When it comes to downloading apps for Android, the Google Play Store is the number one source for everyone except for the countries where Google isn’t functional, like China. But in this post, we will be listing top 50 apps that have been banned from Google Play Store or they aren’t available in Play Store.
Top 50 Banned Android Apps Not in Play Store
These apps were either never made available on the store because they don’t follow the terms and conditions of Play Store or they were available and were banned for violating the terms. But you can still download them and every app we mention here will be linked to the place where you can download the app from.
ShowBox is an app made especially for people who want to watch TV shows and movies right on their Android phones or tablets. It has all kinds of TV series and movies available so you can just download ShowBox and install it to enjoy these TV shows and movies without paying anything. ShowBox for PC is also available so you can download and install it on your PC and enjoy your favorite movies and TV show directly on a PC.
If you’re interested in other movie apps, check out our post on the best free movie apps for Android and iOS.
The GrowBox app is developed by the developer of ClockWorkMod recovery for Android which is a major recovery that people use. The GrowBox app works with ShowBox and helps you cast the movie or TV show that you are watching on a Chromecast that is connected to your PC. You will need to install the AllCast app from Play Store in order to GrowBox to work. This is a very useful app to use with ShowBox and lets you watch whatever you would watch on a phone on a TV display that is connected to a Chromecast.
Popcorn Time is a very interesting app for your Android that has all the catalogs of all the latest TV series and movie torrents. You can choose any movie or TV show that you want to watch and the content will be downloaded and streamed right into the app’s player. You also have subtitles in various different languages and this is one of the topmost apps to download and stream TV series and movies on your phone.
MovieBox is just another Android app that will let you watch TV Shows and Movies right on the app without the need to pay for any service. You don’t have to pay any monthly fee and the service is completely free to use. You can watch TV shows and movies from all kinds of genres like comedy, drama, sci-fi, action and what not. MovieBox has something to offer for everyone.
Since the demand for apps that show you latest TV shows and movies is so high, there are many apps out there that do it. Cinema Box works just like that and it allows you to watch and stream the latest movies and TV shows that you love directly on your Android device. It will stream without you having to pay any charges for using the app so it is a very nice app to watch TV series and movies.
The VideoMix app lets you stream all the latest movies and TV shows on your Android device. All of the content on VideoMix is properly organized and set in a manner where you can filter the content you want to watch as per categories and hence it makes it easier to find something that you want to watch. All the content is streamed from external servers and you don’t have to download them before watching which is a good thing.
Ever wanted a music player that works with YouTube but doesn’t show the video and also works in the background when you switch to another app? YMusic does exactly that and this is a music player app that works with YouTube. You just need to download and install it and sign in with your Google ID and it will show content readily. You can choose whatever you want to listen, it can be a song, it will be streamed and played as a music track instead of video. You will not be able to see any video with the YMusic app. This app also lets you download the MP3 files of the track that is being played.
YouTube Vanced is a modified version of the YouTube app that lets you watch videos in the background or in the picture-in-picture mode. In PIP mode, the videos are shown in a small window which overlays itself onto another app that you are using at the same time. You can watch a video while using any messaging app like WhatsApp and more. The app also works in the background so if you are listening to a music track or a podcast, you can lock the phone and the content will continue playing.
This app works just like YouTube Vanced and provides all the exact same features but we have mentioned it here because many people have preferences on using such app. Some people prefer the OGYouTube app while others prefer YouTube Vanced. You have the same PIP mode, background play, MP3 download option and the best part is that you will see no ads at all while you are using the OGYouTube app for watching videos. This app brings the YouTube Red experience for free on your Android device.
Aptoide is an alternative apps marketplace for your Android device from where you can download and install apps. You can use Aptoide if you don’t have Google Play Store available in your country or region. It has all the apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat and more and you can easily download the latest versions of the apps. You can download apps, games, utility apps and more and it just works the same way that Google Play Store works.
AdAway is an app that lets you block all kinds of ads on your Android device. Often times you will see apps displaying annoying banner and videos ads before you could use them and AdAway will fix that for you and you will be able to use any app that used to show you ads without seeing any ads at all. But in order to use AdAway, make sure that your Android device is rooted. Root is necessary in order for AdAway to work.
Adblock Plus works the same way that AdAway does and it also removes all the ads that you will see on your Android device. It does this by blocking the access to the servers that are responsible for serving ads by modifying the host file on your Android device and since it changes the host file, it requires that your Android device must be rooted in order for Adblock Plus to work. It is a good alternative for AdAway and for people who prefer Adblock over AdAway.
Annoyed by the video and pre-roll ads that show up before you can watch a video on your YouTube app? This app will let you enjoy the videos without the pain of skipping the ads. AdSkip for YouTube will skip the ads for you and there is also an added feature which will let you mute the ads automatically when they’re playing. You can just install AdSkip and forget about waiting for 5 seconds before you could skip an ad. AdSkip does that job for you.
Lucky Patcher is one of the best apps for Android out there and it is a tool that lets you hack into the Android apps and games. You can easily activate your apps with Lucky Patcher and you can also block ads, change permissions, backup the app and you can do a lot more. The Lucky Patcher app can be called a suite of various different tools collected together in form of one app.
