For most Android users, Google Play Store is a platform to download apps, games, movies, and ebooks. While this notion of what can be done on Google Play is not incorrect, it is incomplete. True, downloads remain the most predominant use cases of the Play Store. But, the true applications of Google Play stretch far beyond app and game downloads.
In addition to allowing users to install their favorite apps and rent movies, Google Play also enables the users to buy and manage subscriptions and make purchases within an app. These additional features are made possible by Google Play Balance, which can be used to pay for those purchases and subscriptions.
For those who use it, the Google Play Balance is quite helpful and reliable as it can be used across a plethora of apps. Due to this, it becomes quite troublesome when you encounter an error trying to recharge your Pay Balance.
Gift cards are the most common and easiest way to add money to your Play Balance, and seeing the error message, “Couldn’t redeem this code. This code can only be used in India,” while redeeming a code is not a pleasant experience in any way. If you’re experiencing this problem, you are at the right place.
We will be sharing some useful insights on why you might be seeing this error and how you can fix it. So, make sure to read this blog until the end if you want to eliminate the annoying error.
How to Fix “Couldn’t redeem this code. This code can only be used in India” on Google Play
Use a VPN
If a location change is preventing you from redeeming your code, a VPN might be the best option for you. After all, that’s the job of a VPN- to spoof locations.
Follow these steps to redeem your code with the help of a VPN. It might cost you some bucks to ret a VPN that connects to India, as most trusted VPNs only provide a selected few locations in their free versions.
Step 1: Download a reliable and trusted VPN, and connect to any location in India.
Step 2: Now, open your phone’s Settings app and go to Applications. Scroll down to find Google Play Store.
Step 3: Tap on Google Play Store to open its App info page.
Step 4: Go to the Storage section and clear the Cache of Google Play Store.
Step 5: Next, open the Play Store app and tap on the Account icon on the screen’s top-right corner.
Step 6: Go to Payments and Subscriptions→ Redeem gift code.
Step 7: Now, enter the gift code in the space provided and tap on Redeem. Then, click on Confirm.
Your code will hopefully get redeemed this time.
The reason why we used the term “hopefully” is that this does not work for everyone. Google Play regularly updates its security features and can potentially detect VPN usage.