The iOS App Store is the top-earning app store for developers, and is therefore the first catalog in which many developers choose to publish their programs. But some of those developers do something that is always criticized: publish applications only in certain countries.
And Apple accounts are linked to the country from which you have made them, so if you want to install applications that are not in your country you must change your account settings to get it. And what seems like an easy step has many factors to take into account. Let’s see them.
Change the country you have a payment method from that country
First and foremost, if you want to change your existing Apple account to another country, you need a payment method authorized in that country. It is the most difficult, but it can be solved by talking to a friend you have there to momentarily ask for their debit or credit card. Question of reaching an agreement of trust.
If you have done with a payment method from that country, then follow the steps below. We will use iTunes, since this way you can follow this guide from macOS and from Windows:
- In iTunes’ “Account” menu, select “View my account …”. You may need to enter your Apple ID password:
- Select “Change Country or Region” in that dialog window and press the “Change” button. Suddenly iTunes will show you a welcome dialog as if you had opened the application for the first time, and you will have to accept Apple’s terms and conditions again. For each country these terms are different, so you have to accept them separately from the Spanish. This is where you will have to enter the payment method and the billing address of the country you have selected.
One detail: when you finish, you will see that the purchase history of the App Store and the iTunes Store will have been emptied. That does not mean that you have lost your purchases.: If you are going to buy an application that you have already purchased before, Apple will recognize that previous purchase and will notify you with a dialog box that the download will be free.
Also you can delete the payment method as soon as you have made the account. In order to do so, go back to the option “See my account …” in the “Account” menu, and in the payment information section you can change the method and select the “None” option. Clever.
What if I don’t have a payment method?
Well, Apple is very clear with this in its official documentation:
If you change the country or region for an existing Apple ID, you must enter a payment method and update your billing options.
The only option here to download apps from other countries is create a new Apple account separate from the one you have. And no, you cannot share it with a “Family” configuration, since to do that you have to share a payment method that cannot be present in two countries.
The “advantage” here is that you can easily create it from iTunes. If you open the iTunes Store and go to the lower right corner of the page, you will see a flag. If you press it, you can change the region store:
When you’re done, search the iTunes Store or App Store for something free to download. It will ask you to enter an Apple account, and you can click on “Create a new account” choosing “None” as the payment method.
As a last warning, remind you that Apple’s user terms prohibit the use of content purchased in foreign countries in which you have created your Apple account. The vast majority of applications are available worldwide and nothing will happen, but keep that in mind when you travel and want to use a service.
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