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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, 2011 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. Aug 17, 2011 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. Nov 17, 2011 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, 2015 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, SlideMe.org, GetJar.com, 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, 2011 at 13:39
  • its not working now, is there an updated way?
    – user241698
    Oct 25, 2017 at 5:34
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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, 2012 at 8:23
  • 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!!
    – Samir
    Apr 30, 2013 at 20:12
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Google Play support says:

  • You can only change your Play country once per year.

  • When you change your country, you won’t be able to use your Google Play balance that you have in your old country in your new country.

So, avoid Google Play and use another market app. I suggest either:

Both allow auto-updating apps.

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Install a VPN app from the store and hide your location play store won't recognize your location if you do that and remember to disable GPS

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