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.
Download the ExpressVPN app for Android TV
On your device, go to the Android TV Google Play Store and search for ExpressVPN.
On the ExpressVPN app page, select INSTALL.
You will need to confirm app permissions before proceeding. Select Accept to continue.
Activate the ExpressVPN app
Use your remote to click Sign In.
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
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.
Next, you will need to configure the app. Select OK. When asked to accept ExpressVPN connection requests, select OK.
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.
Once you see the Connected message, you can begin surfing with freedom and security!
Disconnect from a VPN server location
To disconnect from the VPN server, click the On Button while the VPN is connected.
You will know you are disconnected when you see the “Not connected” message.
Choose a different location
To choose a different location, open the Location Picker and select a VPN location from the list.
By default, you will see two tabs, RECOMMENDED and ALL LOCATIONS.
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.
How to uninstall ExpressVPN from your Android TV
On your device, go to the Android TV Google Play Store and find ExpressVPN.
The app is now deleted from your Android TV.
Sideload the ExpressVPN app APK
To begin, make sure your USB flash drive is plugged into your computer. Visit the ExpressVPN website and sign in to your account.
Once you have clicked the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, click on Set Up on More Devices.
On the next page, select Android, followed by Download APK.
When the download is complete, move the APK file onto your flash drive. Then eject the flash drive from your computer.
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.
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.
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.
Find FX File Explorer.
Select INSTALL, followed by ACCEPT.
When the installation finishes, plug your thumb drive into the Android TV.
In FX File Explorer, open the USB.
Select the ExpressVPN APK, then select INSTALL.
When the installation finishes, select Open. You can now use the ExpressVPN app on your Android TV.