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There are multiple reasons to change your DNS server as an example, it takes too much time to open websites, you can’t open a few websites on your existing network, want to block some suspicious web links, willing to enable parental control, or some other reason.

By switching your default ISP’s DNS service to third-party DNS server, it’s easy to do all this. But before moving further, let’s know what DNS is and how many services are there? DNS means domain name server, basically it’s a system that translates the domain name (xyz.com) to its IP address (like 255.255.252.0)

The reason why domain names are used is very simple as it is tough for humans to remember IP addresses. It’s easy for them to memorize words say it’s Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple or something else than random numbers. So domain names are used for user convenience and they are converted into IP addresses as machines understand only numeric values.  For the same reason DNS is used to translate a domain name to its equivalent IP address. Primarily, DNS is a huge digital address book which contains the list of all websites and their equivalent IP address.

There are many DNS services, but all are not useful and worth knowing. There is a Google DNS for faster speed (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4), OpenDNS for parental control (208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 ), and a few others for malware protection and safety. By default people use their ISP’s DNS service, but there are other players if you want extra features. But it depends on you what DNS are useful for you and what features you’re looking.

So after marking the need let’s move forward for changing DNS. Although you all OS allows you to change DNS from the system setting, but it can be changed with the help of an external application. Below, both ways are discussed:

Windows 

Windows DNS

  1. Click on the start menu or open it otherwise, then type Network and Sharing Center and press enter.
  2. Now a new window will open. Here click on your connection name > properties > internet version protocol (TCP/IPv4) > properties.
  3. Now select the option use the following DNS server. Now type the primary and secondary IP address and save changes.
  4. That’s it, you’ve changed your DNS Server successfully..

MAC

MAC DNS

  1. Changing DNS on MAC is quicker than windows.
  2. Launch spotlight (shortcut cmd+spacebar) and type in the Network.
  3. Select the connection (like if you are using the internet from WiFi then select WiFi) and click on Advanced.
  4. On connection’s properties, select DNS.
  5. Now click on the plus sign and add DNS1 and DNS2.

Android

Andriod DNS

  1. Open your WiFi settings.
  2. Long press that WiFi network whose DNS you would like to change.
  3. Now select ‘Modify network’.
  4. Mark show hidden options, then select a static IP address.
  5. Under DNS1 and DNS2 enter the name server, you would like to add.
  6. Save changes and it’s done.

Router

Router DNS                                                                                                                                  

  1. By changing the DNS of your router, the DNS of all devices connected to your network will be changed.
  2. It is useful in case you want to apply the same setting to every device which are connected on your network.
  3. Since every router is different, so there is no fixed guide which can be applied to all but in a general way you can do so by going to routers login page and look place where you can enter DNS1 and DNS2.
  4. Usually your login page where you need to put DNS1 and DNS2 will be under Wireless or DHCP.

Taylor Olivia author of this article has written several dozen articles on computer repair, networking, android applications, and much more.  In this article she discussed about how to change DNS server in different devices. Get in touch with her for updated tips and tricks of how to remove virus and online threats.