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How to download and install the ExpressVPN Android app

Here's a full step-by-step guide on how to get this popular VPN running on your Android device

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So you liked all the good things you heard about ExpressVPN, such as the large number of ultrafast servers, reliable connections and intuitive apps, and you decided to try it out.

You’ve gone through the sign-up process and now you want to take advantage of this VPN service on your Android phone or tablet. No sweat, just follow these simple steps and you won’t get lost.

Mobile website

1. Go to the ExpressVPN website

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

2. Go to your account page

Tap the hamburger button (three horizontal lines) in the top right corner of the webpage. Tap My Account. This will take you to the sign in page.  

Mobile sign in

3. Sign in

Fill in your credentials and tap the red Sign In button.  

Set up all your devices

4. Find the download section

Once signed in, scroll down to the part that says Set up on all your devices. Tap the word Android or the green Set Up ExpressVPN button.

Get it on Google Play button

5. Locate the Google Play button

Locate and tap the familiar black Get it on Google Play button.

Google Play Store

6. Install the app from Google Play

You will see a Google Play Store download page for ExpressVPN. Tap the Install button.

Allow access

7. Allow access

A prompt will appear telling you the app needs access to in-app purchases and your Wi-Fi connection information. Tap Accept.

Open the app

8. Open the app

After the app has finished installing, tap Open.

Mobile app settings

9. Configure the app

When the ExpressVPN app is launched on your Android device for the first time, you’ll need to do some configuring. Tap the red OK button to complete the configuration.

App permissions

10. Give the app permission to intercept your traffic

A prompt will appear, asking you to confirm you want to give the app permission to intercept all network traffic. Tap OK.

11. Choose whether to send usage reports

The app will also ask you to help improve its services by sharing crash reports, speed tests, and information about successful VPN connection attempts. You can allow the app to do so, but you don’t have to in order to use the app.

Connect to a server

12. Connect to ExpressVPN server

After you’ve finished all the previous steps, you only have to tap that big round on/off button or choose a location you want to connect to, and your connection is secure.

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.