Sometimes we want to download some app from Play Store but due to unavailability of that app in our country we couldn’t download it. What should we do in that case? One option is that you forget that app and find some other app which fulfills your desire. What if there is no such app on Play Store as an alternative to that app? In that case, you have an option to change your country in Google Play Store and download the app you want to.
Google uses the billing address of your default payment instrument in Google Wallet to help determine your home country for accessing the Play Store. To change your location and to access that country’s Play Store, you must have valid payment method with billing address located inside a country.
You can use any one of the following methods to change your country in Google Play Store. Preferably you should try first method. If it doesn’t work, then you can follow second method.
Follow these steps to change your country in Google Play Store account.
Step 1: To manage your payment methods, first you have to sign into your Google Wallet account.
Step 2: If you have added any payment methods to your Google Wallet then delete all. If you haven’t yet added a payment method to your account then skip this step.
Step 3: Now, add a card to one with a billing address located inside your preferred country.
Step 4: Now, open Play Store and navigate to any item that is available for download.
Step 5: Click so that download process may start until you reach the “Accept and Buy” screen. You don’t need to complete the purchase.
Step 6: Now Close Google Play Store and clear data for Google Play Store application.
Go to Settings
Go to Apps
Tap Google Play Store
Tap “Clear Data”
Or alternatively you can clear your browser cache.
Step 7: Now, re-open the Play Store. Now you will see the Play Store that matches your default payment billing country.
If you are still facing the same problem then follow the steps given below.
Step 1: Open your browser and go to Google Wallet.
Step 2: Go to Settings and change home address.
Step 3: Now, you have to remove the old address. For that, go to Address book tab. There you will see old address. Remove that address.
Step 4: A prompt window will open after removing old address. You’ll be prompted to accept the new terms and conditions for the new country.
Step 5: Now, open Google Play Store on your Android device and follow the steps given below.
- Go to Settings.
- Go to Apps.
- Tap Google Play Store.
- Tap “Clear Data” and “Clear Cache”.
You should now see the Play Store that matches your default payment device’s billing country.
Tip: You can open the Google Play Store in the browser without being logged in or with another google account. Then you can see all apps without limits. So far this is the most convenient way to see apps normally. The only limit can be that the Google Play Store sees your IP and makes country restrictions, but I am not sure if this really is the case. If yes, you can use a tool to hide your IP. Tools like VPNs or anonymous browsing.
- Updated (June 25th, 2016): Use this guide to change your country in Google Play Store using two Android phones.
- Updated (September 9th,2016): One of our visitor contacted Google regarding this matter, here is what he has to say:
I have contacted google support, basically there are 2 places where you need to update your address. firstly, the one connected to you payment card. And other one is at payments.google .com on the right upper corner there is an icon for settings. When you have updated the addresses, go through your mobile to a paid app just before going further then clicking buy, exit google play, go to your android setting. Application and search for google play. Finally, Delete app data, settings & delete cache. Go back to your google play store, now it should be working. If not then wait 30 minutes.
If you are still facing any problem regarding how to change your country in Google Play Store then let us know in the comments below. Also share with us if you have any other trick regarding the guide above.