5 Best VPNs for accessing Google Play

Google Play was rebranded from its former title of Android Market in 2012 to better reflect the wide range of digital content it now offers. As an online store and digital distribution platform, it is now divided into 5 departments:

Play Music

Perhaps Google Play’s most lusted after service, Play Music is much more than a digital music shop. In addition to being able to buy songs (priced $1.29, $0.99, $0.69 and $0) from its library of millions, users can let Google scan their music collection and upload up to 20,000 of their songs for free. As its recent launching of this service in the UK, Google even offered to replace any songs for free, where it had a higher quality version in its own library (thus also saving time and bandwidth uploading the song).

Once uploaded, you can build playlists and stream your music to most platforms and devices. The quality is extremely good, and thanks to the next couple of songs being buffered in advance, disruptions are rare.

Play Music is available in the US, UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain (April/2013). However, with the help of a VPN service and little ferreting around, it is not hard to access this service from anywhere in the world (see below).

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Play Books

Play Books lets you download…well, books! Google has over 4 million titles available, and they can be read either online or downloaded, and viewed in your browser or using on official Google Books app on either Android or iOS devices.

Play Books is available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Spain, Germany, Italy, India, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, France, and Russia.

Play Magazines

This is a relatively new arm of the Play service, and is only available in a very limited number of countries. You can buy single issues from wide selection of popular magazines or take out a subscription subscribe, most of which come with a 30 day free trial.

Play magazines is available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Russia.

Play Movies & TV

There are ‘thousands’ of movies shows available to either rent or buy (often in  HD), which can be live streamed  on either Android devices or on the Play website, or can be downloaded for later viewing through the Google Play Movie app.  TV shows are also available, but only to buy, not to rent.

Play Movies & TV is available in the US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, and Spain.

Play Android Apps

The original purpose behind the Play Store, and familiar to every owner of an Android device, the App store is available everywhere, and sports over 700,000 titles. While everyone can purchase and download apps form the store, only developers in 32 countries can use it to distribute paid-for applications. In addition to this, there are many apps (such as the PayPal app), which are available only in certain countries.

Using VPN to access Google Play

Thanks to licencing restrictions, full access to Google Play is only granted to residents of the US, UK and Australia. Even residents of the UK and Australia may be unhappy to know that their US counterparts pay less for most products. For example, at the time of writing, the Hobbit is available for $3.99 to rent from the US store, but is £3.49 ($5.36 according to from the UK store.

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Move and TV titles are also usually available in the US earlier than in the rest of the world

Unfortunately, Google makes it very difficult to access geo-restricted material from overseas. Simply signing in form a US IP for example, will not allow you to purchase anything from the store, unless you have a valid credit/debit card which is registered to a US address. Similarly, Google Play will block restricted content for Android devices registered in disallowed countries.

However all is not lost, as thanks to VPN Google’s best service, Play  Music, can be readily accessed from anywhere. In addition to this, there is an app available for rooted Android devices that grants access to the entire Play Store.

Using VPN to access Play Music from overseas

Although you won’t be able to purchase music from the Store, or take advantage of the ‘free tracks’ offers available to US customers, uploading your music (up to 20,000 tracks) to Play Music so that you can stream it from anywhere is fairly easy.

  1. Sign up for a VPN account with a provider that has US based servers
  2. Connect to a US server and login to Google Play. Google does not seem to care if you use a non US account, so you can just use your usual Google account rather than going to the hassle of signing up for US one
  3. Go to the My Music tab and download and install the Music Manager

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4. Upload your music collection from the Music Manager

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5. You can now listen to your music collection from any browser Window, without the need to pretend you are in US (again, Google really doesn’t seem to care). For listening to your music on a mobile device, Google won’t let you download the Google Play Music app, but it is readily available online (search for Google Play Music apk), and can be side-loaded using the device’s USB port. Google Play Music can also be streamed to iOS devices using the gMusic app.

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Access the entire US Play Store from a rooted Android Device

We have not tried this method as the author is too scardey-cat to root his shiny Android phone. It is however in theory possible to access the full version of the Play Store from anywhere using an app called Market Enabler, which fools the Store into thinking you are located in the US.

Full instructions on how to do this are available here.


*All prices shown in US dollars

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  • PROS
  • Easy-to-use software
  • Excellent speeds
  • Good customer service
  • CONS
  • Bit pricey
  • But worth it for the features

With apps across all platforms and speeds that blow the competition away, ExpressVPN secures our vote as the Best VPN for GooglePlay. The download speeds are impressive and the software is straightforward to use. We really love some of the features like automatic protocol selection and server location recommendations.

