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By following the steps below, your Apple ID country or region will be updated for all of your Apple services on all of your Apple products.
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If you're a part of a Family Sharing group, you may not be able to change your country or region. Find out how to leave a Family Sharing group.
What to do before you change your country or region
- Spend any remaining store credit on your Apple ID. Find out what to do if your remaining store credit is less than the cost of a single item.
- Cancel any subscriptions, including Apple Music, and wait until the end of the subscription period.
- Wait for any memberships, pre-orders, film rentals or Season Passes to be completed, and wait for any pending store credit refunds to be processed.
- Make sure you have a valid payment method for your new country or region.
- Redownload your apps, music, films, TV programmes and books on any devices that you may want to play or read them on again in the future. That's because some types of content may not be available in your new country or region. (Find out what types of content and services are available in your new country or region.)
On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap your name, then tap iTunes & App Store.
- Tap your Apple ID, then tap View Apple ID. You may be asked to sign in.
- Tap Country/Region.
- Tap 'Change Country or Region'. If you can't see 'Change Country or Region', contact Apple Support.
- Tap your new country or region, then review the terms and conditions.
- Tap Agree in the top right-hand corner, then tap Agree again to confirm.
- Select a payment method and enter your new payment information and billing address, then tap Next. You must enter a valid payment method for your new country or region.1 Find out more about how to change or remove your Apple ID payment information.
On your computer
- Open the Music app or iTunes.
- In the menu bar at the top of the screen or the top of the iTunes window, click Account, then click View My Account.
- Sign in with your Apple ID, then click View Account.
- On the Account Information page, click 'Change Country or Region'.
- From the 'Select a country or region' menu, select your new country or region. If you can't see 'Select a country or region', contact Apple Support.
- Review the terms and conditions, then click Agree. Click Agree again to confirm.
- Enter your new payment information and billing address, then click Continue.
From your Apple ID account page
- Sign in to your Apple ID account page.
- Scroll to the Account section, then click Edit.
- From the Country/Region menu, select your new country or region.
- When asked if you want to change your country or region, click 'Continue to update'.
- Enter your new payment information and your billing address, then click Save. You have to enter a valid payment method for your new country or region.1
Contact Apple Support
If you can't complete any of the steps, can't change your country or region, or you have less store credit than the cost of a single item, contact Apple Support.
- After you've updated your Apple ID billing address and payment method, you can upgrade your iCloud Storage using the pricing in your new country or region. Find out more about iCloud storage.
- View the Apple Media Services terms and conditions.
1. If you don't want to enter a payment method, wait until you're physically in your new country or region, then create a new Apple ID.
How to back up with iCloud
Mac App Store
- Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
- Go to Settings > [your name] and tap iCloud.
- Tap iCloud Backup.
- Tap Back Up Now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.
How to back up with iTunes
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- Connect your device to your computer. On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes.
- If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps. If you forgot your passcode, get help.
- Locate your device on your computer. If your device doesn’t appear on your computer, learn what to do.
- If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iPhone or Apple Watch, you need to encrypt your backup:
- Select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and create a memorable password.
- If you don’t need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn’t encrypted. Just click Back Up Now.
- Write down your password and store it somewhere safe, because there’s no way to recover your iTunes backups without this password.