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How to Set Up ExpressVPN on LG Smart TV

Written by Novak Bozovic
Last updated June 5, 2024

Since LG TVs don't support VPN applications natively, you can set up ExpressVPN on your LG TV using a feature called MediaStreamer, which can unblock US-based streaming apps on your TV without encrypting your traffic. Alternatively, you can also set it up on a router or share a VPN connection from your PC if you want complete protection.

Before you get started, we recommend updating your LG TV to the latest version of WebOS. You can do that by going to 'Settings' > 'Support' > 'Software Update.' Once that's done, you can connect to ExpressVPN on your LG TV using the three methods explained below.

In this article, we'll teach you how to set up and install ExpressVPN on LG Smart TVs with screenshots and comprehensive instructions.

How to Set Up ExpressVPN on LG Smart TV

You can set up ExpressVPN on an LG Smart TV by using its MediaStreamer (a DNS proxy), setting it up on a router, and sharing the VPN connection from your PC. Let's look at all these methods in detail.

Set up Expressvpn on LG Smart TV With MediaStreamer

To get ExpressVPN to work on your LG TV, you'll need to route your Web traffic through the VPN's special DNS server. Here's what you need to do:

1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN using your computer, phone, tablet, or any other device with a Web browser.

2. Click on 'My Account' on ExpressVPN's site and log in using your email address and password

3. If asked for a verification code, copy it from your email inbox.

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

4. Click 'DNS Settings' (in the left-placed sidebar) on your ExpressVPN dashboard.

5. Click on the 'Register My IP Address' button on the right (under "IP Address Registration"). 

Registering IP Address for DNS MediaStreamer ExpressVPN

6. Click on the switch on the right side of 'Automatically Register My IP Address.'

Letting ExpressVPN Automatically Register IP Address

7. Return one step to your ExpressVPN online dashboard and click on 'Set Up Other Devices.'

8. On the left-hand side, select 'MediaStreamer' among the supported devices.

9. Check your MediaStreamer IP address on the right and keep that page open.

ExpressVPN MediaStreamer Addresses

10. Turn to your LG smart TV and press the gear-shaped 'Settings' button using your remote. 

Advanced Settings Icon on LG TV

11. Navigate to the icon resembling three vertical dots (called 'Advanced').

12. Using the right-placed sidebar, pick 'Network.'

Accessing Network Settings on LG TV

13. Select your Web connection (pick 'Wired Connection' or 'Wi-Fi Connection'). 

Accessing Web Connections on LG TV

14. Click 'Edit' (at the bottom) once you get to your network details.

Adding ExpressVPN MediaStreamer to LG TV

15. Uncheck the box next to 'Set Automatically.'

16. Click the 'DNS' field and copy the MediaStreamer IPs from ExpressVPN’s website.

17. Press 'Connect' at the bottom to confirm the new DNS values.

18. Finally, restart your LG Smart TV for the DNS changes to become active.

Despite using ExpressVPN’s MediaStreamer, some apps from LG's Content Store can still be geo-blocked (based on your TV model). In that case, our recommendation would be to use screen mirroring on your smartphone or tablet.

That said, here’s how to install ExpressVPN on iPhones and iPads and set up ExpressVPN on Android. Set up the VPN on your phone, connect to a VPN server, start playing any video, and then mirror/cast its screen to your LG TV.

Set Up ExpressVPN on LG Smart TV Using a Router

If you have a router that is OpenVPN-compatible, you can install ExpressVPN on your router by adding its configuration file to your router's settings. After that, all you need to do is connect your TV to the VPN-enabled Wi-Fi. Here is a step-by-step guide:

1. Get an ExpressVPN subscription using your computer and a Web browser.

2. Go to ExpressVPN's homepage and click on 'My Account.'

3. Enter your email address and password to access your account.

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

4. Choose 'Set Up Other Devices' > 'Manual Configuration'

ExpressVPN Online Dashboard View for OpenVPN Manual Configuration

5. Note your username and password.

6. Pick a VPN server and download its OVPN configuration files.

7. Navigate to your router's Network settings and pick OpenVPN in the VPN section.

8. Upload the OpenVPN config file that you downloaded earlier.

9. Enter the username and password noted earlier.

10. Confirm your settings, and that's it! ExpressVPN will now work with your router.

Share ExpressVPN Connection from Windows

This method allows you to turn your Windows PC into a virtual router sharing a VPN hotspot. Let's look at this process in detail.

1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN using your computer.

3. Launch and connect ExpressVPN on your Windows PC.

4. Now, go to Windows 'Settings' > 'Network & Internet' and enable the 'Mobile Hotspot' switch.

Enabling mobile hotspot settings in Windows 11 Home.

5. Click on 'Advanced Network Settings.'

6. Tap on ExpressVPN's adapter and click on the 'Edit' button next to 'More adapter options'.

ExpressVPN's TAP Adapter Windows

7. Now go to the 'Sharing' tab.

8. Check this box: 'Allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet connection.'

9. Pick the newly created hotspot from the dropdown menu and choose 'OK.'

10. Turn on your LG TV and connect to this VPN-enabled Wi-Fi hotspot.

11. That's it; ExpressVPN will now work on your LG TV.

Final Thoughts

Setting up ExpressVPN on an LG TV requires using a 'SmartDNS' solution, which is what 'MediaStreamer' is. You can set it up by changing the DNS settings on your TV. In comparison, setting ExpressVPN on a router or sharing it from your PC is more complex, but they're one-time processes that provide 256-bit AES encryption to secure your Web traffic.

That said, we're sure you have more devices that can be protected by ExpressVPN. So, check out our central guide on how to set up and install ExpressVPN, which shows you how to get started with this VPN on 60+ different devices. Along with that, you'll be able to connect it to up to 8 devices simultaneously if you're using its native app.


Does ExpressVPN Work with LG TVs?

Yes, ExpressVPN works with LG TVs via its 'MediaStreamer' feature. This feature lets you unblock media streaming apps on your smart TV. You can also set up this VPN on a router or share your VPN connection from Windows.

How Do I Setup ExpressVPN on My LG TV?

To set up ExpressVPN on your LG TV, you first need a subscription to ExpressVPN. Then, you need to log in to your account and obtain your DNS server addresses, which you then need to add to your TV's settings.

How Do I Use ExpressVPN on My LG TV?

Once you set up ExpressVPN's MediaStreamer on your LG TV, there's nothing extra you need to do. The feature will run on your LG TV continuously.

What Are ExpressVPN DNS Settings for LG TVs?

To find ExpressVPN's DNS settings for your LG TV, you need to get an ExpressVPN subscription. Then, log in to your account on ExpressVPN's site and navigate to Set Up Other Devices > MediaStreamer. ExpressVPN's DNS will be on the right side.

That would be all on how to set up ExpressVPN on your LG smart TV. If you have any questions or doubts, don’t hesitate to post your comment below. And lastly, thanks for reading!

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