If you are trying to install an Android app that says “This Item is Not Available in Your Country“, then here’s a quick easy fix. This fix will let you download and install country specific or country restricted apps like Pokémon Go, Reddit, Opera Max Data Manager, Google Play Music, Google Keyboard, Google Earth, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, Viber, Google Wallet, Pandora, Yelp and so on. These apps were not available in the Google Play Store, India at the time of writing.
These apps are localized for some reasons like, if it has localized resources, if there are some legal issues, international pricing issues, serviceable regions and so on. Google Play lets the developer to control what countries and territories the apps are distributed to.
Steps to Force install country specific apps
Let’s dive into the workaround of installing apps that say “This Item is Not Available in Your Country“.
In this guide we will be installing “Pandora Radio” android app, which is not available in India
Open TunnelBear VPN app on your mobile and create account or sign in
Once signed in, make sure “United States” is selected in the countries list and then turn on the VPN connect switch
Now the data traffic will be routed through TunnelBear VPN and you will be privately browsing from “United States”
Close Google Play store if it is open, and go to Settings > Apps (or Application Manager) > Google Play Store and click “Clear Data“
Now open Play Store, accept the agreement, skip the payment method, search for the country specific app(in this case, Pandora) and then install.
Now you can notice that the “Install” button is available instead of the message “This item is not available in your country”, Done.
If you find difficulty finding country specific app in the PlayStore search, please switch your PlayStore account.
Also Read: 40 best android apps you should definitely have on your phone.
Recommended VPN Apps
Apart from TunnelBear VPN, we recommend the following VPN apps for this job. These apps are free, and also provide country switching feature.
Earlier, we were using Hotspot Shield VPN for this work around, since the free version of Hotspot shield no longer provides option to switch countries, we have re-written this article with TunnelBear VPN. Please note that you can use any VPN for this work around.
What app did you install using this method? Do you recommend any particular VPN? Please let us know in the comments