When I first learned about Spotify, I was really excited. Here was this music streaming service that seemed to have all of the features and functions that I wanted.
You can imagine my frustration when I came to learn that the developers of Spotify had made it a region restricted application. In short, it was not available for download in my country.
However, I didn’t give up. Instead, I found a couple of workarounds where you can manage to install any compatible app or game on your Android device. Yes, this means even if the developer has made their app restricted to select regions.
Here are a few ways to install Android region restricted apps or games to your device, particularly if they are not available in your country at all.
Option One: 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 which let you change your location to a different country. The only trick is figuring out which market the app or game you want to download is officially available and to mimic or spoof the location.
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 also happens to be unavailable in my country but is officially available in the US. So, I have selected the location as the United States in the Express VPN app.
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 app.
Now go back to the main page of the app, often the one just before where you are now, and select force stop to stop the app from running.
Once you have completed the above step, on your phone search for the app you want to install on Google Play and then click on the associated Google Play Store link from the search results. This will 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 for the help, VPN!
Method Two – Sideload an 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 third party VPN app. Perhaps you don’t fully trust the apps or experience just yet.
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 its apps. Sometimes, the app manufacturers will officially make the APK file of their app available for download direct from their website.
Click on a search result, follow the steps, 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 search results.
Be 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. It’s “buyer beware” if you want to do this sort of thing.
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.
If you are installing an APK file on your device for the first time, then you might have to tell your phone to allow for installation of files outside of the Google Play Store. Often this is as simple as checking a box in your phone’s settings to “install apps from unknown sources and locations” or something to that effect.
Updated: August 24, 2021