How To Change DNS Servers On Windows, Mac, iOS And Android

Do you still use the default DNS servers which was providing by your ISP (Internet Service Provider)? Have you ever seen any DNS errors on your computer? If you got too many DNS errors, then it’s time to change your DNS servers to these free third-party DNS services.

By reducing response times between your computer and DNS servers, these free DNS services will help to increase the Internet speed, not much, but will improve. These services will also help to protect your computer from phishing websites and enable web content filters. The filters will prevent your children visit porn websites or websites with inappropriate contents.

If you don’t know what a DNS server is, I would suggest you read this article. You will find out and understand more about what exactly DNS server is and how does it work.

Why Should You Change Your DNS Servers?

By default, your computer will automatically pull DNS information from the ISP. Sometimes, these DNS servers aren’t stable and prevent you from visiting websites. Or these default DNS servers are blocked a few websites for some reasons.

Use third-party DNS servers like Google Public DNS will help you:

  • Eliminate DNS errors
  • Increase response times between your computer and DNS servers
  • Have the ability to access blocked websites
  • Provide protection for your information and computer against phishing and malicious attacks.

In this article, I will show you ways to change the DNS servers on Windows, Mac OS X, as well as iOS and Android. These instructions come with images, easy to understand and doing follow.

A few DNS errors that can be solved by changing DNS servers:

  • Fix Err_Name_Not_Resolved Error
  • Fix This Webpage Has A Redirect Loop Error
  • Fix Err_Internet_Disconnected On Your Computer
  • Fix This Webpage is Not Available Error In Google Chrome
  • Fix DNS Probe Finished No Internet Error

How To Change DNS Servers On Windows?

In order to replace the default DNS servers on Windows PC, press Windows key on your keyboard and search for “Network and Sharing Center”. Then select it from the list.

Network and Sharing Center

You can also open “Network and Sharing Center” by opening Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.

Click on the current Internet connection you are using right now and then select Properties.

Local Area Connection Properties

Double-click on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)

Select “Use the following DNS server addresses”, enter preferred and alternate DNS server. Check the “Validate settings upon exit” option and click “OK” button.

Change DNS Server

After that, open Command Prompt program and type: ipconfig /flushdns to clear all current DNS caches.

ipconfig /flushdns

How To Change DNS Servers On Mac OS X?

In order to change DNS servers in Mac OS X, click the Apple logo and select System Preferences.

System Preferences In Mac OS X

Select “Network”.

Network In Mac OS X

Select “DNS” tab.

Click “+” icon to replace/add new preferred DNS server IP address.

How To Change DNS In Mac OS X

Click “+” icon once again to replace/add new alternate DNS server IP address.

Change DNS Server In Mac OS X

Then click “OK”, and then “Apply” button to save the changes.

How To Change DNS Servers On iOS?

In order to change the DNS server on iOS, go to Settings > Wi-Fi.

How To Change DNS Server In iOS

Tap the current Wi-Fi connection.

Change DNS Server In iOS

Tap on the DNS section and replace the current DNS servers with the new one (like the image below).

Change DNS Server In iOS Step 3

Tap backward icon to save the change.

How To Change DNS Servers On Android?

To change default DNS servers in Android devices, tap on “Settings” icon.

Android Settings

Select the “Wi-Fi” section.

Android Wi-Fi Settings

Press and hold the current connected Wi-Fi until you see a small popup window.

Wi-Fi Advanced Settings In Android

Select “Modify network”.

Check the “Show advanced options” box and then scroll down for more options.

Show Advanced Options

Tap “IP Settings” to change from “DHCP” to “Static”.

Change IP Settings In Android

Fill “DNS 1” and “DNS 2” sections with preferred and alternate DNS servers. Then click “Save” button to save the changes.

Change DNS Servers In Android

A few names of sections could be different, depends on the version of Google’s Android. If you have any question, feel free to ask us.

I hope this article will help you to learn how to change DNS servers on your devices, no matter what platform is it. Need further help? Don’t hesitate to ask by leaving your comment below.

For the list of best and popular DNS servers, take a look at this article. You will have a list of top 10 best free third-party DNS services.

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  1. Emmanuel June 13, 2016

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