Accessing U.S. Google Play Store

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by recharge23, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. recharge23 macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    Seoul, South Korea
    hi all,

    i just recently bought a nexus 7 here in korea and am looking forward to familiarizing myself with android, but the thing that's frustrating me a little bit is that i can't access the U.S. Google Play store.

    i can find most apps and such but all the movies/books are korean. is there any way around this? i plan to use a U.S. based credit card for payment (this works fine for the U.S. iTunes store).

    i came across market enabler in my search for answers but am unsure of how to go about making that work.

    thanks in advance!
  2. siiip5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2012
    Log into Google Play via your web browser. Use your military APO address that is linked to your US credit card. I don't think you will be able to use the Play Store app though, because I have to assume your are pulling wifi from a Korean carrier/internet company. What about using public wifi on base?
  3. recharge23 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    Seoul, South Korea
    ah, if only i were in the military! google play on web browser is the same, all korean. i have yet to attach my u.s. billing info to my google wallet but i don't feel like that will change anything

    thanks though.
  4. Explicitic macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    If your N7 is rooted and you also have BusyBox installed (if you don't, install it with this app: there are alternatives but this is what I always used), the following instructions should work.

    1. Download the latest Play Store APK -
    2. Install it (just like any other APK).
    3. Download Market Enabler - and install it.
    4. Download DroidVPN from the Play Store and register.
    5. Verify your DroidVPN registration in your mailbox after which they’ll send you your password.
    6. Open Market Enabler and select any fake US carrier (e.g. T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.)
    7. Open DroidVPN and login with the email and password they sent you and press ‘Start’.
    8. A green icon will display in the notification bar which means you are connected.
    9. Clear the cache in the Play Store app.
    10. Run the full US Google Play Store.

    These instructions are from
    I just added the link to the latest Play Store (3.10.9) and BusyBox installer.
  5. unlinked macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    There is a language drop down at the bottom of the page.

    I don't think Google quite understood that you can not predict the language a person speaks based on their ip when they launched the web Play Store.
  6. recharge23 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    Seoul, South Korea
    this isn't it either. it's already set as english. what i'm looking for is access to the u.s. play store with american movies/books.

    thanks for your help though. guess i'll keep looking.

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