Linking external Meshnet devices on Android TV

Learn how to expand your Meshnet by linking other users' devices on Android TV.
Linking a device of another Meshnet user allows for reciprocal access between your devices, which can be limited by setting specific permissions if needed.

Send an invitation from Android TV

To add an external device to your Meshnet, invite its owner using their NordVPN account email:
  1. 1.
    On your Android TV device, open NordVPN and navigate to the Meshnet section.
  2. 2.
    Select Invitations, and then choose Link external device.
    "Link external device" selected and highlighted
  3. 3.
    Enter the email address of the NordVPN user you’re inviting to have access to your Meshnet.
    Invitee's email address is entered in the designated field
  4. 4.
    Review the invitation and choose if you want to allow or deny incoming connections from the invitee.
  5. 5.
    Select Send invitation.
    "Send invitation" selected and highlighted
Once the invitation is accepted, your peer's device will appear in the External devices list of the Devices menu.
If needed, you can cancel the pending invitation by navigating to Invitations > Sent, selecting the invitation, and clicking Cancel invitation.

Accept an invitation on Android TV

To complete the device linking process, the recipient needs to accept the invitation in their NordVPN app.
Ensure that the invitation you accept is from a user you know and trust. For more information, see How to use Meshnet securely.
To accept an invitation on an Android TV device:
  1. 1.
    Open NordVPN and navigate to the Meshnet section.
  2. 2.
    Select Invitations and choose Received.
    Received option is highlighted
  3. 3.
    From the list, choose the desired invitation.
    Invitation selected in the 'Received invitations' list.
  4. 4.
    Select if you want to allow or deny incoming connections from the inviter’s device.
    "Incoming connections" option is highlighted
  5. 5.
    Select Accept and link devices.
If you have NordVPN installed on multiple devices, you need to accept the invitation on each device individually.
The invitation stays active, allowing you time to accept it on all devices, and it expires after 72 hours if not canceled earlier.
After accepting the invitation, both your device and the inviter's device join each other's external devices list. You can find the newly linked device in Devices > External devices.

Checklist for device linking

If the device is not showing up in your External devices list, refer to the following checklist to address common issues:
  • Verify the email address you entered when sending the invitation.
  • Confirm that the recipient has accepted the invitation.
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