Differences between the ExpressVPN app setup and manual setup

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ExpressVPN offers two ways for users to get connected to the VPN.

The app setup is the recommended method for users, offering fast, secure connections in an easy-to-use application interface.

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The manual setup (or manual configuration) is for users who have trouble installing/using the app or users who have more technical experience. If you are configuring a connection through your device’s network settings or preferences screen, you are using the manual setup.

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Why use ExpressVPN app setup?

Connecting to ExpressVPN via the apps offers the following benefits:

  • Connect and disconnect with one touch
  • Browse and change VPN servers with a click/tap
  • Find the best connections with built-in, easy-to-use speed/ping tests
  • View and download VPN diagnostics with ease
  • Protect your connections from DNS leaks

Why use ExpressVPN manual configurations?

Setting up an ExpressVPN connection manually offers the following benefits:

  • Enjoy VPN protection even when you cannot download or connect to the ExpressVPN app
  • Enjoy VPN protection on devices that don’t support native VPN software
  • Connect directly to the location you want, using the VPN protocol of your choice

How to connect to the VPN using the ExpressVPN app

For instructions on using the ExpressVPN app:

How to connect to the VPN using ExpressVPN manual settings

For instructions on using ExpressVPN manual configurations:

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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