“This item is not available in your country” sometimes pops up when an app can’t be downloaded from the PlayStore. Or sometimes, you know they exist, but you just can’t see them, because not all apps are available in all countries. But there are ways to get over or fix ‘this item is not available in your country’ Play Store message. This time, we’ll discuss how to install Google Play apps not available in your country.
There are many reasons why some apps are not available in all countries. One classic example is Facebook, which is banned in China since 2009, along with Instagram, Netflix, Twitter, and YouTube. Foreign policy can dictate whether an app is available or not. The same goes for Huawei phones and their apps being banned in the US.
Another reason is language exclusivity. The developers might have created their apps without translations. There are apps just for China, India, or Japan. Aside from language, there are also cultural barriers that may not be compatible for all countries. There are entertainment apps that deliver copyrighted or region-locked content and other reasons for having to fix the ‘This Item is not available in your country’ PlayStore message.
So why do we need to learn how to install Google Play apps not available in your country? It’s possible that you’re traveling, bought a phone in another country, and you need certain apps. Or that app is required for work or is just too popular to be missed. Without further ado, let’s see How to Download Apps Not Available in Your Country.
Method 1: Use PlayStore with VPN
Like streaming services such as Netflix, one of the easiest ways to get around geo-blocked content is to use a VPN to mask your country of origin. Here’s how it’s done.
➀ Install a free VPN app from the PlayStore. In this case, we’ll use Turbo VPN – Secure VPN Proxy from Innovative Connecting.
➁ You need to have another Google account. This is important. If you don’t have one, create one. Go to Settings, go to ‘Accounts and Sync’, choose ‘Add Account’, then Choose ‘Google’. Create your new account. This sequence might be different depending on your Android version or phone front end.
➂ Clear the PlayStore app cache before proceeding to the PlayStore. Go to Settings, go to App Management. Show ‘System apps’ then look for Google PlayStore. Then choose ‘Storage Usage’ and tap ‘Clear Data’. Again, this sequence might be different depending on your Android version or phone front end. After clearing the data and cache, it will technically reset the PlayStore app.
➃ Don’t go to PlayStore just yet. Open the VPN app and connect to another country, say the US. The app will connect to the US server which should tell PlayStore that you’re connected to the US.
➄ Open the PlayStore app. Tap the profile icon and select the new Google account you created. Search for the app not available in your current country but available in the US. If it doesn’t appear in the PlayStore itself, bypass PlayStore Search by opening a browser, and use Google to search for the app there. Include PlayStore in the keywords. If it appears in the search results, click it and it will take you back to the PlayStore and then install.
➅ After a successful installation, you may stop the VPN app and uninstall it from the phone if no longer required. Otherwise, repeat step 5 to download more apps.
Method 2: Download the APK from the PlayStore
Another method to install Play Store apps not available in your country without using a VPN is to download the app’s APK file, if for some reason the first method fails. This is applicable especially if the ‘This Item is not available in your country’ message appears. You can download an app’s APK file directly from PlayStore itself using the Evozi web app. Here’s how.
➀ Open a browser and go to Evozi.
➁ Then open another browser tab and go to Google. Google the app name along with the PlayStore keyword. Chances are it will be the first in the search results, of not keep scrolling.
➂ Copy the PlayStore link.
➃ Return to the Evozi tab and paste the link onto the URL box.
➄ Then click on ‘Generate Download Link’.
➅ Evozi will take the APK file directly from Google PlayStore so there won’t be security issues compared to other APK download sites. Click on the download link generated to download the APK.
➆ Once the APK is downloaded, you may navigate to your Downloads folder and tap on the file to install. Make sure your phone is allowed to sideload apps. For this, go to Settings. Go to Apps. Look for the item ‘Special Access’ and then ‘Install Unknown Apps’. Depending on your Android version, phone, or manufacturer front-end, this sequence may vary. One way would be to go to Settings and just search ‘Install Unknown Apps’. Once there, toggle the switch to allow sideloading. The install process itself will warn you that the app may not be secure and provide a shortcut to the sideload setting.
As mentioned, the final way to install Google Play apps not available in your country is to go to sites that provide APK downloads. There are several out there. However, for your own security, it would be up to you to check if they’re safe and reputable.
The methods mentioned should help you fix this item is not available in your country PlayStore message or even help install apps on phones that don’t have the PlayStore at all. There are plenty of Android phones in the market with Android versions not licensed nor recognized by Google so there is no PlayStore installed.
We hope this lesson on How to Download Apps Not Available in Your Country has helped you install that much-needed app. Enjoy!