May 10, 2011

US iTunes Store Access (Part 1) – How to Create a US Apple ID

by Maverick Wil · 93 comments

If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t get movies or songs from iTunes or why there are error messages when you try to get certain apps for your iPad, it is because we in Malaysia are using a “Malaysia” Apple ID by default which we showed you how to do here. This ID only allows us access to the Malaysia iTunes Store which has different content from the US version of the store.

Your Request Could Not Be Completed.

It’s quite annoying. Kind of like when YouTube doesn’t allow you to watch certain videos because you live outside of the US.

What’s in the US iTunes Store?

What are we missing out on? A LOT.

US iTunes Store

Music! Movies! iTunes! Compare the screenshot above with the current iTunes app on your iPad and spot the differences.

  • Content Variety – Regional restrictions mean that most commercial media content are only available in the US such as movies, TV series, songs, music videos, etc. You will also be able to get apps like Kindle or Pandora that similarly provide content that is restricted outside of the US.
  • More FREE Content – There are always weekly free content to be downloaded ranging from sample songs to TV show 1st episode giveaways.
  • Promo/Coupon Codes – You can get discounts and special offers by using coupon codes.

Ok great so how do you create a US Apple ID? Hang on just one moment. Creating a US Apple ID when you’re not based in the US is against the iTunes Store’s Terms and Conditions.

Rules are rules.

But hey; let’s assume you’re on a long working holiday in the US or you travel there quite frequently.

Instructions: Create a “US” Apple ID Without a Credit Card

You will need an active Internet Connection so turn on Wi-Fi or 3G/Data and make sure your iPad is connected.

Step 1

Settings on Home Screen

On your iPad, open “Settings” from the Home Screen.

Step 2

Sign Out from Existing Apple ID

Tap on “Store”. Log out from your Malaysia Apple ID account by tapping on it and then on “Sign Out”.

Step 3

App Store on Home Screen

Go back to the Home Screen and open “App Store”.

Step 4

Top Charts in App Store

Tap on “Top Charts”.

Step 5

Free Apps in US App Store

On the right hand side, you will see all the top Free iPad Apps. Choose ANY “FREE” app that you would like to have. In our example, we have chosen the HBO GO app as an example. Go ahead and tap on “FREE” for the app you have chosen and this will turn into a green “INSTALL APP” button which you will also need to tap on.

Step 6

Create US Apple ID Prompt

Tap on “Create New Apple ID”.

Step 7

Country/Region Selection

Make sure you change store country/region to United States (scroll right to the top of the drop down list) and tap on “Next”.

Step 8

US iTunes Store T&C

Tap on “Agree” for the Terms & Conditions. You will have to tap on “Agree” one more time after a prompt pops up.

Step 9

New US Account Form

Fill in your details. You will need to enter a different email address from the one you used for your Malaysia Apple ID or other existing Apple ID you may have created before. Double confirm the email address is correct as you will need to verify this later. Once done, tap on “Next”.

Step 10

US Billing Information

Tap on the “Payment Card” field to change it from Visa to “None”.

If you do not see “None” as an option, double check that you chose a FREE app in Step 3 and not a Paid app.

If that still doesn’t work, you’ll have to try doing this whole registration process in iTunes on a computer. We have posted up an alternative tutorial here: “Create New Apple ID Without a Credit Card [Using iTunes]“. Just remember to adjust the country setting accordingly.

Step 11

US Billing Information 2

You will now have to fill in a US address and phone number. The Address, City, State, Zip, and Phone that you enter has to match up.

Finding a US Address

You can find a full valid US address with a matching phone number by simply going to Google Maps. Put in the name of a coffee shop or fast food restaurant (e.g. Mcdonald’s, Starbucks, etc). Click on “Search Maps” and you’ll be able to find an address to choose from. This is of course a hypothetical situation and assuming that you happen to share the same address and phone number as a coffee shop somewhere in the US 😉

Once you’ve filled in everything, tap on “Next” to continue.

Step 12

E-Mail Verification

You’ve nearly created your Apple ID. You just have to check your email and verify your account from there. Go back to the Home Screen and open “Safari” to browse to your email service.

