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How to Change the iTunes Store Country or Region: Everything to Know

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May 29, 2024 • Filed to: Virtual Location Solutions • Proven solutions

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Have you moved to another country and discovered your favorite apps and media from the iTunes Store were unavailable? Do you frequently travel and want to access your beloved books, movies, music, and subscriptions in another location?

You can change your iTunes Store country or region. That lets you switch between location-specific accounts and access your digital libraries anytime.

Before showing you the steps for iOS, macOS, and Windows devices, let’s see how it differs across countries, why change the region, and what to do beforehand.

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Part 1. How Is iTunes Different for Each Country?

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The iTunes Store (part of Apple Music) isn’t available in all countries. For instance, you can’t use it in China or Pakistan because of Apple’s media policy.

The availability of apps, media, and services also varies across regions. For instance, you can’t download songs from the iTunes Store in Jamaica, although Apple Music is available. You may also be unable to download specific movies in another country because of copyright laws and licensing restrictions.

Additionally, various apps and media in the iTunes Store have different prices according to the location. That’s why you can’t use it internationally.

You can already discern the reasons for changing your country, but let’s explore them in more detail.

Part 2. Why Change the iTunes Store Country or Region

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Switching to another country in the iTunes Store is beneficial when moving to another location. After all, you can’t use it outside your country.

For instance, if you pay for the US iTunes Store and move to the UK, you must change the country and update your financial information. That requires a valid UK billing address and a supported payment method available in the UK.

Another reason to change the region is to access your favorite apps and media when traveling for an extended period. For instance, if you plan on spending three months in Thailand, changing your country will let you enjoy local services, maybe at more affordable prices.

Whether your wanderlust, job, or education drives you to another country, here’s what to do before changing your region.

Part 3. What to Do Before Changing Your iTunes Store Country or Region

itunes store on an iphone

Changing your iTunes Store country requires several preliminary steps. Here’s what to do:

  • Cancel your Apple or App Store subscriptions– You can’t have an active subscription from Apple or the App Store when switching to another iTunes Store region. Once you cancel them, wait until the subscription period ends.
  • Spend your remaining Apple Account balance– If you don’t, you’ll lose it after changing the country.
  • Wait for pre-orders, refunds, media rentals, and memberships to complete– You can’t change the region beforehand.
  • Leave a Family Sharing group– All members must reside in the same country, so stop using Family Sharing before hitting the road.
  • Ensure you have a valid payment method for the new location– Check the Apple-supported options available in your desired region because iTunes requires connecting one to your Apple ID.

Have you checked these off the list? Fantastic! You can now change the iTunes Store country. Here’s how.

Part 4. Change the Country or Region on Your Current Account

Changing the iTunes Store region on your account is a no-brainer if you permanently move to another country. Here’s how to do it on iOS, Apple Music on macOS, iTunes for Windows, and online.

iOS

Here’s how to change the iTunes region on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Go to Settingsand tap your Apple ID.

ios settings

  1. Tap Media & Purchaseson iOS 11 or newer or iTunes & App Store on older iOS.

media and purchases

  1. Tap View Account.

view account

  1. Tap Country/Region.

account settings

  1. Tap Change Country or Region.

change the country or region

  1. Choose the desired option.

a list of available countries

  1. Tap Agreeon the Terms and Conditions

terms and conditions agreement

  1. Choose a payment method, provide debit or credit card details, and enter your name and billing address.

payment information

Apple Music

Here’s how to change the country in Apple Music on your Mac:

  1. Launch the Apple Music

apple music on a mac

  1. Go to Account > Account Settingsor View My Account.

apple music account settings

  1. Provide your Apple ID(email or phone number) and password, and click Sign In.

sign in to your account

  1. Click Change Country or Region.

apple id summary

  1. Choose the desired location.

change the country or region

  1. Click Agreeon the Terms and Conditions

agree to the terms and conditions

  1. Confirm your choice and provide your payment information and billing address.

confirm the agreement

iTunes for Windows

Here’s how to use iTunes to change the region on Windows:

  1. Launch iTunes for Windowsand go to Account > View My Account.

itunes account

  1. Click Change Country or Region.

itunes account information

  1. Choose a location from the list and provide your payment details and billing address.

choose a country or region

Online on Any Device

Here’s how to change the iTunes Store country online:

  1. Visit the Apple IDwebsite and click Sign In.

sign into your apple account

  1. Go to Personal Information > Country/Region.

personal information

  1. Click Change country or region, select a location, pick a payment method, and provide your card details and billing address.

change your country or region

Part 5. Create a Second Apple ID to Change the iTunes Store Country

A second Apple ID is ideal when traveling frequently. You can tie it to another country without changing your original account’s payment method and billing address. Then, you can effortlessly switch between two iTunes Stores.

The best part? You don’t have to cancel your subscriptions, spend your Apple Account balance, or leave a Family Sharing group.

