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Many developers target the US App Store first and foremost, and due to licensing restrictions, sometimes it’s the only place you can download new apps for a long time.

To get access to those apps, you’ll want a US iTunes account – but that’s trickier than it sounds as Apple is not eager to accept international PayPal accounts or credit cards. You need to jump through some hoops to create a US iTunes account and add funds to it, but if you know how, anyone can download and enjoy apps from the US App Store.

Why You Can’t Just Change Your Account’s Country

Maybe your first instinct is to switch locales by changing the country of your current iTunes account. However, that’s not a good way to go. It may save you the trouble of creating a new account, but Apple doesn’t allow you to retain purchases made in another locale. In other words, you’ll lose access to products you purchased in your current locale.

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However, switching between accounts does not remove already downloaded products from your device. So, you can keep managing local apps with your current account and manage US apps with your US account. Just switch accounts when you wish to update or install new apps from a different locale.

And, in case you were wondering, you can switch accounts on your iDevice by going to the App Store, scrolling all the way down and tapping your account name at the bottom. Afterwards, just sign in with the other account.

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Create a US iTunes Account without a Credit Card

You’re normally required to enter a credit card or other US means of payment while signing up for an iTunes account. However, there is a way to create a US iTunes account without specifying any means of payment. Jeffry Thurana did a very detailed write-up on creating an iTunes account without credit card How To Create A US iTunes Account (& Access US-Only Contents) Without A Credit Card How To Create A US iTunes Account (& Access US-Only Contents) Without A Credit Card Due to copyright issues, the iTunes Store 'discriminates' against users based on their geographical location. While the US and a few other selected iTunes stores have all the goodies, other countries are extremely limited. To... Read More in 2011, but we’ll swiftly go over the steps again.

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You’ll need iTunes open on your Mac, or iTunes for Windows ready to go – once you’ve done that, go to the iTunes store. If you’re logged in with another account, first sign out. You can do this by clicking on your user name in the top left corner.

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Next, switch to the US iTunes store. You can switch store locales by scrolling all the way down in iTunes and clicking on the flag icon in the bottom right corner.

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Don’t try to create a new account just yet. To avoid entering a US credit card, we’re going another route. Go to the App Store section of iTunes and select a free app – any free app will do. You can select any of the apps on the main page, or browse the top free apps in the right sidebar. I’ve selected one of the most popular free games in the iTunes store at the moment of writing. On the app’s page, click the Free button to start downloading.

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iTunes will notice that you are not logged in and ask you to either log in, or sign up for a new account (which is what you want to do). Select Create Apple ID to start the signup process.

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Proceed as usual until you arrive at the payment screen. You’ll notice there’s an extra option under Payment Type: None. Select that option to keep from having to add a US credit card to your account. If you have a US iTunes gift card, you can redeem it here to add some initial funds to your account. You don’t have to do this now, we’ll be going over it in the next part of the article.

You’ll also need to add a US billing address. The easiest way to get this is by signing up for a free ViaBox account. ViaBox will give you a valid US address and telephone number and you can even use their service to order physical US-only products (for a fee). Technically, any valid US address will work in this field.

Add Funds with a Gift Card

As mentioned above, Apple does not accept any international credit cards or non-US verified PayPal accounts. If you’re only going to download free content from the App Store, that’s no big deal. We showed you above how to create an account without adding a US means of payment. If you do want access to paid apps, you’ll need some funds. The easiest way to do that is to buy a US iTunes Gift for yourself. These prepaid cards range from $10 to over $100.

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As you might expect, you can’t buy these cards directly from Apple because (ironically) you don’t have any funds on your US account. Don’t try to buy them with your other account either, because these gift cards are linked to your region. Instead, you should buy from an unofficial reseller. There are many websites selling US gift cards and the like, but for the sake of safety I recommend using eBay. On eBay you can take the seller’s reputation into account First-Time Shopper On Ebay? 5 Important Things You Need To Know First-Time Shopper On Ebay? 5 Important Things You Need To Know Welcome to Ebay Shopping 101. You are the select few, chosen to be trained as sharp-shooting Ebay bidders, capable of finding the best deals and winning every auction. Read More , many of which have positive reviews ranging in the tens of thousands.

