Do you want to switch regions on your primary Apple ID account used on a Mac or PC? Users who’re moving to a different country would want to do this to unlock iTunes and App Store content in that specific region. Some people tend to just make a new Apple account when presented with this situation, but that’s not necessary when Apple gives you the option to change the account’s country or region settings, right from a Mac or PC.
Whenever you make a new Apple account from scratch, you’re prompted to select your country, which allows Apple to provide localized content on its App Store and iTunes Store. From this point, your Apple account is locked to that particular region in the sense that you’ll need to make payments in the country’s local currency and you’re limited to apps and services that are available in that region. Although Apple does allow you to change the country if you really want to, you may often need to go through additional hoops which we’ll cover in a second.
You can make this change easily from a Mac, Windows PC, or iPhone or iPad. We’ll be focusing on the desktop computer side of things here however.
How to Change Apple ID Country or Region on PC & Mac
The steps are pretty much identical on both PC and Mac except for the fact that you’ll be using the Music app on macOS and iTunes on PC. Here’s what you need to do:
- Launch the stock Music app on your Mac. If you’re on a Windows PC, simply open iTunes instead.
- Now, Mac users need to make sure the Music app is the active window and then click on the “Account” option from the menu bar. PC users will be able to find the menu bar right below the playback controls in iTunes.
- Next, click on “View My Account” located right beneath your Apple ID email address as indicated in the screenshot below.
- You’ll now be prompted to enter your Apple ID login details for verification before you’re allowed to view the account settings. Enter the password and click on “Sign In”.
- Here, you’ll find the Country/Region section below your billing address. Simply click on the “Change Country or Region” hyperlink to access the country selection menu.
That’s it. Now, all you need to do is select the country and agree to the Terms & Conditions.
Once you do this, you’ll be asked to enter your new payment information and billing address for the country you selected. So, make sure you have it ready.
At this point, you might think this process is easy. But, in reality, a lot of users including myself cannot access the country/region selection menu and actually change it. This is because you need to meet certain requirements before you’re allowed to switch regions since your payment data is linked to your Apple ID.
To start off, you’ll need to cancel all your active subscriptions. Not just that, you’ll need to wait until the end of the subscription before you can change your region. Additionally, you need to wait for any pre-orders, movie rentals, or season passes to complete processing. Apart from these two reasons, if you have any credit left in your Apple ID, you’ll need to first spend them and empty your balance. You can learn more about all the requirements and how to fix them right here.
Do you own an iOS or iPadOS device as well? In that case, you may also be keen on checking out how to change the Apple ID country or region on an iPhone and iPad. You can complete all the necessary requirements on your mobile device too.
o you think Apple should make country/region change more straightforward? Or, is it fine just the way it is due to payments being involved? Do let us know your personal opinions and feel free to share your valuable feedback in the comments section down below.