When I first heard about Spotify, I was really excited as it had all the features that I was looking for in a music streaming app and it was perfect. However, I was mildly infuriated when I came to know that the developers of Spotify have made it region restricted and it is not available for download in my country.
However, I didn’t give up. Instead, I found a workaround where you can manage to install any compatible app or game to your Android device, even if the developer has made the app region restricted. Here are a few ways on how you can install Android apps or games to your device even if they are unavailable in your country.
Method 1 – Use VPN
A VPN app will help you to mask your location and trick the Google Play Store into believing that you are from a different physical location different from your actual location.
There are a lot of Android VPN apps available that allows you to change your location to a different country where the app or game you want to download is officially available.
As part of this tutorial, I have used the Express VPN app which is a popular VPN app with options to manually or automatically connect to an optimal location.
Download and Install the Express VPN app or any other VPN app of your choice from the Google Play Store on your Android device.
Now open the Express VPN app or the one you downloaded and then select the location where the app or game you want to install is officially available.
For this tutorial, I have used the Pandora Music app which is not available in my country but is officially available in the USA. So, I have selected the location as the United States in the Express VPN app.
Now, open the Settings app on your device and go to Apps and select Google Play Store from the list. Tap on storage and then select the clear data and clear cache options from the page.
Now go back to the main page of the app and select force stop to stop the app from running.
Once you have completed the above step, search for the app you want to install on Google and then click on the Google Play Store link from the search results to launch the Play Store on your device.
Now the app page on the Google Play Store will be opened and you will have the option to install the app on your device even if it is not officially available at your region, thanks to VPN.
Method 2 – Install using APK file
If you are not willing to install a separate VPN app in order to install a region restricted app or game on your device, then you might be interested in knowing about this method.
Using this method, you can just install any region restricted app that is unavailable in your country to your device, without having to install any 3rd party VPN app which you may not trust.
Do a simple Google search with the name of the app you want to download followed by the letters APK.
APK is basically an Android application package which is the format used by Android for the distribution of Android apps. Sometimes, the app manufacturers might have officially made the APK file of their app available for download.
Click on a search result and proceed to download the APK file for the app you want to install on your device.
For instance, in this example, I have tried to download and install the Pandora Music app to my device, which as previously mentioned is not officially available in my country. So, I did a Google search for Pandora Music APK and then downloaded the APK file for the app from one of the search results.
We suggest using APKMirror for your APK needs, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for there, you can take your chances using Google. But, we warned, there are malicious actors out there that can modify these applications and install some nasty things on your device. We take no responsibility for what you choose to download.
Once the download is complete, click on the downloaded APK file and then select install to install the downloaded app to your device.
Once the installation is complete, you can proceed to open and start using the app just like every other app on your device.
Note: If you are installing an APK file on your device for the first time, then you might have to allow your device or the app from which you are installing the APK file to be able to install apps from unknown sources and locations.