How to set up ExpressVPN for your iPad or iPhone with Express Manual Setup (all iOS versions)

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Use this tutorial to set up a VPN configuration on your iPhone or iPad.

The iOS Express Manual Setup works for all versions of iOS.

Use this manual configuration if you can’t download the ExpressVPN iOS app from the App Store or if the iOS app isn’t working properly for you.

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Download the VPN configuration
Install the VPN configuration
Connect to a VPN server
Disconnect from the VPN server


Download the VPN configuration

On your iPad, open Safari, go to expressvpn.com and tap MY ACCOUNT to sign in.

Note: You must use Safari in order for this to work.

ipad-my-account

On the login page, enter your email address and password, then tap SIGN IN.

ipad-log-in

Under Active Subscriptions, tap on Set Up ExpressVPN.

ipad-my-subscriptions

Tap on iPhone, iPad & iPod on the left side of the screen. Then, on the right side of the screen, tap the link that says “complete the ExpressVPN manual setup for iOS”.

complete ios manual setup

A new page will open in Safari telling you that the ExpressVPN settings are being loaded onto your device. This might take a few seconds. Please be patient! You will then be taken to your device’s Settings menu.

ipad-settings-notification

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

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Install the VPN configuration

Your device will prompt you to install the VPN profile. Tap Install.

install vpn profile

Enter your passcode or authenticate with Touch ID to begin the installation.

enter your passcode

A warning will pop up. Tap Install.

warning - tap install

Confirm the installation once again by tapping Install.

install popup dialog

When the installation is complete, tap Done.

profile installed - tap done

You will be taken back into Safari. Go to Settings > General > VPN to connect to a VPN server (see next step).

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

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Connect to a VPN server

To connect to a VPN server, go to Settings > General > VPN.

go into the vpn settings

In the VPN menu, you will see a list of ExpressVPN servers to connect to. Tap the server location you wish to connect to, then toggle the Status switch to the right.

tap a vpn server to connect

Congratulations! You’re now connected to one of our VPN servers.

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

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Disconnect from the VPN server

To disconnect from the VPN server, go to Settings > General > VPN and toggle the Status switch to the left.

toggle the switch to disconnect

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

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