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How to use spotify in countries where it's not available

Updated on July 11, 2013

Spotify’s integration in facebook is great. It enables you to stream music and share it with your friends. It even lets you listen songs with the people in your friendlist in realtime. Now spotify isn't yet available in many countries (like mine) and people are feeling that they have been left behind. Realising that only a handful of people in my friendlist are using spotify and many of my friends asking me about how I managed to get it to work I felt I should help them out. I searched hubpages before writing this tutorial and found, surprisingly, that there were no hubs related to this topic. So here it is.

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First of all get TunnelBear. It is a great and easy to use VPN app. You can download it from the tunnelbear website. It is available for windows and mac and even for android and iPhones!

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After the installation you will be asked to make a new account.

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Enter your details and a valid email id that you can access as you will receive a confirmation link there.

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You can select the paid version if you do stuff that requires you to change your VPN a lot. But for spotify’s installation the free version will be enough.

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After you’ve successfully confirmed your email account, turn on tunnelbear and choose the US option from the right dial.

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Next go to spotify’s website and download the app without being bothered by the previous “not available in your country” error. Download and install it on your computer.

After it’s installation you can login using your facebook details.

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Turn off tunnelbear while spotify is running.

Lo and behold, you’re ready to use spotify and browse through the infinite amount of music it has to offer. The free version of tunnelbear offers only 500mb of data per month, but unknown reasons spotify does not check for geographic location once it has been installed. This means that now you can use spotify without tunnelbear!

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      Filip 17 months ago

      I have the same problem as Jelena has. I used Hola extension worked fine for few days, but I got the same notification like Jelena got. Looking at the problems that people have with Tunnel Bear it appears that there is no use using that app. Seriously, why Spotify company has been launched if they are not trying to make the service be globally available like last.FM for example? I've even read about them on Wikipedia, that company doesn't have a bright reputation.

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      Ines 18 months ago

      How can I use it on andrid phone im from croatia btw

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      Jelena 2 years ago

      It won't work! I tried it with other vpn apps and I can install everything expect spotify. It still says that spotify is not avaiable in my country. I'm from Serbia

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      Chewbacca 2 years ago

      Try www.getspotify.com

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      Manthan Shah 2 years ago

      Tunnelbear isnt working on my laptop please help me via teamviewer or something please!!!! i'll die if i dont have spotify working!!

      Earlier tunnelbear was working but now it isnt working :/

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      Adrian 2 years ago

      It works thank you so much

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      tabish 2 years ago

      Plz tell me how to use Spotify on windows phone 8.1 plz plz

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      Scarlett 2 years ago

      Thanks for the article. For those who live outside US and want to access Spotify, you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

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      Mhaddy 2 years ago

      Woah...I'm impressed!

      Thanks so much - I've been wanting to use Spotify but it's not available in my country.

      Tuning now ^__^

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      Vivi 2 years ago

      I ran out of data on TunnelBear. I don't want to upgrade or anything. I ignored the "Spotify is not available in your country" for like a week but now Spotify is offline, and I can't do anything. Help please???

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      John 3 years ago

      Hi, is this method legal? Or will spotify arrest me???

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      marko 3 years ago

      Hi, how to use it on Windows Phone? I am from Serbia btw. Can't find a proper VPN for Windows phone.b Thnx in advance

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      sher 3 years ago

      worked =)

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      piyush 3 years ago

      hey.

      I tried using tunnelbear AND hotspot shield.

      it's not working. once sporting is installed (and I get excited), I tap on it feeling all hopeful but then it closes on a second and shows unfortunately Spotify has stopped working. I installed Pandora using the same method and it worked like a charm. also, other people have it working too (judging from the recent YouTube comments on the tutorial ). so why am I having the problem. help. thanks in advance :)

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      Ella 3 years ago

      Can I delete tunnelbear after I made my Spotify account? :)

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      Ina 3 years ago

      Doesn't work. Pretty useless.

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      Manolo 3 years ago

      Thanks, works great on Netherland Antilles!!

