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How to Use ExpressVPN with Kodi

Written by Novak Bozovic
Last updated June 29, 2024

To use Kodi with ExpressVPN, you need to install and run these applications side by side. That means you need to use an operating system that supports both Kodi and ExpressVPN, such as Windows, macOS, Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad), or Chrome OS.

No matter which of the platforms mentioned above you use, you'll need to install ExpressVPN first (available as a native app across the board). Once you log in and connect to a server, you can then launch Kodi to unblock new add-ons and stream more content.

In this guide, we'll provide step-by-step instructions on how to use Kodi with ExpressVPN on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Chrome OS, with screenshots included.

How to Use ExpressVPN with Kodi

To use ExpressVPN with Kodi, you first need to install both applications. Then, you'll open the VPN and connect to a server, followed by launching Kodi. Here's how that's done on different platforms.

How to Use Kodi with ExpressVPN on Windows

The following steps take you through installing ExpressVPN, installing Kodi, and then combining the two applications. So, do the following:

1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN using your Windows PC and any Web browser.

2. Download and set up ExpressVPN on Windows by installing its native application.

3. With the VPN ready to go, you can install Kodi on Windows.

4. Launch ExpressVPN and connect to a server.

5. You can pick a custom server by clicking on the button just below the ON/OFF switch

ExpressVPN Desktop Interfaces

6. Select any country or server name and double-click to connect.

7. If you don’t connect automatically, do that manually (using the ON/OFF switch). 

8. The app's UI should turn green.

9. Launch Kodi and select 'Add-ons' > 'Download.'

Download Section of Kodi Addons Interface

10. Among the offered add-on categories, select 'Video Add-ons.'

Video Add-ons Kodi Interface

11. Now, pick any add-on and click on its name.

Downloading CBC Kodi Add-on

12. To install that add-on, click on the 'Install' button in the bottom-right corner.

13. Go ahead and launch that add-on by clicking on 'Open.' That's it!

Using Kodi Addon Alongside ExpressVPN

How to Use Kodi with ExpressVPN on Mac

The following procedure requires you to download, install, and run ExpressVPN and Kodi side-by-side. So, this is what you need to do:

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

2. After that, you'll want to set up ExpressVPN on Mac, so use the provided link for our guide.

3. Proceed to install Kodi on your Mac by downloading the app from its website.

4. Feel free to launch ExpressVPN. You should see its home screen.

5. Use this VPN’s interface to connect to a server of your choosing. 

6. If you want to pick a custom server, press the button just below the ON/OFF switch. 

ExpressVPN Desktop Interfaces

7. Make sure that your VPN tunnel is active (the connection button should turn green.)

8. Launch Kodi and go to 'Add-ons' > 'Downloads' > 'Video Add-ons.' 

Download Section of Kodi Addons Interface

9. Select any add-on you’ll see there by clicking on its name. Its overview will open. 

10. Use the 'Install' button in the bottom-right corner to install the chosen add-on. 

Downloading CBC Kodi Add-on

11. Then, launch the newly installed add-on by using the 'Open' button. That's it! ExpressVPN will now unblock the chosen add-on and protect your Web traffic.

Using Kodi Addon Alongside ExpressVPN

How to Use Kodi with ExpressVPN on Android

To use Kodi with ExpressVPN on Android, you first need to download and install ExpressVPN on your Android device. Then, you have to download Kodi's Android app. Here are the detailed steps:

1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN using your favorite Web browser.

2. You can now install ExpressVPN on Android using the Google Play Store.

3. Set up Kodi on Android using one of the several methods given in the link provided.

4. Launch the ExpressVPN app and connect to a server using the prominent ON/OFF switch on the VPN’s home screen. You can also pick a custom server using the button just below the ON/OFF switch. 

