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This tutorial guide will walk you through the steps to set up the ExpressVPN app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod for iOS 10 and later.

Important: If you’re using iOS 9 or below, use the L2TP manual configuration.

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Sign in to your account
Download the VPN app
Set up the VPN app
Connect to a VPN server location
Disconnect from the VPN server location
Connect to a different VPN server location
Switch to a different VPN protocol
How to reconnect to the server if the app disconnects
How to reinstall your VPN configuration
Change languages in the ExpressVPN iOS app
How to remove the VPN app from your device
How to manually install the VPN without an app


Download the VPN app

Go to the App Store and search for ExpressVPN.

Search for the ExpressVPN app in the App Store.

Tap GET. The ExpressVPN app will be downloaded to your phone.

If you do not see the ExpressVPN app in your App Store, try changing your App Store country.

Tap to download the ExpressVPN app on the App Store.

After the app has finished downloading, tap OPEN to launch the ExpressVPN app.

Open the ExpressVPN app from the App Store.

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

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Set up the VPN app

On the app’s welcome screen, tap Sign In.

Tap on "Sign in".

Enter the email address and password associated with your ExpressVPN account. Tap Sign In.

Enter your email address and password to sign in.
You will see a statement detailing the information collected by the ExpressVPN app. Tap Agree and Continue to proceed.

Privacy statement for the ExpressVPN iOS app.

You will be invited to set up your VPN. Tap Continue to proceed with the installation.

Tap to set up ExpressVPN on iOS.

The app will notify you: ‘”ExpressVPN” Would Like to Add VPN Configurations’. Tap Allow.

Add VPN configurations for ExpressVPN on iOS.

Use your Touch ID or enter your passcode to add the VPN configurations.

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ExpressVPN will ask if you’d like to be notified of important announcements and alerts. Select your preference to continue.

The notifications permission screen in the ExpressVPN iOS app.

Your app will ask you if you’d like to share anonymous analytics to help make ExpressVPN faster and more reliable. Select your preference to continue.

Tap OK to allow sending of anonymous analytics.

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

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Connect to a VPN server location

To connect to a VPN server location, tap the ON Button. By default, ExpressVPN will suggest the location that provides the most optimal experience for you, called Smart Location.

Tap to connect to the VPN.

Once you see the Connected message on the app screen, you can begin surfing with freedom and security!

The ExpressVPN app is connected.

Note: a single ExpressVPN subscription can be used simultaneously on five devices, regardless of platform. If you try to use more than five devices simultaneously on one subscription, you will see the below screen:

Too many devices connected to ExpressVPN.

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

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Disconnect from the VPN server location

To disconnect from the VPN server location, tap the ON Button while the VPN is on.

Tap to disconnect from the VPN.

You will know you are disconnected when the “Not connected” message shown.

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

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Connect to a different VPN server location

To connect to a different server location, tap on the location picker.

Note: For the first time you try to change locations while connected to VPN, you will get a warning stating your internet traffic may be unsecure during reconnection.

Tap on the location picker to select a VPN location.

Select and tap the new server location you would like to connect to.

Select a different server location on ExpressVPN for iOS.

ExpressVPN will automatically connect you to the selected new server location.

To add a location to your list of favorite locations, swipe to the right. You can access your favorite locations in the Favorites tab.

Swipe to add a location to your favorites.

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

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Switch to a different VPN protocol

VPN protocols are the methods by which your device connects to a VPN server. Switching to a different protocol can help you achieve faster connection speeds.

By default, ExpressVPN selects the protocol most appropriate for you. To switch to a different protocol, tap on the Options menu (≡) in the ExpressVPN app.

Note: Check that you are not connected to a server location before changing protocols.

Tap on the options menu.

In the Options menu, tap on Settings then on VPN Protocol.

Tap on "VPN Protocol" in the ExpressVPN iOS app.

Your current protocol option is indicated with a check mark. To change to another protocol, tap the protocol of your choice.

Select a VPN protocol to connect to.

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

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How to reconnect to the server if the app disconnects

If your device’s screen has been turned off for a while, the ExpressVPN app might disconnect.

To connect again, open the app and connect to your preferred VPN server location.

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

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How to reinstall your VPN configuration

If the app gives you an unexpected error, you might need to reinstall your ExpressVPN configuration.

To reinstall your connection configuration, tap on the Options menu (≡) in the ExpressVPN.

Tap on the options menu.

In the Options menu, tap on Settings then on Reinstall VPN Configuration.

Tap on "Reinstall VPN Configuration".

A notification will pop up. Tap Allow.

Tap "allow" to configure the VPN.

The app will notify you: ‘”ExpressVPN” Would Like to Add VPN Configurations’. Tap Allow to continue.

Tap "Allow" to add VPN configurations.

Use your Touch ID or enter your passcode to add the VPN configurations.

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Your VPN configuration will be reinstalled now.

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

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Change languages in the ExpressVPN iOS app

Tap on the Options menu (≡), then select Settings.

Select "Settings" in the ExpressVPN iOS app.

Tap on Language and select the language you want to change to.

Change the language of the ExpressVPN iOS app.

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

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How to remove the VPN app from your device

To remove ExpressVPN from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, tap and hold the ExpressVPN icon on the home screen until all the icons tremble. Tap the “x” at the top-left corner of the app.

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Tap Delete to remove the app.

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The app is now deleted from your device.

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

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How to manually install the VPN without an app

If you would like to install ExpressVPN on your device without using the app, please follow the manual setup instructions.

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