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How to sign up for ExpressVPN

Here’s a full step-by-step breakdown of how to join this popular VPN provider


There are many reasons why ExpressVPN is considered one of the top VPN (virtual private network) providers out there. One of them is the fact that it has over 2,000 servers in 148 locations across 94 countries.

Furthermore, it’s based in the British Virgin Islands, a territory without data retention laws, and ExpressVPN promises it doesn’t maintain activity and connection logs on its users. The service is also very easy to use and covers multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.

This step-by-step guide will show you how to sign up for the ExpressVPN service.

Go to the ExpressVPN website

1. Go to the ExpressVPN website

Locate and open your favorite web browser and navigate to the ExpressVPN website.

2. Click the Get ExpressVPN button

Alternatively, you can click the Get Started button in the top-right corner of the homepage. Whichever you choose, you will land on the same signup page.

Choose a plan

3. Choose a plan
Select which subscription plan you want: a one-month, six-month, or 15-month subscription.

4. Type in your email address
Enter your email address in the provided field, just below the sentence explaining that ExpressVPN will not share your information with anyone and will only contact you as needed to provide the service.

Select payment method

5. Select a payment method
Next you must pay for your ExpressVPN subscription. There are numerous payment methods available: credit card, PayPal, Bitcoin, and more (AliPay, UnionPay, SoFort, WebMoney, GiroPay, OneCard, etc).

Depending on which method you chose, fill in the necessary details (if needed), and click the green button confirming your choice, or directing you to the website for the specific payment method you selected.

6. Set up your password
Once your payment has been processed, you will be asked to set up a password. ExpressVPN will offer a system-generated password which you can accept, or you can ignore this and choose your own password.

7. Download the app
Once you’ve set up your password, you will be taken to a page with an activation code from which you can also download the ExpressVPN app for whichever platform or device you need – ranging from Windows and Apple TV through to PlayStation consoles and routers. ExpressVPN can be used on three devices simultaneously.

You will also receive an email welcoming you to ExpressVPN, providing details about your subscription. You can click the link in the email to download your ExpressVPN app, if you haven’t already done so.

Make sure you copy the activation code by clicking the little ‘copy’ icon in the top-right corner of the blue activation code field.

Install the app

8. Install the app
Once you’ve downloaded the app, double-click on it to open and begin the installation, then follow the provided instructions.

Enter the activation code

9. Enter the activation code
After the installation process has been completed, you will be asked to enter the activation code provided during signup. Paste the code into the provided field.

Did you forget to copy the code? Don’t worry, ExpressVPN has you covered. Just click the phrase activation code (in blue letters) and you will be taken to a page explaining what to do.

10. That’s it!

Once you’ve entered the activation code and clicked the Sign In button, you can begin using your ExpressVPN app.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.