MetaTrader Apps Face Ban in Indian Google Play Store Amid Regulatory Crackdown

MetaQuotes, the company behind the widely-used trading applications MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5), faces a significant setback in India as its mobile platforms are removed from the Google Play Store, affecting a substantial portion of the global investor community.


India, home to one-fifth of the world’s retail investors, has seen these applications blocked due to regulatory actions against unregulated FX trading within the country.

The blockage was first brought to light by the Forex Salary channel on YouTube, which has a subscriber base of 120,000, predominantly Indian users. The channel revealed that MT4 and MT5 were no longer available in the Indian version of the Android app store. This development poses a considerable challenge for the local investment sector, given that Android devices account for 95% of the market share in India.

The exact reasons behind the apps’ removal are not transparent, but it appears to be linked to the Indian government and the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) stringent stance against unregulated brokerage activities. Throughout 2023, both entities have issued warnings about the risks associated with unregulated brokers, emphasizing the speculative and risky nature of retail FX trading, which they equate to gambling.

In a significant move in November 2023, the RBI updated its list of “illegal” FX trading platforms, flagging popular international brands and bringing the total count to 75. Officials have indicated an increase in scrutiny over forex transactions on non-authorized platforms, emphasizing the importance of strict adherence to Know Your Customer (KYC) norms.

This is not the first time MetaQuotes has encountered issues with app stores. In September 2022, a similar ban was imposed on MT4 and MT5 apps in Apple’s App Store globally, with the ban lifted after nearly six months following extensive negotiations. MetaQuotes successfully demonstrated compliance with Apple’s requirements, leading to the reinstatement of its apps.

The situation in India, however, may present unique challenges due to the regulatory pressures from local authorities. It remains uncertain if MetaQuotes can navigate through this regulatory landscape as successfully as it did with Apple.

Additionally, MetaQuotes has been active in regulating prop trading firms globally, including a recent crackdown leading to the suspension of services for Funding Pips by Blackbull Markets. This action has prompted prop firms to seek alternatives to MetaTrader platforms, highlighting the shifting dynamics in the trading industry.

As the situation unfolds, the industry watches closely to see how MetaQuotes and the Indian investment community adapt to these significant regulatory challenges.

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By George Rossi

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I am a well-rounded financial services professional experienced in fundamental and technical analysis, global macroeconomic research, foreign exchange and commodity markets and an independent trader.

Now I am passionate about reviewing and comparing forex brokers.

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