Can I install apps from other country's iTunes App Store?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Doraemon, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. Doraemon macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2001
    Europe (EU)
    Hi all,

    there's the game "Puyo Puyo Fever Touch" that was only released in Japan's App Store. (
    Now, I was wondering, if someone in Japan could buy and download it for me and send me the file and I would install it.
    Would that work?

    I'd really love to have this game!

    Thanks! :)
  2. Penfold2711 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2011
    I would think not that would be like file sharing and :apple: wouldnt agree to that as it would hit their profits :cool:
  3. Doraemon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2001
    Europe (EU)
    Why would it be like file sharing? Not at all! I would ask somebody in Japan to buy it for me, and send me the app without this person using it too. I'm not at all interested in pirating it. It's just a matter of unavailability of this app outside of Japan.

    I am wondering if there are any technical restrictions that will hinder me from doing that?
  4. ClutchThese macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
    you can make an account for the japan store. :)

    log into the japan itunes store and create an account. then, search the store and purchase what you want.

    If your "friend" purchases it, you can get the .app from them, but then you would have to input their password each time you install it to your phone/do an update.
  5. Doraemon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2001
    Europe (EU)
    Okay, the password thing is an issue.
    But I can't create an account in Japan without Japanese billing address/credit card, right?
  6. rezzo macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2006
    Sorry to revive an old thread, but I have the same problem.

    I want to download some free applications and other payment from the Japanese store. Does anyone know how I can do?
  7. steveschmidt85 macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2011


    You can create new account at Apple Store which are for this Japanies Apps. then you can install It from any where in the world. If any error you will get please share with us, so other people may know about that error.

  8. SilverWiz macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2010
    Actually, there is a trick to overcome the Japanese credit card issue and it works best if you have a friend who is physically in Japan.
    You can create a Japanese iTunes account if your friend tells you his address (any Japanese address works though) and buy for you an iTunes Gift Card which only works for the Japan AppStore. You just need the code in the back and not the actual card. You can then purchase apps using the money from the iTunes gift card.
    The account will be yours and you will be able to update the applications you have purchased using this account. It's a whole new world in the Japanese AppStore, so give it a try :)
  9. victorpaul1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2013
    Can I install apps from other country's iTunes App Store?

    By upgrade, does that mean no app updates once you switch countries?

    If so, I don't see the purpose of switching rather than creating a new account if you can't use any of your old content.

    What a hassle.

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