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Indians can no longer download PUBG on Android but they can still play it

The Government of India recently banned PUBG Mobile alongside 117 Chinese-origin apps amid fresh reports about border clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers. India’s IT ministry on Wednesday imposed a ban on PUBG to "ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.” But has the game been removed already from app stores? We find out.

It looks like PUBG Mobile has been removed from Google Play Store. Meaning, Android users can no longer download the app (at least officially). You may still be able to sideload PUBG Mobile on your Android via third-party app stores but we recommend caution with that route for security reasons. If you want to download PUBG Mobile from third-party app stores, you can do it at your own risk.

As you can see, PUBG is no longer searchable on Google Play Store:

You can still play PUBG Mobile in India

Yes, you read that right. If you have PUBG Mobile installed on your Android device, you can still play PUBG Mobile in India, at least for now. All you need to do is open the game as you normally would. Now, select the game mode or map you want to play and start the match. You will not come across any error while playing the game. We played a couple of matches on our Android phone and we have not encountered any trouble so far.

Well, it’s just a matter of time and given the circumstances, PUBG is likely to be restricted by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Once ISPs block the game, players in India will no longer be able to play PUBG on mobile.