How to use the Amazon App Store in the UK

29 March 2011

Bitterwallet - Amazon App StoreIf you're taken by the idea of the Amazon App Store and their free App-A-Day promotions, then tough. The service is blocked in territories outside the US, so you'll be getting none of their exclusive promotions or offers on Android apps. Bah.

Nah, not really. The clever people at About Everything have already figured out how to get around it by creating dummy accounts.

If you're interested, then Androinica have broken their tutorial down into the easier steps below:

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 www.fakenamegenerator.com 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.

[About Everything] via [Adroinica]

24 comments

  • Idris
    Where theres a will theres a way! :)
  • Mark C.
    Crikey, that's a lot of effort to go to to fill your phone up with rubbish.
  • Conn
    So Angry Birds Rio is get-able or are they charging for that?
  • brian
    Just get the iphone
  • Mike U.
    Just tried this, get the Appstore not availabe in your region message even though I'm legitimately registered as Chick Norris living in San Diego
  • maxtweenie
    I can't see how this can work. It doesn't matter if you call yourself Chick Norris, and give a San Diego address, your phone number still starts with +44 so it won't let you download.
  • Dave P.
    Quote: Posted by brian | March 30th, 2011 at 9:00 am Just get the iphone Unquote Probably cheaper to move to America...
  • mike
    tried this, doesnt work, all i get is the "the amazon appstore for android is not yet available in your region" message
  • jigawatz
    I just followed it and it worked fine :P a little hard work goes a long way.....wish I'd done this yestrerday though and got a decent app!
  • Jon
    I also get the 'not available in your country message. I wonder if it's the e-mail address? I used a hotmail.co.uk one so it could be that. Will try again tomorrow with a .com address.
  • Jon
    [update] Yes it looks like it was the .co.uk that made it fail. Get yourself a .com e-mail account and it'll work!
  • Blundell
    I'm gettin "The amazon appstoe is not available in your region yet". used a @gmail.com email Added a visa card from USA with fakenamegenerator.com But surely it just looks up my ISP and bans me? Like the iPlayer app?
  • Riley
    doesn't work..not available in your region persists..perhaps they discovered the loophole and started tracking IP addresses.
  • sens
    This worked for me. I opened up Amazon.com and used my own name with a seperate Gmail address. Then I entered the address and credit card number provided by fakenamegenerator, and all was as it should be. Downloaded the free app of the day and played around with it for a while. Thanks for the information!
  • Thunder
    Angry Birds Rio is free on the android market is in not? I've had it installed on my phone for ever why not just download it from google?
  • Big B.
    Went through all of this, .com email address, american info from fakenamegenerator but when going to download via the app boom "not available in your region"
  • Tyler S.
    Actually, this method doesn't work anymore (I'm summering in Canada, and actually have a legit US Amazon account). However, I've detailed the workaround that I used at http://www.nirdvana.com/2011/06/19/amazon-appstore-outside-united-states-hack/
  • Fredd
    I just downloaded Peggle to my Motorola Xoom! Brilliant! Thanks for this :-)
  • mrlops
    used the fakenamegenerator but stupidly used my own credit card! so it didnt work at first, i went back and used the credit card details on fakenamegenerator and it worked perfectly. thanks
  • james
    works a treat when you follow the instructions properly ;-)
  • sean
    You can type in on the browser on your tablet 'getjar', this is a free app store and lets you download apps from this.
  • eps
    Didn't work for me, in the UK.. Oh well. I pointed Silk at www.slideme.org and could download the Apps I wanted from there anyway :)
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