ExpressVPN boasts round-the-clock customer support and an ultra reliable VPN network spanning 78 countries and hundreds of servers. They are also adding new locations all the time. These guys have done a pretty awesome job in building what we believe to be the best VPN service out there.

The pricing is not the cheapest, but you do get what you pay for. ExpressVPN also offers unlimited bandwidth and supports your mobile device (Android/iOS) for no extra charge.

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2nd place


  • PROS
  • No logs
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • Transparent service
  • Fast
  • 8 US servers
  • Excellent attitude to privacy
  • VPN though SSL and SSH tunnels
  • Tor over VPN
  • CONS
  • None

Another great service, this time courtesy of dedicated Italian hactivists and internet activists, AirVPN. With super-secure AES encryption and support for Tor over VPN and VPN though SSL and SSH tunnels, AirVPN can cater to insane levels privacy protection. This impressive technical know-how is backed up by a strict no-logs policy, AirVPN’s explicit adherence to EU privacy protection directives and best practices, and acceptance of anonymous Bitcoin payments. Oh, and it’s fast too!

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3rd place


  • PROS
  • No logs
  • Speedy
  • Great free service (though not suitable for Netflix)
  • Groovy VPN client
  • 29 US servers
  • CONS
  • VPN client is Windows only (although OpenVPN setup guides are provided for other platforms)
  • Does not accept Bitcoin

CyberGhost wins our approval with its robust ‘no logs’ data retention policy, fast speeds and great VPN client which include an ‘internet kill switch’. It wins our love with a very generous 1 month free trial of its Premium service, and an excellent free service that exceeds the claims CyberGhost make of it (we found speeds to be double the 1Mb/s quoted, and advisements to be almost non-existent). With 29 US servers, accessing the Play store from a US location will not be a problem.

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4th place


  • PROS
  • No logs
  • Accepts Biitcoin
  • Blazingly fast
  • US Servers
  • CONS
  • Asks for too much information during registration
  • Keeps that info for marketing reasons
  • Some connection problems

With blazing fast speeds (the fastest download speeds we have yet recorded and with even better upload results), a ‘no logs’ policy, and a willingness to accept anonymous payment by Bitcoin, TorGuard has a lot to recommend it. It is a bit of shame therefore that a couple of relatively minor issues annoyed us. The first problem was that when connecting we had a some bizarre (and a little worrying – see our full review for more details) errors, although these where fairly quickly resolved. The other problem was that TorGuard asked for a lot of personal details during sign-up, as says that it keeps these on record for self-marketing purposes… hmm, as we said, minor irritations, but irritations nonetheless (although if you pay with Bitcoins there is no need to enter truthful information).

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5th place



  • PROS
  • Great VPN client (especially for Android)
  • Logs only kept for 3 days
  • 15 Day free trial
  • P2P: yes
  • CONS
  • Logs kept for 3 days
  • Not amazingly fast

Kepard is a small Moldovan provider that we give a guarded recommendation for on the basis of its great little multi-protocol Windows VPN client, even better Android OpenVPN app, and its generous 15 day free trial (the service can also be used for free for half an hour per day, which is pretty nice). Although not as speedy as some other providers (but still fine), our real reservation regarding Kepard comes from its policy of keeping logs for 3 days. Now, this isn’t very long, and is probably not enough to be a problem for most non-Moldovan nationals (though we have no idea what the legal system there is like), but we much prefer and generally only recommend VPN services that keep ‘no logs’ (exactly what this means can vary a bit, but for us means keeping no records of users on-line activity, or any means of linking online activity with an individual user).

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The great news is that the Google Play Store’s most exciting service, Play Music, is fairly easy to access form anywhere in the worlds thanks to VPN. All of the above VPN providers maintain servers in the US, so all of them are perfect for gaining access to it. Once you have enabled the service from a US IP and downloaded the Music Manager, it no longer matters where you sign into the Play Store from, so if this all that you need a VPN for, then you might like to use the free trials from CyberGhost or Kepard.

And here’s the summary once more:



*All prices shown in US dollars

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2 responses to “5 Best VPNs for accessing Google Play

  1. I’m new to this. I have a media streaming box. They suggest getting a VPN. Snap VPN through Google is free. Is that good app for increased speed and security?

    1. Hi Don,

      I am not familiar with Snap VPN, but for reasons outlined in this article, we do not recommend using free VPN services. This is especially true when it comes to free Android VPN apps.. If you are not paying for a product, then you are the product. It is well worth paying a little in order to get a much higher quality services that won’t sell you don’t the river.

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