India Government, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been promoting ‘Made in India’ apps. The activity gained momentum right after the Centre banned over 50 Chinese apps owing to the tension escalating at the Indo-Chinese border.

The last few months has seen the advent of several alternatives to most used Chinese app, such as TikTok, PUBG, and others. Now, the government has decided to kick back WhatsApp and has recently launched the Indian alternative to the instant messaging app. Sandes is the Indian instant messaging app, which is developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC). The desi alternative to WhatsApp offers offers end-to-end encryption messaging. All iPhone users can download the app for free from Apple App Store.

Features of Sandes Messaging App

WhatsApp Sandes

Sandes app supports audio as well as video calling. It even allows users to share multimedia content and other files and documents via the app. It also allows for:

  • Contact sharing
  • Message tagging
  • Backup and restore
  • Phonebook synchronisation
  • Group chat
  • Chat bots
  • Broadcast messages

How to Use Sandes App?

As per the app description on the App store, Sandes is a “secured instant messaging platform to connect with government officials, family, and friends with GIMS Instant messenger for free.”

Here’s how to sign up for Sandes app:

  • Download the Sandes app on the mobile device.
  • Once installed, sign up on the Sandes app using registered mobile number or email ID.
  • Now, you will receive a six-digit OTP for authentication.
  • Enter the correct code and start using the app

Sandes instant messaging app is currently available for iPhone users. The app is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod touch running on at least iOS 12.0.Android smartphone users will have to wait for a while until the app is released on Google Play Store. It is available for download in an APK file for smartphones running on Android 5.0 and above through the government’s GIMS portal. Remember, unlike WhatsApp, the Sandes app, once downloaded and installed, doesn’t allow users to change their registered mobile number or email ID. This means that users will have to stick to onemobile number or email ID to be able to use the app.

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