Removing ExpressVPN should be the last resort after you tried to reset or update ExpressVPN on whichever platform you’re on. The next step would be to contact ExpressVPN Customer Support. Of course, sometimes reinstalling the app or software is the only solution, hence why we provided detailed instructions. Also, we know it isn’t always the goal – canceling an ExpressVPN subscription and switching to a different, likely cheaper, VPN provider is another common reason. Whatever the case may be with you, let’s get into how to uninstall ExpressVPN.
1. Uninstall ExpressVPN on Windows 10
Follow these instructions to completely remove ExpressVPN on Windows 10:
1. Remove the app
Open the Start menu in the bottom left corner or pressing the Windows button. Then, do this:
- Start typing “add or” then click on Add or remove programs.
- Find the ExpressVPN app under Apps & features and click on it.
- Click on the Uninstall button, then Uninstall to confirm, then Uninstall in the wizard.
- Wait for the process to complete.
2. Remove the leftover data
Even though you uninstalled ExpressVPN, the data gets left behind in almost all cases. So, here’s how to get rid of leftover ExpressVPN data:
1. Network connections
Follow steps 1 through 3 in method 3 of our “connecting ExpressVPN to PS5” guide. Right-click on the WAN Miniport named “ExpressVPN”, and click on Delete. Moreover, delete other similar connections, such as “ExpressVPN TAP Adapter”.
2. Network adapters
Do this to remove the ExpressVPN network adapter in Windows 10:
- Press Windows + R on your keyboard.
- In the Run text field, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter or click OK.
- Expand the Network adapters network option, and find any entries that include ExpressVPN in the name.
- Right-click on it, select Uninstall Device and check the box next to Delete the driver software for this device.
3. VPN connections
Either follow all steps in method 1 of our “resetting a VPN on Windows” guide, or instead of step 4, click on the Remove button.
4. Registry files
Once again, press Windows + R, then type regedit and press Enter. Then, either go there using the left sidebar or paste these into the address bar:
Search for a folder named ExpressVPN. If you find it, right-click on it, and select Delete.
2. Uninstalling ExpressVPN on Mac
There are 3 simple ways to get rid of ExpressVPN on Mac. The 4th will remove the data that remains behind. Let’s start.
1. From Applications
Open Finder from the Dock or by pressing Option + Command + Space, and then:
- Click on Applications in the sidebar on the left.
- Click, hold, and drag the ExpressVPN icon to the Trash icon in your Dock, then release the hold.
- Enter your admin password when prompted.
- Empty the entire Trash. Or, open Trash > right-click on ExpressVPN > Delete Immediately.
2. Via Launchpad
Open Launchpad from the Dock or by pressing F4. Here’s what to do next:
- Search for “ExpressVPN”.
- Press and hold the app icon until it begins shaking.
- Click on the X icon in the top left corner.
- Click on Delete in the pop-up window.
3. Using Terminal
Open Terminal by searching for it in Launchpad. Then, do this:
- Enter the following command before pressing Enter:
- Type “yes” when prompted.
- Enter your admin password and click on OK.
4. Cleaning extra data
Oftentimes, the uninstaller won’t remove everything. So, here’s how the manual clean-up works:
- Open Finder, then click on Go > Go to Folder…
- Type “~/Library” and click on Go.
- Now, search for “ExpressVPN” in the following folders:
- Tip. Use the Search feature in the upper right corner.
3. ExpressVPN app removal on Linux
The simplest way to erase ExpressVPN on Linux is via Terminal. You can open it from the app drawer, or by pressing Control (Ctrl) + Alt + T on most distros. With that done, enter one of the following commands before pressing Enter:
- Ubuntu: sudo dpkg -r expressvpn
- Fedora: sudo yum remove expressvpn / yum erase expressvpn
- CentOS: yum remove expressvpn / erase expressvpn / identical to Fedora (if sudo account is enabled)
- Kali: sudo apt remove expressvpn
- Mint: sudo apt-get remove expressvpn
4. Uninstall ExpressVPN on Android
Locate the ExpressVPN app on the home screen or the app drawer. Tap and hold its icon, and remove ExpressVPN for Android in one of 2 ways:
- Tap on the (i) icon or tap on App info, then Uninstall > OK.
- Drag the icon to the upper right corner of the screen, to Uninstall. Confirm the decision.
5. Uninstalling ExpressVPN on iOS
We already taught you how to remove VPN from iPhone, and even mentioned ExpressVPN as an example.
6. Deleting ExpressVPN app on Chromebook
Follow these steps to erase the ExpressVPN app on your Chromebook:
- On your desktop, click or tap on the Play Store icon in the taskbar at the bottom.
- Once it opens, type “ExpressVPN” into the search bar, then select ExpressVPN.
- Click on the Uninstall button (next to Open).
- When prompted, tap/click on OK.
- The app will be removed shortly.
7. Removing ExpressVPN on routers
More precisely, you’ll have to switch the ExpressVPN firmware installed on the router with the original firmware of your router. For that reason, the removal of ExpressVPN on routers requires 2 steps:
1. Prepare original firmware
2. Switch firmware through an update
Now, proceed with uninstalling ExpressVPN on routers like this:
- Open the ExpressVPN router dashboard (expressvpnrouter.com or 192.168.132.1).
- Sign in, then expand the Advanced Settings option in the left sidebar.
- Select Software Update, then navigate to the Manual update section.
- Click on the Choose File button and select the original firmware you previously downloaded.
- Click on the Update Now button if there’s a green checkmark next to the firmware file name.
- Wait for the process to complete. You’ll be disconnected from the Wi-Fi.
- Sign in with your default router admin username and password.