All About Cookies is an independent, advertising-supported website. Some of the offers that appear on this site are from third-party advertisers from which All About Cookies receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear).
All About Cookies does not include all financial or credit offers that might be available to consumers nor do we include all companies or all available products. Information is accurate as of the publishing date and has not been provided or endorsed by the advertiser.
The All About Cookies editorial team strives to provide accurate, in-depth information and reviews to help you, our reader, make online privacy decisions with confidence. Here's what you can expect from us:
- All About Cookies makes money when you click the links on our site to some of the products and offers that we mention. These partnerships do not influence our opinions or recommendations. Read more about how we make money.
- Partners are not able to review or request changes to our content except for compliance reasons.
- We aim to make sure everything on our site is up-to-date and accurate as of the publishing date, but we cannot guarantee we haven't missed something. It's your responsibility to double-check all information before making any decision. If you spot something that looks wrong, please let us know.
ExpressVPN is arguably the most well-known VPN on the planet, offering blazing-fast speeds, top-level security, and an easy-to-use interface. The ExpressVPN app is available on loads of different devices, providing effortless access to unblocking popular streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+.
We don’t love how expensive ExpressVPN is (starting at $8.32/mo) compared to other popular VPNs, but we understand why you might pay a premium for this quality product. Check out our ExpressVPN review to see its complete list of features, pricing, and test results.
|Max # of connected devices||8|
|# of servers||Servers in 94 countries|
|VPN protocol||Lightway, OpenVPN, IKEv2, L2TP/IPsec|
|No-logs policy||No logs|
|Headquarters||British Virgin Islands|
ExpressVPN is right for you if you want a high-quality, fast, and secure VPN. But there are cheaper alternatives if you want to save money.”
Who is ExpressVPN best for?
ExpressVPN test results
ExpressVPN customer support
ExpressVPN prices and subscriptions
Bottom line: Is ExpressVPN good?
Who is ExpressVPN best for?
- Recommended for people who want a fast and secure VPN that doesn’t keep logs, offers loads of server locations, and can unblock streaming libraries.
ExpressVPN is a leading virtual private network (VPN) provider because it delivers what it advertises. Namely, you don’t have to sacrifice your internet speed for a secure connection and your online activity is always kept private due to the ExpressVPN no-logs policy.
ExpressVPN might not offer you as many features as some other VPNs (including Surfshark), but it tends to get everything right as far as standard VPN usage. You can’t deny its fast speeds, high levels of encryption, and compatibility with different devices and operating systems.
ExpressVPN pros and cons
- Server locations in 94 countries
- In-house Lightway protocol for more speed and security
- Strict no-logs policy with independent audit
- 24/7 live chat for all (not just customers)
- Free features such as MediaStreamer and Threat Manager
- More expensive than NordVPN, Surfshark, and CyberGhost
- Missing some features, including malware and antivirus protection
ExpressVPN highlights include its many server locations, especially its high number of available countries (94). ExpressVPN also has a no-logs policy, kill switch, and split tunneling.
The ExpressVPN interface is easy to use, though its minimalistic design on the Windows desktop app is a bit different compared to popular VPNs such as NordVPN and Surfshark. The main difference is you don’t immediately see the server list, which is often the first thing you see on other VPN apps.
This is more of a small difference rather than a glaring issue. But it’s something we noticed immediately and thought other users might find unfamiliar as well.
Server count and countries
- Server locations in 94 countries
It’s hard to determine exactly how many server locations ExpressVPN has, which makes it difficult to compare to other VPNs that typically provide a number of servers that reach into the thousands.
ExpressVPN does note that its servers span the globe, which means you're able to connect to VPN servers in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.
According to an ExpressVPN customer service representative, each server location can have hundreds of servers.
Overall, ExpressVPN offers plenty of server options, which could be especially useful for streaming regional content.
