Monday, July 5, 2010

How to setup an USA account to download Apple iTunes Store Music/Videos/Apps

If you live outside the USA then you’re probably aware that not all iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad  apps are available in your country’s store. This can be pretty annoying when you read reviews about great apps only to find out you can’t access them. Don’t worry though, because there is a simple trick within iTunes that lets you register for a US iTunes account without using a credit card. By entering a fake US address you can fool the system and complete the registration. Here’s how it’s done:

1. First, make sure you’re signed out of your iTunes account. Click the flag that appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen in iTunes and select the US Store from the list that appears.

2. Browse to a free app you want to download from the US Store and click on the Free button. You’ll now be asked to sign in or register. Click on the Create New Account button.

 3. After clicking Continue and accepting the terms and conditions, you’ll be invited to create a new Apple ID. Enter an email address (separate to the one for your existing iTunes account), password, verification question and date of birth.

 4. Click Continue again. Now you’re prompted to provide a payment method. However, the option we’re interested in here is the None radio button. Make sure this is checked then go on to enter a US address. Of course, you’ll probably have to make one up - the best way is just to use any adrress associated with restaurant, hotel, retail outlets, etc. Just google - find any place , note down its address and just modified the address - important to keep intact is the postcode, town name

 5. Now check your email and click on the verification link. iTunes will open and you can sign in with your new account details. Hey presto, you’re in the US Store and can start downloading free apps from here! To access your new US account on your iPhone, simply go into Settings, then Store and sign out of your existing account. Then sign back in using your new credentials (don’t worry, the existing apps you’ve installed won’t be affected by doing this). Now you can enjoy all the benefits if having a US iTunes account!


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