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      Vlad 3 years ago

      Thank you very much Emil , really appreciate it :3 . Works like a charm now !

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      Emil 3 years ago

      Hi Vlad,

      I was having the same trouble. Tried a lot of different fixes, nothing worked until now. I updated my Visual C++ Redistributable package directly from the microsoft server.

      here is the link..

      http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.as...

      or follow this one..

      http://pcsupport.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=pcsupport&cdn=compute&tm=53&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_&tt=65&bt=2&bts=10&zu=http%3A//www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx%3Fid%3D30679

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      Emil 3 years ago

      Hi Vlad,

      I was having the same trouble. Tried a lot of different fixes, nothing worked until now. I updated my Visual C++ Redistributable package directly from the microsoft server.

      here is the link..

      http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.as...

      or follow this one..

      http://pcsupport.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=pcsupport&cdn=compute&tm=53&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_&tt=65&bt=2&bts=10&zu=http%3A//www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx%3Fid%3D30679

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      Vlad 3 years ago

      Hey !

      I installed tunnelbear , but when try to connect i get an error that tells me i have a .dll missing ( MSVCR110.dll to be precise) and reinstalling the programme should resolve the problem. It doesn't work no matter what i try and i installed it on my pc and my laptop. Any ideas what i should try next ?

      Really appreciate the help mate, thank you !

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      don 3 years ago

      thanks it's working

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      Juby 3 years ago

      Super awesome !! its working like a dream

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      akash 3 years ago

      Is it illegal to play spotify in countries where is it not available

      Plz let me know i m afraid bec someone said me thatvit is illegal

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      mansi 3 years ago

      hi i downloaded spotify ,everything worked out ,but now when im signing in should i go for new user because it will access my hometown etc which obviously is not in US ... would that be a problem?or should i let it access the facebook data ?

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      Anonymous_Lad 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot for this!

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      Kristijan Radovac 3 years ago

      For those who want Spotify on Android:

      1. Download Spotify app from Aptoide

      2. Download Hotspot Shield from Play Store

      3. Go to Hotspot Shield and click Protect my connection

      4. Now go to Spotify and login with Facebook or create a new account.

      5. When you're done with signing up on Spotify, go to Hotspot Shield an turn off protection.

      Now you can listen music for free. You can try Spotify Premium for two days. You will have to enable Hotspot Shield every two weeks for a couple of minutes just because Spotify needs to think that you're in the US.

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      usman1234 3 years ago

      Can't log into spotify on my android please help!

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      sasdwas 3 years ago

      The login does not work anymore.

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      Mike 3 years ago

      Perfect! Spotify working in India! Keep up the good work!

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      whiskeyjakc 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello anna,

      Well this is the first that i've heard about this problem. Try reinstalling it or something and lemme know if it worked.

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      ANNA 3 years ago

      Hello- my spotify started working great once I downloaded Tunnel Bear, but every time I turn tunnel bear off, spotify stops working again. Any suggestions?

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      whiskeyjakc 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello divyansh,

      you'll get a mail in your email account. It will have a confirmation link that you'll have to click.

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      divyansh 3 years ago

      divyansh

      can you please tell me how to confirm email address!

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      whiskeyjakc 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hey Gabriel,

      I am not really sure what's causing this problem, it's working perfectly for me. Try reinstalling the program and check if it's not being blocked by the firewall.

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      Gabriel 3 years ago

      I am having the same problem as Adrian. I used Tunnelbear for over a year but now it doesn't seem to work anymore

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      prathyush 3 years ago

      wow its wrking wid my i phne :) love u darlng :)

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      Adrian 3 years ago

      Aside from using TunnelBear everything on my connection should be at default. Could you tell me how to check?

      Thanks.

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      whiskeyjakc 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi,

      Do you have any proxy enabled?

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      Adrian 3 years ago

      Hi,

      I've been using TunnelBear for a while to log into Spotify pretending to be from the UK. but recently it stopped working. I checked my IP location with tunnelbear on using sites like http://whatismyipaddress.com/ and it indeed showed UK. It seems like Spotify detects and blocks the uses of VPNs on its app and website, I have tried reinstalling and redownloading TunnelBear but it seems like the problem only exists with Spotify. Would you know any solutions?

