How to use the Connection Per App split-tunneling feature

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This guide will show you how to use the Connection Per App feature on ExpressVPN apps.

This feature is available on ExpressVPN for Windows (version 6.3 and newer) and Mac (version 6.5 and newer).

Note: You must be disconnected from the VPN to change your split-tunneling settings.

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What is the Connection Per App split-tunneling feature?
What happens to my DNS queries when I use split tunneling?
How to use VPN split tunneling on Windows
How to use VPN split tunneling on Mac


What is the Connection Per App split-tunneling feature?

The split-tunneling feature lets you decide which apps will use the VPN and which apps will not use the VPN when you are connected to ExpressVPN.

For example, you might want all of your apps except for Firefox to use the VPN. Or you might want only Chrome to use the VPN. You can configure ExpressVPN to “split tunnel” the traffic so that only certain apps use the VPN.

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What happens to my DNS queries when I use split tunneling?

As long as you are connected to ExpressVPN, all of your DNS queries will go through ExpressVPN’s servers, no matter how you configure your split-tunneling settings.

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How to use VPN split tunneling on Windows

Note: You must be disconnected from the VPN to change your split-tunneling settings.

To change your “Connection per App” (split tunneling) settings, click the hamburger menu (≡) and go to Options.

windows options

Check the box under Connection Per App and click Settings.

windows connection per appNow you have three options:

  1. All apps use the VPN
  2. Do not allow selected apps to use the VPN
  3. Only allow selected apps to use the VPN

#1: All apps use the VPN

Choose this option if you want all of your computer’s internet traffic to use the VPN when you’re connected to ExpressVPN. (This has the same result as unchecking the box next to “Connection Per App” on the previous screen.)

To make all your apps use the VPN when you’re connected to ExpressVPN, select All apps use the VPN, then click OK.

manage settings


#2: Do not allow selected apps to use the VPN

Choose this option if you want to decide which apps will not use the VPN when you’re connected to ExpressVPN.

To choose which apps will not use the VPN, select Do not allow selected apps to use the VPN, then click the plus sign (+).

click addCheck the box next to all the apps you want to select. If your desired app is not shown, click Add Another App to search for it.

select adds for connection per appClick OK to apply your changes.

Now when you connect to the VPN, everything except for the selected app(s) will use the VPN.


#3: Only allow selected apps to use the VPN

Choose this option if you only want certain apps to use the VPN.

To choose which apps will use the VPN, select Only allow selected apps to use the VPN, then click the plus sign (+).

only selected apps

Check the box next to all the apps you want to select. If your desired app is not shown, click Add Another App to search for it.

apps use vpn

Click OK to apply your changes.

Now when you connect to ExpressVPN, only the selected app(s) will use the VPN.

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

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How to use VPN split tunneling on Mac

Note: You must be disconnected from the VPN to change your split-tunneling settings.

To change your “Connection per App” (split tunneling) settings, click the hamburger menu (≡) and go to Preferences….

ExpressVPN preferences menu

Tick the box in the Connection Per App section and click Settings.

Manage Connection Per App

Now you have three options:

  1. All apps use the VPN
  2. Do not allow selected apps to use the VPN
  3. Only allow selected apps to use the VPN

#1: All apps use the VPN

Choose this option if you want all of your computer’s internet traffic to use the VPN when you’re connected to ExpressVPN. (This has the same result as unchecking the box next to “Connection Per App” on the previous screen.)

To make all your apps use the VPN when you’re connected to ExpressVPN, select All apps use the VPN, then click OK.

All apps use the VPN


#2: Do not allow selected apps to use the VPN

Choose this option if you want to decide which apps will not use the VPN when you’re connected to ExpressVPN.

To choose which apps will not use the VPN, select Do not allow selected apps to use the VPN, then click the plus sign (+).

Add apps to exclude from VPN

Select the application you wish to exclude from using the VPN, then click Select Application.

Select application to exclude from VPN

Click OK.

Confirm exclude apps from VPN

Use the plus (+) and minus (-) signs to add and remove applications as you wish.

Now when you connect to the VPN, everything except for the selected app(s) will use the VPN.


#3: Only allow selected apps to use the VPN

Choose this option if you only want certain apps to use the VPN.

To choose which apps will use the VPN, select Only allow selected apps to use the VPN, then click the plus sign (+).

Only allow selected apps to use the VPN

Select the application you wish to allow to use the VPN, then click Select Application.

Select apps that will use the VPN

Click OK.

Use the plus (+) and minus (-) signs to add and remove applications as you wish.

Now when you connect to ExpressVPN, only the selected app(s) will use the VPN.

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

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