How to Force Install Country-Specific Apps on Android Devices

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One thing that irritates me to the core is when I see some new application – be it a web based or for smartphones – and I find that it’s available only for US and UK citizens. Take Google Music for example!! Why does it have to be country-specific? Likewise, there are a lot of nice Android apps too that are only available in country-specific Android markets and you can’t get your hands on them.. not officially at least.

UPDATE: The app we discuss in this tutorial is no longer available. We have written another article to help you with the process – How to Install Spotify and Other Country Restricted Apps on Android. Check it out.

We have already seen how you can access country-specific web applications like Google Music. Today we will see how to access or force install the country-specific locked apps on your Android.

Note: You must have a rooted Android device for the trick to work. If you have not rooted your device, you can have a look at Android Soul. I am sure you will find rooting guide for your device there and all the guides are very comprehensive.

Again, we are not responsible for any damage to your phone due to technical errors while rooting. You are on your own!!

Now, back to force installing apps unavailable in your country on your Android.

Step 1: Download and install Market Unlocker ( check How to Install Spotify and Other Country Restricted Apps on Android ) on your rooted Android Device. The application is free and can be installed on devices running Android version 2.2 and above.

market unlocker

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Step 2: Once the application is installed open it and click on the option Enable Unlocker  to change your market version (you will be asked to grant the administrative rights for the first time) but before doing so, have a look at the bottom of the application. The information displays the current version of the market on your device and if everything goes fine it will show Verizon (USA) by default.

allow root accessunlocked market

Voila, from this day forward you can download and install country specific applications on your Android devices. Yep, as simple as that!

That’s not all, while you are on the home screen of the application, swipe right on the screen to navigate to the market tab. Here, you can see a list of all the countries (like USA, Canada, Japan, etc.) and service providers you can port your market to. Just touch the vendor you want to change your market signature to. For ex, if you want to download an app available only to users in Japan, click on the Japan service provider from the list and let the changes take effect.

country list

The application also allows you to configure the country and service provider manually. Moreover you can use a proxy server to browse and download applications from the market. You can also use Market Unlocker for Amazon App Store and create an account to download a paid app for free every day.

app store option

There is a pro version of the application as well which removes all advertisements and enables automatic fetch/configuration of proxy comparing.

My Verdict

I think Market Unlocker (check How to Install Spotify and Other Country Restricted Apps on Android ) is one of the best ways to download country-specific application on any Android device. The application just requires root access to your device and after that you can change your market country signature with a blink of an eye. If you know of any similar Android tricks, we are all ears!

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  • Wayne

    I have a wm8650 M799ca with Chinese market on it. I would like to put American market on it.
    It states that chinese market can not be removed. Do you think this might work? Do you think I can install American market on it also, without removing chinese market.
    Me and 1000’s of others would like to know.
    This tablet has never been rooted as of yet.

    Thank you. Wayne

    • Ashish Sahai

      You need to root your device first – follow the link in this post or google it.

      You need not uninstall google market app that you have, you just want to be able to change country specific market you can access.

      This application does not uninstall market application, it just allows you to change what coutry specific market to use.

      I don’t think author has tested it (or will be able to) with your specific device so you will have to try on your own.

      Good luck.

      – Ashish Sahai

  • http://twitter.com/wreckanoid Wreckage

    Unfortunately it doesn’t work for Amazon Market in Australia. Even though I select a Free app., I cannot download it because I don’t have an American address on my credit card billing details. Bummer.

  • Bluebriz

    Market unlocker isn’t available in Japan, so I can’t even install it to install non-Japan market apps…. Anybody know where I can get the apk for it?

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