Note that ExpressVPN uses RAM-only servers on its TrustedServer network for increased privacy. These servers don’t write to a hard drive, and data is wiped with every reboot. ExpressVPN also has a small percentage (less than 3%) of virtual servers.
No-logs policy and headquarters
- Does ExpressVPN keep logs?: No
- ExpressVPN headquarters: British Virgin Islands
This no-logs policy is backed up by the fact that ExpressVPN is headquartered in the British Virgin Islands, a territory with no obligatory data retention laws.
The British Virgin Islands also isn’t part of the global surveillance groups of countries known as the Five, Nine, and 14 Eyes Alliances. The U.K. is part of these groups and the British Virgin Islands is a U.K. territory, but it’s a self-governing territory.
ExpressVPN provides a kill switch feature called “Network Lock.” This feature is designed to block all internet traffic if your VPN connection drops unexpectedly, which helps ensure none of your online activity travels over an unsecured internet connection.
This type of feature could come in handy in a number of situations, including if you switch Wi-Fi networks or you lose power and the internet is down for a minute or two.
We tested Network Lock by connecting to an ExpressVPN server and then putting our laptop in airplane mode. The ExpressVPN app immediately notified us that internet traffic was being blocked to protect our privacy (indicating the kill switch was working).
When we tried to switch to a different VPN server while already connected to ExpressVPN, we were notified that our internet traffic could be unsecure during the switch. So the kill switch might not function 100% effectively in this type of situation.
Find the ExpressVPN kill switch feature in your VPN options. The toggle to turn it on is in the “General” tab under “Network Lock.”
ExpressVPN offers a split tunneling feature that allows you to select which apps use the VPN. This can be useful if you want certain apps to bypass the VPN connection for potentially faster internet speeds.
Find the ExpressVPN split tunneling feature in your VPN options in the “General” tab under “Split tunneling.”
ExpressVPN uses AES-256 encryption, which is considered the best encryption available. It’s estimated that it would take billions of years to crack AES-256 encryption.
ExpressVPN uses a variety of VPN protocols, including:
Choosing your protocol is set to automatic by default, but you can manually select a protocol in your VPN options in the “Protocol” tab. This includes choosing between UDP and TCP advanced options
You should typically use the Lightway and OpenVPN protocols of the available options because they often provide the best security and fastest speeds. ExpressVPN recommends always choosing Lightway first, which is its in-house, open-source VPN protocol built for quick and secure connections.
L2TP/IPsec is less secure and not recommended even though it’s one of the available options.
Other notable features
MediaStreamer is a Smart DNS feature from ExpressVPN that could help you spoof your location on devices where you can’t install VPN software.
For example, you might consider using MediaStreamer on a Playstation or Xbox gaming console to stream regional content from different streaming services. You might also use MediaStreamer on a smart TV that doesn’t have access to the ExpressVPN app.
You likely wouldn’t need to use MediaStreamer with a device that already has access to ExpressVPN via its iOS or Android app or other type of app.
You can set up MediaStreamer for different devices by first registering your IP address for MediaStreamer on the ExpressVPN website.
Keep in mind that MediaStreamer isn’t a VPN, so it doesn’t provide VPN security or privacy benefits.
ExpressVPN subscriptions include access to Threat Manager, a service that’s designed to block apps and websites from tracking your online activity or engaging in other similar activities.
Threat Manager does this by preventing your device from communicating with any server that’s on a constantly updated “blocklist” of known trackers and malicious sites. Threat Manager is relatively new and currently only available for iOS, macOS, and Linux.
Using an iPhone, we were able to open the ExpressVPN app and easily find where to turn on Threat Manager in the VPN settings.
Note that Threat Manager is only active if you’re connected to the VPN.
ExpressVPN test results
We conducted three tests — a speed test, a DNS leak test, and a WebRTC leak test — to see if ExpressVPN performs as advertised and deserves our recommendation. Specifically, we conducted these tests to see if using ExpressVPN affects your internet speeds or privacy.
