How to change App Store country or region on iPhone and Mac

When you move to a new country or want to try apps from another nation, you'll need to change your App Store country on your iPhone or Mac. Here's how to switch.
Written By Dhvanesh Reviewed By How-to iPad iPhone Mac 6 Min Read

Whether you’re going to reside in another country or want to try out apps and services of a different nation, you need to update the country or region that’s associated with your Apple ID. But before you make changes, it’s essential to take note of some points like canceling your subscriptions and leaving the Family Sharing group.

To know more, let me give you a walkthrough on how to change your Apple Store country or region on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

What should you do before you change your App Store country?

Before you make the required changes in the App Store and native Apple apps, here’s a checklist you need to adhere to strictly.

  • You need to cancel all subscriptions within the App Store and iTunes, including Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and Apple News+, and wait until their expiration period.
  • If you’ve store credit remaining on your Apple ID, spend it before changing the country or region. Also, if you’ve less store credit than a single item’s cost, you can contact Apple Support.
  • Wait till your Season Passes, movie rentals, or memberships end. Also, if you’ve applied for a store credit refund, wait till it’s approved.
  • You’ll also have to leave the subscription you’d been using via a Family Sharing group.
  • Ensure that you’ve already occupied payment methods for that country.
  • Back up all your apps, books, and media services on another device. Because the content you use in your current country may not be available for another.

How to change Apple Store country or region on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone. 
  2. Tap your Apple IDMedia & Purchases
  3. Choose View Account from the drop-down list. 

    apple id, media and purchases, view account in settings app
  4. You will be asked to sign in.
  5. Tap Country/RegionChange Country or Region
  6. From the country list, choose your new country or region. Review the Terms and Conditions. 
  7. Tap Agree, appearing in the upper-right corner → tap Agree again to confirm. 

    tap country, choose country, agree in settings app
  8. Pick your preferred payment method → enter the payment details and billing address.  
  9. Tap Next.

That’s it! Upon entering a valid local payment method, you will have changed your App Store’s country and region!

How to change Apple Store country or region on Mac

  1. Launch Music app or iTunes on your Mac.
  2. Click Account → Account Settings.

    Click Account Settings on Mac
  3. Fill in your Apple ID and passwordSign In.
  4. On the Account Information page, go to Change Country or Region option.

    Click Change Country or Region on Mac
  5. Pick your new country/region from the list.

    Select country on Mac
  6. Read the Terms & Conditions → select Agree.

    Click Agree in Mac Account Settings
  7. Tap Agree to confirm.

    Click Agree to Confirm on Mac
  8. Provide the new payment details and billing address.
  9. Press Continue.

Voila, you’ve changed your location on the App Store!

How to change Apple ID country or region from Web browser

  1. Open a browser on your computer and visit appleid.apple.com
  2. Sign in by providing your Apple ID and Password.
  3. Enter the verification code you receive on another Apple device that uses the same Apple ID.
  4. Choose Personal Information.

    Choose Personal Information in Apple Web
  5. Click Country/RegionChange country/region.

    Click Country or region in Apple Web

    Select the Country in Apple Web
  6. Enter your preferred payment method for your new country to check its accessibility.
  7. Fill in the details and click Update.

    Select the country and Update

If you want to avoid providing a payment method, wait until you have reached your new country or region. Then, create a new Apple ID.

Can’t change App Store country or region?

Are you having problems changing the country or region on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac? Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you out.

Note: If you don’t want to lose your subscriptions or you’ve moved to another country temporarily, consider creating a new Apple ID and using it as an alternative for another country.

Does changing the Apple store country delete everything from my device?

Changing the Apple store country does not delete anything from your device. However, to change the App Store country and region on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, you must cancel all your subscriptions, pre-orders, etc.   

Can I have an Apple ID in two countries?  

You can have two different Apple IDs on your device. First, however, you need to register for each country with a new Apple ID.    

What is the meaning of region for Apple store? 

The word region for Apple Store hints toward the area you inhabit and set for your Apple ID.  

Wrapping up

With this handy guide, we tried giving you a step-by-step walk-through. You can now enjoy apps, music, services, and games connected with your Apple ID in the new country. If you still have any issues with accomplishing the process, please feel free to communicate with us and drop your feedback in the comment section below.

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