SANDES, is an instant messaging app launched by the Indian government. It is now accessible to everyone. Previously, it was only available for government officials. SANDES, which has been launched by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), is a good step to boost PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India and Aatmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) initiative.
This is an end-to-end encrypted messaging app, which is designed as an alternative to WhatsApp. If you are still trying out different messaging apps and wondering if SANDES is worth a shot, then read on to get answers to your questions.
Is SANDES better than WhatsApp in terms of features? What is different?
Sandes is free to use without any ads. Do note that when you download it, the app’s name is displayed as GIMS (Government Instant Messaging System). But, the government is calling it as SANDES. Basically SANDES means ‘message` in Hindi.
SANDES is available with same interface to WhatsApp and you will find most of the WhatsApp features in this app. We will get to this in a bit, let’s first walk you through the notable differences between both the messaging apps.
SANDES offers an option to sign up using the email id and not just with mobile phone number.
SANDES allows you to share videos or photos with up to 500MB, which is more than WhatsApp. The latter lets you send videos with 16MB limit in size and regular files up to 100MB.
You can back up chats on your device and choose an external location. It provides option to back up chats on email too, not like the Facebook-owned app, which only lets you back up chats to either Google Drive on Android or iCloud on iOS.
But the SANDES does not allow you change your mobile number or email ID after creating an account. So, if you have a new mobile number or lost your email id, then you will have to create a new account and all your chats will be lost. In contrast, WhatsApp lets you change phone number without deleting your existing profile.
Till Now, there is no fingerprint lock feature and screen lock feature, like WhatsApp. Other privacy features such as incognito keyboard mode, screen security (block screenshots feature) are also not available.
SANDES allows you check weather details of your city in the app. You can add priority or confidential labels to messages, which is interesting. There is also a section called “Gimoji,” which displays symbols used in official communication.
Some other features available on SANDES are broadcast message, status, disappearing messages, forward messages, delete messages, archive chats and more. You can create a group and add at least 50 members. SANDES also offers contact syncing and add new contacts who are using the same platform. Anyone can add you to a group on this instant messaging app and there is no invitation system.
On which platform is SANDES available?
For now, the SANDES app is available for Android, and iOS users only. It isn’t compatible with tablets, but you can use the web version of the app. Currently, it is also not available on Play Store and you will get the app via the government’s site. iOS users can download the Sandes app from App Store.
You can download it from Here.
Step 1: You just need to visit go to the website and click on the download button.
Step 2: Open the app and create your account using your phone number. You will then get an OTP, which you will be asked to enter to create an account.
Step 3: Enter you name, gender and upload your profile. It is optional and you can choose to skip if you don’t to upload your image.
Step 4: You will also be asked to give location permission to the app, which you can skip. The next window will ask whether you want to sync contacts or not, and then you are all set. You can start messaging anyone.