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How to get a Canadian iTunes account in the US or UK
Play Respawnables, RAD Soldiers, Bookworm Heroes, or Middle Manager of Justice right now
Product: App Store | Publisher: Apple
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You might have noticed that we talk about the Canadian App Store a lot here at Pocket Gamer.

That's because developers use the store in the Great White North to test out games on a smaller population, before setting the game loose in the United States and Britain.

As such, Canucks are already playing games like Respawnables, Middle Manager of Justice, Dungeons & Dragons Warband, Bookworm Heroes, and RAD Soldiers.

But, that doesn't mean you have to simply wait, or start applying for a Canadian green card. You can jump on these soft launches while sitting in the comfort of your own London home.

Follow these simple steps, and you'll have a fake Canadian App Store account before you can say 'Sacré bleu! There's a moose in my yard!'

Canada 01
First up, you're going to want to 'change country' on your PC or Mac. So, open iTunes on your desktop and navigate to the App Store.

In the bottom-right-hand corner, there's a little Union Jack flag (or the flag of whatever country you're currently in). Click it. You can now choose an international store to log into, so choose Canada.

You can, of course, tweak this tutorial to gain access to any store in the world. You could get an account in New Zealand to download games a few hours earlier than the rest of the planet, for example, or you could get an account in Japan for some foreign treats.

Canada 02

Don't jump the gun. We know you're excited about seeing dollar signs and references to Justin Bieber, but if you go straight to the 'Create Account' option, you'll be forced to enter some payment details.

Instead, try to download a free app. That's the important bit - it must be an app that costs zilch.

A pop-up message will appear asking you to sign in or create an account. Choose 'Create New Account'.

Canada 03

You're going to need to go through the usual account settings. You'll need a different email address from the one you're using on your main account. Grab a free Gmail account if you don't have two.

Once you get to the billing section, you can choose 'None' as your payment choice. Choose it, and continue.

Canada 04

You'll now need to find a legitimate Canadian postal address so that you can fill in the above iTunes registration form.

There are plenty of resources on the web to help you out in this regard, but we've had the most success typing in things like 'Ottawa Bakery' or 'Toronto Zoo'.

Slap in the necessary information, and you'll be good to go.

Canada 05

On your iOS device, log out of your old account and then sign in as your cheeky Canadian doppelgänger.

You now have full access to the Canadian App Store, and can download any of the Canada-only games we write about on Pocket Gamer.

Let us know how you get on, ey?

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Mark Brown 11 December 2012
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Jun 2014
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Andy Phillips | 19:23 - 4 June 2014
Canadian iTunes gift cards are sometimes (like right now - checking out their usefulness is what brought me here) available on US eBay at a significant discount. I presume this would eliminate the problem involved with paying with a US credit card.
Jan 2014
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@JayFanchez | 01:25 - 24 January 2014
Nope. Doesn;t work. By selecting "none" for billing, it is going to require you to enter a payment type when you buy something. They then reject your credit card for having a USA card number.
Jun 2013
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Stephen Page | 20:13 - 20 June 2013
Worked a treat, I'm currently played Ultima Quest For The Avatar weeeeeeeee

thanks very much!
Oct 2012
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@britishgaming | 20:05 - 13 December 2012
Hey Cho. You can always add a payment option later, or use iTunes gift vouchers from the appropriate country, if you want to buy apps.
Sep 2012
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Cho Ng | 20:02 - 13 December 2012
If you choose 'none' for payment method how can you buy apps. Or does this only work for free apps?
Aug 2012
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s4ndm4n87 | 10:17 - 12 December 2012
"I think if you try and change iTunes accounts on a device then you can't log back in to that device with the original account for 90 days or something like that so be careful if doing this outside of iTunes...."

nope not true. I have a US and UK account and theres no issue changing accounts except when re-downloading purchased items, if you do it wiht the UK account then you cant re-download purchased items on the US account for 90 days but you can still switxh accounts and buy new stuff
May 2009
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chanandler | 20:39 - 11 December 2012
I think if you try and change iTunes accounts on a device then you can't log back in to that device with the original account for 90 days or something like that so be careful if doing this outside of iTunes....
Jun 2011
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iCat3GS | 18:35 - 11 December 2012
Heh heh heh... While all us Canucks get US accounts to get stuff released in that App Store ;)
Jul 2012
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Contest Chris | 18:23 - 11 December 2012
Urm, what's the point in changing the flag if you're gonna be making a new account? Step 1 is therefore redundant.

Also, all this can be done on a iPad or iPhone.

And AFAIK, none is only an if you use a code.