How to change the DNS server on Android

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Android DNS server settings
Android DNS server settings

Learn how to change the DNS server on Android. Basically, when you connect your Android device to any Wifi network at any place, by default, it will use the DNS server provided by the internet service provider or ISP.

There is nothing wrong using the default DNS server. However, if you find the default DNS server is sometimes unstable or slower or unable to access some of the websites you usually visit, the easiest thing you can do is to change the DNS server.

It is likely to solve your problem. The following step shows how to change the DSN server to either Google or Open DNS. Here’s my another post showing how to find the fastest DNS server around your area. See also how to change the DNS server on iPhone or iPad.

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Change the DNS server on Android

  1. Turn the Wifi on and connect to any available Wifi network.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Select Wifi. It will show your currently connected Wifi network.
  4. Tap and hold on your currently connected Wifi network. Then a pop-up window will appear.
  5. On the pop-up window, select Manage network settings.
  6. Select Show advanced options.
  7. From the list of advanced options, scroll down the option and find DNS 1 and DNS 2. Enter the IP address of the DNS server you preferred.
    1. For Google Public DNS, set the DNS server per following:
      • DNS 1: 8.8.8.8
      • DNS 2: 8.8.4.4
    2. Or for Open DNS, set the DNS server per following:
      • DNS 1: 208.67.222.222
      • DNS 2: 208.67.220.220
  8. Finally, select Save button to save the changes.

Note: You can change to any third-party DNS servers you like. There are many public DNS out there that are pretty much faster than the default DNS server provided by your ISP.

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