The Indian government launched a new messaging app called “Sandes” as a WhatsApp alternative for government employees this February. As CNBC-TV18 reports, this Made-in-India messaging app is now available to the general masses.
Sandes Messaging App – Worthy WhatsApp Alternative?
“Sandes is an open source based indigenous instant messaging platform developed by NIC, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India to facilitate instant messaging communication in Government organisations,” reads the app’s description.
Creating a new account on Sandes requires a phone number. Once you verify the number with OTP, you can set your name, gender, and profile picture. While name is a required field, filling in gender and profile picture is optional.
There are four tabs at the bottom for Chats, Contacts, Groups, and Account settings. You also have an option to offer feedback within the app, as you can see in the image below.
From the account settings page, you can access app settings, turn off read receipts, log out, or even delete your account. Sandes also lets you link your Aadhaar account if that’s something you are interested in.
While I won’t personally recommend using a government-made app for your personal messages, you can check out the app using the links below if you are interested. Also, for those looking for other secure messaging apps, you will find one in our linked article.