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How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

If you’re trying to create an HBO Max account in NZ, you will run into some issues.

HBO Max isn’t available in New Zealand, so you can’t access the platform when visiting the website or app. You’ll come across an error saying, “Sorry, HBO Max isn’t available in your region yet.”

This is annoying, especially with New Zealand’s lack of streaming options.

Fortunately, there’s a way to gain access to HBO Max in New Zealand.

All you need is a reliable VPN like NordVPN ($3.49/month) and an Android or Apple phone.

This article will explain how to make an HBO Max account in NZ using NordVPN ($3.49/month) and your phone.

Why do I need a VPN to make an HBO Max account in NZ?

You need a VPN to make an HBO Max account in NZ because HBO Max isn’t available in NZ.

If you try and access HBO Max without a VPN, you’ll run into an error that says “Sorry, HBO Max isn’t available in your region yet.”

To get around this error, you need to make it look like you’re connecting to HBO Max from a country where the streaming service is available. In this case, that’s the US.

To make it look like your device is connecting to the internet from within the US, you need to change your New Zealand IP address to a US IP address. To do that we recommend NordVPN ($3.49/month).

With NordVPN ($3.49/month), all you need to do is click on a server in the US and you’ll be given a US IP address.

Now when you connect to HBO Max in New Zealand, you won’t run into the “Sorry, HBO Max isn’t available in your region yet” error.

This is only one part of the process, though. Gaining access to HBO Max doesn’t allow you to make an HBO Max account. To do that, you need to use your phone.

Why do I need a phone to make an HBO Max account in NZ?

Because HBO Max is only available in the US, it only accepts US forms of payment.

If you try and make an account with HBO Max, your NZ credit card won’t work.

You’ll need to use a friend’s credit card who lives in the US or use other means like gift cards. However those aren’t reliable ways to pay for HBO Max.

The good news is that Google Play and the Apple App store don’t consider your location when paying for an app or a subscription. This means if you get HBO Max on your Android or Apple phone, you can pay for it with your New Zealand credit card.

Follow the steps below to get make an HBO Max account in NZ.

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ: Android

If you have an Android phone, follow these steps to make an HBO Max account in NZ:

1. Create a new Google Play account and login to it on the Google Play store

The reason we recommend making a new Google Play account is because you can only change the location of your Google account once a year.

To gain access to HBO Max on the Google Play store, you need to change the location of your account from New Zealand to the US.

If you do this with your primary Google account, you won’t be able to change it back to New Zealand for a year.

Making a new Google account is free and easy, and it means you can keep it based in the US without worrying about changing back to New Zealand.

You must have access to this new Google account because you will need to access emails sent from HBO Max. So it pays to remember the password and account name.

2. Download and install NordVPN ($3.49/month)

You need NordVPN ($3.49/month) because, in order to change the location of your new Google account to the US, you need to make it look like you’re connecting to the internet from within the US.

NordVPN ($3.49/month) is a reliable VPN that will allow you to watch HBO Max from anywhere.

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

3. Connect to a US server

Once you’ve downloaded NordVPN ($3.49/month) connect to a US server.

4. Open up your Google Play account

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

5. Click settings

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

6. Click general

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

7. Click account and device preferences

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

8. Change country

When you get on this screen, there should be an option to change the Google Play store to the US.

If it isn’t there, exit Google Play and reopen it or make sure you’re connected to a US server on NordVPN ($3.49/month).

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

9. Put in your NZ credit card details

10. Close Google Play and open again

You should now have access to the US version of Google Play

11. Download the HBO Max app

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

12. Create an HBO Max account using your NZ credit card

You can now create an HBO Max account using your NZ credit card. This will give you access to HBO Max on a number of devices including your smart TV.

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

Bear in mind if you want to watch HBO Max on your phone, TV or any other device you’ll need to connect to a US server on NordVPN ($3.49/month) on each device. Fortunately NordVPN ($3.49/month) allows you to install the VPN on up to 6 devices simultaneously.

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ: Apple

IF you have an Apple device, follow these steps to make an HBO Max account in NZ:

1. Download and install NordVPN ($3.49/month) then connect to a US server

You need NordVPN ($3.49/month) because, in order to change the location of the Apple App store to the US, you need to make it look like you’re connecting to the internet from within the US.

NordVPN ($3.49/month) is a reliable VPN that will allow you to watch HBO Max from anywhere.

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

2. Create a new iCloud Account

To gain access to the US version of the Apple App store, you need to create an account that’s located in the US.

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

You can use your NZ mobile phone number.

Ensure this is correct because you’ll be sent verification texts or phone calls throughout this process.

3. Logout of your existing account and login with your new account

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

4. Go into settings and click media and purchases

You may be prompted to log in to your account again. Be sure to use the new iCloud account you created when doing this.

5. Click view account

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

6. Change country to the US

You’ll be prompted to put in a US address and phone number when you do this.

You can find these details by visiting this website. Fill in the details from the address you’ve been given.

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

7. Download HBO Max on the App store

After downloading HBO Max on the App Store, you’ll be able to create an account with your NZ credit card.

How to make an HBO Max account in NZ

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