Unable to connect

To use our apps and configurations, please sign up for an ExpressVPN account first.

The troubleshooting steps below are for users who cannot connect to an ExpressVPN server location.

Note: If you can connect to a server location but cannot access certain websites or online servers, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for direct assistance.

If the ExpressVPN application is running properly, but you still cannot connect to our VPN gateway, ExpressVPN will display the following error message:

For Windows and Mac

connection failed on expressvpn 5.x for mac

For Android

android-connection-failed

For iOS

ipad-not-connected

For Windows (version 3.x)

sorry, we were unable to connect


Troubleshooting steps

After each step, check if the problem is resolved.

You can also contact the ExpressVPN Support Team via Live Chat for immediate assistance.

  1. Make sure your Internet connection is active.
  2. Try connecting to another ExpressVPN Location.
  3. Try changing the protocol.
  4. Try disabling your firewall, antivirus, or anti-spyware program.
  5. Send us your ExpressVPN log file or diagnostics.
  6. Tech-savvy? Find out what the error messages mean.
  7. If you run into the Android Tun Missing Driver error…

Make sure your Internet connection is active.

To test whether your Internet connection is active, disconnect from ExpressVPN and try to access a website regularly.

If you are able to access the Internet while disconnected from ExpressVPN, move on to the next step.

If you are unable to access the Internet even when disconnected from ExpressVPN, you will need to check your Internet connection. For Windows users, please perform the following checks too.

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

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Try connecting to another ExpressVPN Location.

If you can access the Internet when disconnected from ExpressVPN but cannot connect to an ExpressVPN server location, choose a different server location from the list of locations.

You can also consult this guide to choosing the best server location for your needs.

Connect to a different server location for…

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

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Try changing the protocol.

VPN protocols are the methods by which your device connects to a VPN server.

By default, ExpressVPN uses the UDP protocol, which is blocked in some countries, especially in the Middle East.

For optimal performance, please choose the protocols in the following order:

  1. OpenVPN TCP
  2. L2TP
  3. PPTP

Note: ExpressVPN does not recommend using PPTP unless absolutely necessary. PPTP offers only minimal security.

How to change the protocol for…

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

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Change the protocol for the ExpressVPN Windows App 3.x:

Click Options.

mainmenu

Under “Change Protocol”, choose the protocol you want to use, then click Back to locations list.

protocols

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Try disabling your firewall, antivirus, or anti-spyware program.

Your VPN connection might be blocked by a firewall, antivirus, or anti-spyware program.

To test this, disable these programs and see if you can connect to an ExpressVPN server location. If you are able to connect, do one of the following:

  • If you know how to configure the program that’s blocking the connection, configure it to allow ExpressVPN. Depending on the program, you may need to change the security level from High to Medium, grant an exception to ExpressVPN or to UDP ports 1194-1204, or set it to Trust ExpressVPN. Consult the instructions for your own firewall, antivirus, or anti-spyware program for details.
  • If you have the option to reinstall the program that’s blocking your VPN connection, installing it after ExpressVPN is already installed should get it to allow ExpressVPN to connect. Do the following:
    1. Uninstall ExpressVPN.
    2. Uninstall the program that’s blocking the VPN connection.
    3. Install ExpressVPN.
    4. Install the program that’s blocking the VPN connection.

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

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Send in your ExpressVPN log file or diagnostics.

Your ExpressVPN log file or diagnostics keeps a record that shows what might be causing your failed connection. Save the log file or diagnostics and email it as an attachment to the ExpressVPN Support Team at support@expressvpn.zendesk.com.

For ExpressVPN 5.x

To save your diagnostics, click the ellipsis (…)DiagnosticsSave Diagnostics.

save diagnostics

For ExpressVPN 4.x

In the ExpressVPN window, click Save Log.

view log connected

For ExpressVPN 3.x

In the ExpressVPN window, click Save Log.

view log connected

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

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Tech-savvy? Find out what the error messages mean.

Are you tech-savvy? Find out what the error messages mean.

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If you run into the Android Tun Missing Driver error…

If the ExpressVPN app is working on your Android device but you encounter the Android Tun Missing Driver error, click here.

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