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Important: This ExpressVPN browser extension is not available on Safari. Please consider our extensions for Chrome or Firefox instead.

The ExpressVPN browser extension allows you to remotely control the ExpressVPN app from your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Brave, and Vivaldi browsers. It also can help spoof your HTML5 geolocation and ensure you are always using the encrypted HTTPS version of websites, when available.

To use the ExpressVPN browser extension, you need to have the:

  • ExpressVPN Mac app (Version 7.1 or newer), or
  • ExpressVPN Windows app (Version 6.9 or newer), or
  • ExpressVPN Linux app (Version 2.0 or newer)

One of these apps must be downloaded and activated. You cannot use the ExpressVPN browser extension without the ExpressVPN app.

To download the ExpressVPN app, sign in to your account, click Set up ExpressVPN, and then download your app.

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How to get the ExpressVPN browser extension
Features of the ExpressVPN browser extension
Behavior of the ExpressVPN browser extension
Change languages in the ExpressVPN browser extension
Use dark mode in the ExpressVPN browser extension
Errors for the ExpressVPN browser extension
How to uninstall the ExpressVPN browser extension


How to get the ExpressVPN browser extension

Important: Edge, Brave, and Vivaldi users can install and use the Chrome extension in their browsers. Simply follow the instructions below and select the Chrome extension.

To download the extension, open your app, click the hamburger menu (≡), select Options, then go to the Browsers tab. Click Get Browser Extensions and follow the on-page instructions.
Click "Get Browser Extensions" in Windows.

To download the extension, open your app, click the hamburger menu (≡), select Preferences…, then go to the Browsers tab. Click Get Browser Extension and follow the on-page instructions.
Click "Get Browser Extension" in Mac.

To download the extension, run one of the following commands:expressvpn install-firefox-extension

expressvpn install-chrome-extension

Run Linux command to install the ExpressVPN browser extension.

For users who installed their browser from the Ubuntu Software Center

If you installed your web browser from the Ubuntu Software Center, you may find that the ExpressVPN browser extension is unable to communicate with the ExpressVPN Linux app. To resolve this issue:

  1. Back up your browser settings and bookmarks
  2. Go to the Ubuntu Software Center and uninstall your browser
  3. Open the Terminal
  4. Enter $ sudo apt update
  5. Depending on your browser, enter $ sudo apt install chromium-browser or $ sudo apt install firefox
  6. Open your browser by entering $ chromium-browser or $ firefox
  7. Get the ExpressVPN browser extension by entering expressvpn install-firefox-extension or expressvpn install-chrome-extension

This will open your browser to the page for downloading the extension. Click Get Extension to proceed.

Click "Get Extension."

Important: If you have not already installed Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, please download and set up the browser first. You can follow the link from the app to get the browser.

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

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Features of the ExpressVPN browser extension

  • Connect and disconnect from VPN. This affects the internet traffic for all of your apps, not just what passes through your browser.
  • Change VPN location:
    • To select another VPN location, click the Location Picker, just below the On Button.
      Click "Location Picker."
    • To connect to the best location recommended for you, click Smart Location.
      Click "Smart Location."
    • Pick from Recommended locations within the extension.
      Click "Recommended."
    • Click All Locations to see the list of all available VPN locations. You can also search for a specific location, review your recently connected locations, and see all of the locations you have marked as favorites in the ExpressVPN app.
      Click "All Locations."
  • See your VPN status at a glance in the browser toolbar: orange while connecting, green when connected, and gray for errors.
    Different connection states of the ExpressVPN browser extension.
  • Automatically connect when your browser starts to the last VPN server location you successfully used. To turn on this feature, click the ExpressVPN icon in the toolbar, click the hamburger menu (≡), click Settings, and toggle Connect on browser launch on.
    Different connection states of the ExpressVPN browser extension.
  • Access additional privacy and security features. To use these features, click the ExpressVPN icon in the toolbar, click the hamburger menu (≡), and click Privacy & Security.
    Privacy and security features of the ExpressVPN browser extension.
  • Spoof your location (optional). This prevents HTML5 geolocation from revealing your physical location when the VPN is connected.
  • Block WebRTC (optional). This will obscure your IP address from WebRTC leaks and ensures Chrome and Firefox will use the same network path for media as for normal web traffic.
  • HTTPS Everywhere (optional). This feature, powered by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, automatically connects you to the more-secure HTTPS version of a website, if available.

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

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Behavior of the ExpressVPN browser extension

An overview of how the ExpressVPN browser extension operates in various states:

  • If both the ExpressVPN app and a browser with the ExpressVPN extension installed are running and show that you are connected to the VPN, disconnecting the VPN from either the ExpressVPN app or the browser will disconnect the VPN in both the ExpressVPN app and the browser.
  • If both the ExpressVPN app and a browser with the ExpressVPN extension installed are running and show that you are connected to the VPN, quitting the ExpressVPN app will disconnect the VPN.
  • If both the ExpressVPN app and a browser with the ExpressVPN extension installed are running and show that you are connected to the VPN, quitting the browser will NOT disconnect the VPN.
  • If only the ExpressVPN app is running, quitting the ExpressVPN app will disconnect the VPN.

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

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Change languages in the ExpressVPN browser extension

  1. Click the ExpressVPN icon in the toolbar.
  2. Click the hamburger menu (≡).
    Click the hamburger menu in the ExpressVPN browser extension.
  3. Select Settings.
    Click "Settings."
  4. Under Display preferences > Language, select the language you want to change to.
    Change language under "Display preferences."

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

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Use dark mode in the ExpressVPN browser extension

A dark color theme is now available in the ExpressVPN browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.

If your operating system is already set to a dark theme, you do not have to do anything—your ExpressVPN browser extension will automatically match it by using dark mode.

To manually activate dark mode in your ExpressVPN browser extension:

  1. Click the ExpressVPN icon in the toolbar.
  2. Select the hamburger menu (≡).
  3. Select Settings. Under Display preferences > Display mode, select Dark.
  4. To return to the default setting that will automatically match your operating system’s theme, select Match Device Settings. To prevent dark mode from activating under any circumstances, select Light.
    Change Display mode under Display preferences.

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

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Errors for the ExpressVPN browser extension

Here are a few common errors you may encounter while using the ExpressVPN browser extension. See below for the error and solution steps:

Connection Failed

A screen that shows connected failed in the ExpressVPN browser extension.

Solution: Make sure your computer is connected to the internet. You can test this by quitting ExpressVPN and trying to access the internet.

This extension requires the Mac/Windows/Linux app

A screen that shows the ExpressVPN app is not installed.

Solution: Download and install the latest version of the Mac, Windows, or Linux app. If you still see this message after installing the app on your computer, please contact Support.

The ExpressVPN app needs to be opened

A screen that shows the ExpressVPN app is not open.

Solution: Open the ExpressVPN app on your computer. After opening the app, you can control the app via the browser extension.

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

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How to uninstall the ExpressVPN browser extension

To uninstall the ExpressVPN browser extension, follow the browser-specific steps below:

Chrome

  1. Click the vertical ellipsis (⋮) > More tools > Extensions.
  2. Find the ExpressVPN browser extension and click the Trash Can icon on the right.

Firefox

  1. Click the hamburger menu (≡) > Add-ons.
  2. In the “Add-ons Manager” tab, select Extensions or Themes.
  3. Find the ExpressVPN browser extension and click Remove.
  4. Click Restart now if prompted.

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

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