How To – Change iTunes/App Store Country on an iOS device

Today I came across a strange problem. My iTunes and App Store had changed to a different country. Upon checking my settings I was still set for the UK. So after a little bit of exploring I found a way to change it. Here’s the steps you need to follow.

1. Tap Settings > iTunes & App Stores, then tap your Apple ID.
2. Tap View Apple ID.
3. Sign in to your Apple ID if required and wait for the page to load.
4. Tap Country/Region (Even if it says the country you are in still follow this step).
5. Tap Change Country or Region.
6. Select your country and Tap Next.
7. Scroll to the bottom and Tap Agree to accept the terms.
8. Tap Agree again and scroll to the bottom of the next screen showing your address and payment details. Tap Next.
9. Congratulations you’ve now changed you country/region. Tap Done to close the screen.

It’s worth noting you can use the above steps to change most details of your Apple ID.

How To – Removing an associated device or computer from an Apple ID

To remove a device or computer from your Apple ID:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Sign in to your Apple ID by choosing Store > Sign In from the iTunes menu.
  3. Choose Store > View My Account from the iTunes menu.
  4. From the Account Information screen, click Manage Devices.
  5. Click the Remove button next to the device name you would like to unassociate.

Note: Removing a device from your Apple ID does not override the 90 day timer. The timer must complete 90 days from the day the device was associated before it can be associated to another Apple ID.

Information taken from Apple Support Article HT4627
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4627

Apple id nightmare

Ok so over the last few days I’ve been trying to sort out how we are going to set appleid’s on our iPads. You may think this is easy and the answer for a home user is yes it is, but for education and business users its much more complicated than it should be.
You may think setting up one id and using it on all the iPads is the answer. Unfortunately this is a big no no (unless you use apple configurator – however even this needs further investigation). To start off with you will be breaking apple’s terms and conditions when you hit 6 devices. Second it will cause you problems with certain apps and services.

Originally we let our two test users setup their iPads with their personal home accounts which is fine until you want to start purchasing apps or manage the iPads. So after researching on the internet it seemed like best practice was to give each iPad its own unique device apple id. Well after further research and thinking about what the devices will be doing in the future (eg using the message or facetime apps) this is not going to practicale. Now we have decided to setup appleid’s for staff using their work email. Hopefully doing this along with using the volume purchasing program and some sort of device management we will retain the license to any purchased apps. Thus meaning if a teacher leaves we should be able to transfer the iPad to the new teacher without losing apps we have purchased.
However even setting up these ids was difficult. First we wanted to setup them up in bulk so we could see what it would be like on a mass rollout. Unfortunately this is not possible at present. Next was to create them individualy on a pc via the apple is website. This was fine however we needed access to the users email to verify the account. Imagine having to login in to 100s of email accounts to just verify the apple id! This seemed to work fine until we tried to use the apple id in the app store. The user was presented with several more terms and conditions pages. Then we needed to add a credit card which we didn’t want to do as all our paid apps will come through the volume program. Abit more research was required and I had the answer select none (apart from this is on old is devices not the latest ios6 as apple have removed the option!). Another search came across the idea of adding a voucher to the account to remove the screen. Do we really want to b buying loads of vouchers. This goes against the idea of using volume purchasing and the school keeping the apps. Finally some bright sparke suggested going into the app store and cancelling logon. So far so good. Next find a free app. Done. Now when you click install you are asked to sign in and then presented with the same screen asking for the credit card details. However leave these blank and fill in the rest, then click next and more security questions pop up again you need the user to answer these. Finally after clicking next your in and downloading apps without adding card details and you have a fully working apple id. Only problem is really you need to do this with the user and I suggest having a good half an hour booked to do it. Why could this not be made simpler with a bulk creation tool only applecan answer that!