How to Install and Use ExpressVPN on Android

As you can expect, ExpressVPN works on a huge range of Android devices by offering an easy-to-install app on the Google Play Store. So, you can install ExpressVPN on Android in a matter of minutes. However, an alternative method exists as well for older devices.

More precisely, ExpressVPN's native Android app is compatible with Android 12, 11, 10, Pie (9), Oreo (8.x), Nougat (7.x), Marshmallow (6.x), and Lollipop (5.x). If you use an older Android version (4.x or older), you need to set up ExpressVPN manually using the L2TP/IPsec protocol.

Don't worry; we're here to explain both of those methods. So, let's jump right in!

How to Install ExpressVPN on Android

As mentioned just above, there are two ways to install or configure ExpressVPN on your Android. So, these are the options you have right now:

Method #1: Install ExpressVPN Android App

First, we'll show you how to install ExpressVPN on Android using its native app via the Play Store. Just go through the following steps:

1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN using your Android device on any Web browser.

2. Once you subscribe, return to ExpressVPN’s site. Use the site’s main menu (hidden behind the hamburger button in the top-right corner) to tap "My Account." Provide your credentials and access your ExpressVPN dashboard.

Logging to ExpressVPN Website on Smartphone

3. ExpressVPN’s site will recognize you’re on Android. At this moment, you should see two options. Tap "Get it on Google Play." The Play Store will now open, from where you can download and install the ExpressVPN app

Google Play Store Link for ExpressVPN

4. If you don’t have the Play Store, tap "Download APK" to download the app manually. Install the VPN app – manually (following on-screen prompts).

Installing ExpressVPN Android App Manually

5. Then, launch ExpressVPN and tap "Sign In." You will be asked for your email and password. Decide if you want to send anonymous data. Also, tap 'OK' when asked to install a VPN profile.

Installing VPN Profile on Android

6. At this moment, you should see ExpressVPN’s home screen. To connect to the nearest server, tap on the prominent ON/OFF button

Connecting to ExpressVPN Server

7. To disconnect, tap the ON/OFF button again, and the interface will turn red. 

8. If you want to pick a custom server, tap the "Smart Location" button. Pick any server using the tabs at the top of your screen (select a server’s name). Once you return to ExpressVPN’s home page, tap the ON/OFF button again. That's it!

Connected to ExpressVPN Server

Method #2: Set Up ExpressVPN on Android Manually

Another way to set up ExpressVPN on Android is to configure it manually. That's a great option if you have an older device. Here's what you need to do:

1. Get your ExpressVPN subscription using your Android device and any Web browser.

2. Then, return to ExpressVPN's site. Use its main menu (hidden behind the hamburger button) to tap "My Account." Then, access your ExpressVPN account dashboard.

Logging In to ExpressVPN Account on iPhone

3. Navigate to Set Up Other Devices > Manual Configuration > L2TP/IPsec. Note your username and password. Pick a server and note its server address.

L2TP Configuration ExpressVPN

4. On your Android device, navigate to its Internet-related settings. In most cases, you need to go to Settings > Connections > More Connection Settings. Or, you might need to go to Settings > More... > Wireless & Networks.

Navigating to VPN Settings on Android Device

5. Tap "VPN" and click the button resembling three vertical dots. Pick "Add VPN Profile" and enter the following information:

  • Name: Provide a memorable name for your new VPN connection.
  • Type: Select "L2TP/IPsec PSK."
  • Server Address: Copy a server address from your ExpressVPN online dashboard.
  • L2TP Secret: Leave this field blank.
  • IPsec Identifier: Leave this field blank.
  • IPsec Pre-Shared Key: Enter "12345678."
  • DNS Search Domains: Leave this field blank.
  • DNS Servers: Leave this field blank.

6. Tap "Save" and return to your Android device's VPN screen. Select the newly added VPN connection and enter your L2TP username and password. Finally, tap "Connect."

Edit VPN Network Prompt on Android
VPN Connected Notification Android

Final Thoughts

If you can, always go with ExpressVPN's native app. That way, you can install ExpressVPN on Android in a matter of minutes, and you'll then get every feature this VPN offers. That's not always possible when configuring VPNs manually.

ExpressVPN should work without any issues on your Android device. However, just like with any other app, technical problems might arise on occasion. So, here's what to do if ExpressVPN isn't working on Android.

That said, you probably have more devices that need VPN protection. So, make sure to check our guide on how to install ExpressVPN on all its supported devices. And if you'd like to check more options, here's our guide to the best VPN for Android.

This is where we conclude our guide on how to install ExpressVPN on Android. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post a comment below. Lastly, thanks for reading!

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