How to change the country of your Apple accounts

Macworld Australia Staff
12 February, 2014
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Apple has posted a new support document for people wanting to change the country of their iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store and/or Mac App Store accounts.

To make a purchase from any of those online stores, consumers have to use the store that matches the country where they live.

But what happens if you move overseas?

Apple’s support section now details in 15 steps how to change the country listed on your iOS device – iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

  1. Tap iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks Store.
  2. At the bottom of the Featured page, tap Sign In.
    If you’re already signed in, skip to step 5.
  3. Tap Use Existing Apple ID.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password and tap OK.
  5. Tap your Apple ID.
  6. Tap View Apple ID or View Account.
  7. Tap Country/Region.
  8. Tap Change Country or Region.
  9. Tap the Store menu and tap your country.
  10. Tap Next.
  11. Review the Terms and Conditions and Apple Privacy Policy.
  12. Tap Agree if you agree to the terms and conditions.
  13. In the prompt that appears, tap Agree.
  14. Select a payment method and enter your payment information.
  15. Enter your billing address and tap Next.

The help page also details how to achieve the same result on your Mac or PC.

1. Click to open your account in iTunes (you may need to sign in with your Apple ID). Or you can follow these steps to view your account:

  • Open iTunes and click iTunes Store.
  • Click Sign In and enter your Apple ID.

click sign in

  • Click your Apple ID and select Account.

click your Apple ID

2. Click Change Country or Region.
3. Select your country from the Select a country or region menu and click Change.
4. Click Continue on the Welcome to the iTunes Store page.
5. Review the Terms and Conditions and Apple Privacy Policy.
6. Select “I have read and agree to these terms and conditions” if you agree.
7. Click Agree.
8. Enter your payment method.
9. Enter your billing address and click Continue.

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  1. Tim Herring says:

    This is terrible!
    I speak French and German and have tried in the past to get films, TV progs, etc. in those languages. Impossible from your home store (I haven’t found a way anyway…)
    I have tried getting a new identity in another country, but this “process” above neglects to mention that not only do you have to affirm that your place of residence is in that country, but you also need a credit card that cites that address.
    That is, if you only have Australian CCards, then forget buying anything from the German store.
    WHY? We live in an international World; don’t we?

  2. Brent says:

    At Tim Herring . . . I have a iTune account in the UK Apple Store and and US Apple iTunes store and its very easy to do. When setting up a account now, you don’t have to give a CC # but if they do ask for a Payment, you can always buy a iTunes card on Ebay for the country you want the account. Then use that card as payment and you have a new Account. I like paying 99¢ a song and a pittance for movies. I can then still use them on my ATV or iPad Mini or iPhone. . . It can be done, Google is your best friend.

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