Domain Name Systems (DNS) settings gives information to the computer through which the serverit is supposed to request IP’s of the domains/hostnames. Generally, users set these settings to Automatic and the user's ISP provides the DNS to the computers, although you can easily change these settings and use the DNS you prefer.
In order to change the DNS settings on different Operating Systems you can follow our step by step guide:
Change DNS settings on Windows
- Login to your system using a valid administrator-rights credential and go to Control Panel, click on View Network Status and Tasks.
- Now click on Change Adapter Settings.
- A new window with all of your network lists will appear on the screen. Select your Main Network Adapter right-click on it and select Properties.
- From the Networking tab choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
- In the General tab of the TCP/IPv4 settings, you don’t have to make any changes in the upper field i.e IP, Subnet mask and Default gateway. In the “Use the following DNS server addresses” field enter the following details.
Preferred DNS server : e.g. 22.214.171.124 (Google DNS Server)
Alternate DNS server : e.g. 126.96.36.199
Now click on OK.
NOTE : Changing DNS settings on Windows RT is the same as on other Windows Systems.
B. Mac OS X
Change DNS settings on Mac OS X
- Login to your Mac using a valid administrator-rights credentials, click on the Mac Apple sign and select System Preferences.
- Now choose Network from screen.
- Choose Ethernet from the Network center and click on Advanced.
- Click on the DNS tab and add DNS servers by clicking on the “+” in the bottom left of the screen.
- Add your preferred DNS servers ( e.g. 188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206) and click OK at the bottom right of the screen.
- In the Network center you will now be able to see the newly added DNS server. Click on Apply to save your settings.
C. Android Device
Change the DNS server settings of a VPN connection
In this way the DNS server you enter can only be used when the VPN connection is active. If in case the VPN connection is not active, enter the SaferVPN Username and Password to login.
- On your Android device go to Settings scroll down on the screen and tap on More Networks.
- Tap and hold the VPN network and choose the VPN connection (SaferVPN) in which you want the changes to be done.
- Tap on Edit network.
- Now choose the “Show advanced options”.
- Enter your DNS server ( e.g. 220.127.116.11 or 18.104.22.168) now tap on Save.
You will now be able to use the DNS server you have just entered when connecting to this VPN profile.
D. iOS Device
Change DNS server settings on iOS device
- Go to Settings on your iOS device and tap on Wi-Fi.
- Select the WLAN on which you are connected and tap on the blue “i”.
- In the DHCP tab change the DNS server by tapping on the DNS line (e.g 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199.)
- You will now be able to see the changed DNS server. Press the Home button and it’s done.
You will now be able to use the DNS server you have just entered when connected to this Wi-Fi.
E. Linux (Ubuntu)
Change DNS server settings on Linux
- Login to your Linux system using a valid administrator-rights credentials, click on the Network Connection sign on the top right corner of your desktop and click on Edit Connections from here.
- Click on the active network connection and then click the Edit button.
- Now in the IPv4 Settings tab choose Automatic (DHCP) addresses only from the dropdown in the Method.
- Enter your DNS server ( e.g. 188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206), click on Save.
- To save all these changes that you have just made click on Close.
- To see the necessary changes that you have just made click on the Enable Networking option to disable and click one more time to re-enable it.