ExpressVPN passed all three tests. Here are the results.
- ExpressVPN speed test results: ExpressVPN passed its speed tests.
We run speed tests to see whether a VPN connection negatively affects your internet speeds. Since this is often the case with any VPN, we only consider significant impacts (that fall outside a reasonable drop off in speed) in our assessment.
We tested internet speeds with ExpressVPN by first running a speed test without the VPN connected and then running multiple speed tests while connected to different VPN servers worldwide.
These tests were run using a MacBook Pro running macOS Monterey from a physical location in the U.S.
ExpressVPN speed test results
|Test type||No VPN||US to US||US to EU||US to AU|
|Download speed||203.8 Mbps||177.7 Mbps||139.1 Mbps||115.6 Mbps|
|Upload speed||5.7 Mbps||4.9 Mbps||4.8 Mbps||4.3 Mbps|
|Download speed % difference||N/A||14%||38%||55%|
|Upload speed % difference||N/A||15%||17%||28%|
|Latency % difference||N/A||15%||88%||118%|
As expected with any VPN provider, the internet speeds dropped the farther the VPN server was from our physical location in the U.S. This was especially true as we connected to servers in Europe and Australia, which isn’t a surprise considering the extreme distance.
Despite the distance to some servers, ExpressVPN still functioned well and passed its speed tests successfully. We didn’t have any trouble connecting to any of the servers, though we noticed there weren’t as many options in the U.K. compared to some other VPNs we’ve tested. At the time, we only saw four U.K. servers, all in the London area.
ExpressVPN offers an extensive list of “Recommended Locations,” but it’s not apparent why these server locations are recommended. The assumption is that these are some of the fastest servers available in different countries.
You can also select an option for a “Smart Location,” which automatically picks a VPN server location for you based on download speed, latency, and distance. This typically means choosing a nearby server location.
ExpressVPN Netflix tests
- ExpressVPN Netflix test results: ExpressVPN passed its Netflix tests.
If you want to watch Netflix with ExpressVPN, you’re in luck. We tested ExpressVPN to see if we could use its VPN to access Netflix regional content in different countries, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia.
Accessing Netflix and content libraries from other streaming services is a common use for VPNs, so we wanted to make sure ExpressVPN performed in this category. And perform it did. We were able to access Netflix with ExpressVPN in all these server locations without any significant errors, buffering, or lag.
ExpressVPN Netflix test results
|US to US||US to UK||US to Canada||US to AU|
|Did it work with Netflix?|
We did experience a slight delay connecting to a few Toronto servers, but this was quickly remedied when we switched to a Montreal server.
Note that ExpressVPN also advertises its compatibility with other streaming services such as Hulu, Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max, BBC iPlayer, Discovery+, Spotify, ITV Player, and more. We personally found ExpressVPN worked with many other streaming services in our ExpressVPN firestick review below.
DNS leak tests
- ExpressVPN DNS leak test results: ExpressVPN passed its DNS leak tests.
We do a domain name system (DNS) leak test to see whether any private information is being leaked online. We use the DNS Leak Test service from BrowserLeaks to test whether we had any DNS leaks before and after connecting to ExpressVPN.
Before connecting to ExpressVPN, we were able to see our IP address, internet service provider (ISP), and server locations. After connecting to the VPN, we could only see information associated with the VPN servers. This means leak protection was working because our information was masked.
WebRTC leak tests
- ExpressVPN WebRTC leak test results: ExpressVPN passed its WebRTC leak tests.
WebRTC leaks are vulnerabilities in certain web browsers and applications that could expose your IP address. We used the BrowserLeaks website to test for WebRTC leaks before and after connecting to ExpressVPN.
We were able to see our true IP address before connecting to ExpressVPN. After connecting to the VPN, our true IP address was successfully masked.
