Learn to change Google Play country in no time (access more apps)

Abeerah Hashim Last updated: September 20, 2022 Read time: 13 minutes Disclosure

If you want to change Google Play country on your device, no need to travel anywhere. This step-by-step guide explains how to change the Play Store region by using a VPN.

Google Play Store harbors many useful applications that make your smartphone a solution to every problem. You can find an app for almost everything on the Android Play Store, from shopping to travel and financial transactions.

However, this fantastic app marketplace has certain limitations. Many times, you cannot use it the way you want because of geographical restrictions. That’s where you need to change Google Play country.

But that will make me travel abroad, won’t it? We hear you ask.

Don’t worry. Through this guide, you will learn how to change your Google Play Country without going anywhere.

How to change Google Play country – Quick guide

Excited much to access Google Play apps from another region? Here is a quick step-by-step guide to changing your Google Play device location.

  • Subscribe to a robust VPN service. NordVPN can be a quick recommendation here due to its top-notch security features.
  • Set up the VPN on your device. It’ll only take a few minutes.
  • Clear your Google Play Store data.
  • Connect to the VPN server from your preferred location.
  • Change Google Play country via Settings > General > Account and device preferences > Country and profiles. Tap on the ‘Switch’ option to change the location.
  • Download the apps from the new location.

It’s that simple! Yet, if you want to learn more about how this all works, read along.

How does Google Play Store know my country?

How Google Play detects my locaiton
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Before discussing how to change the country on the Play Store, let’s first understand how this feature works.

As a standard, Google fetches your real location via your IP address. Hence, when you connect your Android device to the internet and sign in to the Play Store, Google presents the Play Store version for your country. (Google also mentions the same for the users on Play Store, as visible in the screenshot below.)

Google Play Store country

This specific version includes the apps available in your region, but it skips the restricted ones. Hence, you won’t even see those apps even if they are present on the Play Store.

However, to facilitate users who move or frequently travel to another country, Google provides a dedicated feature to change location on the Play Store – ‘Country and profiles’ – in the ‘Account’ menu (as visible in the image above).

This feature becomes available the moment Google detects a change of location via your IP address. Thus, using this option, you can change your country on the Play Store. You can then access the apps available in your existing location.

If you use the Google Play Family Library feature, you will not see the option to change the country on Play Store.

How to change the Google Play region using a VPN?

Using a VPN for faking Google Play country
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As stated above, Google Play Store doesn’t normally allow you to change your country unless it notices a different IP location.