How to Set Up and Use ExpressVPN on Nintendo Switch

By Novak Bozovic / July 9, 2023

Even though Nintendo Switch doesn't run VPN applications, you can still set up ExpressVPN on your Nintendo Switch using 'MediaStreamer.' That means you won't run ExpressVPN's app but instead go into your Switch's settings and route your traffic through a special DNS server.

Going that route won't encrypt your Web traffic or protect you from DDoS attacks while playing online games. However, ExpressVPN's MediaStreamer will let you enjoy media streaming apps available only in the US (which means you'll get to access those from any country).

If you wish to get encryption, DDoS protection, and other VPN-related features, we recommend you set up ExpressVPN on a router. However, if you wish to use ExpressVPN's MediaStreamer, you can configure it directly on your Switch - in the following way.

How to Set Up ExpressVPN on Nintendo Switch

To set up ExpressVPN on your Nintendo Switch, you need to sign up for the VPN and then set it up on your Switch manually. These are the steps you need to take:

1. Sign up for ExpressVPN using your computer and any Web browser.

2. After subscribing, click "My Account" using the top-placed main menu on ExpressVPN's website. Provide your credentials and access your ExpressVPN online dashboard.

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

3. Click "DNS Settings" on the left. Then, click "Register My IP Address" on the right. Just below, flip the switch next to "Automatically Register My IP Address."

Registering IP Address for DNS MediaStreamer ExpressVPN
Letting ExpressVPN Automatically Register IP Address

4. Return to your ExpressVPN online dashboard. Then, navigate to Set Up Other Devices > MediaStreamer. On the right, make a note of your MediaStreamer IP addresses.

ExpressVPN MediaStreamer Addresses

5. Turn to your Nintendo Switch and go to System Settings > Internet > Internet Settings.

Accessing System Settings on Nintendo Switch
Internet Settings on Nintendo Switch

6. Select the Wi-Fi connection that you currently use and pick "Change Settings."

Changing Network Settings on Nintendo Switch

7. Pick "Manual" and enter your MediaStreamer IP address (from your ExpressVPN dashboard). Make sure to insert both your primary and secondary DNS addresses.

Changing DNS Settings to Manual Nintendo Switch
Saving Edited DNS Settings on Nintendo Switch

8. Finally, click on the blue-colored "Save" button in the top-right corner. That’s it!

For the newly added parameters to become active, restart your Nintendo Switch. After that, your traffic will flow through ExpressVPN's DNS servers, letting you unblock streaming apps. Once you decide to no longer use those DNS servers, delete them from your Switch's settings.

Final Thoughts

Setting up ExpressVPN on Nintendo Switch is a good option to unblock new types of content on streaming apps such as YouTube and Hulu, which are among the rare streaming apps to offer a Switch app. That said, the only way to get VPN-encrypted traffic on your console is to set up ExpressVPN on a router, protecting your entire household at once.

Head to our central article on how to set up ExpressVPN, where you'll find a range of guides for all types of routers. You'll also learn how to protect your digital privacy using ExpressVPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, and more.


Does ExpressVPN Work on Nintendo Switch?

Yes, ExpressVPN works on Nintendo Switch - but through its MediaStreamer feature. That means it can route your traffic through a special DNS server.

How to Connect ExpressVPN to Nintendo Switch?

To connect to ExpressVPN from your Nintendo Switch, you need to set up a custom DNS server, which will route your traffic and help you unblock streaming apps. That means you'll need to use ExpressVPN's MediaStreamer feature.

Does ExpressVPN Change Your IP Address on Nintendo Switch?

No, ExpressVPN won't change your IP address on your Nintendo Switch. It'll let you unblock streaming apps available in the US, but without changing your IP.

Will You Be Banned for Using ExpressVPN on Nintendo Switch?

No, you won't be banned for using ExpressVPN on a Switch. Since you'll be using a custom DNS server, your IP address won't change. That means your traffic won't be encrypted, so Nintendo won't think that you use a VPN.

That would be all on how to set up ExpressVPN on a Nintendo Switch. If you have any questions about using this VPN, don’t hesitate to post your comment below. Thanks for reading!

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