Written by: Elizabeth March
The Google Play Store is great for finding all kinds of apps for your Android device. However, some apps can only be downloaded from certain countries.
Fortunately, it is relatively easy to overcome this issue and access the Google Play Store from any country with a VPN.
Follow the steps below to unblock the Google Play Store on any Android device and from any country.
You will need a few things in order to change your Google Play Store region:
– Android device
– A VPN service
– Internet connection
– Google account
What a VPN does is act as a middle man between your device and the Google Play servers and masks your location by running all your internet traffic through the VPN company’s servers in a country of your choice. So, if you connect to a VPN server from a different country, then the Google Play Store will believe that you are located there and as such will allow you access to the apps not available in your country.
You will first have to find a VPN provider that works with Android and the Google Play Store. This means no free VPN will work because all the IP addresses for free VPNs are usually banned by the Google Play Store so that people should not be able to overcome region restrictions for content.
Choose a premium VPN provider such as NordVPN which has thousands of IP addresses which also regularly get updated and replaced when banned by services such as Google Play.
NordVPN also has an excellent Android app (see our full discussion of the best VPNs for Android here).
It only costs $83.88 for 12 months, which is a great price considering the excellent service they provide.
Next you will have to install the VPN app to your Android device. Once you have signed up a VPN account at the provider’s website you will receive a link with the app. If you have chosen NordVPN (recommended) then the installation will be very quick.
After this just launch the app and log in using the credentials you created when you signed up for an account.
Once you have launched the VPN app you will be presented with a list of locations to which you can establish a secure connection. You will have to choose a country that you know has access to the app you want to download.
Once you have chosen the country you want you will have to press “Go” or “Connect” depending on the app you use.
It will then take around 5 seconds to establish the connection and change your Google Play Store region and IP address.
After you have set up the VPN, in order to change your Google Play Store region and IP address you will have to open the Google Play app and press the “Clear Data” and “Force Stop” buttons.
This is a very important step and without doing it the Play Store app may not recognise your changed region and new IP address.
This is because the app saves all the settings you are currently using the first time you start the app. It won’t check your settings (IP address, location) every time you start up the app. So, even if you have changed your IP to a different country with the VPN app, unless you delete your old Play Store settings it won’t recognise the new IP.
If you have completed all the steps you can head to the Play Store and search for the app that you want to download. If the app was previously not available in your country then it should be available now if you have chosen a server and IP address located in a country that has access to that particular app.
If you want to change your Google Play Store region yet again then you will have to change VPN server and reset your Google Play settings again.
Remember, you should do all this with a quality VPN such as NordVPN because many other VPNs (especially free ones) have their IPs banned by Google, as Google does not actually want people to be changing their regions. With NordVPN you will have no issues with banned IPs no matter in what country you’re located in.