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Can someone tell me how to change the country preference for Google Play? I have searched high and low but in most of the forums people ask you to go to gmail settings > edit profile and change the country there. But there is no place to change the country in settings! There is a something called place (which can be marked as current) but that has no impact on Google play.

I dont want to circumvent country restrictions, I want to permanently change the country. So its NOT a duplicate of this: How can I circumvent regional restrictions in the Android Market?

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I am not sure, but this is what I observed. I had observed that Google Play shows currencies and contents based on the GSM/Wifi carrier info. I say this so as I observed when moving to UK and back to India. –  Narayanan Mar 26 '13 at 8:53
@Narayanan: It doesnt do that for me. Still shows the old currency. –  Bobby Alexander Mar 26 '13 at 8:57
As per this web site, it seems earlier restriction was based on SIM and now it is based on IP address. But still not clear about your case. –  Narayanan Mar 26 '13 at 11:13
I contacted Google support on this: they asked me to add a payment method valid in the new country. Tried; didnt work. They asked me to do a hard reset of the phone: tried; didnt work. Sigh! –  Bobby Alexander Apr 3 '13 at 9:20

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What turned out to actually do it in the end, was to make an actual purchase.

In Google wallet, I had updated all my information, as well as added a new card with my new address attached to it. This in itself however didn't seem to be enough.

Later though, I actually purchased something through Play using the new card, and after that I could access things in Play that previously could not due to regional restrictions.

There may be some form of prioritization between different cards, so it's possible that you need to remove your pre-existing cards as well.

Michael Hoffman mentions that it may be enough to

Click to begin a download until you reach the "Accept and buy" screen

and thus there is no need to complete the purchase. Otherwise, getting a refund after the purchase could save you the money.

For those moving countries, it might be useful to check Googles acceptable Payment methods page.

I don't know if it's necessary, but user Ikon also adds this after adding a new card:

Went to the apps settings and wiped Play's data. Rebooted phone, accepted terms again for Play and now I can install

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You can even get a refund afterwards, and the country will still stick. (It doesn't seem to be a caching problem; only updating the information didn't do anything for me for days. You have to actually make a purchase.) –  Jo Liss May 4 '13 at 18:26
Also, non-US residents should be aware that Amex is treated differently: support.google.com/googleplay/answer/105916 At first I used an amex card and still had the problem, but when I instead used a MasterCard it was fixed. –  Ben Parsons Jun 24 '13 at 10:23
I dont' have a card from my new country. I guess it's impossible to change the Play Store region without making a new Google account, in this case. –  Adam Millerchip Nov 13 '14 at 7:21

I called Google Play support and they sent me these instructions:

If you're having issues viewing your intended country's Play Store and would like to change your default payment method or update an existing billing address in Google Wallet, please use the following steps:

1) Sign into your Google Wallet account to manage your payment methods (https://wallet.google.com/manage/paymentMethods)

2) Delete all of your payment methods from Google Wallet, and only add a card to one with a billing address located inside your desired country

3) Open the Play Store and navigate to any item available for download

4) Click to begin a download until you reach the "Accept and buy" screen (no need to complete the purchase)

5) Close the Play Store and clear data for the Google Play Store application (Settings > Apps > Google Play Store > Clear Data) or clear your browser cache

6) Re-open the Play Store. You should now see the Play Store that matches your default payment instrument's billing country.

If you haven't yet added a payment method to your account for the first time, please add a card directly from the Play Store with a billing address that matches your intended country location. Then, follow steps 3 through 6 to show your intended country's Play Store.

Following these instructions allowed me to install apps limited to my new country without making a purchase.

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Followed all the above steps, including adding a new credit card with a new billing address, but it didn't work. So then I went to wallet.google.com, Settings, and changed my Home Address, then went to the Address book tab and removed my old address. I was then prompted to accept the new Terms and Conditions for my new country. Went to the device settings and cleared the data for the Google Play Store application (Settings > Apps > Google Play Store > Clear Data). Reopened the Play Store and it worked! Thankfully no need to make a purchase. –  oliman Nov 1 '13 at 12:48
I succeeded in using this method. An important thing is change the settings of the Google Play app so that it requires entering the password for confirmation before purchase. Otherwise you will end up actually purchasing the app in step 4. (You have to tap the Purchase button. Just seeing the dialog box with this button is not sufficient.) –  Tsuyoshi Ito May 14 '14 at 10:51
I had to restart my phone and clear play's cache several times to succeed. –  Vanuan Oct 2 '14 at 10:03
Thanks @TsuyoshiIto the password request did the trick! –  Abe Petrillo Nov 15 '14 at 0:29

The settings you have to change are at wallet.google.com. Sign in with your account, go to Settings, and change "Home address" to your new address. You might also have to change your phone number, and your default "Billing and delivery address" in the second tab.

Note that this will not let you buy contents from a country you don't live in, since you need a credit card and an IP from that country.

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Already did this. Doesn't work. –  Bobby Alexander Apr 21 '13 at 14:00
@BobbyAlexander Have you seen my answer? I did the same thing, got stuck just like you did, and then tried buying a cheap game with the new card, and then it worked. :) –  Letharion Apr 22 '13 at 16:08

One thing you might try is to uninstall all of the Google Play Store updates. When the updates get re-applied some people have found that it fixed their country issue.

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+1, this worked for me. Uninstall updates then a reboot did the job –  user155695 Nov 13 '14 at 3:30

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