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This tutorial will show you how to set up the ExpressVPN app on your Android TV. The steps in this guide are for any device that uses the Android TV operating system. This includes smart TVs from brands like Sony, Sharp, TCL, and others. For details, refer to the instructions on your device.

Important: The steps below are for devices using Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and above. If you are using an older version of Android, you’ll need to sideload the app on to your Android TV.

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Download the ExpressVPN app for Android TV
Activate the ExpressVPN app
Connect to a VPN server location
Disconnect from a VPN server location
Choose a different location
How to uninstall ExpressVPN from your Android TV
Sideload the ExpressVPN app APK


Download the ExpressVPN app for Android TV

On your device, go to the Android TV Google Play Store and search for ExpressVPN.

Search for ExpressVPN in the Google Play Store.

On the ExpressVPN app page, select INSTALL.

Open the ExpressVPN app on Android TV.

You will need to confirm app permissions before proceeding. Select Accept to continue.

accept app permissions

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

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Activate the ExpressVPN app

Use your remote to click Sign In.

Sign in to the ExpressVPN app on Android TV.

Use the Android TV remote to enter the following information:

  • Email: the email associated with your ExpressVPN account
  • Password: the password associated with your ExpressVPN account

Sign in to the ExpressVPN Android TV app with your credentials.

Click Sign In with the remote. The app will activate.

Your app will ask if you would like to share anonymous information to help make ExpressVPN faster and more reliable. Click OK if you would like to share anonymous analytics.

Send anonymous analytics to help improve ExpressVPN on Android TV.

Next, you will need to configure the app. Select OK. When asked to accept ExpressVPN connection requests, select OK.

Permission to set up ExpressVPN for Android TV.

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Connect to a VPN server location

To connect to a VPN server location, click the On button. By default, ExpressVPN will suggest a Smart Location, the location that provides you with the optimal experience.

Click to connect ExpressVPN on Android TV.

Once you see the Connected message, you can begin surfing with freedom and security!

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

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Disconnect from a VPN server location

To disconnect from the VPN server, click the On Button while the VPN is connected.

Click to disconnect ExpressVPN on Android TV.

You will know you are disconnected when you see the “Not connected” message.

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

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Choose a different location

To choose a different location, open the Location Picker and select a VPN location from the list.

Open the location picker for ExpressVPN on Android TV.

By default, you will see two tabs, RECOMMENDED and ALL LOCATIONS.

The ExpressVPN for Android TV location picker.

To connect to a location, select it with your remote. You can also add a location to your list of favorites by holding the “select” button on the location. Your favorite locations will be added in a tab labeled FAVORITES.

The favorite locations tab on the ExpressVPN for Android TV app.

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

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How to uninstall ExpressVPN from your Android TV

On your device, go to the Android TV Google Play Store and find ExpressVPN.

Select UNINSTALL.

Uninstall the ExpressVPN app on Android TV.

The app is now deleted from your Android TV.

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

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Sideload the ExpressVPN app APK

Important: Only use this method if you are running a version of Android lower than 5.0 (Lollipop) or if you cannot directly download ExpressVPN from the Play Store.

To begin, make sure your USB flash drive is plugged into your computer. Visit the ExpressVPN website and sign in to your account.

sign in to your expressvpn account

Once you have clicked the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, click on Set Up on More Devices.

set up on more devices mac

On the next page, select Android, followed by Download APK.

click on android

When the download is complete, move the APK file onto your flash drive. Then eject the flash drive from your computer.

move to flash drive

Switch on your Android TV, but do not plug in your flash drive yet. You will now enable your device to install apps from unknown sources.

Go to Settings, followed by Security and restrictions.

security restrictions

The first toggle should read Unknown sources. If it is not already set to the right, set it to the right. A warning will appear. Press OK.

unknown sources

Now you will need a way to access the APK file on your thumb drive. You can access your flash drive through the “FX File Explorer File Manager” app from the Google Play Store. To get the file explorer app, return to your Android TV’s home screen and open the Google Play store.

Go to the Google Play Store.

Find FX File Explorer.

Search for FX File Explorer.

Select INSTALL, followed by ACCEPT.

Install FX File Explorer.

When the installation finishes, plug your thumb drive into the Android TV.

In FX File Explorer, open the USB.

Open the USB in FX File Explorer.

Select the ExpressVPN APK, then select INSTALL.

Select the ExpressVPN apk.

When the installation finishes, select Open. You can now use the ExpressVPN app on your Android TV.

The ExpressVPN app has been installed.

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

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