      Thanks.

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      whiskeyjakc 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      es mi placer. :)

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      Wilmer 3 years ago

      Muchas gracias =)

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      whiskeyjakc 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Oh, sorry for the misunderstanding.

      Which country are you from? The country specified in your spotify profile should match the country of your card. And yes, no way around it.

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      Sean 3 years ago

      Hello,

      Thank you for the response.

      What I meant is to pay, but with my payment method which is not from one of the countries Spotify is supporting. It is not accepting my card as it is not from a listed country. I assume there is no way around it..

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      whiskeyjakc 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Well, I can't really tell you how to use the premium services for free as it's illegal (:P). But I've heard it's possible. Search around a bit.

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      Sean 3 years ago

      Hello,

      I was able to register using VPN, but how can I upgrade and use the paid plan for mobile devices without a payment method from one of the listed countries? Is there a way around it?

      Thank you

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      whiskeyjakc 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Welcome. :)

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      Arne 3 years ago

      Thanks. Worked after first try! :)

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      whiskeyjakc 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      As I told others too, yo can try downloading a newer version of tunnelbear.

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      whiskeyjakc 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It happens sometimes. Try reinstalling the tunnelbear.

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      whiskeyjakc 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello rafter581,

      I ran into a similar problem few weeks ago and downloading a newer version of tunnelbear helped my case. Try to let me know if it helped.

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      tooom 4 years ago

      It work fine for a few minutes, not it says offline and can't connect it. I'm still using tunnelbear on either us or UK.

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      sami 4 years ago

      i have a problem when want to login to tunnelbear " check network connection "

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      rafter581 4 years ago

      e-mail me at DrRafter426@gmail.com please, if you know how to help me out with this problem.

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      rafter581 4 years ago

      I've been using tunnelbear to use spotify in Pakistan for a while, but recently I've run in to a problem where I'm not able to sign in anymore. The country selected on my profile is US and I use the US option on tunnelbear. Now it tells me that my country does not match the one set in my profile even though US is selected on tunnelbear when I'm running it.

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      whiskeyjakc 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello lauren,

      you can use spotify anywhere in the world. As it's mentioned above you need a VPN application like tunnelbear first. Since you already have a spotify account just download tunnelbear, verify your email, choose the US option and you're good to go!

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      Lauren 4 years ago

      Okay, so I use spotify in USA, but am in another country now. So they are not letting me log in because they are checking the location apparently. Any way to fix the problem?

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      whiskeyjakc 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      hello bukiswag,

      well I don't have much experience with iphone applications, but I searched a bit and maybe this will help solve your problem.

      *Sign out of your iTunes account and scroll to the bottom of the store. You'll see a little flag for your country. Click on it and you'll be able to change your country to the United Kingdom.

      *Search for Spotify in the store and try to download it. You'll be prompted to create an account. It's important that you do it in this order or you will be asked to provide a credit card.

      *Make a new account with a fake address. If you search for UK in Google Maps and then search for a fast food restaurant, such as McDonalds, you'll be able to get a full phone number and address that you can use. Enter all of that in to create your fake account and choose "None" as a payment method when prompted.

      *iTunes will send you a verification email. Verify your email address and go try to download Spotify again from the iTunes App Store. This time it'll work.

      *Now you need a Spotify account. Visit daveproxy.co.uk and enter http://www.spotify.com in the URL field. This will allow you to access Spotify through a proxy so it thinks you're in the UK.

      *Sign up for a free Spotify account.

      Download Spotify and enjoy!

      But FYI spotify requires a paid premium account to work on mobile devices, but you can try it for free for two weeks.

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      bukiswag 4 years ago

      hello, i did it in my PC and now I'm wondering can I have Spotify on my iPhone? I'm from Croatia btw

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      whiskeyjakc 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello oli.

      Can you please elaborate your problem?

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      oli 4 years ago

      does not work, cannot login