You can set up ExpressVPN on loads of different devices, operating systems, mobile apps, and browser extensions, including:
- Windows 7+
- macOS 10.13+
- Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Arch, Raspberry Pi, and Linux Mint
- iOS 12+ (iPhone, iPad, and iPod via Apple App Store)
- Android 5.0+
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Edge
- Fire TV
- Kindle Fire
- Apple TV
- Android TV
- Home or office router
- Smart home devices
ExpressVPN router app
You can set up ExpressVPN on a router one of two ways:
- Manually configuring a compatible router
- Buying a compatible VPN router
You typically need some advanced technical knowledge to correctly configure VPN software on an existing router. But ExpressVPN can help you pinpoint compatible routers and download the correct firmware. Then it’s down to using the ExpressVPN setup tutorials to configure your router.
For a potentially easier strategy, consider buying a VPN router. FlashRouters sells routers that are already compatible with ExpressVPN, with no configuration required.
ExpressVPN Fire TV Stick review
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a useful streaming device. We personally use it at home or while traveling since all it typically needs is power and an internet connection — so plugging it in to a hotel or Airbnb TV is often a piece of cake.
But traveling out of the country presents the same issues with streaming services that you’d find on other devices. Namely, does the Fire TV Stick work with different VPN services to provide a simple and seamless streaming experience?
With ExpressVPN and the streaming services we tested — Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, Peacock, and Paramount+ — we found it did. Of course, your experience could vary depending on your location and bandwidth, but we had a good experience connecting to a U.S. server from an Airbnb (with 30+ Mbps internet speeds) in England.
ExpressVPN details how to step up Amazon Fire Stick and Amazon Fire TV on the website.
ExpressVPN customer support
ExpressVPN offers customer support options through its support center, email, and 24/7 live chat on its website. You can also participate in its bug bounty program or provide feedback through in-app support tickets.
You can email ExpressVPN at email@example.com.
The live chat button can be found in the bottom right corner of most pages on the ExpressVPN website. Simply click it to start chatting with a live customer service representative.
You can also interact with the ExpressVPN team via its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
The ExpressVPN YouTube channel could be helpful if you want to catch some of the latest ExpressVPN updates. But we recommend checking out the ExpressVPN YouTube if you’re more of a visual learner and could likely benefit from video tutorials. For example, there’s a full playlist of router tutorials if you want to set up ExpressVPN on a Netgear, Linksys, or Asus router.
We initiated a live chat with a customer representative to judge the overall customer support experience.
We were connected to Tristan in about a minute or less and they set to responding to our query about setting up ExpressVPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick. They asked whether we preferred being walked through the steps or having the steps sent via email, which we thought was a nice touch.
We opted to walk through the steps. It’s important to note that Tristan actually typed out the steps in the chat with us rather than refer us to a guide or tutorial that surely exists.
Upon receiving the installation instructions, we received another helpful response for a question that we hadn’t actually asked yet. Tristan let us know that connecting to any server location would do to get streaming services to work.
Certain VPNs such as CyberGhost recommend specific servers for different streaming services, but not ExpressVPN.
Tristan was very helpful, responsive, and easy to understand. Overall, the 24/7 customer service experience was successful.
The ExpressVPN support center offers troubleshooting guides, instructional videos and articles, and a “Contact Support” button (which just opens up the live chat feature). You can also use the search field to find information related to your search term(s).
The support center could be helpful in certain situations, but I’ve often found using a search engine is quicker. For example, typing set up playstation ExpressVPN into Google will probably bring me directly to the article I want. This bypasses the need to head to the support center first to type in my query.
Bugs and support tickets
ExpressVPN offers a bug bounty program on bugcrowd for ethical hackers to find vulnerabilities in the ExpressVPN system. If you find a legit vulnerability, you get paid between $150 to $2,500.
There’s also a $100,000 one-time award for finding a specific vulnerability within the ExpressVPN servers.
You can also open support tickets within the ExpressVPN app for everyday bugs and feedback. Navigate to “Help & Support” and select the “Contact Support” option. Then you can type out a message and include diagnostic information.
