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This tutorial guide will walk you through the steps to set up a VPN on your Windows Phone 8.1 using the L2TP protocol.

Note: L2TP/IPsec provides weak security benefits and should only be used for anonymization or for changing locations.

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Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
Add a new VPN profile
Set up your VPN profile
Connect to the VPN server
Disconnect from the VPN server

Find your ExpressVPN account credentials

In order to use ExpressVPN on your Windows Phone, you will need to set up a new VPN profile. To set up a VPN profile, you will need a server address, your account credentials, and the IPsec pre-shared key. This section of the tutorial will show you how to find all of this information.

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

open the welcome email

Sign in to your ExpressVPN account using your ExpressVPN username and password.

sign in to your expressvpn account

After signing in, tap on Set Up on More Devices.

set up on more devices windows

Tap on Manual Config and then select PPTP & L2TP/IPsec. This will show you your usernamepassword, and a list of server addresses around the world.

Please note this information as you will need it to set up your VPN profile.

tap to copy activation code

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Add a new VPN profile

To add a new VPN profile, we will go into your phone’s settings. Swipe left on the main home screen with the live tiles to access the App list.

Swipe down and tap Settings.

windows phone settings

In the Settings menu, swipe down to find VPN. Tap on it.

open vpn set up

In the VPN Settings menu, set the status to On, then tap the “+” sign at the bottom of the screen to add a VPN profile.

vpn status on and add profile

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Set up your VPN profile

To add a profile, you will need your server addressusername and password, and IPsec pre-shared key from earlier.

Enter the server address of your choice.

For Type, select L2TP with IPsec.

add a server address and choose l2tp

Swipe down. Connect using: username+password+preshared key.

Enter your username and password.

enter your username and password

Swipe down. Enter your pre-shared key. Give your profile a name such as ExpressVPN. Make sure “Connect automatically” and “Send all traffic” are both On. Then tap save.

enter your preshared key

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Connect to the VPN server

In the VPN menu, you will now see that your VPN connection has been added. Tap the name of the VPN profile to activate the VPN connection. Great! You can now access the Internet privately and securely!

tap the name of the vpn profile to connect

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Disconnect from the VPN server

To disconnect from ExpressVPN, tap the name of the VPN profile.

tap the name of the vpn profile to disconnect

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