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How to enable iOS 9's News app if you live outside the US

How to enable iOS 9's News app if you live outside the US

Apple's Software
September 17, 2015

If, like me, you’re running iOS 9 but are missing Apple’s all-new News app due to regional constraints, fret not. Because one smart trick allows internationals like us to enable News on our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. And best of all, the process is quick and simple to configure.

First, you’ll need to open the iOS Settings app, and navigate over to General, and then Language & Region. Here, alter your region to the United States, and tap Done. It’s as simple as that.

Following a quick respring, the News app will appear on your iOS Home screen. Of course, U.S.-specific content will be presented in the application (rather than news relating to your country of residence), but at least you’ll be able to take the News app for a spin. Then, once Apple adds support for additional territories, you’ll be able enjoy a more region-specific version of News through selecting your own country from the same menu.

The News app was first unveiled by Apple during WWDC. Since, we heard that the application, which offers Flipboard-inspired news aggregation, would include in-app ads. At the time, we wrote:

Publishers will be able to earn money from their content using iAd, Apple’s advertising platform. They can choose to sell their own ads, allow iAd to sell advertisements for them, or use a combination of both. Regardless of which option is chosen, the content producers will be able to earn revenue from ad impressions and take advantage of iAd’s robust targeting capabilities to maximize relevance and delivery. The targeting built into iAd is accurate and scalable, and is based on registration data from hundreds of millions of validated Apple users.

As a Brit, I thought it’d be a while until I got to take the News app for a spin. This most recent fix, which iDownloadBlog published earlier, means users like me won’t have to wait.

Apple’s iOS 9 is available to download now as an over-the-air (OTA) software update.

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