Step 10

Verification Email from Apple

This is what the verification from Apple looks like. Tap on “Verify Now” and a new window will open up.

Step 11

Sign In to Verify Screen

Enter your Apple ID (which is your email address) and the password you chose earlier. Tap on “Verify Address”. Once the verification is successful, tap on “Return to the Store”. This will automatically bring up the US App Store.

Step 12

New US Apple ID Congratulation Screen

If you notice on the congratulations screen, Apple tells you that “You can now shop for your favourite music, movies, TV Shows, and more.”

Tap on “Done”. Congrats! You have successfully created a US Apple ID without a credit card.

Using US & Malaysia Apple ID Together

You can use both your US and Malaysia Apple ID on your iPad to browse and download apps/content. You can also sync your iPad as per usual to the iTunes program on your computer. Nothing changes.

The only inconvenience is that you will have to switch between the two accounts (Steps 1 & 2 above) to access the different contents in both stores. Updating an app will also need to be done according to the store which you got it from. For example if you purchased and downloaded Angry Birds from the Malaysia store, you won’t be able to update it (or rather an update won’t even show up) when you are logged in with the US Apple ID.

Conclusion: How to Purchase Content

There are tons of free content on the US iTunes Store compared to our Malaysia store but the real treat is being able to buy media content. What’s fun about paying for movies and music? We don’t know how to explain it but give it a try and you’ll see what we mean.

Obviously the US iTunes and App Store require a US credit card for purchases so in Part 2 of the US iTunes Store Access, we’ll show you how to work around this using US iTunes Gift Cards.

  • Drman_12

    well done guys!!!

    • Maverick Wil

      Thanks for dropping by!

  • Doreengoh24

    I tried the step 1 & 2 but when I went back to the app store my screen still at Malaysia store. When i try to search for the app HBO Go, it does not exist? Can I know what when wrong?

    • Issac Ng

      I met the same problem too, but, before you see the HBO app, you need to get into AppStore, then simply click on any purchase, and choose the store as United States. Somehow then, it works!

    • Maverick Wil

      Ah ok. I see where I went wrong there. HBO is not supposed to show up after you just logged out from a Malaysia account. Will amend this part. :)

  • Issac Ng

    This is so helpful.

  • Doreengoh24

    Tks Issac, got it :)

  • Doreengoh24

    Hi, but then when i try to access HBO Go, still cannot it say Internet access needed. I was on wifi though

    • Issac Ng

      Ops. Something gone wrong. Can you Kill the AppStore app, sign out any Apple ID in Settings, then every steps again.

      • Maverick Wil

        What went wrong? Yea you can do that.

    • Maverick Wil

      Yea, I’m getting that as well now. I’ll try it on a VPN later this evening and update here. I’m thinking HBO implemented i.p. restriction.

  • Kelvin Ang

     anymore update ??

  • Calfyk

    can i do this using iTunes on my laptop?

    • Maverick Wil

       Yes you can. It is a similar process.

  • Calfyk

    I did it!!! Yesss!!! hahahaha..thanks a lot.

  • Mchief190

    I bought the iPad just for the games and apps, how much difference is there between the American and Malaysian app stores? 

    • Maverick Wil

      Not much difference but in general, the US store has slightly more promotions.

      • Joven

        Excuse can I use your phone by making my own us id please???!!!

  • Carollow

    Thanks so much!!! I was trying to download Kindle app into the iPad and was almost going crazy that I couldn’t do it via the PC because there is no selection of “none” for payment. Awesome life-saver! :)

    • Maverick Wil

      You’re welcome 😉 Alternatively for books you can also try “Kobo” which also has an extensive collection but unlike Amazon, it is available internationally.

      • Joven

        Hi sir. Can i use the phone number you’ve put im making my own id

    • Yuki Raito

      Carollow how to send the book to our kindle (in ipad) im trying hard to use it but cannot ma.

  • UrAwesome

    OMG THANK YOU , YOU’RE MY FREAKING HERO!! I thought i was gonna waste the $15 gift card, thanks man… =D

  • Csloh2k

    Can the same email address use for both Malaysia and us ID ?

    • Maverick Wil

      No. You need a different email for each account as the email represents your Apple ID (aka Username).

