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Downloading Amazon Kindle app for iPad2 in Singapore


Last week I got my brand spanking new iPad 2.

One of the major reasons I wanted this piece of technical indulgence is to use as a e-book reader on the daily commute. 

So after plugging it in for the first time and going through the arduous ceremony of setting it up and doing the software update you can imagine my dismay when I discovered that the Kindle App was not available in the Singapore App Store.

Now I’m already used to the fact that there is no Music or Video content in the Singapore version of iTunes and get by quite happily without it. But disallowing the downloading of a free app is taking it a bit too far.

Fortunately for those in Singapore there is a workaround.


The first step is to create a VPost account.

For those who don’t know VPost is a service run by Singapore Post that effectively gives you a shipping address in either Japan, Europe or the United States. You can then get online shopping orders delivered to this address and they will forward the items to your Singapore based address.

It’s a great service which has many uses and I thoroughly recommended it to anyone.

Another iTunes Account

Once you’ve got your VPost address in the US you’ll need to create a new iTunes account using your US based address and not linked to your credit card as iTunes validates the billing address of the credit card against the address entered in the sign up form and prevents from signing up if the country is not the same.

The full list of steps are listed on the Apple Support site

Downloading the Kindle App

Now that you have your US based iTunes account you can back to your iPad go to Settings > Store then sign-out of your existing account and sign-in using your new account. 

Next up go to the App Store the search for “kindle” and low and behold it should appear and be able to be downloaded.

Because your US account has no payment information tied to it, you’ll need to remember to sign out and sign in using your Singapore based account whenever you want to buy any apps.

Amazon Account

Now that you have the Kindle app you’ll need to create an Amazon account in order to be able to buy books.

It is possible to use your Singapore address for this account, but bear in mind that there are quite a lot of books which are not available in the Asia-Pacific region. So to get around this you can use your US based VPost address and you will get access to all

To get started go to the sign in page and select “No, I am a new customer”.


Despite the hoops you have to jump through to both download the App and then get the content this workaround does make it all possible.

Hope this helps someone.


  1. Hi, after creating my US account, can I use the ITunes gift card to pay for any apps? I was thinking of asking my friend to buy the gift card fr US. If I can, does that mean I don't need to log in to my existing sg account?

  2. this is not valid anymre as there is no option for "none" credit card. any other workaround??

  3. I'm not sure because I've never tried it, but it should work. Maybe ask your friend to buy you the lowest value gift card as a trial.

  4. You're right. I can't believe they've taken that option away. Maybe a workaround would be to use a PayPal account registered with the US-based VPost address. For a company that makes such cool products they sure do make things harder than they ought to be. I will investigate and update this post if I find another workaround.

  5. Thanks a lot...It does Help...Have you signed up on netfilx as welusing VPOST

  6. The option exists indeed ... It works as explained in your article
    Thanks a lot for the guidance...

  7. try to download a free app first, as explained

  8. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!

  9. We have been using iPads in our classroom here in Christchurch, NZ. The hoops one has to jump through to sign up for apps etc for a class are another story but the wat Apple lock you in to their product is frightening.

  10. Very helpful, thanks. And quick and easy too. Now I can read till my heart's content.

  11. Hey there, thanks for the great post. Followed our instructions and everything was smooth sailing till the setting up of an Amazon account. It didn't require putting in any addresses to create the account and its says the book I want is not available in Asia Pacific. I tried going into my account settings and put in the Vpost US address but it doesn't help. What can I do?

  12. Thank you Mr Will Beattie. It still works.

  13. If you are lucky enough to create an Apple ID without some form of payment information, now Amazon blocks you from buying any book if you other Apple ID's address is from Singapore. So, in short, no this does not work.

  14. This is exactly what I've been searching for. Thanks!

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