Apple Music can be one hell of a choppy streaming service at times. You’d think streaming music on Apple devices should be smooth and easy, but it isn’t. There is always an error that spoils your streaming experience. In this guide, we highlight some proven fixes for the “This song is currently not available in your country or region” error on Apple Music.
Turning off your device’s cellular data or Wi-Fi and turning it back on can help. Closing and relaunching Apple Music is another way to restore the app to normal. And if nothing works, try restarting your device. If the error persists when your device turns back on, continue with the solutions below.
Note: The troubleshooting tips in this guide are for iPhone and iPad users.
1. Disable the VPN
Let’s say you’ve played a song on Apple Music before, but suddenly it doesn’t play anymore because, you know, it’s “no longer available in your country or region.” The first course of action we recommend is to turn off your iPhone / iPad’s VPN – if you have any. Due to regional licensing and distribution policy, some songs are not available in some countries. If the song is not licensed for the country your VPN connection is routed to, this error will appear every time you try to play it.
You can turn off your VPN in the app or in the iPhone Settings menu. Just go to settings and turn off the VPN.
Now close Apple Music, reopen the app, and try to play the affected song (s).
2. Re-add songs to the library
It can help to fix Apple Music song unavailability issue. If this error only appears for a particular song in your Apple Music library, delete the song and close Apple Music. To remove a song from your Apple Music library, simply press and hold the song and select “Remove from Library”. Finally, select Delete Song from the confirmation prompt to continue.
Wait a few seconds and relaunch the application. Now add the song to your library again and check if it plays without error.
3. Activate the automatic download of the purchase
iOS has a feature that automatically downloads songs, books, and other purchases from Apple to all devices signed in to your Apple ID. Oddly enough, re-enabling this feature for Apple Music has helped fix this issue for some users. You can try this if the above solutions prove to be unsuccessful. Close the Apple Music app and follow the steps below.
Step 1: Launch the iPhone’s Settings menu and select “iTunes and App Store”.
2nd step: In the Automatic downloads section, switch to Music.
If it is already activated, deactivate the option and reactivate it. Launch the Music app after a few minutes and check if the error persists.
4. Sync music library again
I have used this method to resolve this Apple Music regional unavailability error on my iPhone and my friends’ devices. All that is required is to turn off Library Sync for Apple Music and turn the feature back on
Step 1: Launch the Settings menu and select Music.
2nd step: Disable the sync library and select Disable in the confirmation prompt.
Note: This will remove all Apple Music songs from your device, but you have nothing to worry about.
Step 3: Now re-enable the Sync Library option.
Step 4: Tap Keep Music in the confirmation prompt and your songs will be re-synced with your Apple Music library.
Wait for this process to complete and play songs. You should no longer encounter the error “This song is currently not available in your country or region”.
5. Sign out of Apple ID
Deleting your Apple ID account from your iPhone or iPad and signing back in can also help. However, it should be noted that it will remove all offline (read: downloaded) songs from your library. Read more about it in this guide before proceeding with Apple ID disconnection from your iPhone / iPad.
Step 1: Open the iPhone’s Settings menu and tap your Apple ID display name.
2nd step: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap Sign Out.
Step 3: Enter the Apple ID password and follow the prompt.
Reconnect Apple ID to your device and check if you can now play songs on Apple Music app without any region restriction error.
6. Update iOS
This error can also be caused by a software bug. If so, updating your device to the latest iOS version can help. Go to Settings> General> Software Update and tap “ Download & Install ” to update your iPhone / iPad operating system.
Do I get the error message “Request timed out” when trying to play or download song on Apple Music? Click the following article link to find solutions to fix the issue on your iPhone or Android.
Last updated August 24, 2020
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