  • Lynn

    Awesome.  Am just wondering though, if we have two itunes accounst ie US and Msia, how would we transfer the apps from those itunes  to iphone? Does it mean we have to sync twice with different account?

    • Maverick Wil

      No you can sync like normal. You just need to ‘Authorize’ both Apple ID’s (accounts) to your preferred computer: In iTunes on your computer, click on ‘Store’ tab in the top menu bar and sign in to your account. Then under the same tab, select ‘Authorize this computer’. Sign out and repeat with your other Apple ID.

  • Amit_wlfhss

    i can nit open it…i try this process,,but am fail..can you please help me??can you open it for me..please….when you open it you wiil send me apple id and passwoerd in my mail,,my mail is ..oh you should open a new id,,you can not use my mail address to open this account

  • Victor

    I heard from a friend that if I use another Apple ID to login to Apple Store, it will LOCKED the previous Apple ID for 2 months and cannot use that previous Apple ID for 2 months.

    Is it TRUE?

    Is there such a RULE?

    • Maverick Wil

      Nope 😉 Multiple Apple IDs are expected by Apple. No such ‘rule’.

  • Victor

    I heard from a friend that if I use another Apple ID to login to Apple Store, it will LOCKED the previous Apple ID for 2 months and cannot use that previous Apple ID for 2 months.

    Is it TRUE?

    Is there such a RULE?

  • Victor

    I heard from a friend that if I use another Apple ID to login to Apple Store, it will LOCKED the previous Apple ID for 2 months and cannot use that previous Apple ID for 2 months.

    Is it TRUE?

    Is there such a RULE?

  • Zulsim

    I have just updated my iPad to iOS5 & also created an Apple ID. Previously I have been purchasing apps using a different account. After the updating, I can’t do any updates on my previously-purchased apps. The following message keeps popping up: “This Apple ID is only valid for use in the Malaysian Store” How do I update those apps?

    • Zulsim

      I have solved the problem. Apparently I now have 2 Apple accounts with separate ID. So, I just sign-out the new account & sign-in my previous account, & update those apps purchased thru the previous account. Only thru the account used in the original purchasing can an apps be updated.

      • Maverick Wil

        Sorry for getting back to you late. That’s correct. You need to update apps according to the Apple ID you downloaded them with. Cheers.

  • zain7478

    thanks for the tips…
    i just created a us itunes id…

    you forget to mention …
    using the us itunes id you could download tons of free books from iBooks app 😉

    within the first 10 minutes i’ve already downloaded some 26 free books ranging from childern books to non fiction books

    thanks again

    • Maverick Wil

      That’s right. Tons of nice reading material 😉

  • Bradbrabus

    does this work on an iphone too????

  • Calleyz

    Created a new apple ID but faced problem to varify the new apple ID. Error msg as follow, what
    Should i do?
    “This email address is already in use or you may already have an Apple ID associated with this email address. Please try again or sign in using your existing Apple ID.”

  • Johann2

    apple knows about this trick?
    It is said that 90 millions Ipads have been sold worldwide so far. Therefore, if 40 millions are in the USA, how apple expect the other 50 millions to use the Ipad outside the USA? only for web browsing?
    Definetely the USA store is the biggest  and the best, so Apple should make it offcicial to access USA store to everybody, not just US. Otherwise go for Android devices. Free access to everybody.

  • Me_mel883

    Pren of mine has created new Apple US id. But then, she couldn’t log in to the facebook acct and the error massage as follow appear “Login Failed Unable to connect to facebook. Please try again later”. Any1 pls help…

  • Keno Wee

    tried, every time  i click next after filling up step 9 & click next, it just blackout & stuck.. Can anyone able to help me ? Thank you.

  • PrincessMaryamy

    Thanks 4 sharing

  • Ibrahim Eldesoky

    YOU ROCKS !!

  • Azrulizzard

    this is super duper helpful, though i’m using iPod Touch…

  • Joe

    how do I sign up for an US Apple ID in Itunes without a US credit card? Need help. Thanks

  • ano

    can i make free apple id in sweden? is it same ?

  • mooney

    I tried using a valid US address but it failed. says I contact itunes support to complete the transaction. Am I doing something wrong?