Here’s how to add another Apple ID on iOS, macOS, Apple Music, iTunes for Windows, and online.

iOS

Follow these steps to create a second Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Go to Settings, tap your Apple ID, selectMedia & Purchases (iTunes & App Store on iOS older than 11), and tap Sign Out.

sign out of your account

  1. Launch the App Storeapp, tap your Account icon, and tap Create a New Apple ID.

create a new apple id

  1. Add a new email and password, select a country, and toggle the Agree to Terms and Conditions

select a country

  1. Tap Agreeto confirm.

itunes store terms and conditions

  1. Choose a payment method and add your billing name and address.

apple id payment information

macOS

Here’s how to create another Apple ID on your Mac:

  1. Go to the Apple menu > System Settings(macOS Ventura or newer) or System Preferences (macOS Monterey or older) and click your Apple ID > Sign Out.

apple account sign-out on a mac

  1. Click Create an Apple IDand provide the necessary information (your email, password, new country, payment method, and billing address).

create an apple id on a mac

Apple Music

Follow these steps to create a second Apple ID in Apple Music:

  1. Launch Apple Music, go to Account > Sign Out(if logged in), and click Account > Sign In.

sign into apple music on a mac

  1. Click Create a New Apple ID.

create a new apple id in music

  1. Enter and verify your email and password, and click Continue.

verify your email and password

  1. Provide your name and birthday, and hit Continue.

add personal information

  1. Enter your payment information, country, and billing address, and click Continue.

add payment details

  1. Verify your phone number and click Continue.

verify your phone number

iTunes for Windows

Creating a second Apple ID for Windows is similar to Apple Music. Here’s what to do:

  1. Launch iTunesand go to Account > Sign Out.

sign out of itunes

  1. Click Account > Sign In.

sign into itunes

  1. Click Create a New Apple ID.

create a new apple id in itunes

  1. Provide your email and password, choose a new country or region, click Continue, and enter your payment and billing details.

agree to the itunes terms of service

Online on Any Device

Here’s how to make a second Apple ID online:

  1. Visit the Apple IDwebsite on any browser and click Create Your Apple ID.

create your apple id online

  1. Add your name and birthday, choose a country or region, and provide valid payment and billing details.

add personal information

Part 6. How to Switch Between iTunes for Different Countries

Switching between different countries is a breeze with two Apple IDs. You only need to sign out of one and into another account. Once you launch the iTunes Store, it will match your Apple ID.

iOS

Here’s how to switch between Stores for different countries on iOS:

  1. Go to Settings > Apple ID > Media & Purchases(or iTunes & App Store or older iOS) and tap Sign Out.

sign out of media and purchases

  1. Confirm your choice.

confirm the sign-out

  1. Tap Media & Purchases(or iTunes & App Store) and select the Not [Your Name]

sign in with another account

  1. Provide your second Apple ID. The iTunes Store in Apple Music will switch to your chosen regional account.

provide your apple id

Apple Music

Follow these steps to switch between iTunes Stores for different countries in Apple Music on your Mac:

  1. Launch Apple Musicand go to Account > Sign Out.

sign out of apple music

  1. Click Account > Sign In.

sign into apple music

  1. Provide the desired regional Apple IDand password, and click Sign In.

apple music sign-in

iTunes for Windows

Here’s how to change the Store for Windows when you have two regional Apple IDs:

  1. Launch iTunesand click Account > Sign Out.

sign out of itunes

  1. Go to Account > Sign In.

sign into itunes

  1. Enter the desired Apple IDand password, and hit Sign In.

itunes store sign-in

Part 7. How to Change Your Location to Access iTunes in Different Countries

Spoofing your GPS lets you access iTunes and other geo-restricted services in all supported countries. However, purchasing from the Store still requires a valid payment method and billing address. If you have those, you can enjoy your downloaded apps and media when traveling, even if they’re unavailable in a specific region.

Wondershare Dr.Fone Virtual Location is your go-to app for GPS spoofing. It’s available for macOS and Windows and is compatible with iOS and Android. It lets you choose any country or city to change your phone’s GPS coordinates and bypass geo-restrictions.

Here’s how to use Wondershare Dr.Fone Virtual Location to access iTunes in different countries:

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  1. Download the software to your Mac or PC and click Toolbox > Virtual Location > Get Started.

wondershare dr.fone virtual location

  1. Click No Deviceto connect your phone to your computer and follow the on-screen instructions.

a virtual location map

  1. Enter any country, city, or address in the search box and hit Enter.

choose a location

  1. Click Move Here. Your phone’s virtual location will instantly change, unlocking iTunes for that country.

move to the location

Conclusion

Changing your iTunes Store country is a walk in the park. You can do it on your Apple Account or create a second Apple ID to switch between regional Stores.

However, you may be unable to access your downloaded apps, music, books, and other media when traveling. Therefore, spoof your GPS with Wondershare Dr.Fone Virtual Location and enjoy your purchases.

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FAQ

You can quickly change it in your Apple Account or create a second Apple ID, tying it to another country to access the desired regional Store.
Changing your country requires canceling all Apple and App Store subscriptions, including Apple Music. That’s why creating a second Apple ID for another region is perfect. It lets you switch between regional iTunes, enjoying all subscriptions.
You can change it once every 90 days. The same goes for switching between regional options. That’s inconvenient for frequent travelers, but a GPS spoofer like Wondershare Dr.Fone Virtual Location can help you access your downloads when traveling. You won’t have to log into your second account during a short trip and wait three months to switch back.
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