How to set up ExpressVPN on Mi Box

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This tutorial will show you how to set up the ExpressVPN app on your Mi Box.

Note: Before starting, make sure you have your Mi Box correctly set up. For instructions, refer to the instructions that came with your Mi Box or visit the Xiaomi website.

There are two ways to download the ExpressVPN Android app to your Mi Box. You can:

ExpressVPN recommends the second approach if you if your Mi Box is running a version of Android older than 5.0 (Lollopop) or if you cannot access the Google Play Store.

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Download the ExpressVPN Android app from Google Play
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 Mi Box
Sideload the ExpressVPN app APK


Download the ExpressVPN Android app from Google Play

On your Mi Box, go to the Google Play Store.

mi box select play store

Search for ExpressVPN. You should see the ExpressVPN Android app in the search results.

play store search expressvpn app

Open the ExpressVPN app page and select INSTALL.

Install the ExpressVPN app on Mi Box.

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

accept expressvpn android app permissions

You’ve downloaded the ExpressVPN app onto your Mi Box. You can now activate the app and connect to the VPN.

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

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Activate the ExpressVPN Android app

Use your remote to click Sign In.

Sign in to the ExpressVPN app on Mi Box.

Use your 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 Mi Box app with your credentials.

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

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

Send anonymous analytics to help improve ExpressVPN on Mi Box.

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

Permission to set up ExpressVPN for Mi Box.

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

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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 most optimal experience.

Click to connect ExpressVPN on Mi Box.

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 Mi Box.

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 Mi Box.

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

The ExpressVPN for Mi Box 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 Mi Box app.

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

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How to uninstall ExpressVPN from your Mi Box

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

Select UNINSTALL.

Uninstall the ExpressVPN app on Mi Box.

The app is now deleted from your Mi Box.

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’ve 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 Mi Box, but don’t 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’s not already set to the right, set it to the right. A warning will appear. Press OK.

unknown sources

Now you’ll 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 Mi Box’s home screen and open the Google Play store.

mi box select 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 Mi Box.

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 Mi Box.

The ExpressVPN app has been installed.

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

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