How to manually set up ExpressVPN on your Android device (OpenVPN)

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This guide will show you how to manually configure a VPN connection on your Android device using the OpenVPN protocol.

Looking for a quicker, easier setup? See the instructions for app setup on Android.

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Download OpenVPN for Android
Get your ExpressVPN account credentials
Set up your VPN connection
Disconnect from the VPN


Download OpenVPN for Android

Go to the Google Play Store.

android play store

Search for OpenVPN for Android.

search openvpn for android

Verify the app is by Arne Schwabe before installing the app.

download openvpn for android app

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

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Get your ExpressVPN account credentials

To set up ExpressVPN manually, you will need to obtain your ExpressVPN credentials for the manual configuration.

Open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Tap the link in the email.

open the welcome email

If you can’t find the link, sign in to your account here.

sign in to your expressvpn account

Once you’ve opened the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, tap on Set Up ExpressVPN.

android set up expressvpn

Under Show other devices, tap on Manual Config.

Select OpenVPN. This will show you your usernamepassword, and a list of config files for servers around the world.

Download the configuration files for the locations you’d like to connect to.

download openvpn configuration files

Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup.

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Set up your VPN connection

Open the OpenVPN for Android app.

openvpn for android app icon

Tap on the import config icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

android import openvpn file

Navigate to where you downloaded the config file and select the config file.

Note: some users may not be able to select files that are stored in their Download folder. To resolve this issue, go to Internal storage before navigating to the Download folder. Select the config file from there.

android openvpn select file

Tap on the Check icon to proceed.

android openvpn convert config file

Next, tap on the Pen icon to edit the profile.

android openvpn edit profile

Under BASIC, paste the OpenVPN username and password you found above.

android openvpn username password

Tap on the Back icon on your device to return to the OpenVPN for Android PROFILES section.

Tap on your created profile to connect to the VPN.

android openvpn connect profile

When you’ve been connected, you’ll see a Key icon at the top-left corner of your screen. Check your IP to verify you are connected to the VPN properly.

android openvpn connected

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Disconnect from the VPN

To disconnect from the VPN, tap on the connected profile and tap DISCONNECT.

android openvpn disconnect

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