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How to Change Google Play Store Region and IP Address to Unblock Apps

Updated: 25 October 2021
Updated: 25 October 2021

Miklos Zoltan

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In this guide, you will learn how to:

  • Change your permanent Google Play Store country.
  • Change your Google Play country temporarily via a VPN.
  • Fix Google Play country not changing problem.

Do this to change your Play Store region in 5 minutes:

  • Get NordVPN – subscribe, download, and install it.
  • Log in to the VPN app and connect to, for instance, a US server.
  • Open your Android Settings > go to apps.
  • Find Google Play Store and tap it.
  • Tap on Force stop, under storage, hit Clear cache, and also clear data.
  • Launch the Google Play Store and check on paid apps.

Quick Summary
Google Play Store filters most apps through a geo-location basis and content rights. Some apps are available in some regions, while they are not accessible in others. Additionally, different areas offer different billing methods. For a satisfying Google Play experience, you need to set the proper Google Play country.

Change Google Play Store Region

Change Your Permanent Google Play Country

This is necessary if you relocate to a different country. The change will ensure your billing matches the country’s currency. You will also get access to apps available in your new country of residence.

It is advisable to make the change while you are in the new country. You should also have a billing method compatible with that country.

What to note:

Google allows you to change the permanent Google Play country after 12 months. If you don’t have plans to wait for another year, use the temporary option.

After the change, you may lose access to some of your games and apps, movies and TV shows, and even books. This might include some Play Pass apps. Although your Google Play Pass will still auto-renew, you won’t install additional Play Pass apps. You will have to cancel your subscription.

Lastly, you won’t be able to use your Google Play balance linked to your previous country in the new country. It will be usable if you revert to the previous country.

Use the following steps to change your permanent Google Play country.

On your Android

  1. Launch the Google Play Store app.
  2. Tap your avatar to open the menu.
  3. Tap on Settings > General > Account Preferences.
  4. Under ‘Country and profiles,’ find your name and country.
  5. Next, add your new country’s payment method. – If you have none, follow the on-screen instructions to add one. This will be linked to the new country.
  6. After adding the new country’s payment method, the change should occur automatically. At times you will have to wait for up to 48 hours or sooner.
  7. You can also clear your Google Play Store app cache to speed up the process.

On your Computer

  1. Open your browser and go to pay.google.com.
  2. Log into your account, then click Settings.
  3. Go to Payments profile and click the edit pen icon next to Country/Region.
  4. You will need to create a payments profile for the new country:
    Click Create new profile.
    Follow the on-screen instructions to create the new profile.
  5. The new change should occur automatically. At times you will have to wait for up to 48 hours or sooner.
  6. You can also clear your Google Play Store app cache to speed up the process.

Change your Google Play Country Using a VPN

This method changes your country temporarily. It is beneficial if you want to access geo-restricted free apps, games, books, movies, and TV shows. You can browse paid apps, but you won’t install them via the Google Play Store.

This method relies on a VPN mechanism that hides your actual IP address. When you connect to a VPN server, Google Play Store will see the server’s IP address. If you connect to a US server, then your geo-location will be adjusted to the US. You will get access to apps available in the US region.

Use the following steps to change your Google Play country on Android using a VPN service.

Related: Complete beginners’ guide to VPNs

  1. Choose a reputable VPN – subscribe, download, and install it.
  2. Log in to the VPN app and connect to, for instance, a US server.
  3. Open your Android Settings > go to apps.
  4. Find Google Play Store and tap it.
  5. Tap on Force stop, under storage, hit Clear cache, and also clear data.
  6. Launch the Google Play Store and check on paid apps.

If the currency symbol corresponds to the country of the server you chose, then you have successfully changed your Google Play country. Repeat the procedure if you want to switch to other countries.

Fix Google Play Country Not Changing Problem

Here are a few solutions on how you can fix this problem.

  • Clear your Google Play Store cache and data.
  • Make sure Google Play Store is up to date.
  • Use a reputable VPN with no-logs policy (works for the temporary option).
  • Delete your old payments profile (works for changing the permanent country).

Wrap Up

Changing your Google Play country is a hassle-free process with benefits. You will bypass geo-restrictions and gain access to new apps and services. You may even get lower prices on certain paid apps. There are also promotional discounts in some countries.

The VPN method gives you a flexible option before you can commit to one country.

Additional things you can do with a VPN:

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FAQ

Does changing the Play store region affect my Android phone?

No. Changing the Google Play store region will not affect your phone negatively. You won’t even encounter any performance issues. Nonetheless, you will get access to new applications. Also, you will have the opportunity to access apps that were restricted in your previous region.

Additionally, you might get discounts for premium apps.

What happens to your apps when you change your Play Store location?

Your installed apps won’t be affected in any way. You will continue using them, and they will receive updates when available. However, you may need to cancel your Play Pass subscription apps. This is because you won’t be able to install additional Play Pass apps from the previous region.

How many times can I change the Google Play store region?

This depends on the method you use in the region. If you use the payment method (permanent change), you will have to wait for one year before changing your region again. If you use the temporary method (via a VPN), you can switch to various regions a couple of times.

Can Google ban you for changing your Google Play store region?

Changing your region is not an adequate reason for Google to ban your account. Although, according to Google’s terms of use, Google can terminate your account if you misuse or interfere with its services. Usually, Google is concerned about misconducts such as hacking the Play Store or other attacks on its services.

Can I use a free VPN to change the country or region on Google Play?

Yes, you can use some free VPNs and successfully change your Google Play region. However, this is not guaranteed as they may fail. Moreover, when you use a free VPN, you might expose yourself to other risks such as adware.

Free VPNs may also collect your data, offer limited bandwidth, and they may not be able to bypass geo-restrictions.

Written by: Justin Oyaro

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Tech and Cybersecurity Expert Justin is a cybersecurity expert with over 5 years of experience that stretches across various technological realms. He is a valued expert in cybersecurity, Cord-cutting, Cryptocurrency, Smartphones, How-tos and other related fields. Justin has written authoritative content for multiple Cybersecurity websites and blogs on matters regarding privacy and security. He also does pen test on tech products such as smartphone applications and websites. When he is not writing, Justin spends most of his time on the latest tech trends and Android Studio. Justin is also a degree holder in Information Systems Technology and Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.), University of Adelaide.

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