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I’ve been traveling to Asia often lately and found that when I am in countries like South Korea or Thailand (where I am right now), I found that you cannot access certain apps on the Play Store. Now, this can become a headache especially when I can’t get apps like Google Voice, which I need to keep in contact with my friends and voice messages for my phone number in the U.S. Also, I do enjoy listening to music using Pandora app or watching movies with Netflix when I am traveling outside the U.S.
Well, I found out the hard way the first time that I couldn’t download any of these apps, especially after installing a new custom ROM. One of the easiest way to get around this is to simply have the apps you want installed on your phone before traveling. But since I do install new custom ROMs often and reset my phone almost on daily basis, sometimes I do need to actually re-download these apps from the Play Store.
Also, you can use Titanium Backup app to backup all of your apps before installing custom ROMs, so you can restore your apps instead of re-downloading them from the Play Store.
But what if Murphy Law’s comes into effect, where I forget to install my apps, I forget to backup apps using Titanium backup, and perhaps the only way is to get the apps on Play Store?
No worries, I found out how to enable U.S. Play Store from any rooted Android smartphone or tablet from anywhere in the world.
This will involve tricking the Play Store to think I am in the U.S.
We can trick the Play Store by doing the following:
1. We need a U.S. IP address. Play Store will check the IP address of the Android device you are using, if your IP is not in the U.S., you will not have access to the Play Store. We can solve this by either installing SSH Tunnel or VPN, both of which will route your traffic through a computer in the U.S. soil.
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