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How to Change App Store Country Region in iPhone or iPad

If you’ve come to this article it’s likely that you have a very specific need – that need being that you want to change the country region settings in the App Store for your iPhone or iPad. Or perhaps you’ve stumbled across this article and are wondering why you would ever need to change the country region settings.

Well, if you’ve ever experienced issues with app or music purchases on your iPhone or iPad, it might be because your stored credit card is listed as being in a different country than the country where your device was set up. Also, you may have moved to a different country or region and have obtained a new credit card through issued by that country. Both these occurrences are big deals because the country region should be the same as the billing address you set up in your Apple ID profile. When they’re not the same, you don’t get to enjoy what the App Store has to offer.

It’s not a hard fix and the purpose of this article is to show you just how to go about changing the country region on your device.

Before following these steps, it’s important to do the following first:

  • Cancel your active iTunes Match subscription, if you have one

  • Cancel any active Apple Music membership.

  • Make sure that you don’t have any incomplete Season Passes or Multi-Passes.

  • Wait until the end of the subscription period to make the change – that way you’re not losing any money.

  • If you have rentals, make sure that they’ve expired.

  • Spend whatever credit balance on your Apple ID you may have left.

  • Make sure you don’t have any pending store credit refunds – if you do, you will need to wait for them to post to your account.

Taking these precautions will ensure that you seamlessly change your country region settings.

Changing the Country Region Settings Step by Step

Step #1. Go to Settings on your device’s screen. It will be easy to identify because it looks like a gear.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on “iTunes & App Store.”

Step #3. Tap on Apple ID. After that, tap on View Apple ID in the popup and then enter your Apple ID password.

Step #4. Once you have entered your password you will tap on “Country Region.”

Step #5. On the next screen tap “Change Country or Region.” The next screen will show a list of all the countries.

Step #6. Now, select the country from the list. The list of countries is alphabetically, but most likely you should select ‘United States’ as most apps first release in here. Once you’ve selected the country you want, tap on Next.

Step #7. When the iTunes & App Store Terms of Service page is shown, tap on “Agree.” Feel free to read the terms of service first, if you’d like.

Step #8. Once completed, you will have to review your payment method and details. This is where your card’s address will be cross-checked with the given country region and address.

Keep in mind that your billing information must match the store from which you are buying. For example, even though most apps are first released in the United States, you will need to make sure that you have a credit card issues from the United States. Make sure you provide a bank account/card detail that has the chosen country in its address.

Once you’ve verified this, click on ‘Next’ and you’re finished. You’ll have to provide the correct ZIP and other address details.

Things to Keep in Mind

Keep in mind that some apps may not appear in your App Store once you change the country.

Also, understand that these directions were created for you to use those two devices to make the change, meaning that you might follow some different steps if you are trying to adjust the country settings using your Mac computer, etc.

Hopefully, this article was helpful in giving you directions for changing the country settings on your iPhone or iPad if you ever need to.