Can’t connect to Internet while VPN is connected

To use our apps and configurations, please sign up for an ExpressVPN account first.

Note: If your issue is not being able to access certain websites or online servers, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for direct assistance.

If your ExpressVPN connection seems to be running properly but you cannot browse ANY websites at all, including sites that you can access when ExpressVPN is not connected, follow these troubleshooting steps:

Try changing the protocol

VPN protocols are the methods by which your device connects to a VPN server.

By default, ExpressVPN uses the UDP protocol. However, this may be blocked in some countries.

For optimal performance, please choose the protocols in the following order:

  1. OpenVPN TCP
  2. L2TP
  3. PPTP

Note: ExpressVPN does not recommend using PPTP unless absolutely necessary. PPTP offers only minimal security.

How to change the protocol for…

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Connect to a different server location

If you can access the Internet when connected to a different server location, there may be a temporary issue with the server location you originally selected. Please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team about the issue and continue to use the Internet in the mean time.

Change your DNS server configuration

For instructions on how to do this, please see instructions for:

Adjust your proxy settings

Make sure that your browser is set to auto-detect proxy or to no proxy. For instructions  specific to your browser:

Send us your log file/diagnostics

Other possible causes and solutions can be found in the ExpressVPN log file or diagnostics.

You can save your log file or diagnostics and email it to the ExpressVPN Support Team at

To save your log file or diagnostics…

For ExpressVPN 5.x

To save your diagnostics, click the ellipsis (…)DiagnosticsSave Diagnostics.

save diagnostics

For ExpressVPN 3.x

In the ExpressVPN window, click Save Log.

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