How to Create a U.S iTunes account without a credit card

How to Create a U.S iTunes account without a credit card

If you want to watch region-blocked TV on your iPad or iPhone, you will need some apps. Netflix, NBC, CBS, BBC iPlayer, ITV player for example. These apps  are only available in the U.S or UK iTunes stores, and if you don't live in those countries, you have no access to these stores with your Australian iTunes account.

So what's the workaround?

You need to create a U.S and U.K iTunes account. When you need to download or update apps, you sign out of your Australian iTunes account and sign into your UK or US account. 

This guide shows you how to get a US iTunes account, and get all the free apps from the US store. Getting paid apps is a bit tricky, as you'll need to find a way to add credits to your US iTunes account without a US credit card (or a US PayPal account).  The steps in this guide will also work for signing up to the U.K iTunes store.

At the end of this post, check out the next steps.

  1. How to download apps from other countries iTunes accounts
  2. How to watch region-blocked TV

Create a new Gmail account

Create a new Gmail account

Use a different email address that will be associated with your US iTunes account. If you want to also setup a UK iTunes account, then get a Gmail account for this too.

Logout of your current iTunes account

Logout of your current iTunes account

I am demonstrating this using an Australian account, but the principle will work with any other country.
In iTunes on a computer, logout of your current iTunes account.

Change the Country

Change the Country

in iTunes, select the iTunes Store.

Change the country

Change the country

Scroll to the bottom of the page. Find the Australian flag and click on it.

Select United states to access the US iTunes Store

Select United states to access the US iTunes Store

Select the United States

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Normally, if you try to sign up now, you'll be forced to enter in details of a valid US credit card, or a valid US PayPal account. But if we use the free app trick, we can create a US account without the need to input any payment methods.

The easiest way to do this is to go to the "App Store", and find a free app listed on the home page.

Select a Free app

Select a Free app

Select a free app. Click "Free"

Create your US AppleID

Create your US AppleID

This should open a new window asking you to sign in. Click on the "Create Apple ID" button.

 

Signing up

Signing up

Proceed through the sign up process, use a real email address, but not one that's associated with any existing Apple account. When you get to the payment screen, the "None" payment method should now automagically appear!

Note that you'll need to enter a US based address. My recommendation would be to enter a real address, and I would start with perhaps the address of a hotel, a business - use your imagination!

Select a State which does not have sales tax - See the image above.

You'll now receive a verification email sent to your entered email address (hence why you needed a real email address), open up the email and click on the verification link, enter your new login details to verify your account.

 

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Sign in to verify your email address

Sign in to verify your email address

Enter your details, click Verify Address and once that has occurred, you will click, Return to the Store.

Success!

Success!

If all goes well, your account is now ready to use. You can Start Shopping.

Test it Out

Test it Out

Download a free app to make sure your account works. You will need to sign back into the store.
Here are iPad apps with the search: Movies. some of these will not work even if you have downloaded them becausde you will need a cable account. However, there are still many others which will work. Example: Netflix

Search also for TV to get apps which let you watch American TV on your iPad

Where is your App?

Where is your App?

Select Apps in iTunes, then click All. Your apps are in alphabetical order.

Changing to a different iTunes store on the iPad

Changing to a different iTunes store on the iPad

You need iTunes - either on your computer or on your iPad. Logout from your current iTunes Store.
On the iPad, open the iTunes app, select the Music tab, scroll down to the bottom of that page, tap your apple ID and then tap, Sign Out.

Sign in with your new US account

Sign in with your new US account

Switch Stores

Switch Stores

Select OK to switch to the US iTunes Store. You can retiurn to the Australian store by signing out of your US account and signing in with your Australian account credentials.

Download apps

Download apps

If you downloaded an app whilst in iTunes on the computer, you can download it to your iPad by opening the App Store app, selecting the Purchased tab and tapping the app to download it to the iPad.

You could also transfer the apps to your iPad via iTunes syncing.

Download an app from the US iTunes Store on the iPad

Download an app from the US iTunes Store on the iPad

Open the app Store app. Select the Featured tab. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. You should see your US iTunes account.
Search for any free app and download it.

Any app you download on the iPad will be synced to your computer when you are logged into your US iTunes account in iTunes on your computer

Updating US iTunes Store apps

Updating US iTunes Store apps

Select the Updates tab in the App Store app.

Any app on your iPad that requires updating will appear here. You can only update your US iTunes Store apps when you are logged in with your US account.

What do you do next?

Download some apps

You've got yourself a U.S iTunes account but what do you do with it? Download free apps unless you have worked out how to get some credit into your U.S iTunes account.You could also download some region based apps to watch TV like Netflix or the American TV channel apps like NBC and CBS. If you had a UK iTunes account, download the BBC iPlayer or ITV player. In Australia, download apps like the  ABCiView, Tenplay, Plus 7. I'm sure every country has their own catch up TV apps. Of course, you also need a way to get past the region blocking which is the final piece of the puzzle.

Watching TV in other countries

Broadcasters can identify which country you’re in when you access their website. They use various methods to determine your location, but the most popular is something called Geo-IP look up. Basically, when you navigate to their website, the network address of your computer is sent to the web server. They can look up that address in a database to see the country that address is registered to. So what's the work around?

UnoTelly supports most region-blocked content, including Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, but also websites from Europe, Australia and New Zealand. If you visit one of these websites, UnoTelly will automatically help you pose as if you were coming from the right region. This way you can have Netflix open in one tab and BBC iPlayer in another