How to Tackle iPad’s Cannot Connect to App Store Problem
This is the number one problem that bothers a lot of people especially those who have their iPad outside of US.
So far, what I found out is that for those outside of US -
- You need a US iTunes account, you can open one with iTunes Gift Card (that is if you can get hold of some either on eBay or other auction sites). For those in Hong Kong, please refer to my earlier post, My iPad is in DA House.
- Have your iTunes on you PC or Mac powered up and logged into that US iTunes account. Then link up your iPad to your PC or Mac. Now you should be up and running.
Someone asked me whether I need VPN on and the answer is no.
HOWEVER, there is another glitch to this “Cannot Connect to App Store” problem. OK, this is the scenario, at least for me.
I opened up a US iTunes account with the iTunes Gift Card I got from Mactivity here in Hong Kong. I can buy basically anything from the US iTunes Store as long as I have enough money credited to that account via the Gift Cards.
But since I can access the iPad apps from my Hong Kong iTunes Store, I tend to buy the apps there as I do not have to use my US account credit balance (because I got the Gift Card for a premium added, a US$15 card cost me HK$180 here).
OK, here comes the fun part, going back to the top of the post, say you successfully logged into the App Store on your iPad and you see two updates available for your iPad apps. Like me. the two apps probably purchased from another iTunes Store, in my case, from the Hong Kong Store. Now if you try to install the update, it will boot you back out as (1) you are currently logged into the App Store with a US account, and (2) you will have problems re-entering the App Store on your iPad. In order to get back in, go the the iPad settings, under “Sign Out” under the “Store” tab, and re-sign in again with your US account details. You should be able to log back in again.
I know all this sounds too troublesome but that’s how Apple works, at least for now. Hope this helps.