How-To: Creating an iTunes Account for a Different Country
Maybe you have recently signed up to a smart DNS or VPN service and you now want access to a specific iOS on-demand app from abroad. If you suddenly realize the respective television apps are not to be found anywhere in your local iTunes App Store, this is no cause for alarm!
On the other hand, you may just want to access another countries iTunes store so you can buy music or videos not available in your own.
In any event it is quick and easy to create a new iTunes ID in another country where you can access any free content. If you happen to have a credit card or gift voucher from that country, you also have the option to buy apps, music and videos as well – all without interfering with your existing local iTunes account.
The only thing you need to set this up, is an additional email address. If you cannot easily get one from your ISP, you could always create a new one from a free web based service such as GMX, Google etc, or use your work email – presuming it doesn’t break any workplace policies. Any email address will do, as long as it is not the same as the one you currently use for iTunes.
If you haven’t already done so, sign out of iTunes from your existing account.
Select the iTunes Store as demonstrated below and then click on the flag showing your current location. (it may be different to the flag in the example)
Choose the country of the new store you wish to create an iTunes account for.
Now here is the important bit; Unless you have a credit card or gift voucher from the country you wish to access, you need to find a free app first and select to download it. This is of course exactly what you may want to do anyway if you were after a specific regional app.
Once you have found a free iOS app and begun to download it, you will jump to the Sign In window.
At the Sign In window, instead of entering your existing iTunes account details, opt to Create an Apple ID.
On the next screen, click continue to access the terms and conditions window. If you agree with Apple’s terms and conditions, tick the required box and click Agree.
Fill out all the required fields and then click Continue.
If you have a Credit Card or gift voucher from this country and wish to use it for purchases, feel free to enter the details here. You will need some form of payment to purchase items that are not free. Naturally, it goes without saying that when dealing with any payment method such as credit cards, you should fill out the requested details correctly as required by law.
Otherwise, if you only require the account to download free apps from iTunes, then select the None option shown here. You will have to fill in the other details to the best of your ability.
If you do not see the None option, it is possible you didn’t access this form by first selecting a free app in the new country store. If you require this option, you must cancel out of the current form and return to Step 4.
Finally, select Create Apple ID and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you specified in Step 7.
After you have verified your new account by entering the requested details, you will now have access to the new iTunes store.
- Although all apps will function together regardless of the store they are purchased from, they may only offer updates if you are currently in the regional store they were purchased in. i.e. if you are currently in the US store where most of your apps were downloaded from, only those apps will update. You will have to log out of this store on your iOS device, and into the other regional store to update apps purchased there.
- Once you have more than one Apple ID – To switch between country stores, you only need to log out from your current store, and log back in with the alternate Apple ID. This will switch stores automatically, as each ID is associated with a specific country store. You do not need to change countries using the method in Step 2.
Many apps are geoblocked from outside of their respective countries. One of the best ways to unblock television streaming services when abroad is via Smart DNS. We recommend one of the following Smart DNS companies:
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