The internet is an open platform, bringing us into contact with each other like never before.
But it’s not completely open. If you’re a regular mobile gamer you’ll know all about the infuriating phenomenon of region-locking, where a studio releases a game in one part of the world but almost always not, for some reason, in the part where you live.
For instance, right now countless Japanese gamers are enjoying Dragon Quest Walk, Square Enix’s answer to Pokemon GO.
Meanwhile, gamers in Australia and Canada are playing Diablo Immortal, and Just Cause Mobile is entertaining your mobile gaming counterparts in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
We could go on, but we’ll spare you.
Surfshark to the Rescue
Fortunately, there’s a solution. All you need to do is change your Google Play Store region, and you can do that from the comfort of your own home by using a VPN service like Surfshark.
A VPN – or virtual private network – diverts your traffic through untraceable servers and assigns you an IP address based in the country of your choice.
That means you can make the Google Play Store believe you’re in Australia, India, or anywhere you like with the virtual flick of a switch.
Okay, so there are a few more steps than that. First, you’ve got to clear your history by going into your device’s settings, opening up the Apps section, finding Google Play Store, and choosing Force Stop.
Then you need to head to Storage and tap Clear Data to wipe your cache. Once you’ve done that, all that remains is to open up Surfshark and choose your location.
The good news is that this is the perfect moment to grab a Surfshark subscription. Surfshark is currently running a festive Holiday sale, which allows you to enjoy a massive 83% discount on the standard price, plus an extra three months for free.
Sign up now and you’ll pay just $2.21 a month for 27 months of Surfshark’s industry-leading VPN service.
Head to the Surfshark website to get started.