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What is up-to-date and tried method to create AppleID of another country without having a credit card or bank account of that country?

I am on a short visit in another country (Estonia in my case), so having a genuine-local internet connection is a completed step :-)

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Disconnect if you are logged in with an Apple ID, go to AppStore, try to get an app, select the “create a new account” option and you will be able to create an Apple ID without a card. You can add the card (I think but it is almost sure) after you come back in your country.

  • Thanks, it worked close to what you described. No option to create account--but I created it earlier, in Google Chrome's Incognito mode. As I tried before, after signing in with AppleID credentials I was asked to review Terns&Conditions and choose salutation -- but on the next screen I finally had None as a payment option, which is exactly what I was looking for. – yurkennis Dec 29 '17 at 20:10
  • @yurkennis well I am happy that you managed it out :)) – razvanelda Dec 29 '17 at 20:11
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Turned out I don't even need an internet connection, banking card or even mobile number of the required ("destination") country. Only prepare a email you never used for creating AppleID. On iOS device (iOS 11.3 as an example):

  1. Sign Out of AppStore: Settings > iTunes & App Store
  2. Sign Out of iCloud: Settings > (your username) > Sign Out in the bottom of the screen (!--this is key to being able to create new account in the next step)
  3. AppStore > find any free app > tap Get
  4. In menu {Use Existing AppleID | Create New AppleID | Cancel}, choose Create
  5. When registering:
    • enter any legit address as Billing Address in the country
    • use whatever mobile phone number you have; it can be your home country mobile

As a result you get AppleID with 2FA already activated on it.

On a downside the wallet in your original AppleID will lose all the credit cards; some apps seem to reset previous authentication (eg Instagram asks for OTP upon reinstallation, which it normally doesn't). Other data loss can also potentially happen.


Translated from macdigger.ru, with a bit of my experience re signing out of iCloud and choosing verification mobile phone.

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You can simply visit Apple ID Website and create an Apple ID without needing to provide any payment information. You can easily select the country of your choice. It's required to use a previously unused email ID for creating this Apple ID. This approach comes in handy when you do not have access to a Mac or do not wish to change the country on your iOS device as it just requires access to a Web browser on any computer.

Refer to this Apple Support article, Create or use your Apple ID without a payment method for official and up-to-date instructions.

  • When I create an Apple ID online using that link, it doesn't ask for my country! My country is automatically set to US, with no option for me to set manually. And, changing country after account creation requires a payment method. – Wowfunhappy Oct 28 '18 at 22:20

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