It is not often that you have to change the country region of the App Store/iTunes Store on your iPhone/iPad but when you want to download an app that is available only for a specific country, you are looking for ways to change the App Store country region.

Update: How to Change App Store Country Region in iOS 8

Doing this is fairly simple – especially when your account is not linked to any credit/debit card information.  That seems to be the tricky part though. You have to configure your account to have no credit/debit information so that you can change the country region easily.

How to Change App Store Country or Region in iOS 7

Here’s how to change the app store country or region on iOS 7:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Scroll down and tap on iTunes & App Store

Setting iTunes & App Store in iOS 7

  • Tap on your account ID and then tap on View Apple ID

Viewing Apple ID on iOS 7

  • Tap on the Country/Region field

Tap on the Country Region Field in iOS 7

  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions
  • Tap on ‘Change Country or Region’ and select the country you want to change to

Confirming Country or Region on iOS 7

  • Fill up the details – in the payments section, select None. [If None is not available, fill up the credit/debit card details and give the following steps a try. But there’s a strong chance that you won’t be able to proceed forward because Apple changed the way this works]

Filling Up Payment Details in iOS 7

  • Once you’re done filling the details, tap on Done
  • On the next screen, you will be shown that the country/region has been changed successfully.

Change App Store Country or Region in iOS 7 Successfully

You can now access apps specific to that country alone.

Interestingly, a lot of people complain that you can’t change the App Store country/region but our experience is contrary. The trick, like I said before, was in having no payment information linked to the account.

As a corollary to that, this means if you changed your country and then tried “buying” apps (not downloading free ones), there’s a chance that Apple will prohibit this because the credit information does not match the country. We haven’t seen a workaround for this (except, of course, using a credit/debit card of that particular country).

Run into trouble? Let us know in the comments!

Read this post in case  you are still having iOS 6 on your iDevice.

  • Becky Munster

    This used to work fine for me me, I got content all over the globe.(putting in postcodes and addresses to the particular region). It was all great until about a month ago I could no longer do so. The “none” option disappeared. They now require billing information which doesn’t work. This is for FREE and PAID apps. IT won’t proceed without billing info which unfortunately links to where I really am.

  • Meagan

    What if when you click change region/country, the next box doesn’t show up? I have billing info attached but can’t change that to none.

  • Ross

    Worked well for me. I have an Australian iTunes account and credit details but had an App from Thailand – used to track my Thai sim card balance when in Thailand. This time was the 1st time I could not update the True iService app because it was not available in the Australian App Store.
    Changing the Country details as outlined above and setting none as credit card details let me finally update the app on my iPad. Thanks very much for this information. Ross.

  • Todd

    Is there a app that compares the prices for apps/games in the AppStore from other regions so you can find the best deal

  • Rog

    So, what happens to the apps and music and other things on your phone if you switch to a new country? Are those things wiped-off, or disabled, or do they remain when you make that switch?

    • No. You won’t lose anything (songs, movies, apps, books, magazines, etc).

  • Winux

    My iPhone is already set to “none” in the Billing information and the region settings is Philippines. When i try to change the region to Singapore and tap next to Payment Method, you cannot select “none” anymore. You can only select “Visa”, “MasterCard”, and “Amex”. Does this mean some countries doesn’t allow “none” in the Billing Information?

    • Apple’s been changing this a lot of late. In some countries, ‘None’
      still works (and exists as an option) and in some, it doesn’t.

  • J and KC

    Great advice. Worked for me. From Japan, to the US–picked up a couple of free apps–and then back to Japan without a problem

  • One-time

    I have a problem it kept saying postal code is invalid.

    • Check the state/city and make sure you enter the right post-code.

  • my payment info was set to None, but still i would get a message saying that i had to spend my credits befor being able to switch. now i am trying to updat my iPhone on the computer hoping that it will switch back. it’s a really annoying thing, which happens frequently when you click a link referring to the US App Store.

    • Agreed. Tell us what happens after you update. The one solution we could
      think of is you purchase something on the app store in the previous
      country/region and zero out the balance in your account. Then switch. If
      it’s possible, that is.

      • Dan Bowditch

        I have a 5.00 pounds sterling credit in the UK app store. It won’t let me switch back to Canada until the credit is used up. However, no combination of paid apps add up to precisely 5.00 pounds. They all end in .99. How do I get out of this dilemma?