Google Play Store as we all know is the default store for most Android phones where users download applications and maybe Google books, movies and Google Play music for some countries like US.
Basically, what most Android users do when they want to download an application is just open Play Store, search for an app to download, and install it on the smartphone. That’s just all until you travel or go on a vacation to a different country, you’ll need to use the proper version of Play Store for that country especially because of the billing details. Google Play has different apps and features for various regions, which can either block or maybe even allow access to certain apps and features.
Other cases may be, some applications may not be available for download in your region. For example, Spotify is not available for download on the Google Play Store if you’re in Nigeria, yet some people use Spotify in Nigeria and they might have probably downloaded it off Play Store. You too can also download apps that are not available for your region from the Google Play Store.
So whether you’ve just moved or traveled to another country and you need to update your billing details or you need to download an app off the Play Store that isn’t available in your own region, here is how to change your country settings in Google Play Store.
How to Change Country in the Google Play Store
- Open the Google Play Store app
- Tap the three lines at the top left corner of the page
- Select ‘Account‘
- If you find the country-switching option, Tap ‘Country and Profiles‘
- Select your new country and add it to your Play Store account
Now you’ll be able to use the Play Store and access the apps and features for that region. Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for the change to reflect.
And also note that this option to change your region/country won’t appear for everybody. It only shows up when you were previously in a different country i.e IP address than you are now. This will allow you to switch your Play Store to any other country you want.
If you use Google Play Family Library feature, you won’t see the option to change your Play Store country. Note that there are some very good applications you won’t find on the Google Play Store whether you change your region or not.
What you should note when you change your Google Play Store Country
When you change your Play Store region, you should take note of some important things.
- You can only change your Play Store country only once in a year
- You cannot use your previous payment method, only the one from the new country
- You won’t be able to spend your Google Play balance from the old country including gift cards and Google rewards you haven’t used yet.
However, you can trick this by using a VPN to get access to different applications that are not in that region but still you won’t be able do the things listed above for sometimes.
That’s all on how to change your country or region in Google Play Store and also download apps that are not available for download in that country.
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