September 13, 2012

How to get $25 credit in Play Store with Nexus 7 outside United States

I was so excited when I ordered a Nexus 7 as soon as it was listed in my country (India) on a bunch of websites. The first thing I checked after ordering my Nexus 7 was what benefits I’ll be getting along with it! The major ones were

  • $25 Credit to spend on Google Play Store – I thought “Yeah! That’s good now I can buy all those Tegra 3 games and play it on real cool!”
  • Transformers – Dark of the Moon in Google Movies
  • Google Magazines – Access to couple of magazines such as Popular Science, Food Network, and more
  • Google Books, Google Music, and Google Wallet.
But to my surprise, nothing of the above mentioned services were available since those were only meant for users living in USA (United States of America). So as usual my search began to look for a workaround using which I can get my hands full of all those above mentioned goodies. It was not much difficult workaround and I applied the same method we earlier showcased on our article Get Amazon AppStore working outside US.
So for all your folks out there living outside US and want to get their $25 credit, below is the method you can use. (For free!) We recommend you to please read through the full articale and associated links as this will develop a basic understanding needed to carry out the process.

Method One – Get Google Play credit without reseting your Nexus 7.
Use this if you do not want to reset your Nexus 7. (Explained later in this article)
Method Two - Get Google Play Credit on your Nexus 7 (Requires device reset)
We recommend using this one, it will allow you to start fresh and get the feel of the original Nexus 7.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If anywhere in the process or at any time you are required to set a Google Wallet account, just make sure you register your home address as US country. It may or may not be the correct address but select the country as US.

Get $25 Google Play Credit on your Nexus 7 (Requires device reset)

STEP 1: Follow one of our previous posts ‘Sharing your PCs VPN with your Mobile devices’, in order to share your computers VPN connection with your Nexus 7. After completing the steps mentioned there, you will now have a VPN connection shared over WiFi.
STEP 2: Reset your Nexus 7 device. This is required so that you start fresh. To reset the device Goto Settings, Backup and Reset, tap Factory Reset and then Tap Reset tablet, lastly confirm by tapping Erase everything. For full instructions visit Google Support Pages – Reset your tablet to factory settings.
Please note that “By performing a factory data reset, all data will be wiped from the device. While any data stored in your Google Account will be restored, all apps and their associated data will be uninstalled.”
STEP 3: After the reset is over, the device will start again be taken to Nexus 7 setup screen which you already used the first time you switched ON your Google Nexus 7. Just proceed with all the steps and on completion you will see the following screen which says – “Setup Complete: Congratulations! Start shopping for free: you now have $25 to spend in the Google Play Store. To use it, look for ‘Google Play balance’ as the payment option. Be sure to check out the free HD movie, books, magazines, and music that have been added to your Google Play library. Your tablet is set up and ready to use.”
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STEP 4: Yes! You did it, it’s that simple! Now open your Google Play and start purchasing! Here is how the purchasing process looks on your Nexus 7.

 Also Explore Google Movies, Google Music, Google Wallet and the full Google Play on your Nexus 7 outside US.


 Get Google Play credit without reseting your Nexus 7

Use this method if you do not want to Reset your tablet. Please note that the method given above provides you with the best possible experience you can get on your Nexus 7 tablet. If you use this method you will add more clutter to your device as it will be associated with one more account and everything else that comes with it the images, emails, contacts etc. If you still are too afraid to reset then go ahead with this.
STEP 1: Follow one of our previous   posts ‘Sharing your PCs VPN with your Mobile devices’,  in order to share your computers VPN connection with your Nexus 7. After completing the steps mentioned there, you will now have a VPN connection shared over WiFi.
STEP 2: Open settings and go to Apps. Slide to go to the running apps, find Google Play and tap on it. You will now be presented with option to Stop this service. Click the Stop service button to end the Google Play Process.
STEP 3: Now connect to your Wifi network. And open the Google Play app. Go to settings and click Add another Google Accont. Go through the process and upon finishing you will receive your $25 credit associated with the new Google account you added.

Happy spending! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to stay updated with more such cool tricks to optimize your Google Nexus 7 usage! You can always leave comments if you have any doubts or concerns, we will be happy o answer them all!

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