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How to Change Your Google Play Region without the Use of a Credit Card?

Google play uses your IP address to determine your location and so if you want to change your region, you can make use of a service that masks your original IP address and allows you to make use of an IP address from any region of your choice. A VPN is such a service and it will allow you to have access to another country’s google play library. Note that following this guide will erase your current google play account from your phone.

Changing your google play region is an easy task and in this guide, we will break down the process for you and take you from start to finish in just a few minutes.

Google play uses your IP address to determine your location and so if you want to change your region, you can make use of a service that masks your original IP address and allows you to make use of an IP address from any region of your choice. A VPN is such a service and it will allow you to have access to another country’s google play library. Note that following this guide will erase your current google play account from your phone.

Changing your google play region is an easy task and in this guide, we will break down the process for you and take you from start to finish in just a few minutes.


Removing Your Old Google Account

When you get a new android phone and you sign in to your google account, google play stores your information and that includes the location from which you signed in. so to change your google play region, you have to first remove your old account from your device.

In this guide, we will make use of a U.S account whose owner wants to change to a UK account. The app prices from play store are in dollars if you would take a second to notice:

To remove your old account which in this case is a US account, first, open your phone’s menu and then go to settings. From there select and open the accounts option:

Menu > Settings > Accounts

After opening the Accounts option, tap on the Google option to open it

You will see a drop-down bar at the top right hand of your screen. Click on it and select “Remove account”

A confirmation and warning message will pop up after you select “remove account”, informing you that removing your account will delete all data saved to it like your messages, contact, and others.

If you have made up your mind to proceed despite what you stand to lose then click on “Remove account”. You will be asked to enter your passcode to proceed. Input it and hit enter.

After removing your google account, it is important that you also clear your google play cache. It is not a necessity but doing it will have you on the safe side as cache causes problems sometimes.


Connecting To A VPN Server

At this stage, you would have successfully removed your old google play account and it is time for you to create a new one bearing a new location. For you to do this, you need to be connected to a VPN and connect to a server in the country of your choice.


Logging Back Into Your Google Play Account

After connecting to the VPN server of your chosen location, you can log back into your google play account by going to the play store. Once there, you will be asked to Add Your Account. Enter your email address and password by following the instructions and then clicking on “next”.

Google will need a few seconds to check your account and then ask for your permission to automatically backup your data. Mark the box and then click on next.

You may also be asked to set up payment info which you can do immediately or skip by clicking on “Continue”. Clicking on continue will take you to the store.

Using a google play account for a different location will show you a new list of apps and games for your download. If you notice now based on the example we are using, the change in location has also changed the currency of payment from dollars to pounds.


Things You Need To Know Before Changing Your Google Play Region

Google play saves your location details once you log in and assigns that location to you on a permanent basis. You are however permitted to change your location once a year and so if you change your google play location and later realize you want to go back to your former region, you won’t be able to do this until after one year. Because of this, it is advisable to create a new google play account using a new email address with which you can use to log into the region of your choice. This will allow you to get the new apps and games for that region that interests you without getting you stuck to a particular region.

You also need to know that you will need a valid method of payment for the region which you choose, except you want to stick to downloading only free apps. You can get valid payment methods by getting a virtual online card.

With respect to the google play policies, you will now need to set up a new Gmail account.

Setting Up a New Gmail Account

Setting up a new Gmail account will allow you to have access to google play for another region and you can go back to your old google play account at any point. Having a new Gmail account also ensures that your dual-factor authentication number does not stand in the way when you are setting up a new account in a new country. It is necessary for you to set up two-factor authentication on your Gmail account, preferably by the app.

Also, when you are creating your new Gmail account, you will be asked to enter a mobile phone number. It is not compulsory so do not enter any. Entering a phone number will give your true location away and google will know that you are not really in the country you claim to be in.

Remember to be connected to a VPN before creating a new Gmail account and choose your preferred location.

After successfully creating your new Gmail account, log in to google play following the steps from above.


If You Are Faced With Issues

If you have a number of issues even after you have followed the steps above properly, there could be a number of reasons for it and here we will deal with some common fixes to the problems.

1. Clear Your Google Play Store App Cache

In some cases, issues are experienced after a change in location due to the google play store app cache. Clearing it could be the solution to the problems you face and here is how to do it:

1 . On your device, go to settings and select apps

2. Select Google play store app and long press on the storage option

3. A screen will appear with the option of ‘clear cache and ‘clear data’. Select both options to clear both the outstanding cache and outstanding data.

2. Update Your Google Play Store App

If your google play store app is an old version, you are likely to have some problems. It is better you update the app before you sign in to your new Gmail account. You can check for the availability of a more recent version of google play store by opening the play store app, tap on the Settings option at the top left of your screen, and then scroll down to google play store version and click on it. If there is a more recent version available, download it.


Payments on Google Play after Changing Location

When you change the region for your google play account, you will see that the currency for payment changes and that implies that you can no longer make use of your old payment method. This won’t be a problem if you only want to download free apps, but if you want to make payment for apps, you will need a valid method of payment for the country you have chosen. You can sign up for a virtual card service to provide a valid means of payment for you.

With virtual card services, you can create a digital payment card for any country of your choice. After the card has been set up, you can transfer money to it online and then make payments on google play store through it.


Conclusion

Some countries offer limitations to the apps that are available in the store for that location. So depending on where you are, the content of your google play store will differ with that of another person somewhere else. To enjoy the apps that are lacking in your location but available somewhere else, you will need to change your region to another with better app content. This is possible with the use of a VPN as you can make your choice from a pool of locations and pretend to be in that region. Even though google play restricts changes in location to once a year, you can bypass this by creating a new google account and then logging into your play store with it. Payment for apps isn’t a problem as you can have a virtual card from which you can make payments. So with this, your location isn’t a limit to the number and types of apps you can enjoy anymore.

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