How to Download & Set Sandes – Indian Government Employee’s WhatsApp Alternative

This article explores what the new Sandes Instant Messaging app is and how to set it up on Android and IOS.

Everyone knows about the backlash WhatsApp has recently faced due to its new privacy policies violating the user’s meta-data. This has contributed to many users switching to other chat applications like Signal and Telegram. For the same reason, and with a spike in cyber-crime, the Indian Government has introduced its instant messaging app produced by the National Informatics Center.

Let’s dig in more details and discover how to download and set Sandes on your handset.

Sandes – Government Instant Messaging System

Sandes is a WhatsApp alternative instant messaging app and it is distinct from other chat applications because it is designed exclusively for Indian government employees. Currently, it is available only for apple users and not listed on the Google Play store for android users. But don’t you worry, we’ll show you how to download and set Sandes not just for Apple users but also android users. There’s also a web-version available for Sandes – GIMS.

Sandes Features

It allows you to chat with people, send custom emojis called Gimoji. Also, unlike WhatsApp, your chats will be end-to-end encrypted hence no privacy issues. It’s a feature-packed app boasting end-to-end encryption, audio call, video call, multimedia-file sharing, Tags, Gimoji, minimum UI, text styling, and others.

Sandes App Info

App Name Sandes Messenger
App Size 29.6 MB
Last Updated 18th February 2021
Origin India
Minimum Requirements Android 5.0+ and IOS 11+
Developer National Informatics Center, India


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How To Download Sandes?

Downloading Sandes is quite an easy task. Just follow the below steps:

Step 1: Click here and you will be landed on the official download page of Sandes.

Step 2: Click the link specified for your device’s operating system.

Step 3: Sandes APK app for android will start downloading. After it is downloaded click on the link for installation.

Step 4: For IOS link will redirect to the Apple app store. Click get and enter credentials to download the app.

How To Set-up Sandes?

Step 1: Open the app and enter active Indian ph. number or e-mail address to receive OTP.How To Download And Set Sandes GIMS

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Step 2: Now enter the OPT you received.

Step 3: Enter your full name and hit next.

Step 4: Select gender and again tap next.How To Download And Set Sandes GIMS

Step 5: Upload image or simply to download and set Sandes GIMS (1)

Step 6: Allow sync from the contact page and allow all the permissions asked.

That’s it!!! You’re ready to chat securely with your friends and family.

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