Does ExpressVPN work with BBC iPlayer: Answered

Does ExpressVPN work with BBC iPlayer

If you’re wondering if ExpressVPN works with BBC iPlayer then this guide is exactly what you need.

I’ve been taking a look at ExpressVPN to see if they actually work with BBC iPlayer and below you can see my findings.

BBC iPlayer is one of the best online streaming services in the world but around 4 years ago they started to crack down on VPN services.

If you wanted to watch BBC iPlayer and protect your privacy or tap into your favourite shows while abroad then you couldn’t.

Thankfully things have changed and many VPN providers still work with BBC iPlayer but as one of the biggest and most popular, does ExpressVPN?

Let’s find out, does ExpressVPN work with BBC iPlayer?

Is iPlayer working with ExpressVPN?

I tested ExpressVPN over their range of 6 UK locations to see if they work with BBC iPlayer.

I can confirm that Yes, ExpressVPN does work with BBC iPlayer!

ExpressVPN has 6 individual VPN server locations spread out across the entire United Kingdom. They also have multiple servers in each location.

I connected to all 6 locations to see if ExpressVPN worked and it worked perfectly on all of them. Below are my results of if the ExpressVPN location works with BBC iPlayer or not:

  • London – YES
  • Kent – YES
  • Wembley – YES
  • East London – YES
  • Docklands – YES

I found the best results using the ‘London‘ location as it appeared to play in better quality, however, they all worked well.

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How can I get ExpressVPN to watch BBC iPlayer

Thankfully getting ExpressVPN to use with BBC iPlayer is super simple.

Just follow these steps and you can be watching BBC iPlayer with ExpressVPN in just minutes.

  1. Visit the ExpressVPN website and sign up for their service. You can get 3-months free on an annual account using this link and they have a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re unhappy.
  2. Once you’ve signed up go to the Products section of the ExpressVPN website and download and install the correct type of app for your device. They support Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, Fire TV & Firestick and a whole host of other devices.
  3. Open the app and login with your account details when prompted. These are the account details from when you signed up to the service.
  4. Press Selected Location, then All, then Europe, then double click United Kingdom.
  5. The ExpressVPN app will connect you to the best UK location automatically. Or alternatively, you can choose a UK city to connect to.

It doesn’t take long for the ExpressVPN app to connect at which point it will let you know it’s connected.

You should now visit the BBC iPlayer website or open your BBC iPlayer app like you would normally. You can now stream any of the shows as normal.

ExpressVPN connecting to the UK

Use ExpressVPN to watch in any country.

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What devices does ExpressVPN work with?

ExpressVPN offers a range of easy to use apps that require little to no set-up.

These work for all major devices. Probably the easiest to use is their desktop apps for Windows and MacOS.

You can also use their mobile apps which will allow you to watch BBC iPlayer on a tablet or phone. If you’re outside the UK you’ll need the BBC iPlayer app already installed.

If you’ve got a Firestick or Fire TV then there’s a dedicated ExpressVPN Amazon app which you can install from the Amazon store. You just need to sign up using the instructions above and then install the app from the Amazon app store.

You’ll then be able to watch BBC iPlayer while using ExpressVPN anywhere on the Firestick or Fire TV.


If you’ve been wondering if ExpressVPN works with BBC iPlayer then you’ll be pleased to know that Yes, ExpressVPN works with BBC iPlayer.

It’s also good news that you’re able to use BBC iPlayer with ExpressVPN on almost all types of devices from computers to tablets, phones and more.

ExpressVPN also works with Netflix and they don’t keep logs of your activity either.

You can get 3-months of ExpressVPN service completely for free when taking an annual account by using the button below. Then you’re free to watch BBC iPlayer as much as you want wherever you find yourself.

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What’s your favourite BBC iPlayer show or where have you been using ExpressVPN and BBC iPlayer? I would love to hear your thoughts so why not let me and others know in the comments section below.

Author: Christopher Seward

Having used the internet since 1994, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.


  1. Debbie

    I don’t agree with your statement that ExpressVPN allows you to BBC i player. I tried watching it from Greece but it buffers. ExpressVPN told me it is a known problem and advised to take out a chargeable subscription in a country en route to the UK servers.

    • Christopher Seward

      Hi Debbie,

      Not sure what you mean by “take out a chargeable subscription in a country en route to the UK servers”.

      However, there are many factors that can cause buffering. The first one to consider would be your internet connection, is it slow/poor in the first instance? Do you live remotely etc.

      If you have a poor connection to start with then there isn’t much that can be done. If your connection is fast you should try changing the “protocol” in the settings. Try Lightway – UDP, OpenVPN – UDP, IKEv2 and L2TP – see if you have better luck with these.

      I don’t think it’s a “known problem”. We’ve tested as far away as Australia and Thailand without issue.

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