more.

Install Clone App: Android