If you need to change the region or country linked to your Microsoft Account because you are having issues getting access to certain content or can’t make a payment because your country/region doesn’t match your payment method. This article will guide you through the process of changing your Microsoft Account country/region.
Having a Microsoft account is almost an essential part of using Windows 11, as it allows you to take advantage of a few extra features included in the operating system. As well as all the Windows 11 functionality you get by having a Microsoft account, it’s also a gateway to a lot of other Microsoft services such as OneDrive, Outlook, Microsoft Office, Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass, and a ton of others.
So if it has been a while since you created your Microsoft Account or you have moved recently, you may wish to change or update your country/regional information. Depending on your circumstance and location, this may also give you a few tiny advantages. For example, getting Windows updates and feature changes ahead of people in other regions, etc.
Before you get too excited, however, there are a few limitations of what changing your country or regional data can do. Most importantly it won’t allow you to take advantage of services in other countries that are cheaper than your home country. Microsoft will block you when you get to the payment section as your payment method has to match the country/location you are located.
How to change your Microsoft Account Country/Region?
In order to change the country or region of your Microsoft Account, you’ll need to do the following.
- First sign in to your Microsoft Account, then click your profile picture and select My Profile (not My Account). This will take you to your account page, where you can change your country or region information.
Alternatively: You can go straight to the Microsoft Account Profile page using the link below. https://account.live.com/editprof.aspx?amru=https://account.microsoft.com/profile&mkt=en-US&client_flight=shhelp,shhidefam
- On the Profile page, click Edit profile info then change your country or region to the one that works best for you. I personally have mine set to the United States to make sure that I get updates as soon as they are available. However, you can choose whatever you like.
Note: If you are planning on signing up for Game Pass or another Microsoft service do that before changing your country away from your payment option. Otherwise, you’ll have to do everything again.
Can I or do I need to change the Microsoft Store Region settings on Windows 11 as well?
If you are hoping to get updates for Windows 11 and other software before everyone else (not including Windows 11 Insiders). You may also want to configure your Microsoft Store country and regional settings to match your Microsoft Account. This will guarantee that everything is on the same page. You can check out our guide on that process below. Just remember that neither this guide nor the one below will allow you to bypass any regional pricing guards.