TikTok Is Removed From Play Store In India
After a long debacle with the Indian judiciary, Bytedance’s popular app TikTok has been banned by an Indian state court. Under the court order, both Apple and Google have been asked to remove the TikTok app from their respective app stores. Hence, from Tuesday, the TikTok app is no more visible on the Play Store and App Store.
Since the service is still operating, those who have the app pre-installed won’t face any issues for now. However, for those who have purchased new smartphones or reset their phones, they can’t download the app on their devices.
With the app no more available for download, TikTok members won’t be able to download the app anymore officially from the app stores. However, despite the ban, Android smartphone users can still download the app – thanks to third-party app stores.
For Android users, TikTok can still be downloaded from third-party app depositories. Some of the popular websites such as APK Mirror, Apk Pure, AndroidAPKs Box and many others are still hosting APK files of the TikTok app. The APK files can be downloaded from these websites and installed on any Android device.
If you want to download the TikTok app, you simply search “TikTok apk” on Google and you will get numerous websites holding the APK file. In order to download the file, you will have to follow the websites’ instructions and download the file to your phone. Once downloaded, tap on the APK file to install the app and login with your TikTok account to start using it.
As for iPhone users, they will have to wait until the ban is officially removed to download the application. iOS users can’t sideload apps from third-party sources on iOS devices.
While the ban has resulted in the apps being removed from the app stores, it should be noted that those who have the TikTok app pre-installed needn’t worry and can continue to use it normally. It is still not a crime to use TikTok in India and you can continue to create content from your TikTok account.
TikTok owner Bytedance has to appear for another court hearing on April 24 and the company’s spokesperson has said that the ban is temporary. The Kerala court implemented a ban earlier on account of finding TikTok to host child pornographic content on the platform, which was also banned last year.