The Magisk Manager app is used to manage your systemless root on your Android device. The app can install and uninstall Magisk module on your Android device in order to root your phone. The Magisk Manager app acts like other apps named SuperSU and more. It will be an interface between you and different apps that will ask for root permission.
Vidmate is an app that will let you download movies, music, TV shows, and even YouTube videos directly on your Android device. The app isn’t available on Play Store because Google banning the app but you can download it from the website and use it just like any normal app. You can just paste any YouTube video URL in the app and you will see options to download the video in a format and quality that you choose.
The Snaptube app is a YouTube and Facebook video downloader where you can watch and download videos from both Facebook as well as YouTube. But the download option isn’t limited to Facebook and YouTube, there are other websites like WhatsApp Daily, Vuclip, Instagram and a lot more websites that Snaptube supports. So, next time you want to download a video from a website, you may use Snaptube to do the same and it downloads and converts the videos to a format that you like.
Block This is a free and Open Source Android app that works as an adblocker across all the apps you use. It even blocks the ads in the browser that you use which brings a lot of safety features like malware protection, better internet browsing experience and more. The app will help you browse the internet even when the internet speed is low since it blocks all the ads and they don’t have to load while you are browsing or using an app.
Tachiyomi is a free manga reading app for Android which is also open source. You can download and install it and it is developed by an open source community so you have all the latest manga and updates without paying anything for the service. The app pulls manga from KissManga, MangaFox and more such sources so you can be assured that you have all the latest manga available to you for reading at any time. You can download a manga that you want to read and then read it offline while traveling without the need for the app to be connected at all times to the internet.
The WiFi Kill app is quite interesting and you can use this app to kick users from your WiFi network. If someone is connected to your WiFi access point and is using up all the bandwidth, you may want to kick them off the network and hence WiFi Kill lets you do the exact same thing. The app was removed from Play Store but can be download from the mentioned link. After installing, you can choose the WiFi user you want to kick and then kick them off the network. They will not be getting any internet speed so you will be saving the bandwidth.
F-Droid is an app marketplace especially made for Free and Open Source Software or FOSS apps that are available for Android. You won’t find any pirated apps on this marketplace and all the apps you see there are alternatives to any mainstream app that you will find on the Google Play Store. The best part is that some people prefer F-Droid over Google Play Store since it provides FOSS alternatives to major apps out there.
Mobdro is an Android app that people mostly use to stream sports on their Android devices. But the functionality of the app isn’t limited to sports but you will find movies, TV shows, and a lot more on the Mobdro app. Instead of choosing a movie or a TV show title, you choose the channel and you can see whatever the channel has to offer right on your Android device.
Tubemate is an app especially developed to download YouTube videos. You can watch and download any video on YouTube in a format and quality that you prefer. Before downloading the video, the app will ask you the format that you want to download the video in. The app is very simple to use and specializes in YouTube only.
Amazon has its own fork of Android where Google services aren’t available and hence you cannot access Google Play Store on an Amazon Fire Android device. This app store was made available for users to provide an alternate way to download apps. You can install the Amazon Appstore on any Android device and you will be able to download the listed apps from Amazon appstore easily.
The Xposed Framework has been in existence since a long time. It is a framework for Android that lets you modify Android files using Xposed modules. You can just download and activate the modules in order to get extra features on your Android device. But keep in mind that Xposed Framework requires you to have Root on your Android device and without root, it is not going to work at all.
ViPER4Android is an audio enhancement app for Android that helps you make your audio and music listening experience much better on your Android device. It gives you a lot of options like setting up different equalizer options for your headphones, speakers etc. You can install and uninstall custom drivers in order to make your phone’s audio better. This app required you to have a rooted phone and this will not work on a non-rooted device.
Sarahah was launched in 2017 and it quickly took the world by storm when the app was being used on a global level. You can leave questions, testimonials and your views about your friends on their Sarahah page and they could see it and share it on their social handles. The app was removed from Google Play Store just because some people started using Sarahah as a platform to bully kids and teenagers.
TV Portal, as the name suggests is an app that lets you watch all the latest TV shows right from the app. It is not just limited to TV though as you can also watch movies and other stuff on the app. The app will stream the content directly on your Android device and you can play it through another video player app like MX Player or any other player of your choice.
The PSX4Droid app is actually a PlayStation 1 emulator for Android that lets you play your favorite PS1 games on your Android device. All you need to do is download the emulator app for PS1 i.e. download PSX4Droid and install it, open the app and load the game files and your Android device will become the window to play PS1 games from back in the day. This is a good app for those who want to play the older PS1 games but cannot since not many of those consoles are around.
Bromite is a web browser for Android that is based on Chromium which is the same browser that Google Chrome is based on. The Bromite web browser brings everything that is good with Chromium with the added advantage of having an ad blocker right inside the web browser. So you can have the same Chromium browser that you use from Play Store without the ads that you have to see while browsing.
