Those of you who follow the mobile gaming scene closely are probably well aware that many games get soft-launched in certain countries’ app stores before they are released worldwide. Developers do this so that they can make the final tweaks needed to make sure their multiplayer servers can handle the load, their monetization system is fair, and their gameplay is balanced.
There are countries that get soft launches much more frequently than others. Those lucky gamers with Canadian or New Zealand App Store accounts often get new games weeks before the rest of us do. Only luck’s got nothing to do with it. Creating your own foreign App Store account is pretty easy. Here at AppsGoer, we’ve made several public IDs you can use to log in to the Canadian App Store and snag some soft-launched games. We’re happy to keep providing that service, but the problem with the public IDs is that anybody can try to reset their password and lock out the account for everyone else. If you’d like the convenience and stability of using your own personal Candian Apple ID, I’m going to walk you through a process that you can do using only an iOS device.
In my example, I will be creating a Canadian account, but you can tweak my steps to create an account for any other country’s App Store.
1. Get an email address that you have access to and that is not already in use as an Apple ID.
Gmail users can simply add periods or plus signs to their email address. Apple will read it as a new email address, but you will still receive the verification email.
For example, all of the email addresses below go to the exact same Gmail inbox:
I will be using AppsGoerTutorials+CA@gmail.com to create a new Candian Apple ID.
2. Find a Canadian street address and phone number. Switching to another app while creating a new Apple ID will restart the process, so you can’t just leave the info up in Maps or Safari — you’ll need to write it down or pull it up on a second device.
Finding an address and phone number in the first place is as easy as pulling up the Maps app and looking for any business location in Canada. McDonald’s is a good bet. Some Canadian cities you could use are Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa.
3. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store, tap your Apple ID, then Sign Out.
4. Head to the App Store and try to download any free app you don’t already have on your device. Select “Create New Apple ID”.
5.. Even though your country will be grayed out, you can still tap it to change it. Switch it to Canada then hit Next.
6. Agree to the iTunes Terms and Conditions.
7. Enter the email address and password you will be using for your Canadian Apple ID. You must enter three security questions and your date of birth. You do not need a rescue email or to be subscribed to the emails. Hit Next.
8. Leave the payment method as None. You must enter a Billing Address and Phone number. Your Billing Address has to be a Canadian address. The space in the middle of the Canadian zip code is optional.
9. You will be notified that a verification email has been sent to your address. Log in to your email, and hit Verify Now >. You will then need to log into Apple’s site with the email address and password for the Canadian Apple ID.
Once it’s verified, you’re good to start downloading games from your Canadian Apple ID. It should already be signed in on your iOS device.
Well, now you’ve got two (or more) Apple IDs to juggle. I personally use three (US, Canada, and New Zealand). When you want to switch to another one, it’s as easy as following Step 3 above to sign out, then signing in to your other Apple ID on the same page. When you switch back, a popup will let you know which iTunes Store it will be switching to. When one of your apps needs to be updated, you don’t need to sign in and out of your different IDs, but you will be prompted to enter the password for the Apple ID that originally downloaded the app.
That’s all there is to it! Feel free to ask questions in the comments.