How to Set Up ExpressVPN for Apple TV in 2021
ExpressVPN can be set up on Apple TV through different methods including Smart DNS settings (MediaStreamer) and router connection. See this guide for setup details.
The success of Apple TV is a symptom of the cord-cutting trend that developed countries with fast Internet connections have been observing lately. Like the Fire TV and Roku, Apple TV is a nifty little device that can turn your boring cable TV into a complete entertainment box by bringing all sorts of programs, shows, and movies to your TV screen through online streams.
Apple TV runs on tvOS with the App store built-in. You can easily install different streaming apps through the App Store and watch thousands of titles through these. Unfortunately, much of the content is geo-blocked outside the US, so even if have streaming apps installed, you will be denied access to a lot of titles hidden behind geo-restrictions.
The most effective way of dealing with these restrictions is to get a powerful VPN like ExpressVPN. Sadly, it’s not so simple to get a VPN on Apple TV because tvOS has no native support for VPN apps.
So in this guide, I’ll explain some alternative methods for setting up ExpressVPN on Apple TV. To read about ExpressVPN in detail, check out our exclusive ExpressVPN review.
Why you need ExpressVPN for Apple TV
Apple TV works everywhere you want to use it. All Apple services such as App Store are also equally available in all regions. The problem starts when it comes to specific content on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, DAZN with ExpressVPN, and others.
Most streaming services impose geo-restrictions so that many titles are only accessible in certain regions, mostly the US. This means that you’ll be getting half the value of an Apple TV even though you’ve paid the full price.
This is where a VPN like ExpressVPN comes in. With 3,000 servers distributed in over 94 countries, ExpressVPN is one of the most efficient VPNs that can help users unblock content on Apple TV and bypass geo-restrictions.
Since Apple TV does not support VPN installation, you’ll have to resort to alternative methods to set up ExpressVPN for Apple TV
How to use ExpressVPN with Apple TV – Different Methods
There are a number of different ways you can configure ExpressVPN on Apple TV:
- via ExpressVPN MediaStreamer (Smart DNS).
- via VPN-configured router.
- via virtual router
Set up ExpressVPN Smart DNS on Apple TV
In addition to the VPN service, ExpressVPN offers MediaStreamer, which is essentially a Smart DNS. You can configure DNS settings in your Apple TV (4th generation or later) so that it utilizes Express’s MediaStreamer to help unblock content on streaming apps.
Here’s how you can set up MediaStreamer on Apple TV:
Note: You need to be an ExpresVPN subscriber in order to set up MediaStreamer.
Step 1: Visit this page and log in to your ExpressVPN account.
Step 2: Click “Register my IP address” under the IP registration section. If it already says “registered”, then you can skip this step.
Step 3: Now toggle on “Automatically register my IP address”. This will automatically track changes to your IP address.
Step 4: Visit your ExpressVPN account settings then click Dashboard > Set Up Other Devices.
Step 5: Click on Apple TV on the left side of the screen. You will find the MediaStreamer DNS server IP address on the right. Note down this address.
Step 6: Now start your Apple TV and select Settings.
Step 7: Select Network > Wi-Fi > Configure DNS.
Step 8: Choose Manual and enter the MediaStreamer DNS IP address.
Step 9: Return to the Settings menu > System > Restart.
Step 10: Enjoy access to all content on streaming apps on your Apple TV.
Set Up ExpressVPN for Apple TV Via Wi-Fi Router
You can also get Apple TV on ExpressVPN by setting up the VPN on your router. ExpressVPN is compatible with DD-WRT routers and several models of ASUS. You can find detailed instructions for setting up ExpressVPN on the router here.
However, the setup process is quite involved and complicated, so it’s not recommended to do it yourself if you’re a novice user unfamiliar with router interfaces. A much better option in this scenario is to use a pre-configured router with ExpressVPN installed in it. You can find these on FlashRouters.com, but these will cost you more than a standard router.
If you have an Asus router, you can check out our guide on how to install ExpressVPN on Asus Router.
Set Up ExpressVPN for Apple TV Via Virtual Router
Another way you can configure ExpressVPN on Apple TV is by creating a virtual hotspot. To do this, you’ll need a Windows 10 computer or laptop.
Here’s how you can set up a virtual router to get ExpressVPN on Apple TV:
Step 1: Start your computer and navigate to Settings > Network & Internet.
Step 2: Now toggle on Mobile hotspot as shown in the image below:
Step 3: Click on Status on the sidebar, then click Change adapter options:
Step 4: Find the ExpressVPN TAP adapter then right-click on it and select Properties.
Step 5: Click on Sharing tab and checkmark the box that says “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection.”
Step 6: Now, click on the dropdown menu and select the network connection you just made:
And you’re done! Connect your Apple TV to this newly-made Wi-Fi connection while ExpressVPN is running on your laptop. This will enable ExpressVPN connection on your Apple TV, allowing you to access geo-restricted streaming apps anywhere in the world.
ExpressVPN is also a great choice for other Smart TVs including LG, Samsung and more. You can read our detailed ExpressVPN Samsung TV guide for more information.
Does ExpressVPN work on Apple TV?
Yes, ExpressVPN works on Apple TV. Though Apple TV doesn’t have native support for VPN apps, you can install the VPN on a router that the Apple TV is connected to. You can also use Express’s MediaStreamer service by changing DNS settings.
How long does the Apple TV setup take?
Apple TV automated setup takes less than a minute to complete.
Is Apple TV region-locked?
No, Apple TV is not a region locked. You can access all Apple services anywhere in the world through your Apple TV. However, third-party apps may be geo-restricted and you will need a VPN to access these.
Apple TV is an excellent streaming console for cord-cutters. Unfortunately, geo-restrictions make it less appealing than it should be if you’re located outside the US.
ExpresVPN can help you bypass these restrictions and bring access to all content on Apple TV for all streaming enthusiasts anywhere in the world.