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Spotify isn’t India and that really bugs me a lot because I love music and Spotify is widely regarded as the best music streaming service ever. Now, for a while I did try to make do with what we have available in India – Saavn, Gaana, Last.fm, etc. But none of them left me very satisfied. That’s when I decided to go ahead and get Spotify by some creative means.

Below, I have outlined the details, in plain, simple English, on how to get Spotify in India – or any other country where it isn’t available. But first, we need to understand a few simple concepts.

What is a VPN?

A VPN is a Virtual Private Network, and it’s a lot simpler than it sounds. Basically, a VPN service makes your internet connection secure by using a different IP address, rather than your own. It does this by replacing your IP address with one of it’s own IP addresses from around the world. Now, this masking of the IP address was intended as a safety feature, but we are going to use it to make Spotify think we are in the U.S, thus allowing us to stream music.

If you would like to know more about VPNs, internet security and why you should be using a VPN in your daily internet usage, check out this article.

The Guide to Getting Spotify in India

Windows:

To use Spotify, you need a Spotify account. Unfortunately, if you go to the Spotify website, it reads your location using your IP address and displays “We aren’t available in your country”. Remember VPNs, from earlier? They change your IP address, dont they? We are going to use one now, to make Spotify think you are in the United States. Start by installing the HOLA VPN extension using the links below (Chrome or Firefox)

Now, select USA when the ‘Select a Country’ prompt pops up. Once the extension changes your IP address, you should see a United States flag where the logo of the extension was on your toolbar.

Head over to Spotify’s website and create an account.

Next, download the desktop client and install it.

Now, download a VPN software for your Windows PC. ExpressVPN is a great paid option, with a rating of 9.3/10. If, however, you want to opt for a free VPN, you can use CyberGhost, which is a well-known and widely used free VPN.

Create an account with your VPN, login and select the country you wish to use the internet from (preferably US or UK)

Now go to What Is My IP Address? and check if your IP is showing in the location as mentioned in your VPN.

Go to Spotify’s desktop client and try to login with your account. If successful, disconnect your connection from the VPN and enjoy your streaming music. Keep in mind that you’ll have to repeat this if you logout from your desktop client, so stay logged in. If it displays something like ‘the country in your profile doesn’t match’, go to Spotify web and change your country as mentioned in your VPN’s dashboard. Look for the postal code of the city that your IP is from, as shown in What Is My IP Address?, and fill it in the postal code field.

You’re good to go now!

As mentioned before, you’ll have to repeat the whole process if you logout from your desktop client, so close the app without logging out.

Android:

Follow the steps of creating a Spotify account as mentioned above in the Windows tutorial

Download and install Hola Free VPN from Google Play

Connect to one of the countries available in your Hola Free VPN app

Once this is done, open Google Play and see if Spotify is available or not. If not (this can sometimes occur), don’t worry. Just download the Spotify APK externally and install it. You can find the APK here: APK Downloader [Latest] Download Directly or here: Spotify Music 5.1.0.849 APK. You will have to allow installation of apps from Unknown Sources in your settings, but its totally safe, because those two links I mentioned above are completely legit.

Login to Spotify, disconnect your connection from Hola Free VPN and you’re good to go.

Remember that in your Spotify account, mention the name of the country where Spotify is available along with a vaild postal code of any city/town of that country

iOS:

First of all, you will need to use the US App Store. You can use any other country’s App Store where Spotify is available but for simplicity, stick to the US App Store. To do this, go to Settings -> iTunes & App Store and logout from your current Apple ID.

Go to App Store and click on any free app and click on GET. You’ll be prompted to login with an existing Apple ID or to create a new one. Go for ‘Create a new Apple ID’.

Create a new Apple ID (use any of your extra email addresses you might have for different purposes) and remember to choose the country as ‘United States’.

While filling up address details, do provide authentic details. Lets say you set the state as New York (NY) and city as New York City (NYC), find a valid phone number (Correct area code followed by a valid number). For reference, you can pick any phone number from here: NYS Phone Directory – Search Results (Remember that this link is for those who selected the state as NY and city as NYC). Now, choose the address and look it up on Google to find the zip code (Remember that an incorrect zip code won’t work, so, be careful with it).

Finish the process, verify your email and download Spotify.

Now, logout from the current Apple ID (you can even do this later, it’s just so you can go back to using your own account) and switch back to the one you’ve been using.

Go to App Store and download ‘OperaVPN‘ (A free VPN for iOS) or TotalVPN (Also free but limited. You need to pay for more features. It is still a really good choice, though). Select one of the free, available countries. Make sure the country you pick has Spotify. A simple Google Search will tell you if it does or not.

Now, just login with your Spotify account. Once logged in, disconnect from your VPN and enjoy Spotify on your iOS device

Conclusion

Is this legal? I don’t know. Is it harmless? Totally. We aren’t pirating music or anything. You will still be limited by Spotify’s own pricing structure. You will still have to pay if you want their premium features. All in all, this hack isn’t harming Spotify’s business. Hopefully they come to India soon and we don’t have to rely on creative means like this to stream music, but till then – All Hail VPNs!

Happy Streaming! 🙂