How to change your Apple App Store country
If you move to another country and own an iPhone, you must remember to change country in the Apple App Store. Once you’ve changed your billing address and payment method, there are a few things you need to keep up to date. Your existing installed apps may not be available in your new country. Your subscriptions and credit balance will be affected, and you might also end up paying more due to the new currency. Here’s how to make the change and the checklist of things you need to remember before doing it.
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If you want to change your App Store country, go to your iCloud settings on your iOS device. Go to Media & Shopping > View Account > Country & Region. Change the country, then tap Accept. On a MacBook, open the Music app, then go to Account > Account Settings > Change Country or Region.
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What You Need to Know Before Changing Apple App Store Country
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Before changing the country of your App Store, there are a few things you should consider first.
If you are in a Family Sharing plan and you live in a different country than the other members of the plan, it will not be possible to change your App Store country. Some apps are restricted to certain countries or geographic regions. This means that if you change countries in the App Store, these apps may stop working, disappear completely from your device, or at the very least stop receiving future updates. This also applies to books, music, TV shows and music. You must cancel all your active paid subscriptions and wait until the end of the subscription period. Any subscriptions, pre-orders, movie rentals, or season passes must also be completed first, and any pending store credit refunds must be processed. Changing to another country will most likely mean changing to another currency, which could mean a higher price than you are used to paying. On the other hand, you might end up paying less if you’re lucky. For the country you are going to, you must enter a valid billing address and a valid payment method based in that country. Foreign payment methods will probably not be accepted. One solution is to pay with a PayPal balance. The PayPal account could be registered in another country, and Apple probably won’t notice. You will lose any remaining credit balance in your iCloud account. Therefore, make sure to use it before changing countries. How to Change Apple App Store Country
We’ll explain how to do this on both an iOS device and a MacBook. For the iOS device, we’ll show an iPhone, but obviously it’s the same on an iPad.
iOS Go to Settings and tap your name at the top of the screen. Tap Media & purchases. This will bring up a menu at the bottom of the screen. Select View Account. You will be prompted to sign in. Now select Country/Region. If you have any active subscriptions, it will ask you to end them first. Then select the country you want to switch to. Pretend to read the terms and conditions, then tap Accept. Enter your new billing address and payment method. Save your changes and exit. MacBook
If you prefer to do it on the MacBook, open the Music app. Then go to Account > Account Settings. You will be asked to sign in to your Apple ID.
Under Account Information, click Change country or region.
The rest is then identical to the iOS method. Cancel all active subscriptions, change country, accept terms and conditions and add your new address and billing method.
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Why can’t I change my country in the Apple App Store?
If you’re part of a Family Sharing plan, you might not be allowed to edit anything yourself. The plan owner must do this. Or if you’re in a Family Sharing plan and the others are in a different country than yours, that may also prevent you from changing anything.
Do I need to change the Apple App Store country on all my devices?
No, you only have to change it to one. Assuming all devices are logged into the same iCloud account, the App Store edit will sync immediately.
Can I have an Apple ID in two Apple App Store countries?
Yes, but each account must have a billing address and payment method for that country. You must also sign in and out to access each account (you cannot be signed in to both simultaneously.) App updates will also not be downloaded and installed until you sign in to the account .
If I change country in the Apple App Store, will one of my apps disappear if it’s not available in that country?
No, they will stay there. However, to get future updates, you will need to create a second account in the country where you downloaded the app.