Changing to a different Google Play Store region on Android didn’t use to be very difficult. However, in 2021, changing to another country on the Play Store is an incredibly convoluted process. There’s still an unofficial way to do it, but it’s not easy.
How to change Google Play Store region in 2021
There’s plenty of legit reasons to want to change your Google Play Store country. Some games get alphas or soft launches in specific regions, and changing your country will let you get immediate access. Fortunately, there’s a workaround that makes this possible, but it’s not an ideal process.
Before starting the process, make sure that you don’t attempt to change your main Google account’s country. Google only allows this once per year, and switching to the wrong region may cause issues with subscriptions and Play Store purchases in the future.
Users must do the first part of this process on a phone, so make sure it’s either fully charged or plugged into an outlet. The first thing a user needs to use this workaround is a VPN. It doesn’t matter which one it is as long as it has a server in the Play Store country the user desires. It helps if it has an app that makes it easy to connect, but manually configured ones work too.
Users will need to follow these steps carefully to get started:
- Go to Settings -> Accounts
- Choose Add Account -> Google
- Tap “Create Account” in the lower-left corner of the screen, then “For Myself.”
Users will need to create a new account here. Proceed normally until the screen asking for a date of birth appears. Part of the workaround requires the account to have a birthdate showing an age of 13-15 years old. This is because if a user is in that age range, they can skip adding a phone number to the account. It’ll prevent us from needing to add a payment method to download free apps once we’ve switched stores. If asked to verify via text, go ahead and do so, but make sure to hit skip when prompted to save a phone number. Once past that screen, proceed as normal.
- Once the account creation screens and the phone returns to the main screen, users should:
- Open Google Play Store.
- Select the new account by pressing the circle in the upper right corner.
- Press the menu button and go to Account.
- Add a payment method at the bottom. (It won’t be charged, and we’ll be removing it very shortly.)
- Now, we’ll need to switch over to a PC or Mac. Make sure your VPN is active on this device as well.
Open any browser and go to pay.google.com.
- Login with the account that was just created.
- Go to Google Pay Settings and click on the edit icon next to “Country/Region.”
- Once a new country is selected, users will receive a prompt to add a new payment profile.
- Generate a random address for the Play Store country desired and enter it.
- After the new address is entered, users will be taken back to the Google Pay Settings.
Under Payment Profiles, there should now be a dropdown that allows users to pick between the original payment profile and the one just entered.
Follow this carefully:
- Open the dropdown and choose the new (fake) payment profile.
- Open the dropdown again and choose the old (real) payment profile.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Close payments profile,” and confirm.
- Now, move back to the Android phone and long-hold on the Google Play Store icon and select “App Info.”
- Press Force Stop and confirm, then clear the app cache.
- Now, reopen Google Play Store and press the menu button, then Account.
If the process worked, users should see the country they wanted to switch to with a green checkmark by it. This signifies that the Play Store is now showing listings from that region.
If it didn’t work and it either doesn’t show a green checkmark or shows the old country, there’s still hope. If a user has a phone that supports multiple user profiles, they can make a new user and repeat the process.