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.

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 setup steps instead.

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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 run the Ping Test
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.

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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.

expressvpn android sign in

Enter the email address and password you used to sign up for ExpressVPN and then click Sign In.

expressvpn android enter credentialsYou will need to allow ExpressVPN to set up VPN connections. Select OK to continue.

chromebook connection request

Your app will ask if you’d like to share anonymous information to help make ExpressVPN faster and more reliable. Click Allow if you’d like to share anonymous analytics.

chromebook improve expressvpn

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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 vpn on button

Once you see the VPN is ON 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.

vpn 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

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Disconnect from a VPN server location

To disconnect from the VPN server, click the ON Button while the VPN is on.

turn off vpn

You will know you are disconnected when the “VPN is OFF” message shown.

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Choose a different VPN server location

To connect to a different server location, click on CHOOSE LOCATION to launch the Location Picker.

click choose location

To search for a location, enter a location name in the Text Search or browse the ALL locations tab.

Text Search: type the name of the country or city you’d like to connect to. The search results will narrow down to fit what you entered. Click on the location to connect.

chromebook location search

ALL locations tabExpand the arrows to view the locations in a certain geographic region. To connect to a server location, click on it.

chromebook all locations

If you would like to add a location to your Favorites list for easy future access, simply click the Star icon at the right of the location.

To view your favorite locations, click on the Recents tab. You can connect to a location by clicking on it.

chromebook expressvpn recents

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How to run the Ping Test

To run the Ping Test, click the speedometer icon at the top of the screen.

Note: You must be disconnected from the VPN in order to run the ping test.

chrome book ping test

Click on RUN TEST to run the Ping Test.

chromebook run ping test

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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 About menu (≡) in the top-left corner of the screen.

click the about menu

In the menu, click Settings.

click on settings

From the settings menu, under VPN Settings, click VPN Protocol.

click on vpn protocol

Select your preferred protocol by clicking on it.

select your desired protocol

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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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