Connecting to ExpressVPN Server

5. Tap on any country or server name and wait until ExpressVPN connects you. 

Changing VPN Server in Android ExpressVPN

6. Now, you can add Kodi to this equation. Go ahead and launch its Android app

7. Tap on 'Add-ons' > 'Download' in the main menu.

8. Choose 'Video Add-ons' from the list of options on your screen.

Video Add-ons Kodi Interface

9. Select an add-on you'd like to install by tapping on its name.

10. Once the add-on's overview opens, tap the 'Install' button in the bottom-right corner.  

Downloading CBC Kodi Add-on

11. If asked to install any dependencies, confirm your choice by picking 'OK.'

12. Once the add-on installs, open it using the 'Open' button. That's it!

How to Use Kodi with ExpressVPN on iPhone and iPad

To use Kodi with ExpressVPN on your iPhone or iPad, you first need to install the VPN, which you'll then use to secure your Kodi traffic. Here's a step-by-step guide:

1. Sign up for ExpressVPN using your iPhone or iPad and a Web browser.

2. Use the iOS App Store to install ExpressVPN on your iPhone.

3. Download ExpressVPN's native app on your device.

4. Launch the ExpressVPN app and connect to a server using the prominent ON/OFF switch within ExpressVPN’s UI. 

Connecting to ExpressVPN Server

5. You can also connect to a specific server by tapping the button below the main switch. Select any country or server name, and ExpressVPN will connect you automatically. 

Choosing Different ExpressVPN Server

6. Once the app’s interface turns green, your VPN tunnel will become active. 

7. Launch Kodi on your iOS or iPadOS device.

8. Let’s install an add-on. Select 'Add-ons' via the main menu. Then, pick 'Download.'

Download Section of Kodi Addons Interface

9. Tap on 'Video Add-ons' to access Kodi's repository of ready-for-use add-ons. 

Video Add-ons Kodi Interface

10. Select any add-on by tapping on its name to see its overview screen. 

11. To install the chosen add-on, tap on 'Install' (visible in the bottom-right corner).

Downloading CBC Kodi Add-on

12. Now, launch that add-on by tapping on 'Open.'

How to Use Kodi with ExpressVPN on Chromebook

If you have a Chromebook made in the last 5 or so years, you can run Kodi and ExpressVPN via its Android apps. Go through the following steps:

1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN using your Chromebook and your Web browser of choice.

2. Set up ExpressVPN on Chrome OS by downloading it from the Play Store.

3. Install Kodi on your Chromebook and choose from several installation methods.

4. This is when you need to launch ExpressVPN first.

5. Click the button visible below the ON/OFF switch to select a server to connect to. Then, click the Recommended, All, or Recent tab to browse for a suitable VPN server.

ExpressVPN Desktop Interfaces

6. Once the app’s interface turns green, your VPN tunnel will become active. 

7. Launch Kodi on your Chromebook. 

8. To install an add-on for Kodi, start by going to 'Add-ons' > 'Download.' 

Download Section of Kodi Addons Interface

9. Now, select 'Video Add-ons' and pick any add-on from the list you’ll see there. 

Video Add-ons Kodi Interface

10. Once you get to the add-on’s overview, go ahead and click on 'Install.'

Downloading CBC Kodi Add-on

11. If asked to install any dependency files, feel free to click on 'OK.

12. After a few moments, the chosen add-on will be installed (you’ll see a notification). 

13. Now, launch the add-on using the 'Open' button (in the bottom-right corner). ExpressVPN will unblock the add-on so that you can access it. 

Using Kodi Addon Alongside ExpressVPN

Final Thoughts

As you can see, using ExpressVPN with Kodi is quite simple. Once you set up the VPN, you only need to connect to a server before launching Kodi. Since ExpressVPN has unlimited bandwidth, you can keep it enabled in the background at all times.

ExpressVPN works on even more devices, so why not take full advantage of your VPN subscription? To learn how to do that, check our central guide on how to set up and install ExpressVPN, which covers dozens of different platforms and devices.

That's all you need to know about using Kodi with ExpressVPN. If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to comment below. Thank you for reading!



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