Certain apps—like Spotify—have country restrictions, meaning you can’t download them or sign up for their service if you’re not in a certain country. Fortunately, it’s surprisingly easy to circumvent those restrictions. Here’s how to do it.
Cult of Mac found this neat workaround for getting Spotify’s iOS app to work in any country in the world (it’s currently Europe only), but these steps could really be reproduced for any free app on the iTunes App Store or any service. (Indeed, this is the same basic approach we’ve advocated using to get a US iTunes account in the past). The video above will walk you through the whole process, but here are the basic steps you need to follow (using Spotify as an example):
- Sign out of your iTunes account and scroll to the bottom of the store. You’ll see a little flag for your country. Click on it and you’ll be able to change your country to the United Kingdom.
- Search for Spotify in the store and try to download it. You’ll be prompted to create an account. It’s important that you do it in this order or you will be asked to provide a credit card.
- Make a new account with a fake address. If you search for UK in Google Maps and then search for a fast food restaurant, such as McDonalds, you’ll be able to get a full phone number and address that you can use. Enter all of that in to create your fake account and choose “None” as a payment method when prompted.
- iTunes will send you a verification email. Verify your email address and go try to download Spotify again from the iTunes App Store. This time it’ll work.
- Now you need a Spotify account. Visit daveproxy.co.uk and enter http://www.spotify.com in the URL field. This will allow you to access Spotify through a proxy so it thinks you’re in the UK.
- Sign up for a free Spotify account.
- Download Spotify and enjoy!
Note: Spotify requires a paid premium account to work on mobile devices, but you can try it for free for two weeks.
Get Spotify’s iPhone App Working In USA [Cult of Mac]