You’re looking to change your Google Play country or browse a different Google Play region in order to download soft launch games, access games not available in your regions. You might even want to browse some of the popular apps on Google Play India or another region while living abroad. Luckily, changing your Google Play region can be quite easy.
The reality is that some of the best Android games are often available in some regions before others, giving some users a head start or in some cases exclusive access to a game’s beta test and a chance to give developers important feedback regarding a game’s direction. This guide will help make sure that you don’t miss out on any important game launches and be among the first try soft launched games. Please note that this guide includes affiliate links. For more information, please refer to Android Sloth’s affiliate policy.
How Android users can use a VPN to change their Google Play country
What you will need:
- A new Google account.
- A VPN (I recommend NordVPN).
Why do you need a new Google account?
Google accounts will often become tied to a particular region, making switching countries much more difficult. This typically happens after a user makes a purchase from Google Play, but may have other triggers.
Making a new Google account and not associating it with anything lets you quickly and easily switch from one region to another without touching your account settings. I would recommend not doing anything with this new account other than downloading games, signing up for pre-registration campaigns, and checking email. You can use your primary account for purchases, cloud saves, and everything else. This account will strictly be for bypassing Google Play regional restrictions.
Choosing a VPN
If your primary goal is to choose a VPN that can be used to change Google Play countries, here’s what you should look for:
- Server availability: You’re going to want a VPN with servers in some of the most important soft launch regions and any particular parts of the world you might be interested in. These include Australia, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Singapore, and Indonesia. You’ll also want servers in South Korea and Japan in order to access some of the games that are exclusive to those countries.
- Speed: Although not incredibly important when your goal is to change your Google Play country, faster is better. While you usually don’t need to use your VPN to play games, you will need to use it download each title. That can take a while on slower VPNs.
- Price: Look for something that’s inexpensive, but avoid free VPNs. They will rarely satisfy the two above points and may have questionable security practices.
In testing a number of VPNs, the one that I would recommend is NordVPN. Why? Because it has servers in all of the most important soft launch regions, South Korea, Japan, India, and just about anywhere else you might want. It’s also incredibly affordable at as little as $3.99 per month on a 2 year plan and has proven to be faster than a number of VPN options that I have tested.
Changing your Google Play country or region using a VPN
- Open up your chosen VPN and select the region you want to connect to. Typically you will want to connect to the to the country that’s closest to your location and has the game or app you’re looking for.
- Go into your device’s app settings → Google Play → and clear your cache.
- Load up Google Play and make sure you have selected your new Google account in the menu. You should now find yourself browsing your selected country’s Google Play listings.
- After you finish downloading the app you were looking for, you can turn off the VPN. Very rarely do games require a VPN to be enabled while playing them.
It’s that simple.
If you have followed the above steps, used a new Google account, and your VPN doesn’t work with Google Play, there are a few things you can try:
- Clear your Google Play cache once more and try again.
- Force stop Google Play, clear your Google Play cache, and close the Google Play in the recent applications menu by tapping the square button and swiping away the Google Play screen.
- Try reconnecting to your VPN
In testing different VPNs, I had some trouble with VyprVPN, which did not seem to work with Google Play regardless of what I tried. It was the only VPN that I had any problems with.