Sandes: India's alternative to WhatsApp? Launched! Check steps to download on Android, iOS here
WhatsApp vs Sandes: The instant messaging app, Sandes, is available for download on iOS from today while it is being tested for release on Android smartphones.
Sandes, India's alternative to WhatsApp, has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC). The government has launched its own instant messaging app today (February 18), reported india.com. Indian messaging app launching holds significance amid WhatsApp data privacy row. The instant messaging app, Sandes, is available for download on iOS from today while it is being tested for release on Android smartphones. Just like WhatsApp, Sandes also allows end-to-end encryption messaging. The How to download Sandes app
iPhone users can get the app on Apple Store from today, that is, February 18. Meanwhile, the APK download version is currently available for Android users. As soon as the beta tests are complete, Sandes app will be available on Google Playstore for Android phones.
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Here’s a step-by-step guide:
STEP 1: Go to App Store and search for Sandes.
STEP 2: Click on the first option. Make sure it is the official app by NIC which has 4.1 rating.
STEP 3: Download the app using a stable WiFi network.
STEP 4: Once installed, open Sandes app on your mobile phone
STEP 5: Enter your mobile number and generate OTP.
STEP 6: Next, enter the OTP sent on your mobile number, select gender (optional) and sync contacts.
STEP 7: You will be notified of contacts who use this app. Now go on and use the app.
The same process goes for downloading through Play Store once the app is made available.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had in April last year issued an advisory to all government employees to avoid using platforms such as Zoom, Facebook and others that allegedly risk security and privacy of users.
Earlier, concerned over the privacy of the people, Supreme Court had on Monday sought responses from the Centre and WhatsApp within four weeks on a fresh plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users of the messaging app. The top court had said that people have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy, and it is our duty to protect them.
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