How do I change the Google Play country?

  • 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 don't want to circumvent country restrictions, I want to permanently change the country. So it's NOT a duplicate of How can I circumvent regional restrictions in Google's Play Store?.

    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: It doesnt do that for me. Still shows the old currency.

    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.

    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!

    I tried all the answers here (add a card, make a purchase, change settings on google wallet) and nothing worked for me. The only thing that worked was going to the android device manager (https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager) on my desktop and locating my device. After that I could go in the play store and download content from the country I am in. (I appreciate if someone can add this as an official answer, I don't have enough reputation for it)

  • Letharion

    Letharion Correct answer

    8 years ago

    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

    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.)

    Also, non-US residents should be aware that Amex is treated differently: https://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.

    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.

    What made the trick for me, after doing all of the above, I also (thanks to google support) deleted the download manager app cache.

    Geez, that's disgusting. I didn't ever want to let Google have my Canadian visa account, I'll be damned if I'm ever giving them a credit card in ANOTHER country!

    If I don't have a US Visa or US Credit Card, will it also work if I load a USD Google Gift Card? I wanted to change my default country to US, because there are apps that I wanted to download which are only available in the said country.

    This answer works but Micheal Hoffman's answer below and the solution here are more detailed.

    In my case the problem was that I had multiple profiles and though I selected the correct one on payments.google.com the app always took the wrong one. I had to remove all the old profiles and the doing the above procedure to have the market really exchanged in the app.

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