A Comprehensive Guide to PPTP, L2TP, and Other VPN Protocols

What are VPN protocols?

VPN protocols are the methods by which your device connects to a VPN server.

ExpressVPN supports four protocols:

Configure your VPN to choose the best protocol

If you’re using a VPN app, leave the app set to choose a protocol automatically. This setting is on by default and will automatically select the protocol best suited to your network.

If you’re not using a VPN app, or you’re not satisfied with your connection, try the following protocols in this order:

  1. OpenVPN with UDP
  2. OpenVPN with TCP
  3. SSTP
  4. L2TP/IPsec
  5. PPTP

Note: PPTP and L2TP-IPsec provide weak security benefits and should only be used for anonymization or for changing locations.


If your device still fails to connect after trying all the different protocols, talk to the ExpressVPN Support Team.

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