Amazon App Store workaround discovered for non-U.S. Android users

March 28, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Hacks, Android Tricks


The Amazon App Store has introduced some features that make it better than the Android Market, but only U.S. Android users have so far been able to access them. This doesn’t sit well with many of our British, Canadian, and other international readers.

Good news, Android users of the world! It turns out that the Amazon store is “U.S. only” in a very limited sense. XDA users in Canada, Norway, and the United Kingdom have reported that they managed to browse the Amazon App Store through telling a few web-based lies to Amazon’s account registry.

That’s because the Amazon App Store doesn’t actually check your location when signing-up; it checks the home address and credit card number associated with your Amazon account. That means entering a fake U.S. address and credit card number should open up the App Store to anyone in the world. This “hack” will not allow you to purchase apps, but you will be able to download the free Amazon exclusive apps, as well as the Free Android App of the Day that has been available to U.S. Android phones since the App Store launched earlier this week.

Here’s how to do it yourself, courtesy of About Everything.

1. Register for an e-mail address or use a throw-away account. DO NOT USE your current email address tied to Amazon because entering fake information is grounds to have your account suspended.

2. Register for a new account on Amazon using the disposable email address. Again, DO NOT use your regular Amazon account or email address.

3. Enter information as if you were based in the U.S. Go to for help in this regard. Enter the name, address, phone number, and credit card number (Amex, Mastercard, Visa ).

4. Download the Amazon App Store apk to your phone. Follow this tutorial for help in getting it on your phone.

5. Browse the Amazon App Store from your phone! You will not be able to access paid apps, but you can at least get the free apps that are exclusive to Amazon.I’ve double-checked with a staff member based in Europe and it worked, so good luck.

About Everything via XDA Developers