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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Creating a US iTunes Account from Canada (Works for Other Countries Too!)

I present to you a much requested topic!

Up until recently, I had been content with the selection within my own (Canadian) Regional iTunes Store. However after reading about "Paper," the new Flipboard/Facebook mash-up App, I decided it was time to gain access to the US iTunes Store.

And now I will share it with you.

As you can derive from above, I am living in Canada and created a US iTunes account. Typically when creating an account a credit card from within the same country is required. There is a simple work around to "skip" providing this information.

What you need

  • a computer running iTunes
  • a valid address for the country you are creating an account
  • an email address that does not have an Apple ID associated with it
The process is fairly simple but I will still walk through it step-by-step.

  1. Open iTunes and navigate to the Store using the button in the upper-right corner. Once there (and if necessary), Log Out by clicking the Apple ID in the upper-left.
  2. Scroll to the button of the page and click on the flag icon (or the change country) to select your new iTunes Store region.

  3. Now you must find some thing "Free" to download. As stated above, I chose the new "Paper" app by Facebook. Apps are the easiest "Free" item to find within the iTunes Store (and I have confirmed it works), in theory the Single of the week should work as well.
  4. After selecting something to download you will be prompted to sign in. Select the "Create Apple ID"
  5. This will bring you to the first page in creating you new Apple ID. Here enter your email address (Remember, there must not be an existing Apple ID associated with the email).
  6. Pressing "Continue" you will find the payment information page. Be sure to ignore the "If your billing address..." at the top and ensure that "None" is selected in the "Payment Type" field. Lastly, enter a valid address from the country that matched the iTunes Store.
  7. After clicking through a verification email you will be good to go!


I have verified that this works from Canada obtaining a US account. In theory it should work from/to any country. Comment below where you are and what regions account you created.

With your account configured with "Payment Type" as "None" you will be able to download any free content. If you do want to purchase something, a credit card or iTunes gift card from that country is required.

As always, following me on Twitter @Steves_Studio to stay up to date or for support. And most recently, I am now on Instagram Steves_Studio 


  1. Worked great - thank you so much!!

  2. The mailing address that I enter has to be in the US?

  3. Mine won't enter anything its just stuck on Canada and that's it :(

  4. Boo Yaa KAshaa!

    worked! online gift card goodness

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  6. Doesn't work any longer. Used a new AppleID with a US address. It no longer provides you the no payment option. I think Apple may have plugged this loophole :-(

  7. I went through the steps and verified the email but it keeps asking me to verify the email over and over.

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