Every reseller takes a small percentage, but in my experience eBay is often the cheaper option as well as the more reliable. I purchased a $10 iTunes Gift on eBay for €9 from a German seller and received my code the very same day.

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Redeem & Done!

After receiving your code, just redeem it in iTunes or on your iDevice. Go to the iTunes store and click your account name, or select the Redeem link in the right sidebar. Enter your code, and you’re set. While your funds remain sufficiently high, Apple will not badger you for an alternate means of payment. You can purchase apps, books, music and video content in the US iTunes Store. Although, if you’re looking to use a streaming service like Netflix How To Access Netflix On Almost Every Platform Known To Man How To Access Netflix On Almost Every Platform Known To Man I don’t like horror movies. Classic horror I can cope with; I enjoy Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological horror, for instance, but I’m not a fan of scares and gore, as a rule. My wife, on the... Read More , you’ll need something like DNS Tunneling to spoof your region VPNs Are Old: Better Ways to Access Region-Blocked Video VPNs Are Old: Better Ways to Access Region-Blocked Video Internet users outside of the United States are blocked from accessing the wealth of streaming video and music content available to Americans. Even Americans are deprived of international services like BBC iPlayer. Faced with this,... Read More .

Where are you from? Is there a lot of difference between your local store and the US store? Let us know in the comments section below!

  1. R.
    December 8, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Worked just fine this Dec 7, 2016, thanks !!

  2. Irina
    December 2, 2016 at 2:39 am

    It worked out for me in Bulgaria as of 2nd Dec 2016! Can't tell you how happy am I! Thanks again, really made it with no problems!

  3. Irina
    December 2, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Guys, I've managed to get the app I wanted from the US store and it does work for Bulgaria as of 2nd Dec 2016! So thanks for the great trick! I can't say how happy I am right now! Hope it starts working also for the rest of the folks here!

  4. Sotiri
    November 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I have subscription with NETFLIX but Europian one which is poor in video and is not like USA . I live in ATHENS GREECE
    Very far from USA CAN YOU HELP ME TO HAVE COMPLETE NETFLIx ?

    As for HBO now I am not allowed by My European Apple Store to download their appl ip from Europe Only fro USA
    Can you assist And how
    I use APPLE IPAD 2 but downloaded up to 9
    Thank you
    I have a valid USA address in Phil.Pa

  5. Irfan
    October 31, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    you really have solved the problem of using US Store. Thanks.

  6. blah
    October 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    this article is really old and it no longer worked for me atleast.

    a) there is no 'none' option for charge card hence no way to use the gift card
    b) using a prepaid visa debit card did not work for me as those sold in Canada (shoppers) are ALL registered as Canadian cards, hence can only register postal codes not zip codes

    pooched as poodles get. wasted about 4hours total farting around...vpn (this part worked), temp USA address (worked, i guess.. viabox or myusaddress.ca), bought a US gift card online (worked), bought a visa debit card (did NOT work).

    I suppose I could try to get a visa debit card from US, that would perhaps take a zip code... but me thinks it's all for naught, as apple has gone to great lengths to keep the barbarian hordes out.

  7. JK
    September 20, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I have successfully done all of this & purchased the app I wanted, however when I try to play the videos it comes back with "Server Error" unable to play this video - can someone please help me?

  8. Faysal
    August 26, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Hello there i have about 150k US apple IDs i want to sell them for a cheapest price if anyone interesting add me on facebook.com/FaysalBoxRar

  9. Inbar Barkama
    August 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

    there is no option for "non" paiment. it use to cb but not now

  10. Ces
    July 13, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    It always says "For assistance, contact iTunes Support..."