Mobilism is a crowdsource Android apps and content platform where you can not only find apps but you can also find games and books to download and play or read on your Android device. Since the platform is crowdsourced, the content keeps updating and you will never run out of things that you might want to download. The Mobilism app lets you download the apps, games and even books directly on your Android device.
NewPipe is a custom free and open source client for YouTube that you can use. It allows for background play, PIP mode and more. The app can stream in full YouTube quality and it is a completely open source application. The app has a very strong and active development team that lets you use YouTube without logging into your YouTube account. This helps you maintain your privacy since all the videos are available on an open source app that isn’t being monitored by Google.
Happy Chick is an app that lets you game on your Android device. This is an emulator that can run games from any platform so you can play PS1 games, Nintendo games and even PSP games with Happy Chick on your Android device. You can download the available games right inside the Happy Chick app for a chosen platform and play it on your Android device seamlessly.
Terrarium TV is one of the most used apps that you can download on Android. You can watch your favorite TV shows, movies and everything with this app. This app lets you save the content offline so if you are traveling, you can just watch the saved content without the need to stream or download it again. The interface is also very easy to use and you can filter all the content using categories and genres.
Just like Tubemate, Peggo allows you to download YouTube videos in the form of MP3 music files on your Android device directly. You do not need to go through the format conversion since all of that is done server side on Peggo. This is one of the few YouTube to MP3 apps out there and if you want to convert a YouTube video to MP3, you don’t need to go to your computer. With the Peggo app, you can do it right on your Android device.
This is a completely different Adskip from what we mentioned before. This Adskip works well even when you are browsing using your phone’s internet browser but it also blocks ads inside apps as well. This work well with all kinds of ads including banners, popups and more.
GBWhatsApp is a WhatsApp mod that works as a second WhatsApp on your phone. You can have both the original WhatsApp with GBWhatsApp on the game phone. The GBWhatsApp app comes with a lot of features like you can hide your online status, you have privacy mods and more. You can also send larger video files of up to 30MB and more.
WhatsApp Plus comes with many features just like OGWhatsApp but it cannot be used alongside the original WhatsApp. It also comes with an anti-ban mod that will help you keep your WhatsApp account safe and it won’t be banned. You have features like automated replies when you’re busy, you can hide your online status, you can hide your bluetick status, you can also hide your typing status if you want!
Instagram Plus is a modified version of the original Instagram app that comes with some extra features. You can download both photos as well as stories using the Instagram Plus app which you cannot do with the original Instagram app. Apart from that you have privacy features like follow indicator to know who follows you. This is a very nifty app for those who want a better Instagram experience.
Fildo is a great app for Android that lets you listen to MP3 songs from various different MP3 search engines. The Mp3 tracks that you will listen to will all be in best quality and the best part is that Fildo doesn’t host this content at all. They gather the content from various different MP3 search engines so your chances to find what you’re looking for are good.
Network Spoofer is a very fun app to use that lets you change websites in a way that you want. You will be able to edit these websites and these websites will be shown to people on the same network as yours. You can do things like flip all the images and text on a website upside down. You can redirect these websites to other pages and even edit and replace specific words on a website.
You will need a rooted device in order to use Network Spoofer.
NetEase is a cloud music platform that lets you download and stream music on your phone right inside the NetEase app. There is no monthly fee that you need to pay and the service is completely free to use.
MiXplorer is a file manager app for Android that does a lot of things right and is completely free. It is not available on Play Store but you can download it from XDA forums. The MiXplorer file manager brings all the file manager goodness like having access to the cloud, FTP, and even your local storage so you can check and manage your files.
The XTunes app is an MP3 downloader app that lets you download music MP3 files from latest artists, albums, and even movies. You can easily search a song that you want to download or you can stream it from the playlists.
QuickLyric is a simple app that lets you look up or fetch lyrics to specific songs. The app can easily detect which song is being played in the background and can bring up lyrics for that specific song automatically. The search part of the app is also very easy to use.
The Google Camera app isn’t available for all Android devices from the Play Store but you can download the app and install it using the APK. It allows you to get more options for your camera including a better AI supported portrait mode for both front and back camera. This brings the Pixel 2’s feature to your smartphone.
Ruthless Pixel Launcher is a modified version of the Pixel Launcher that brings a lot of customization options to your Android device. You can customize a lot of things including the home screen, the apps drawer, the theme of the launcher, the icon shape and more.
The TuTu App is a Chinese apps marketplace from where you can download a lot of apps on your Android device for free. You will also find a lot of apps that aren’t available on Play Store so you can look for apps that interest you.
Cheat Engine is an Android app that lets you hack games on Android device and it can even change things inside the app while the app is running in the background. You can use the Cheat Engine app to get more lives or more such things.
Freedom for Android is another game hack utility with which you can get things like extra lives, extra keys and more. You can use this app in order to emulate payments in pay per action or pay to win games thereby helping you move further in the game.
So, this was a list of 50 Android apps that aren’t available on Google Play Store or are banned from Play Store. You can try all of these apps to see how they work and what they can do. If you think we’ve missed any other app(s) that are worth including in our list, please leave a comment below with your recommendation! 🙂