How to Download, Install & Use ExpressVPN on Mac

Getting started with ExpressVPN on your macOS computer is incredibly easy. Let’s show you all the steps you need to take to set-up and use ExpressVPN on any Mac computer. 


ExpressVPN requires Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or 10.11 (El Capitan), or macOS 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave), 10.15 (Catalina), or 11 (Big Sur). In case you use Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or older, here’s how to configure ExpressVPN manually.

1. First of all, visit ExpressVPN subscription page

2. Select ‘Get ExpressVPN,’ pick a subscription, and finalize the procedure.

3. Now, return to ExpressVPN’s website (you need to be on its homepage). 

4. Select ‘My Account‘ and then log-in to your ExpressVPN online dashboard. 

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

5. You might need to supply a log-in code, so make sure to check your email inbox.

6. Once you get to your online dashboard, click on ‘Download for Mac.’

Download for Mac Button on ExpressVPN Website

7. Leave this Web page open, as you’ll need it for your ExpressVPN activation code.

Retrieving ExpressVPN Activation Code

8. Then, open the ‘Downloads’ folder and double-click on ExpressVPN’s installer.

9. Click ‘Continue‘ several times, and then finalize by clicking on ‘Install.’

Installing ExpressVPN on macOS

10. Your Mac will ask for your password, which should be your computer’s password.

11. Now, go ahead and open ExpressVPN (it can be found in the ‘Applications’ folder).

12. Select ‘Sign In‘ and then copy and paste your ExpressVPN activation code

Logging in to ExpressVPN

13. If asked to install a VPN configuration, select ‘Allow.’

Installing ExpressVPN Profile on macOS

14. The VPN will ask if you want it to launch on startup (choose ‘OK’ or ‘No, Thanks’).

15. It will also ask for anonymous data collection (pick ‘OK’ or ‘No, Thanks’). 

ExpressVPN Usage Collection Prompt

16. Right now, you should see ExpressVPN’s home screen – ready to be used. 

17. Click on the ON/OFF button, and ExpressVPN will connect you to the closest server.

Connecting to ExpressVPN Server

18. To disconnect and end your VPN connection, click on the ON/OFF button again. 

19. To pick another server, select the ‘Smart Location‘ button on ExpressVPN’s home page.

Choosing Different ExpressVPN Server

20. Then, double-click on any country or server name. You’ll be connected automatically.

21. Once ExpressVPN’s home screen turns green, you’ll be connected. That’s it!

Connected to ExpressVPN Server

This is where we conclude our guide to setting up and using ExpressVPN on Mac. If you have any questions for us, make sure to post your comment below. And lastly, thanks for reading!



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