To Replace TikTok, Likee, Viva Video, U Video, Vigo Video, Likee, Kwai, Bigo Live:
MITRON, a Bengaluru-based app can be called TikTok's Indian cousin and offers similar video-making services albeit with a slightly glitchy user interface.
TRILLER: A social music video platform that has found fans in Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Rita Ora. It allows longer music duration and also allows you to use music from your phone in your videos as compared to TikTok.
SMULE: A US-based app that is all for encouraging the bathroom singer in you to make a video. Its basically lets the users have an online jugalbandi and then that can be merged into a single video. Cool stuff!
DUBSMASH: Meet the OG video app that was all the rage with the likes of Bollywood stars such as Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. With the world’s largest selection of quotes from movies, TV shows and from around the Internet, this is a meme-maker's gold mine.
To replace UC Browser, CM Browser, APUS Browser, DU Browser:
GOOGLE CHROME: Fast and with a data-saver mode, personalized news updates and a voice assistant for hands-free browsing, this is an MVP. We love the syncing feature that allows you to seamlessly sync passwords, bookmarks and whatnot with your other Google accounts.
SAFARI BROWSER: Initially developed for Apple IOS, this is available for download for Android too. Simple, fuss-free, this browser is not the best in the market but does its job.
To replace CamScanner:
PHOTOSCAN BY GOOGLE PHOTOS: Even though it does not have the options to change filters and file format, it does the job. Download if you need to scan photos, though we would not recommend for files or documents.
TAPSCANNER: This is probably the closest you will come to CamScanner...just saying.
ADOBE SCAN: Barring the fact that the default storing option is saving your scan in the cloud, the free version is rather simple to use.
To replace Vault-Hide:
PRIVATE PHOTO VAULT: Great app if you are a secretive minx, however, don't forget your password with this one...there is no retrieval option.
SECRET PHOTO ALBUM: Only for ios users, it does the job of securing your photos, passwords and even contacts.
BEST SECRET FOLDER: Another ios-only app, the USP of this is the dummy screen that shows a fake screen to snoops and even photographs them!
To replace We chat:
TELEGRAM: If Whatsapp and Snapchat had a love child, it would be Telegram app. While the features are similar to most instant messaging app, its USP is the Secret Chats option that allows the message to self-destruct automatically.
WHATSAPP: Everyone you know and more has been using this free messaging app with end to end encryption. We speak for everyone when we say that the best part is the option to delete/unsend messages. No more drunk texts, ftw!
WIRE: This app can be best described as an alternative to WeChat and Zoom because it takes the best of the two.
To replace Zoom:
MICROSOFT TEAMS: This app works well on the phone and your PC. Once you get past the initial step of creating various groups, the rest of the connecting process is rather seamless. Pro: It runs in the background should you want to drop off the call for a quick snack...nobody will ever know you were gone!
GOOGLE MEET: Does the job barring a few hiccups. Does not work in the background and may seem that this app is seeking validation by asking you to rate it in the middle of a call.
SKYPE: Meet the OG that has already perfected many calling features. It has a host of avatars such as the lower-sized Skype Lite and even one just for business. Emojis, messages, video-calling and even screen-recording are some of the cool features.
To replace SHEIN, Club Factory, Ali Express:
LIMEROAD: A notable mention for this app courtesy the Limeroad Flea Market feature that offers great deals at almost Shein-esque prices and better quality (Say no to cheap polyester!).
OPTNBUY: If you are going to miss buying your gadgets and cool mobile covers from Alie Express, give this a go.
WISH: Full disclosure, even though this is an American company, it actually serves as a marketplace for sellers across the globe (mainly in China). You name it, they have it and at unbelievably low prices. Shipping timelines are insufferably long but worth it, most of the times.
To replace Beautyplus, Sweet Selfie, Wonder camera, Meitu:
SODA: This Korean beauty app is a great fit for you if you are a recovering beautyplus-addict. The in-camera filter options let you tweak the photograph while taking it.
VISAGE: An IOS-only option to retouch your photos and look not like yourself. We sincerely you hope you love yourself...until then this app.
LINE CAMERA: A Japanese app with cute filters and even cuter stickers to seriously up your selfie game.
SNOW: The OG photo and video editing app, this does what it's supposed to do and more.
To replace Mobile legends:
LUDO KING: Like seriously, do you even need anything else when you have this app?