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How to change Google Play country in 2021

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There's no good reason why you shouldn't be able to find the next big Japanese game on Google Play. Or access the BBC iPlayer from outside the UK. After all, it's not like someone has to ship it to your doorstep!

Yet the harsh reality is the content on the Google Play Store is dependent on the location in your Play Store settings. Many apps, movies, and even music are only available in certain regions.

Now that's a bad deal if I've ever seen one!

Luckily, the Play Store will update your country and region when your IP address changes. And that means you can game the system to change your Google Play country by using a VPN.

Don't know how? Well, I've got you covered!

How to change Google Play country

Why do you need a VPN to change countries on Google Play Store?

The Google Play Store places geographic restrictions on its apps and content. The IP address assigned to your device can stop you accessing certain apps on the Play Store.

Hulu app on Google Play Store with  error

A VPN will help you get around this issue by assigning you a new IP address in whatever location you want. This will help you bypass geo-restrictions put in place by the Google Play Store and individual app companies, such as:

  • Hulu, which is only available in the US and Japan
  • BBC iPlayer, which is only available in the UK
  • Sky Go, which is only available in Europe
  • HBO Go, which is only available in the US

5 step guide to change Google Play country with a VPN

You can use a VPN to change your location on the Google Play Store. Here’s how:

1. Go to Settings

First things first, you will need to clear your history. To do this, you will need to access your device’s settings. This will look different depending on which device you are using. Most users accessing the Google Play Store will probably be using an Android tablet or smartphone.

Settings on Android device

Once you’re in the settings, you need to select the Apps button. Across different devices, like on Windows or Mac, it may be listed as Applications, All Apps or Apps and Notifications. This will bring up all the apps installed on your device.

2. Clear History of Profile

On the list of installed apps on your phone, scroll down to the Google Play Store, select it and press Force Stop. Then go to Storage and press the Clear Data button. This will clear your cache and data.

Google Play Store on Android device Settings

Don’t worry, this won’t clear or delete your profiles, and it won’t remove any of your apps. All it does is reset the Play Store, so that the next time you open it up, it will connect to your server’s region.

3. Pick a VPN

Next, you will need to pick a secure and reliable VPN. To bypass the Google Play Store restrictions, you will need a VPN that has a large choice of servers. It’s also a good idea to pick one that has a mobile app that works across different platforms.

We recommend NordVPN because it is reliable, and it can bypass localized restrictions with ease. It’s also fast, has a large selection of servers, and it’s reasonably priced.

ExpressVPN is another excellent choice. It is more expensive, but it delivers an excellent service and it offers 160 locations across over 90 countries. So it is a great option if you want to change to a more obscure location. Or, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative, Surfshark VPN gives you the best value for money, with prices starting at just $2.49 a month.

Still not sure which one to pick? Take a look at our guide to the best VPN providers to help you choose.

4. Pick a Server on VPN

Before you open the Play Store back up, you will need to connect to a server in your chosen region or country. On your selected VPN, scroll down the list of server locations. This will be the list of countries that you can connect to. It is important to select a VPN with a vast network of server locations. NordVPN has over 5,000 servers across over 60 countries, while ExpressVPN boasts a network of over 3,000 servers across over 90 countries.

pick vpn server

You can search for your chosen country in the app, or you can find the country by scrolling down the list. Click on the country you want, and your VPN will connect you to the fastest server within that region.

5. Refresh the Google Play Store window

Once you have connected to your chosen region’s server, open up the Play Store. You might be able to see straight away that it has worked, as the currency on paid apps might have changed. Although, if you’re connecting to a country that uses the same currency, you will need to start searching for the apps you want from your new region and see if it works.

If it hasn’t worked automatically, you will need to update your location manually. On the menu of the Google Play Store, click on your account photo, and tap Settings. Then go to General tab, and select Account preferences. It should show you your previous default country and the new country you have connected to with your VPN. Click on the new country and this should switch it over for you.

android country selection screen

Did this work for you? Did you encounter any problems? Comment below to share your experience.

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How to bypass Google Play payment restrictions

When you click on Country and Profiles, and have chosen your new location, it will prompt you to enter local payment details. This is to confirm your change of location. If you have a localized payment method, all you need to do is enter those payment details and you’ll be ready to go.

If you don’t, you will need to create a new Google account or add additional accounts that are not linked with any other payment methods. Once you have set up your new account, you can switch from your previous account to this new account. Make sure your data and cache are cleared before you re-open the Google Play Store and it should connect to the local store of your chosen server.

There are no limits to the number of accounts you can have. So you can have accounts linked to the UK store, US store, Canadian store, Australian store and more. And you can switch seamlessly between them.

If you then want to buy any apps from the Google Play Store, but you don’t have a local payment method, we recommend buying a Google Play Store voucher and adding it to your account. Then, you will be able to bypass payment restrictions and purchase apps from the Google Play Store without setting up a local payment method.

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More VPN guides from CyberNews:

How to Change Country on Amazon Prime Video: miss no episode of your favorite TV shows

How to Change Netflix Region: give a total makeover for your movies and TV shows catalog

How to Unblock YouTube Videos Blocked In Your Country: access all of its content with these simple solutions


Comments
Samuel
Samuel
prefix 1 month ago
I have been trying to use TextNow on my phone in Nigeria… I used different vpns but still… TextNow did not open not until I followed the steps you mentioned in this article… Now, TextNow is working… Thanks a bunch…I’ll keep visiting this site
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