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I'm travelling to country X. I want to install an application which isn't available in my country, but is available in country X; but I prefer to download and install it in advance, while the data connection is still cheap.

Unfortunately, the Play Stores does not allow me to install this app. Is there any way to circumvent this limitation?

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@AlEverett these are indeed very similar (though not 100% duplicate, I think), maybe they should all be merged together... – Oak Aug 17 '11 at 16:14
I've closed the second as a dupe of this, since this is more general. The other question is about buying apps specifically and has good answers for that, so I think it should be left as-is. – Matthew Read Aug 17 '11 at 18:21
Looking at this again due to a flag, I'm not sure the second should have been closed as a dupe of this. I merged it into the first one instead, which is more oriented towards payments. I think both that one and this can stay open. – Matthew Read Nov 17 '11 at 23:17
exactly, and what if someone lives in two countries? (stays for a quite similar amount of time in both of them) and of course wants to use application for both regions. – razor Apr 20 '15 at 14:57
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Try the Market Enabler app (download the APK and side-load it.) It allows you to spoof your region, so that the Market thinks you're in the US.

As an alternative, you may want to see if this app is available via other distribution methods, such as from other reputable markets (e.g. Amazon Appstore,,, etc.) Also reaching out to the developer can sometimes help.

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That looks useful, though unfortunately my device is not (yet) rooted, which this application requires... maybe it's time to root. – Oak Aug 17 '11 at 13:39
As an alternative, you may want to see if this app is available via other distribution methods, such as from alternative reputable markets e.g. Amazon Appstore,,, etc. Edit: added this to my answer. – Chahk Aug 17 '11 at 13:54
@Chahk it won't give him anything, the application requires root and doesn't matter where u get it from – Shimmy Mar 18 '12 at 8:57
@Shimmy he meant the app that he needs not market enabler. – Richard Borcsik Jun 25 '12 at 20:26

Try using a VPN and a Google Play store e-mail address set to the region you want to download an app from (I created one specially for this purpose).

I successfully set up a free one day trial VPN using an Android app. Then I fired up the Google Play store and installed the apps that I wanted. Then uninstalled the VPN app (which disabled the VPN). Now I've got the apps that I wanted and am able to use them in my region.

Aside: The content these apps serve up (Dutch video) is available in my region through the web browser. And, when there are restrictions the apps and the web browser respect the geographic restrictions so I really don't get why these @$!$)&^ apps are region restricted.

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I've tried this app which in just one click unlocked the market!

Market Unlocker

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Looks useful... though it also requires root. – Oak Mar 18 '12 at 8:23
Cmon time to root your Droid... just go ahead and do it:) if you need help contact me directly via my profile rooting is really a one-click process that takes less than a minute. – Shimmy Mar 18 '12 at 8:56
Have they (Google) patched this yet? I have stock ROM with root and s-off on a HTC Desire. I downloaded and manually installed the APK file of MarketEnabler from the pronject's Google Code page. Tried faking T-Mobile US and Verizon. It had no effect. So I registered with DroidVPN, installed the Tun.ko installer, which downloaded the proper Tun.ko module. I was then able to connect with DroidVPN to their US server FREE number 3. I then cleared data and cache for Play Store. I then tried faking it with MarketEnabler again. Didn't work!! – sammyg Apr 30 '13 at 20:12

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