How to Use a VPN with BlueStacks

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Looking for a way to protect your privacy when using BlueStacks? If so, we have a solution: use a virtual private network (VPN). This will not only increase your internet privacy but also allow access to restricted apps and websites.

VPNs are a great way to ensure that you can surf the internet without anyone tracking your activity. If you want to know more, you have come to the right place. This article will explain how to use a VPN with BlueStacks on a PC or Mac and explain its many benefits.



How to use VPN with BlueStacks on Windows PC?

BlueStacks converts your Windows PC into an Android hub and lets you download apps from the Play Store. Whether you want to protect your privacy or access different websites, we recommend using ExpressVPN.

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ExpressVPN is one of the most popular VPN services, one that guarantees your security on all your devices.

Setup is simple, and you can do it in two ways: by installing it directly on your PC to apply it to all your traffic or by installing the Android version in BlueStacks. Our recommendation is to install it on your PC because you will have a higher level of security. Moreover, you will have more features available and can use the VPN service for other purposes as well. Although installing ExpressVPN directly on your PC is a safer option, we'll also go over the steps to install it on an Android device.



If you want to install ExpressVPN via BlueStacks, follow the steps below:

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  1. Launch BlueStacks on your PC.
  2. Visit ExpressVPN and create an account.
  3. Go to the Play Store.
  4. Search for “ExpressVPN” and install it.
  5. Since you have already created an account using our discounted rate, click "Login" and enter your email address and password.
  6. When a pop-up message asking for permission to set up a VPN connection appears on the screen, tap "Ok" to confirm.
  7. By default, ExpressVPN will connect you to an optimal, “smart” location. You can change this by tapping three dots on the right. You can also choose recommended locations with the best connection and speed or switch to the "All Locations" tab.
  8. Tap the power icon to connect to the VPN server.

You can now use BlueStacks with a VPN. Remember that if you followed these steps, the VPN is only available in BlueStacks. This is a good option if you want to protect your privacy in the app while still surfing the internet with your IP address.

As mentioned, another method is to install ExpressVPN on your computer and then launch BlueStacks. Here's how:

  1. Open your browser, navigate to the ExpressVPN website, and select "My Account".
  2. If you don't have an account, create one and purchase a preferred subscription. If you have an account, press "Login".
  3. Press "Download for Windows" and copy the activation code.
  4. Click "Download". A pop-up message will ask if you want to allow the app to make changes to your computer. Press "Yes".
  5. Once ExpressVPN is installed, you will see the welcome screen with short instructions. Double-tap “Continue,” then tap “Set Up VPN.”
  6. When prompted to allow the app to make changes to your computer, tap "Yes". Use the activation code and press "Continue".
  7. Choose whether you want ExpressVPN to launch every time you turn on your computer. You can also customize these settings later.
  8. The app has “Smart Location” features that select the optimal location for your computer by default. If you want to change it, tap the three dots on the right.
  9. Press the power button to connect.

How to Use a VPN with BlueStacks on a Mac

If you are using a Mac device, you can easily convert it into a virtual Android hub with BlueStacks. Using a VPN with BlueStacks ensures your privacy and prevents anyone from tracking your activity.



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You can first launch BlueStacks and install a VPN like ExpressVPN for Android through the Play Store or install ExpressVPN on your Mac device. Choose the first option if you want to use a VPN only for BlueStacks and still use your IP address for other activities. But keep in mind that you will have fewer features available and the level of security will not be as high.

Here is how to install ExpressVPN in BlueStacks:

  1. Open BlueStacks on your Mac device.
  2. Go to the Play Store and download the ExpressVPN app.
  3. Tap "Login" and enter your email address and password since you signed up using our discount.
  4. Press "Ok" to authorize the configuration of the VPN connection.
  5. You will automatically be connected to a "smart location". To change it, tap the three dots on the right. The locations in the “Recommended” tab are those with the best connection and the best speed. If you have a specific area in mind, tap "All Locations" and select it.
  6. Once you have configured the preferred location, tap the power icon to connect.

By installing ExpressVPN through BlueStacks, you will only be protected while using the app.


If you want to install ExpressVPN directly on your Mac, you can use it with BlueStacks and any other app, browser or program. You will also have a higher level of security and more options to choose from, which is why this is our recommendation.

Here's how to install ExpressVPN on your Mac device:


  1. Launch your browser and navigate to ExpressVPN website.
  2. Tap on “My Account”.
  3. Enter your username and password if you have an account. If you don't have one, tap "Get ExpressVPN" and select the preferred subscription plan.
  4. Tap "Download for Mac" and copy the activation code as you will need it once the app is installed.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the app installation.
  6. Use the activation code to continue ExpressVPN setup.
  7. A pop-up message will appear asking if you want ExpressVPN to launch each time you start your Mac; press "Ok" or "No thanks".
  8. You will see that ExpressVPN has assigned a default location. You can change this by tapping on the three dots on the right and choosing between "Recommended locations" and "All locations".
  9. Tap the power icon to connect.

Since you have installed ExpressVPN on your Mac device, you can now launch BlueStacks and your connection will be automatically protected.

BlueStacks is even better with a VPN

If you are wondering how to use a VPN with BlueStacks, we hope this article was helpful. You can turn your Windows PC or Mac device into an Android hub anytime with BlueStacks. The app allows you to install Android apps and run them on your device. ExpressVPN is a great addition that increases your privacy and security and opens up access to many apps that aren't available in your region.

Have you ever used a VPN with BlueStacks? Have you used ExpressVPN? Tell us in the comments section below.

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