How to manually set up ExpressVPN on iOS devices (PPTP)

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IMPORTANT: Apple has removed PPTP support since iOS 10. You will not be able to follow the setup process below if you are using iOS 10 or later versions. Follow the L2TP instructions instead.

Use this tutorial to manually set up a PPTP VPN connection on your iPhone or iPad.

Note: PPTP provides weak security benefits and should only be used for anonymization or for changing locations.

Prefer app setupSee the instructions for app setup for iOS 10 and 9 and iOS 8.

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Get your ExpressVPN account credentials
Set up your VPN configuration
How to connect and disconnect the VPN
How to uninstall the VPN configuration


Get your ExpressVPN account credentials

To set up ExpressVPN manually, you will first 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.

Welcome email with "Set up ExpressVPN" button highlighted

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

ExpressVPN sign-in screen with "Sign In" button highlighted

After signing in, tap on Set Up ExpressVPN.

iOS setup screen with "Set Up ExpressVPN" button highlighted

Under Show other devices, tap on Manual Config.

Select PPTP & L2TP-IPsec. This will show you your usernamepassword, and a list of server addresses around the world.

Manual Configuration tab with "Tap to copy" button highlighted

Keep this screen open! You will need to copy and paste these details later for the setup.

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

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Set up your VPN configuration

Note: users who already have ExpressVPN manual configs on their device and try to download the config files again will get an error. To resolve the problem, uninstall any existing iOS manual configs before installing the new config files.

On your iOS device, tap Settings > General > VPN (scroll down) > Add VPN configuration > PPTP.

iOS screens showing Settings > General > VPN sequence

iOS screens showing Add VPN Configuration... sequence and highlighting PPTP tab

Make sure you are configuring the PPTP settings (it should be highlighted blue at the top of the screen). Copy these settings:

Add Configuration menu, highlighting relevant fields

Description: Enter any description (For example: My VPN).
Server: Type the desired ExpressVPN server address.
Account: Type your username.
RSA SecurID: Make sure it is off.
Password: Type your password.
Send All Traffic: Make sure it is on.

Tap Save in the top right corner.

You’re ready to connect to the VPN now! Slide the toggle to the right. There will be a little VPN icon at the top of the screen to indicate that you are connected to the VPN.

VPN connection screens, highlighting toggle button and "VPN on" indicator

Congratulations! You can now begin surfing with freedom and security! Open your web browser or any app, and all traffic will automatically be protected by ExpressVPN.

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

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How to connect and disconnect the VPN

To turn your VPN on and off, go to Settings and slide the VPN toggle to the right (on) or left (off).

Settings screens, highlighting VPN toggle button and "VPN on" indicator

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

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How to uninstall the VPN configuration

If you ever need to uninstall the VPN, go to Settings > General > VPN. Tap the (i) icon next to your custom VPN. Scroll down to the bottom of the VPN screen, and tap Delete VPN. Tap Delete again to confirm.

VPN screens, with Delete VPN buttons highlighted

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