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EUSS - Installing and using the EU Exit: ID app from outside the UK

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  • EUSS - Installing and using the EU Exit: ID app from outside the UK

    If anyone is needing to install this app on their phone while outside the UK, it is possible. Initially, I had device not compatible and country restricted errors, until I figured this out.
    The Home Office allows completing the application from abroad. They also allow using this app on someone else's phone or from your own phone, if you already have it installed.
    Considering everyone's safety and with the global pandemic restricting movement, I wouldn't want anyone to worry about traveling to the UK simply to install this app on their phone.

    Here's what worked for me on an Android Pixel 3 cellphone using a VPN app. I'm sure some steps may be unnecessary, but this is the process I used.
    Turn on Airplane mode, turn on WiFi, turn on your VPN pointing to a UK server. (This is my normal procedure when making WiFi calls to avoid cellular connections).
    If you don't already have a UK based Google account (for the Google Play Store), you'll need to create a new Google Play Store account based in the UK.
    I did this in an incognito Chrome tab by going to the Google Play Store website and selecting Account, Create Account, but it appears to also be possible from within the Play app itself.
    You just need to enter a name, new email address, birthdate and gender, phone optional, and based on your VPN, the account should be created for use with the UK Google Play Store.
    Once this account is created, open the Google Play Store app, click on your profile avatar in the top-right and Add the new account. No credit card is required, since the EU Exit app is free.
    Go to your device settings, Applications or Apps & notifications and select the Google Play Store app. Click Force stop, then Storage and Cache, then Clear cache and Clear storage.
    Now open the Google Play Store app again, click on your profile avatar in the top-right again and select your new UK account. Then search for "eu exit" and it should be available to install.

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    Originally posted by TexIT View Post

    If anyone is needing to install this app on their phone while outside the UK, it is possible. Initially, I had device not compatible and country restricted errors, until I figured this out.
    The Home Office allows completing the application from abroad. They also allow using this app on someone else's phone or from your own phone, if you already have it installed.
    Considering everyone's safety and with the global pandemic restricting movement, I wouldn't want anyone to worry about traveling to the UK simply to install this app on their phone.
    Hello,

    We are aware of the possibility of applying from abroad, which has been the case for just over a year, as noted here: Applying from abroad - UKCEN Citizenship and Residence for European Nationals and their families

    The one caveat is as noted below:

    Please note it is not possible to use the app from outside the EEA.
    I discussed that issue with the Home Office EUSS team at a meeting last year, when they said it was for security reasons.

    Originally posted by TexIT View Post

    Here's what worked for me on an Android Pixel 3 cellphone using a VPN app. I'm sure some steps may be unnecessary, but this is the process I used.
    Turn on Airplane mode, turn on WiFi, turn on your VPN pointing to a UK server. (This is my normal procedure when making WiFi calls to avoid cellular connections).
    I even went as far as to mention VPNs, naturally they declined to comment on it. But they did not say it would be unlawful to apply from outside the EEA, just that the app could not be downloaded outside the EEA, but it could be used from anywhere once installed on your phone.

    Originally posted by TexIT View Post

    If you don't already have a UK based Google account (for the Google Play Store), you'll need to create a new Google Play Store account based in the UK.
    I did this in an incognito Chrome tab by going to the Google Play Store website and selecting Account, Create Account, but it appears to also be possible from within the Play app itself.
    You just need to enter a name, new email address, birthdate and gender, phone optional, and based on your VPN, the account should be created for use with the UK Google Play Store.
    Once this account is created, open the Google Play Store app, click on your profile avatar in the top-right and Add the new account. No credit card is required, since the EU Exit app is free.
    Go to your device settings, Applications or Apps & notifications and select the Google Play Store app. Click Force stop, then Storage and Cache, then Clear cache and Clear storage.
    Now open the Google Play Store app again, click on your profile avatar in the top-right again and select your new UK account. Then search for "eu exit" and it should be available to install.
    Thanks for the tip, it may be useful for some people. That sounds a little too complex for me, I'm an iPhone user and long-term VPN user, the (paid) VPN I use has its own app, so it's much easier to use than the above!

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