How often have you wanted to download a beneficial app from the Play Store after seeing it but discovered that it wasn’t available in your country? There are many geo-restricted Android applications. Both of these apps, Tidal for music and TikTok for short videos, aren’t actually offered in India. Nevertheless, there is a simple trick that allows you to download programmes that are blocked in your nation.
On top of that, you can formally download geo-restricted apps through the Play Store on your phone. If you don’t want to use the Play Store, there are other alternatives that we’ll cover in this post.
Without further ado, here’s how to install an Android app that is blocked in your country.
Note: None of the methods affect your existing subscriptions or payment methods.
Download Android Apps Not Available in Your Country
METHOD 1: INSTALL COUNTRY-RESTRICTED APPS FROM THE PLAY STORE USING VPN
The Play Store is the finest place to get Android apps to download. Don’t worry if the app you’re looking for on the Play Store isn’t accessible in your country. With a VPN provider, there is a workaround for getting it directly from the Play Store. This is the procedure.
Step 1: Install a VPN from the Play Store. We suggest using Proton VPN since it is free and reliable. Open the app once installed.
Step 2:Choose a country by tapping on it. To choose the region you’re switching to, click here. Therefore choose the US if the programme you wish to download is accessible there.
Step 3: Select the Connect button next to any free server.
Step 4: Tap on OK when prompted. This essentially allows your phone to connect to a VPN.
Your phone is now connected to a VPN with the location set to the US.
Step 5: Open the Settings app on your device. Navigate to the Apps section.
Step 6: Tap on See all apps. Scroll down and select Google Play Store.
Step 7: Navigate to the ‘Storage and cache’ tab. Select Clear cache. Note that you should NOT tap on Clear storage.
Step 8: Head back to the previous screen and select Force stop. Tap on OK when prompted.
Step 9: Open the Play Store on your Android phone. Use the search bar at the top to look for the app you want to download.
Step 10: The app should now show up with the ability to download it. Tap on the Install button next to the app.
The screenshots below show the difference between using a VPN and not. You will receive the error message “This item is not available in your country” if you use the default country.
Once you download the apps of your choice, you can turn off the VPN connection by going into the VPN app.
METHOD 2: INSTALL APPS UNAVAILABLE IN YOUR COUNTRY VIA APK FILES
You can download an APK file and install an app manually if you’re unable to obtain your preferred apps through the Play Store or if the programme you’re seeking to download isn’t available there. This is how it goes.
Step 1: Open the browser of your choice on your Android phone.
Step 2: Use the address bar to navigate to APKMirror. Alternatively, you can use the button below if you’re viewing this article on your phone.
Step 3: Use the search button to look for the app you want to download.
Step 4: You will see a list of results for the search term. Tap on the relevant version of the app you wish to download.
Step 5: Now, select ‘See available downloads’.
Step 6: Find the latest version of the app and tap on the download button. Your download should now begin.
Once the APK gets downloaded, tap on it to install the app.
Your Android phone will now have the geo-restricted app loaded. You can obtain games that are not available in your nation using this method.
METHOD 3: GET LOCATION-RESTRICTED APPS FROM A THIRD-PARTY APP STORE
Although the Google Play Store is the main app store for Android, you may also install apps from other independent app shops. These app stores are useful for installing programmes that are restricted in your nation. Here’s how to download location-restricted programmes via a third-party app store like Aptoide.
Step 1: Visit Aptoide on your Android phone’s browser using the link below. Download the APK on your phone.
Step 2: Install the APK file by tapping on it. The Aptoide app store will now be installed on your phone.
Step 3: Open Aptoide and look for the apps you want to install.
You should be able to see all the apps without any restrictions. Download and install any app of your choice from here.
FAQS FOR INSTALLING COUNTRY-SPECIFIC APPS ON ANDROID
Installing and downloading apps from the Play Store is always recommended. However, if you download an app from a trusted third-party source, there shouldn’t be any issues.
Sure, you can switch to a different country on the Play Store. You cannot, however, switch countries more than once in a row. Thus, this is a simpler solution.
BREAK THROUGH THE LOCATION BARRIER
You are no longer have to feel unhappy that certain apps are not available in your area. Use the above-mentioned clever techniques to download programmes that are blocked in your country. You can use the programme as intended once it has been downloaded. Check out the Windows 11 Android app compatibility guide as well.