How to change DNS settings in Windows (Easy Guide)

A domain name system (DNS) is an internet service (usually at no cost to you) that allows you to type a friendly domain name in the web browser to load a website. And without it, it’d be a nightmare to surf the web.

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There is hardly a device without the DNS server, but many times the default server provided by your ISP can cause noticeable slowdowns when loading websites, necessitating for you to intervene and change your Router’s DNS server to something like 1.1.1.1, 1.0.0.1 (Cloudflare DNS) or 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4 (Google Public DNS).

That said, if you want to use these DNS settings on any other network outside of your home, then you need to manually configure it in your Windows, and here’s a step-by-step guide that explains how you too can do it:

How to change DNS settings in Windows 11

Step 1: Open Control Panel, then click on Network and Internet

Step 2: Then click on Network and Sharing Center. After that, click the Change adapter settings option on the left pane

Step 3: Once selected, right-click on it and select Properties from the context menu. This opens a new Network Properties window.

Step 4: Select and check the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), followed by the Properties option.

Step 5: In the new Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window click on “Use the following DNS server address” instead of Obtain DNS server address automatically.

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Step 6: Once enabled, type in both the Prefered DNS and Alternate server which in this case is 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 (Cloudflare DNS) then click on “Ok”. 

Alternatively, if you don’t care about speed and want to block ads then you can do so by typing in 94.140.14.140 and 94.140.14.141 (AdGuard DNS) instead of CloudFlare DNS.

Once you complete the steps, the computer will immediately start using the specified DNS settings.

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