How to sign up to a foreign App Store

There are two legitimate reasons for wanting to sign up to the App Store of a country other than your own:

  1. You are a reviewer and have received a promotional code for an app you want to review, but you do not live in the USA.
  2. Someone has sent you an app as a gift but you do not live in the same country as the donor.

Here is how to set up an App Store account for a foreign country:

What you need

  1. An email address other than the one you are using as the ID for your existing iTunes account.
  2. An address in the country concerned. It doesn’t have to be a real address – just something that looks plausible. Search the Web for a suitable address and change the house number and perhaps the street name. Apple will not send anything to this address.
  3. A phone number in the country concerned. It doesn’t have to be a real number – just something that looks plausible. Search the Web for a suitable number and alter it. Preferably, remove a digit from the number. Apple will not call this number in any case.

What you do

Follow Apple’s instructions: Create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card.

What you can do once you’ve done it

  • You can still buy apps, music and other content from your own App Store.
  • You can still install free apps from your own App Store.
  • You can install free apps from the foreign App Store.
  • You can use promotional codes that are valid in the foreign App Store.
  • You cannot buy apps, music or other content from the foreign App Store.
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