Melon is an online streaming platform use throughout South Korea. The app is geolocked and is not able to be downloaded into phones outside of South Korea. However, there are ways to still get the app on your phone. Before starting this process there are things to keep in mind.

  1. Because the app is not from Play Store or App Store this basically means you are installing a foreign app and any risks that come with it will not be to blame on official providers.
  2. Due to a recent update only accounts with a Korean phone number are classified as “Verified Accounts.” If you download the app outside of Korea you will have an “Unverified Account.” This means that you cannot buy streaming passes or rank the songs. However, you can still find ways to stream and you can still like the song, listen to the 1 minute preview, leave comments and like/dislike comments.
    • The 1 minute preview counts towards their unique listeners number
  3. If you successfully download the app but have an Unverified Account you may still be able to stream by obtaining a streaming coupon. Only Verified Accounts can buy and give streaming coupons. There are many people who offer to buy streaming coupons and transfer them into the desired account. HOWEVER, you must be sure that the seller is trustworthy.
  4. Downloading the Melon App is completely up to your discretion.


  1. Need a Korean phone number
  2. Can buy streaming passes
  3. Can buy streaming coupon
  4. Can stream entire song
  5. Can rate song
  6. Can like song
  7. Can leave a comment
  8. Can like and dislike a comment


  1. DO NOT need a Korean phone number
  2. CAN NOT buy streaming passes
  3. CAN NOT buy streaming coupon
  4. Can ONLY streak 1 MINUTE OF THE SONG
  5. CANNOT rate a song
  6. Can like song
  7. Can leave a comment
  8. Can like and dislike a comment

How to Download (Android)

Melon APK

In order to download Melon on your phone, you must do so manually using an APK.

On Google or your web browser search up “melon apk”

Click on the first link named: 멜론 for Android – APK Download –

Click on the Download APK button right underneath

Scroll all the way down until you see “Download APK (39.2 MB)” green button

You will be prompted by your phone to download file.


  1. When you first download the Melon APK your phone message will say “This type of file can harm your device. Do you want to keep 멜론 anyway?
  2. If you press yes, another prompt will greet you. This prompt will say “For security, your phone is set to block installation of apps obtain from unknown sources.” You can either press CANCEL or SETTINGS.
  3. If you go to SETTINGS it will take you to your phone’s LOCK SCREEN AND SECURITY page. Click the switch where it says “Unknown sources – Allow installations of apps from sources other than the Play Store” to allow the file to keep downloading.
  4. This will trigger another prompt box labelled “Unknown sources – Installing from unknown sources may be harmful to your device and personal data. By tapping OK, you agree that you are solely responsible for any damage your device or loss of data that may result from using these applications. “ If you agree click on the “Allow this installation only” button and then press OK.

How to Download (IOS)

Melon is only available in the Korean Apple App store. In order to be able to download the app you will need to change your Apple ID ‘s region.

  1. Go to Settings and click on Itunes & App Store.
  2. Click on your Apple ID
  3. Click on Country Region
  4. Click on Change Country or Region
  5. Change to Korea, Republic Of
  6. Agree on Terms and Conditions
  7. Put None for Payment Method
  8. City and County: SEOUL
  9. District: SEOUL
  10. Postal code: 120 000 (120-000)
  11. Street Address: You can use any address (doesn’t have to be Korean)
  12. Phone number: First three numbers should be 000. The rest of the numbers can be random.
  13. Go into App Store, search for Melon and download. HERE.

Creating a Melon Account

Once you open the app you will be greeted with the homepage. Click on the top menu icon to open menu

Click the cog icon to open account settings.

Click on 로그인 to log in

Log in/sign up using KakaoTalk

Song Interaction

On the homepage, click on the magnifying class to search for ONEWE

Type in ONEWE on the search bar

Click on the green button to listen to the 1 minute preview of the song. Listening to the 1 minute preview of the song still counts towards their unique listener numbers

Click on the three dots to open the song menu

Click on the heart to give the song a heart. Click on 앨범정보.

Click on 댓글. If you have a verified account you can give the song a rating.

Click on 글쓰기 to write a comment. You can also like other people’s comments

Write down your comment. You cannot leave it blank and you cannot use emojis. Click on 등록 to post.

When you are back on the comments click on ONEWE’s profile picture.

Click on the star on their profile. Click on 비디오 to go to their videos.

If you have an Unverified Account you can only watch previews of the videos

Give the chosen video a heart/like