    • Mic
      October 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Yes I got that too! Was wondering if anyone could answer the question...

  11. Ces
    July 13, 2016 at 11:55 am

    How come it won't push through? :(

  12. kevin jacob
    July 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    still works!

    THERES ONE PROBLEM! !
    in the new itunes you need to go all the way in appstore and change country there
    then search the app you want ! get it , create new app acc.

    and pick none ! :P

  13. Weo
    June 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Thx, it still works using itunes under windows 10

  14. Steve tonge
    June 19, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    The instructions above worked for me. Note that the option for "none" is at the end of the usual payment types visa, MasterCard etc.

  15. Sunil Joshi
    May 27, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I think this is old article, earlier even I used to follow this trick. I guess recently Apple has changed their policy and you can not register with "None".

    • Dr Divakar Charan
      July 8, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Mr Sunil,the catch is- do not try to create a new ID from withinn settings app itself,instead open the app store and try to download some app,now when it asks for an Apple ID,create one,now you see,same stting app opens to let you create Apple ID but with "none" paying option this time. Voila!

  16. shana cameron
    May 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    i live in canada and am trying to purchase a game in the windows store but when i give my credit information it asks for state and zipcode which i dont have.

    • Mihir Patkar
      May 23, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      You'll need to create a new account, as shown in the instructions in the article above.

  17. Gaelle
    May 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Hi,
    I can't seem to figure out the problem I'm having when making the account
    I have VPN on, I made sure the zip code and the location info is correct, but I keep on getting "for assistance contact itunes support at..." next to the payment method.
    Any ideas ?

    • Mic
      October 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Me too!! I used VPN but it wouldn't work..

  18. Maria Wenk
    May 16, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I am residing in Switzerland I bought a SFR 30 iTunes to buy a book in iTunes store but it does not work.

  19. Shab
    April 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Great apps like Google Maps are not available in Pakistani store. Don't know why. When will it be available in Pak store?

  20. curious george
    April 1, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Would this work for online books?

  21. Gilbert
    March 17, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    It's not working.

  22. abd
    February 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    thank you man , Worked

  23. S>O
    January 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    WORKING FULLY! THANKS

  24. EE
    January 3, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Not working, even with through VPN.

  25. uzi
    December 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    aditional info - there is aditional IP chceck in some countries, not all. Apple seems to be very meticulous to get those credit cards numbers. So vpn may help.

  26. uzi
    December 9, 2015 at 11:17 am

    it's not working, in the last step there is a NONE payment option but itunes doesn't go further and want's me to provide payment option. Even if i chceked NONE option it wont go further.

  27. Edgar
    December 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Working as of December 2015
    Thanks!

  28. Josh
    November 28, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Jonny Hotchkiss has not followed the instructions properly. It works fine and we are now November 2015

  29. Jonny Hotchkiss
    October 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    as with 99% of all web content, this is outdated and no longer accurate.
    EVEN with free apps, and the presence of the NONE option... you can't proceed, it continues to advise

    If you select None, you will be asked to provide a payment method when you make your first purchase...

    Guess that includes free purchases.

  30. Anonymous
    May 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Great help thanks

  31. Ahmed K
    May 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

    iFunBox [ Alternate to iTunes, lets u install on JailBreak ] let you Download Apps. Should let you download from US store . Ive tested Free apps, Works well

  32. Ahmed K
    May 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

    iFunBox let you Download Apps. Should let you download from US store . Ive tested Free apps, Works well

  33. Don Gateley
    May 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Your headline should include the fact that it is Apple's store you are talking about. I clicked hoping to find out about a new app store called "US App Store."

  34. Davin Peterson
    May 14, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Forget the Apple App Store, Google's Play Store is better. With Apple, you have to download iTunes. But, with Google Play, it is web based so their is no software to download and is compatible with many Android devices.

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