DNS is usually automatic, but you can decide to use a third-party DNS like Cloudflare’s so you can get a faster and more secure internet connection. Here’s how to change the DNS on Windows 10 (and how to test your DNS connection or know whether you’re connected using the DNS).
You can set up a third-party DSN on any device. From your Android phone to your Windows 10 PC, changing the DNS can be done pretty easily. It works by changing your Wi-Fi properties to use a customized DNS.
Before changing the DNS, you need to know what DNS you want to use. A good DNS provides a good and safer internet connection, or consider finding one that may make your internet faster.
Personally, I use the Cloudflare DNS. This DNS helps you to browse the web without restriction, like unblocking geo-restricted websites without really slowing down your internet connection. You can also use Cloudflare’s 188.8.131.52 on Microsoft Edge.
Keep in mind that a DNS isn’t as secure as a VPN. DNS doesn’t hide your IP address and doesn’t encrypt your connection (depends on the DNS itself).
How to change the DNS on Windows 10
Changing the DNS can be done by changing the Wi-Fi properties. Simply right-click the network icon at the Taskbar, then click the Open Network & Internet settings.
Here, click the Change adapter options button. It will open the Control Panel.
You will see your Wi-Fi connection on your Windows 10 PC’s Control Panel. Right-click it and select Properties.
Now, click the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then select Properties.
You’ll see a dialog box on there. Select Use the following DNS server addresses. Then, enter the DNS server number and its alternate.
Simply click OK once you’re done.
Now, select the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6). Select Properties.
You’ll see another dialog box. Select Use the following DNS server addresses. Enter the preferred and alternate DNS server.
You’re done. Now click OK until you can close the Control Panel.
How to check your DNS connection on Windows 10
Windows 10 provides you an easy way to check whether you’re connected using the DNS you’ve customized. To do this, you need to use the Command Prompt.
Open the Command Prompt from the Start menu or from the Windows+X menu.
On Command Prompt, simply type this line then press Enter:
You’re going to see your DNS server address on the Address information shown on the Command Prompt, meaning you’re connected.
Using a third-party DNS server can be advantageous, either to unblock geo-restricted websites or simply to experience a faster internet connection, and Windows 10 provides the way pretty easily.