How to set up and use ExpressVPN on Chromebook or Chrome OS (OpenVPN)

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This tutorial will show you how to use the ExpressVPN app for Chromebook. This setup uses the OpenVPN protocol.

Important: Before proceeding, please check that your Chromebook supports Android apps. You can verify this by checking the list of Chrome OS systems supporting Android apps.

If your Chromebook does not support Android apps, use the manual L2TP setup steps instead. The L2TP setup offers minimal security benefits and should be used for anonymization only.

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Download the VPN app
Set up the VPN app
Connect to a VPN server location
Disconnect from a VPN server location
Choose a different server location
How to switch VPN protocols
How to uninstall the VPN app from your Chromebook
Trouble connecting? Try this


Download the VPN app

On your desktop, click the Google Play Store icon. If you cannot see the Play Store icon, click the bottom left circle icon and then click/search for Google Play Store.

click on google play store

In the Play Store search bar, search for “ExpressVPN“.

search for expressvpn in play store

Select ExpressVPN – VPN for Android from the search results and click INSTALL.

click install expressvpn

Click ACCEPT to begin the download.

accept app download

After the download has completed, click OPEN to launch ExpressVPN.

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

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Set up the VPN app

After the download is completed, you will see the ExpressVPN app icon in your list of applications.

You can also search for it by typing “ExpressVPN” in your list of applications. Click the ExpressVPN app icon to open the app.

Click Sign In to begin the setup process.

Sign in to the ExpressVPN Chromebook app.

After you’ve signed in with your email address and password, your app will ask if you’d like to share anonymous information to help make ExpressVPN faster and more reliable.

Select your preference to continue.

Choose whether to share analytics to ExpressVPN.

You will need to allow ExpressVPN to set up VPN connections. Select OK and OK to continue.

Permit VPN connections on Chromebook.

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

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Connect to a VPN server location

To connect to a VPN server location, click the On Button. By default, ExpressVPN will suggest the location that provides the optimal experience for you, a feature called Smart Location.

Click to connect ExpressVPN on Chromebook.

Once you see the Connected message on the app screen, you can begin surfing with freedom and security!

Note: If you are running on a Chrome OS version lower than v64, only apps downloaded from the Google Play Store will be protected by the VPN.

ExpressVPN on Chromebook is connected.

To verify you’re connected to the VPN, check your IP address. If you’re performing this check in the Chrome browser, make sure your Chrome OS version is v64 or later. Earlier versions of Chrome OS will indicate a failed VPN connection in the Chrome browser.

Note: A single ExpressVPN subscription can be used simultaneously on three devices, regardless of platform. If you try to use more than three devices simultaneously on one subscription, you will see the below screen:

Too many devices connected to ExpressVPN.

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

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Disconnect from a VPN server location

To disconnect from the VPN server, click the On Button while the VPN is connected.

Click to disconnect ExpressVPN on Chromebook.

You will know you are disconnected when the “Not connected” message is shown.

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

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Choose a different VPN server location

To connect to a different server location, click on the ellipsis (…) to launch the Location Picker.

Open the location picker for ExpressVPN on Chromebook.

From the location picker, you can click on a location to connect to it.

By default, the location picker will show the RECOMMENDED and ALL LOCATIONS tabs. A FAVORITES tab will appear after you’ve added locations to your list of favorites.

The location picker inside the ExpressVPN app.

To add a location to your list of favorites, simply drag a location to the right.

Drag a location to the right to add it to your favorites.

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

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How to switch VPN protocols

VPN protocols are the methods by which your device connects to a VPN server. The ExpressVPN app on Chromebook uses the OpenVPN protocol.

To switch VPN protocols, click the Hamburger menu (≡) in the top-left corner of the screen.

Click the ExpressVPN for Chromebook About menu.

In the menu, select Settings VPN protocol.

Click on your preferred protocol. ExpressVPN recommends using the Automatic option.

Select protocol for the ExpressVPN Chromebook app.

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

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How to uninstall the VPN app from your Chromebook

On your desktop, click the Google Play Store icon.

click on google play store

In the Play Store search bar, search for “ExpressVPN“.

search for expressvpn in play store

Select ExpressVPN – VPN for Android from the search results and click UNINSTALL.

click to uninstall expressvpn app

Click OK to confirm you want to uninstall the app.

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Trouble connecting? Try this

If you encounter the “TUN driver missing” error, please use this troubleshooting guide to fix it.

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