These instructions cover Buying, Updating and Reinstalling Android apps from within China. In-app purchases are covered in the Buying section.
In short, if you are in China then you will need to use a VPN (there are many such free apps for Android) to do just about anything with the Google Play Store. The past advice of swapping your SIM card, is no longer relevant.
- if you have only recently arrived in China, you may still be able to make purchases (possibly Google Play's servers have not yet been updated with your location), so try making the purchase anyway
- for a free VPN try VPN One Click or for a more robust paid one try StrongVPN (which has a free trial)
- if you do not have Google's Play Store app installed on your device, then you can obtain our Hanping apps from Amazon. If you are in China, you will still need to use a VPN
- if you have a rooted device, then you should be able to avoid needing a VPN by using Market Helper. Alternatively, read this
- if Google Play Store is not behaving as it should do, check out this topic: Google Play Store Issues & Solutions and also the Official page of Known Issues or contact Google Play Support
Buying (UPDATED 2014/06 - SIM swap no longer recommended)
- Start your VPN
- Clear Data on Play Store app - in App Launcher, long press on Play Store app and drag it to App Info. There you can Clear Data
- Run Play Store app to accept Terms & Conditions. Wait a few seconds for the Play Store app to fully load after this
- Now you should be able to buy apps and make in-app purchases
Buying (from Amazon)
Currently (March 2014), Amazon Appstore uses your IP address to determine app availability. If it thinks you are in a country not supporting paid apps (e.g. China) then you won't be officially able to purchase the app. However, if you can use a VPN to a country where paid apps are supported, then the purchase should work fine. Here are the relevant Amazon links for each country:
US, BR, CA, DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, UK
From Hanping Chinese Dictionary Add-ons screen > Apps tab > click on the app. From here you should be able to view the app in the Play Store app.
Another way is to view our blog from your Android device and then click on the appropriate Google Play link on the right.
When viewing the app in the Play Store app, if there is an update available, then the install button will be labelled "Update".
Taken from here:
Using your mobile device:
- Open the Google Play Store Google Play Store app
- Touch the Google Play Store Play Store icon and select My Apps.
- Visit the All category.
- Select an app you’d like to install, then touch the Install button on the app’s detail page.
- Visit your My Apps page on Google Play.
- Select an app to view its detail page.
- Click the button that says Install or Installed and select the device where you’d like to install the app.
Note: When an app shows an "Installed" button on its detail page, it means that the app is installed on one of the devices associated with your Google Account.
- Click Install.