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Can I check app availability from outside China ?

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Colborn

Hello

 

I have some online Chinese friends and want to contact them through some other alternatives other than WeChat, since I want to have the (typing...) and (seen / read receipts) included in the chat app.

I want to check what applications may be available in China, on Android phones in Play Store. I have found some options from Play Store that have these features -other than Whatsapp and Telegram-, but it is hard to ask someone of my friends in China to keep checking for each app to see if it available and works there.

 

Also, some say that Skype is easily downloaded and some say they download it from an external source, and some seem to have it blocked, any information ?

 

Of course if anyone has any suggestions for chat apps, either in Chinese or in English that works inside and outside China and has these two features, then please go ahead. As that would solve the purpose of the question already.

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Without a VPN you can't access Google Play in Mainland China.

 

You might be able to extract the .apk of an app and send it to them, though.

 

 

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Dawei3

Both Whatsapp and Telegram are blocked in China as well.  

 

In terms of social media communication that isn't blocked in China, I think wechat & Tiktok are the only ones that work inside of China without a VPN.  

 

Those in China can still log into meeting software like Zoom, but from your note it looks like you're not looking for meeting software.  

 

 

 

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jannesan

when I was in China last year in Summer Signal was still working over there. not sure if that's still the case now

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mungouk

Hi @Colborn, welcome to the forums.

 

This doesn't answer your question directly, but when I was outside of PRC I used this tool to check accessibility of websites: https://www.comparitech.com/privacy-security-tools/blockedinchina/

 

But I think the obvious response is: if these people are your friends, why don't you ask them?

 

And maybe more to the point, why don't you use whatever platform they are able to, rather than the other way around?

 

 

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ChTTay
22 hours ago, mungouk said:

And maybe more to the point, why don't you use whatever platform they are able to, rather than the other way around?

Agree. Seems a bit weird not to use wechat if you want to talk to Chinese friends in China. Mostly as almost nothing else works here ... 

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