Get Games For Your ipad in South Africa

Did you try to download Angry Birds in South Africa? Cut the Rope Maybe? Bottom line is that if you are reading this post you probably failed. Don’t worry. In this post I will show you how to get Angry Birds and Everything else on your iphone or ipad.

First, the cause: Censorship. South Africa demands control and review of certain apps. Apple developers just don’t feel like dealing with this so many apps aren’t available.

The Solution: Here’s the trick that worked for me:

  1. Set up a new Gmail account. This is what we will use for your new Apple ID.
  2. Purchase some US itunes gift cards. For South African’s, I’ve found this site that sells US iTunes cards (used to be different- now just Amazon):   Click HERE
  3. Create a new apple ID on the apple website. Do not enter credit card info. Set your location to somewhere in the United States.
  4. Grab your i-device. If you are already logged in to your itunes account from South Africa then go to settings-app store- and log out of your Apple ID.
  5. Now Go into the blue App Store app and find an app that is free. Click to download the app.
  6. It will prompt you to enter an account. Log in to the account we created in step 3
  7. Select the US app store (not the South African) and confirm the itunes policy.
  8. Follow through to payment. Unless you have a US credit card I would recommend you enter a gift card code into the gift card space. By doing this you are able to bypass the credit card area.
  9. Check out our list of the best games that you can now get.
  10. Enjoy Angry Birds and every other app we take for granted here in the USA.
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Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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26 Responses

  1. R Jacobs says:

    Finally. I was really disappointed and confused when I bought the ipad. Thanks.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Doesn't work. When you buy the gift card, it is only valid for use in the store you buy it in..

  3. kayliebear says:

    I cannot create an US apple ID and I tried everything… Is it possible for one of you guys to create one for me?? and just post me the details here?

  4. Flier says:

    Yeah. Sure Kayliebear. Just shoot me an email from the contact tab and I'll try and set one up.

  5. Thanx alot! the email is [email protected]

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hay, where is the option on the apple store site with regards to apple emailing my gift card ? I only see a delivery adress

  7. Anonymous says:

    So how do you pay for the gift card without having to use a South African credit card?

  8. Anonymous says:

    If i dont enter the credit card information itunes does not want to create my new ID. Any advice?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Sadly, it doesn't let me buy a gift card from South Africa. Talk about control. Drives me nuts. Any advice re way forward?

  10. Mooshyash says:

    Following the steps now to connect, has taken me a while but hoping for the best! Thanks for this article!

  11. Mike T says:

    If censorship is the cause, why is that not also the case for android?

    • appstorechronicle says:

      South African Law Doesn’t Ban, but rather requires approval for certain categories of apps. Each company interprets the law differently, and thus, each company takes a different approach to sheparding apps through the approval process

  12. Andrew says:

    Hello, I have done all the steps in your mail, bought the gift card, have the number, have my new apple ID, all going well but when I’m in the App Store and it says need to set you up as the account has not been used before, you choose United States you put in your new Apple ID then gets to a page called account settings, at the top it says put in your method of paying, credit card, gift card etc, credit card is automatically ticked and cant be unticked, and the place where it says card number etc it says required, there is gift card space right under that, I put the gift card number in and when you push go it says you are required to supply credit card details, it won’t bypass that as it says in your mail………..please help

  13. Jade says:

    Works perfect! Thanks for the ingenious solution to ultimate game access 🙂

  14. Ria Aliquò says:

    Why can’t I get my ipad on to the SA setting when I want to down load. Games it say I am in the us store and is can not get into the SA store the people where I bought the ipad from can not help me mony definitely not well spend on buying a ipad

  15. Guest says:

    To change your country is easy. Go to the app store, tap on Featured(Bottom left), go to the bottom of that page and tap on Apple account, insert Password, and change country. Siem salabiem.

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