How to set up ExpressVPN on your Android

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This tutorial will show you how to download, set up, and use your VPN app for Android. This tutorial is for ExpressVPN for Android version 4.7, which is compatible with Android 4 and up.

Not yet a customer? Read more about VPN for Android.

Android VPN Setup Tutorial Video

To set up ExpressVPN, watch the Android tutorial video or follow the steps below.

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Download the VPN app
Set up the VPN app
Connect to a VPN server
Disconnect from the VPN server
Choose a different server location
How to run the Ping Test
How to switch VPN protocols
How to add the ExpressVPN widget to your homescreen
How to remove the VPN app from your device
Trouble connecting? Try this


Download the VPN app

To download your VPN app for Android, log in to your ExpressVPN account, then go to Set Up ExpressVPN. Under the Android section, download the app by doing one of the following:

If you can access Google Play, tap DOWNLOAD FROM GOOGLE PLAY to download the app.

If you cannot access Google Play, tap DOWNLOAD APK to download the APK to your Android device.

download the android vpn app from expressvpn.com

Follow the on-screen instructions to download the app to your device.

Lower down on this page you will find your username and passwordPlease note your account credentials now. You will need them later on during the setup.!

get your password

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Set up the VPN app

Once the download is complete, open the App Drawer to see all your apps.

open the app drawer

Locate and tap on the ExpressVPN icon to launch it.

launch expressvpn on android

Tap Log In to log in to your ExpressVPN app.

log in to expressvpn

Enter your email address and password, which you got earlier. Tap Log In.

enter your email address and password

After you’ve signed in, your app will ask if you’d like to share anonymous information to help make ExpressVPN faster and more reliable. Tap OK if you’d like to share anonymous analytics.

help make expressvpn better

The next screen will tell you that your ExpressVPN is now activated for your Android device. Tap Next.

expressvpn for android activated

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Connect to a VPN server

To connect to a VPN server location, tap on it. (You can mark and unmark your preferred locations as favorites by tapping the stars!)

tap to connect to a vpn server

The first time you try connecting to a VPN server, you will encounter this warning. Tap OK to proceed.

accept connection request

Awesome! Now you can go online with privacy, security, and freedom :)

connected to expressvpn

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Disconnect from the VPN server

To disconnect from the VPN server, tap Disconnect in the ExpressVPN app.

tap to disconnect

You will see a confirmation dialog. Tap OK to continue disconnecting.

confirm disconnect

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Choose a different VPN server location

To choose a VPN server location to connect to, tap the magnifying glass at the top of the screen to launch the search.

launch the location search

You can search for a location by typing it into the search bar, or by speaking into the microphone. Tap the bar to launch Typing Mode. Tap the microphone to launch Speaking Mode.

search by typing or speaking

Typing Mode: type the name of the country or city you’d like to connect to. When the location appears in the search results, tap to connect.

type the name of the country or city

Speaking Mode: Say the name of the country or city you’d like to connect to.

speak to search

Tap the location you’d like to connect to.

connect to the vpn server

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How to run the Ping Test

To run the Ping Test, tap the speedometer icon at the top of the screen.

tap to run ping test

Tap RUN TEST to run the Ping Test.

run the ping test - confirmation

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How to switch VPN protocols

To switch VPN protocols, tap the dots in the top-right corner of the screen.

tap to open the menu

In the menu, tap Settings.

tap to open the settings

From the settings menu, tap Set preferred protocol.

set preferred protocol

Select your preferred protocol by tapping on it.

set perferred protocol

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How to add the ExpressVPN widget to your homescreen

To add the ExpressVPN widget to your home screen, tap and hold an empty spot on the homescreen.

tap and hold an empty spot on the homescreen

Tap the WIDGETS icon.

tap on widgets

Tap and hold the ExpressVPN widget and drag it upwards.

tap and hold the expressvpn widget

Drag the widget to your preferred screen.

drag widget to desired screen

Ta-da! The widget is now on your homescreen. Use the widget to connect and disconnect the VPN without opening the app! :)

use the widget to connect and disconnect easily

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How to remove the VPN app from your device

To remove ExpressVPN from your Android device, tap and hold the ExpressVPN icon on the homescreen, then drag it to the Uninstall garbage can.

drag to uninstall the vpn

You will see an uninstall confirmation message. Tap OK.

confirm uninstall

The app is now deleted from your device.

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Trouble connecting? Try this

If you’re having trouble connecting on Android Lollipop, please refer to this blog post for troubleshooting tips. :)

If you encounter the “TUN driver missing” error, please use this troubleshooting guide to fix it.

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