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BANGKOK 22 July 2019 04:48
BananaBandit

banking app troubles abroad

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I want to download banking apps for my Android because I hear it's the safest way to do online banking.

 

But when I try to download the apps, my two banks (USA-based) say that I cannot download their apps in my current country.

 

Is there a way to safely get around this lil' obstacle ?

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Yes, use a VPN and place yourself "virtually" in the US.

 

 There are various providers for this VPN service.

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18 minutes ago, BananaBandit said:

Is there a way to safely get around this lil' obstacle ?

this info does not pertain to downloading the apps but to logging in:

 

bank of America does not let me log in with a VPN from my computer. it just does not accept the username and PW until the VPN is turned off.

Wells Fargo, Chase and Charles Schwab is OK with a VPN.

 

 

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Takes a few goes but I usually login after 2-3 attempts wirh 1 particular UK bank. Another is pretty much plain sailing but if I run into difficulties I just change the location slightly and access is then provided. Both through browser.

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To download yo need to change your google country..

When/If you do this , do note that this setting can be changed only once per year meaning possible problems with apps needed to download in Thailand

 

This is about downloading, Log in is different..

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On 7/8/2019 at 1:22 AM, thaitero said:

To download yo need to change your google country..

 

Agreed.

 

Assume your Google Account is linked to Thailand, and the apps are restricted to the U.S. Play Store.

 

On a PC logged in to your GMail account can you see the apps? Does it say they are compatible? Does it offer the option to upload them to yuor mobile device?

 

Workarounds include...

 

create a new Google/GMail accoint in the U.S. using a VPN

change your country in the PlayStore

sideload the APKs (APK Pure is reliable https://apkpure.com/ but you'll have to enable sideloading in your system settings)

 

 

https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/7431675?hl=en

 

 

Can you share the two banks?

 

 

 

 

 

This only covers installing the apps. Using them may present additional issues.

 

 

 

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