Are you stuck on the US App Store, or is your iOS device convinced that you're in or from the wrong country? Are you getting app and music prices in dollars or euros, or are geographical restrictions preventing you from accessing content that should be available in the UK? In this simple tutorial for iOS 7 we show how to switch the App Store on your iPhone or iPad so that it knows you are in the UK, and you can buy UK apps, music, TV series and movies. (Updated for iOS 7, 21 Jan 2014)
Here's a problem that will be familiar to many Macworld readers: your iPhone or iPad thinks that you are in the US or another country. Nothing wrong with that, of course (hello to our US cousins). But because of this geographical kerfuffle you can't purchase UK-specific apps or media. More importantly, without a US-registered credit card you may not be able to buy anything. At all. And that means your iPhone or iPad is hobbled.
The problem is simple: Apple thinks your personal Apple ID is based somewhere other than the country in which you reside. Fortunately the solution is equally simple: just change the details of your Apple ID account.
In this feature we show you how to change the App Store on your iPhone or iPad to UK. We'll show you how to change the location of your Apple ID to see UK apps at UK prices. See also: iOS 7 tips.
Change App Store to UK: getting started
First hit the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad's home screen. It's the one that looks like the inside of a clock - a grey box with cogs inside it. Now select the entry for 'iTunes & App Store'.
The first thing you'll see at the top of the screen is your Apple ID. Tap that. Now a pop-up dialog box appears. Choose 'View Apple ID', and enter your password.
Change App Store to UK: Account Settings
After you've signed in successfully you'll see the account settings screen. Choose the 'Country/Region' option, and simply select the location with which you want your ID to be associated. You'll need to be able to pay for things in the country you have chosen.
But hey, you're in the UK and you want your iPhone (or iPad) to recognise that, so all is good.
An interesting side note: if you've got account credit, as in the above screenshot (as a result of not spending all of the balance from a gift card, for example), Apple won't let you switch country. But in that case, of course, you wouldn't need to switch country.
Change App Store to UK: iOS 6
We've switched to the UK App Store in iOS 7 above, but the process is virtually identical in iOS 6. Here's what it looks like in iOS 6: