The Google Play Store offers different apps and content depending on your location. You may want to access apps and games meant for other countries. This guide explains how to change your Play Store country on desktop or mobile.
Before Changing Your Country
Before changing your Play Store country, keep these important points in mind:
- You can only change countries once per year. After switching, you must wait a year to change back.
- You’ll need a new payment method for your new country. Your old payment method won’t work.
- Some content may not be available in your new country. You could lose access to certain apps, movies, books, etc.
- Your Google Play balance doesn’t transfer between countries. You’ll regain access if you switch back.
- Your Play Points and level don’t carry over when you change countries.
- Your Play Pass subscription may not transfer if the service isn’t available in your new country.
How to Change Countries on Desktop
Follow these steps to change your Play Store country on desktop:
- Go to your Google Pay settings and click “Edit” next to Country/Region.
- Click “Create new profile” and select your new country.
- Follow prompts to add a new address and payment method from your new country.
- The Play Store will update to your new country within 48 hours.
How to Change Countries on Mobile
Here’s how to change your Play Store country using your Android device:
- Open the Play Store app and tap your profile picture.
- Tap Settings > General > Country and profiles.
- Select your new country. You’ll only see this if Google detects you’re in a new location.
- Follow prompts to add address and payment details for your new country.
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Using a VPN to Change Countries
You can use a VPN to trick Google into thinking you’re in a different country. However, we don’t recommend doing this long-term. Here’s how:
- Connect your VPN to a server in your desired country.
- Go to your Google Pay settings and click “Create new profile.”
- Choose the country matching your VPN and enter new address/payment details.
- Your Play Store country will update within 48 hours.
Exploring Beyond the Play Store
While convenient, the Play Store doesn’t offer all the apps out there. Consider exploring alternative app stores to discover new apps relevant to your interests.
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