Do you want to get a Google account in another nation? Need to access the Google Play Store and download an app in another country? How can it be done?
If you own an Android device and want to download an application or buy a product in the Google Play Store, you need to have a Google account. The Google account is registered to a certain nation in most cases, but things have evolved here over the years.
A couple of years ago you would automatically access the Google store in the nation you were in. You could in other words have a Google account registered in the United States, but in the moment you arrived to Paris (France) and entered the store to download an app, you would access the French store instead. This had its advantages, but also big disadvantages. Recently Google has changed this, and if you have a Google account registered to one certain nation, you will remain in that “store”, no matter where you might be in the world. How does this work?
[stbpro id=”alert” caption=”Update July 10th, 2017″]This ain’t entirely correct, because Google hasn’t changed this after all. As long as you do not add a payment method to your Google account, you can change your Google Play Store region using a VPN. In the moment you add a payment method, this liberty disappears, and you are stuck to a certain Google Play Store for lifetime![/stbpro]
How does the Google Play Store work when it comes to your location?
We currently work with three different Google accounts on our Android device. We have one that is located in Hungary, one in Norway and one in the United States. At any time we can swap between the different users. As a consequence we have access to the Google Play Store in all three nations at the same time, no matter where me might be in the world. But, what if we wanted to get access to the Swedish Google Play Store, or maybe the Canadian Google Play Store? It might be for the purpose of downloading a program, or maybe it is to buy a movie. What can be done?
Create a new Google profile in another country
Let us say that we are in need of a new Google profile in Canada. We are currently living in France, but need a Canadian Google Play account. This is what we need to do!
- Visit Google.com and sign up for a new account.
- It is very important to set your wished for country in the last form for country as you sign up. For us that is Canada.
- Now you need a VPN and you need to connect to a server in Canada. We recommend using IPVanish for this purpose.
Sign up for IPVanish, download the client and connect to a server in Canada.
- As you now visit the Google Play Store, you will get access to the Canadian Google Play Store. If this is for the purpose of downloading a program to your Android device, then it is perfect. If you however want to buy products, movies, books or apps in the store, you will need to do even more.
To be able to pay for a product in the Canadian Google Play Store, you will need to add a payment method to your account. This has got to be a Canadian payment card, or an option that you will probably like better… visit Ebay and buy a Canadian Google Play Store gift card there. You then add the money to your account, and once the money has been added, you can purchase products from the Canadian store.
Do I always need to use a VPN to access the Canadian Google Play Store?
No, you do not! It is only until you have added funds to your account in that given nation, or until you have added a valid payment method in that given nation. Let us say that you have bought a 10 Dollar gift card for the Canadian Google Play Store on Ebay and added it to your account. Once this is done your Google account will be forever Canadian, and no VPN is needed anymore.
The freedom of not adding a payment method
If you do not add a payment method to your Google account, then you can simply use a VPN like described in the start of this article. Connect to a server in the nation in which you want to download an application from the Google Play Store. You might need to enter Settings, Applications and find Google Play Store and delete Data/Cache first, and then re-open Google Play Store. You will then be able to switch between different nations using this method.
What about other countries like Germany, Sweden, France etc?
The method that can be used is exactly the same for these nations. You can for example create a Google account and use a VPN. As long as no payment method has been added, you will simply go with the flow and visit the Google Play Store in the nation in which you are in (which then can be modified using a VPN). But, if you permanently want access to a country, a payment method is needed. That is harder for smaller countries, and you do not find gift cards easily for such nations on Ebay. Our best suggestion might be to find someone on Facebook, some chat channel or in a forum in that given nation that might be willing to buy an actual gift card for you, and you of course pay them the money back and some more as a thank you.
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