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: Apple reviews.
Change App Store to UK: getting started
First hit the Settings app on your iPhone's home screen. It's the one that looks like the inside of a clock. Now select the entry for 'iTunes & App Stores'.
The first thing you'll see at the top of the screen is your Apple ID (also above). Tap that. Now a pop-up dialog box appears (pictured above). Choose 'View Apple iD', and enter your password.
Change App Store to UK: Account Settings
When you are signed in 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 (pictured below). You'll need to be able to pay for things in the country you have chosen.
But hey, you are in the UK and you want your iPhone to recognise that, so all is good.
That's it. I'm sure you'll agree it is a very simple thing to do. Changing your iPad App Store to the UK is exactly the same process. Visit our iPhone spotlight for more iPhone tips.