How to Change Country/Region in Google Play Store
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Using the Google Play Store is pretty simple: you pop open the app, search for the app you want to download, and install it on your device. Aside from learning the best Play Store tricks The Best Google Play Store Tips and Tricks for Android Users The Best Google Play Store Tips and Tricks for Android Users These tips and tricks will change how you use the Play Store. Read More , that’s about all there is to it.

But what happens if you move to a different country? You’ll need access to the proper version of the Play Store for billing information. And Google Play features different apps for various regions, sometimes allowing or blocking access to certain apps.

Whether you’ve recently moved or want to try accessing another region’s Play Store (which comes with a big caveat), here’s how to change your country setting in Google Play.

How to Change Country/Region in Google Play Store

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  1. Open the Play Store app on your Android device.
  2. Slide out the left menu and select Account.
  3. If you have access to the country-switching option, you’ll see a Country and profiles entry in this menu.
  4. Tap this Country category, and select your new country.
  5. Review the warning prompt and accept the change. Once you’ve switched countries, you’re free to browse the Play Store for that region.

This option won’t appear for everyone. It seems that it only shows up if you were previously in a different country than you are now (based on IP address). This means you can’t switch to any country that you feel like. More importantly, the confirmation prompt states that:

“You won’t be able to use your current payment methods or Play Balance, and you can’t change your country again for 365 days.”

So we only recommend doing this if you’ve actually moved countries and plan on staying for at least a year.

Note that while you could probably trick this into working using a VPN, it’s not worth using this method just to get access to a few different apps. You’ll be locked into a Play Store outside your region for quite some time, which will be a big pain. Sideloading apps How to Sideload Any File onto Your Android Phone or Tablet How to Sideload Any File onto Your Android Phone or Tablet You may have come across the term "sideloading" before, but what does it mean? And how can you go about sideloading apps or files? Read More that aren’t available in the Play Store 10 Best Android Apps Not in the Play Store 10 Best Android Apps Not in the Play Store The Play Store isn't the end-all-be-all of Android apps. If you've never ventured outside of it, you're really missing out. Read More is a better way.

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  1. Anthony
    April 6, 2018 at 3:41 am

    ExpressVPN can do this too. I've changed my region from the US to the EU multiple times.

    • EM
      September 18, 2018 at 10:34 am

      How can I do this? I've moved from Asia to Europe and really need to change the location in order to use some apps, but the option to change country doesn't appear on my account setting.
      I read somewhere that you can only change your country once per year but it's ridiculous because I moved countries more than once and so do a lot of people in the world..