ExpressVPN prices and subscriptions
ExpressVPN offers subscription plans for one month, six months, and 12 months (one year). All three plans offer the same security features, so the only difference is the cost. Similar to other VPNs, the longer your subscription, the less you’ll end up paying on a monthly basis for ExpressVPN.
The cheapest option for ExpressVPN: One-year plan for $8.32/mo
The most expensive option for ExpressVPN: Monthly plan for $12.95/mo
Paying $8.32/mo might not seem like much compared to everyday subscription services such as Netflix (up to $19.99/mo) or Amazon Prime ($14.99/mo). But here’s how ExpressVPN stacks up against other popular VPNs and their lowest monthly prices:
As you can see, ExpressVPN is at least double the price of the next closest competitor on this list. It’s also more than triple the cost of Surfshark and CyberGhost.
It’s likely worth paying the additional cost if you want the reliability and fast speeds of ExpressVPN. It’s a simple VPN to use that accomplishes primary VPN tasks such as unblocking streaming services with ease. Plus, it offers access to loads of worldwide servers.
But if you want to save money on a VPN, there are plenty of lower-priced alternatives.
How much does ExpressVPN cost?
|1 Month||6 Months||
Best Price12 Months
|Price per month||$12.95/mo||$9.99/mo||$8.32/mo|
|Price per year||$155.40/yr||$119.88/yr||$99.84/yr|
|View Plans||View Plans||View Plans|
ExpressVPN payment options include:
- Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover)
ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. Contact ExpressVPN via live chat or email for a full refund if you're not 100% satisfied within the first 30 days.
Is ExpressVPN really free?
No, ExpressVPN isn’t free. It’s one of the most expensive services among popular VPNs, starting at $8.32/mo. But you can try ExpressVPN for up to 30 days because of its 30-day-money-back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with the service, get a full refund in the first 30 days.
Is ExpressVPN legit?
Yes, ExpressVPN is a legit VPN that’s considered trustworthy and secure. It has a no-logs policy and its headquarters are located in an area (British Virgin Islands) with no data retention laws. You can also count on ExpressVPN to have fast speeds, including if you want to use it for different streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.
What are the cons of ExpressVPN?
The main con of ExpressVPN is its high cost compared to other popular VPN services such as IPVanish, NordVPN, Surfshark, and CyberGhost. Here are the starting monthly costs for each of these VPNs at the time of writing:
- ExpressVPN: $8.32/mo
- IPVanish: $3.33/mo
- NordVPN: $3.19/mo
- Surfshark: $2.49/mo
- CyberGhost: $2.19/mo
Is ExpressVPN safe and legal?
Yes, ExpressVPN is safe and legal to use. It has a no-logs policy and its headquarters location in the British Virgin Islands means there aren’t any data retention laws to worry about. But is ExpressVPN legal to use everywhere? Mostly, yes. Though, certain countries have specific laws about VPN usage, so be sure to research laws before traveling.
Is ExpressVPN worth the money?
Yes, ExpressVPN is worth the money for its fast speeds, reliability, and high levels of security and privacy. It can also be used to unblock regional content for different streaming services. But you might consider Surfshark for its additional features, lower cost, and unlimited simultaneous users.
Bottom line: Is ExpressVPN good?
Yes, ExpressVPN is a good service that offers everything you need in a VPN, including fast speeds, a no-logs policy, and access to popular streaming services. You have plenty of server locations to choose from and you can easily access features such as a kill switch and split tunneling.
ExpressVPN is one of our top recommendations if you want both speed and security, as shown by our speed tests and the available VPN protocols.
But ExpressVPN has a much higher cost compared to basically every other popular VPN, including NordVPN and CyberGhost. And, in some cases, other VPNs, such as Surfshark, offer more features at a lower cost. For an affordable and trustworthy alternative, check out our NordVPN review.