  • Hasitharoshan Roshan

    My none option not coming

  • zhelmys

    Thanks for the tutorial…it works for me :) now i can rent movies from iTunes n buy books from iBook stoe

  • Ilyaasmien Amien

    it says contact itunes support centre to complete tranaction what should i do

  • Chonglingtan8

    its good but after i switched it, the itunes app on my ipad (podcasts cant be loaded) any ideas how to fix it?

  • SS

    Thank you so much for this article. I was just looking for something like this – only to access the iBooks store. Not going to purchase anything but just seeing whats available is good. And you also get a lot more free books there. So THANKS A LOT !!

  • Aazain

    I followed all the steps but at the end i get the message “contact your itunes support” and the process ends there. Please help!

    • Hasos

       Yeah, I get the same problem as well. When I reach the page where I filled in NONE as my method of payment and address. Right after I click create Apple ID I get the message “Please contact iTunes support to complete this transaction”

      • TSRD

        Use a different email account, one that hasn’t been involved in an attempt to register as an Apple ID

      • LiewZY

        Try also using different phone number.

    • Tien Tran

      Yeah I’ve got the same error, maybe they block the way to register US apple ID for any phone outside of US

  • Eowsakazaki

    besides creating a new apple ID, can we change region to United States?

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  • Dfasdf

    Looks like this method doesn’t work anymore. We might have to have a US IP as well to sign up for a US iTunes.

  • Dfasdf

    Looks like this method doesn’t work anymore. We might have to have a US IP as well to sign up for a US iTunes.

  • Kennethlau5123

    how come mine no matter i do it on ipad or computer’s itunes,it always ask me to contact to itunes support to complete the transaction… I’m stucked at the part where u put the billing info as none.. i’ve selected a free app.. but still.. pls give me some solution asap pls

  • Sonny

    Thanks for the guide. It’s working fine for me. Not sure if there is any “side effects” but I am hoping for none. Cheers.

  • Moustafadarsh15

    at laast it tells me please contact itunes support to complete !!!!!!!!!!!!!!       anybody could help 

  • saddy

    Please help! I keep receiving the same error about contacting apple support too!

  • butterpink

    But how should i purchase music from itunes?

  • James

    itunes app still can’t complete my request. otherwise, all my ibooks and appstore is working fine.

  • adbhe

    it still says to me contact itunes for support

  • NurFatehah

    Why I cant find the verification through my email?

  • Gin_sin123

    one question…i m unable to view the movies on HBO can i subscribe to be a member?

  • Ukesh Silwal

    Help please. i am currently trying to create an apple id but at last .. i mean after choosing billing information to none. i filled all information but it says, “you cannot set up apple id using this email address. please try again using a different email address.”

  • James

    Can you help I live in south africa and I signed out and everything but it doesn’t give me the option for none?

  • dirtdriver

    perfect!!!! thanks

  • Al-Johara Al-Nasser

    You are a master! million thanks!

  • Darshana Mistri

    thank you so much for the step by step guide! u r a star:)

  • Dor

    I also got the message”contact iTunes support” what should i do? :(

  • maverick

    Works for me, the latest…. thanks guys!

  • Anna

    Thank you so much, it work perfectly, the main reason for me to do this is iBook!!

  • Albania

    Thank you so much

  • fakhriz

    how to fix this problem , Always cant register , it say ‘ contact your itunes support ‘ please help me !

  • hj

    works well. 26 april 2013! thanks a lot bro!

  • jefferson

    o right… thanks a bunch!!,this really help a lot..



  • Nabhan Zaman

    i started my apple id with the country INDIA !! BIG MISTAKE !!! i want to access the US ITUNES STORE !!! so how can i change the country to USA ?? i don’t have a credit card :( HELP HELP HELP !!

  • Trung

    I am from Vietnam and suffer from the same issue, but now I am able to get what I need. Thanks a lot for your article!

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  • Sam

    Thank you so much!

  • Rojoloco

    you’re a life saver!

  • Brayan Miranda

    Amen to this!! Works perfectly!!

  • Photography Raptor

    Oh my GOD, this helped me SOOOOO much getting Pokemon GO! Thank you!

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  • AhmAd KhAn

    thnkz mate!!