How to use Spotify Music app in unsupported countries

Spotify is a service based in the startup capital of the world, Stockholm, and was launched Spotify AB in October 2008. It provides content including music, podcast,  and videos to be streams which is totally DRM or digital rights management protected content from different media countries. It is a free service but with limitations and advertisements. Although, you can get a premium subscription by paying a fee of $9.99 per month to enjoy premium services like:

  • Shuffle play
  • Ad-free
  • Unlimited skips
  • Listen offline
  • Play any track
  • High-quality audio

Also, you can get a family subscription for $14.99 where you can get a subscription in bulk for multiple devices (as you would see in a family). Spotify is available on all major platforms including Linux and is supported for Windows 10 devices thoroughly.

Sadly, Spotify does not allow the app to be working if you are in an unsupported country because the service is not yet launched here. But there is a simple trick by which you can make use of this service in India and this trick does not just works on Windows but on all platforms.

So, without any further ado, we should just jump right in.

UPDATE: Spotify is now available in India.

Use Spotify in India

First, please make sure that your Region and Language are set to the United States. Make this change in the Settings app. (Settings > Time & Language > Region and Language).

You would need a PC running Windows 10 Anniversary or greater to get Spotify for Windows 10. As per the data provided by Microsoft, the Spotify app for Windows 10 is available only in the following markets:

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

So, when you change the region for your Windows 10 device, you can set your Region and Language to any one of the countries given above. The change of region is just in order to get the app available in the Microsoft Store for download.

Having done this reboot.

Now, navigate to the Microsoft Store and search for Spotify. In case, you don’t find it you will have to click here to get to the PC App page.

Use Spotify in India

Make sure you get the Install button there else you might have made mistakes while changing your region. Install it by clicking on the Get or Install button.

This might be the page you would see after the launching the app for the first time.

It will not help you sign up or sign in if it detects are you are outside the supported market. Hence, we will use a VPN. There are many free VPN software available around the world but the one I use is VPNBook.

On the homepage, find the section which looks like in the screenshot above and clicks on PPTP menu.

Look for server addresses that start with USx where denotes any number. Copy any URL based on US VPN.

Next, navigate to Settings > Network and Internet > VPN and Add a VPN Network to set up a VPN connection.

Choose connection type as Windows (Built-in), connection name to anything you want, Server Name and address to the URL copied above, VPN type to Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), Type of sign-in info to Username and Password, Username as vpnbook and password as given on the website and tap Save.

It should now look identical to this:

Now get connected to the VPN from the VPN Settings section or the Network section from the System Icons lists.

Find out your IP address and make sure it shows your location to somewhere in the United States.

You can now Sign-in or Sign-up according to your wish in Spotify and make use of of Spotify without any issues until you log out of the app.

Some important notes

This service will now work even without a VPN. So in case, the configuration of the VPN connection is modified either by your VPN or gets tampered by you locally on your machine, you can play your music as long as you are logged in.

You required a USA-based VPN only when you sign in. Other times, streaming works flawlessly. And, in case you decide to buy the Spotify Premium subscription, you have to get your machine connected to a US-based VPN until your transaction is done successfully.

Using the same trick, I was able to get Spotify working on my Lumia running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, my Android phone with Android 7.1 Nougat, my Android Tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat and my Android TV running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

If you have any sorts of feedback with respect to this tutorial, please make sure that you post it down in the comments section and I will try my best to address as many of them as possible.

Read next: Stop Spotify from killing the SSD or HDD of your Windows computer.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.