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Configure your network settings to use google public dns.

When you use Google Public DNS, you are changing your DNS "switchboard" operator from your ISP to Google Public DNS.

In most cases, the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) automatically configures your system to use the IP addresses of your ISP's domain name servers. To use Google Public DNS, you need to explicitly change the DNS settings in your operating system or device to use the Google Public DNS IP addresses. The procedure for changing your DNS settings varies according to operating system and version (Windows, Mac, Linux, or ChromeOS) or the device (computer, phone, or router). We give general procedures here that might not apply for your OS or device; consult your vendor documentation for authoritative information.

Depending on your system you may also have the option of enabling a new privacy-oriented feature called DNS-over-TLS . This feature provides privacy and security for the DNS messages sent between your device and Google's DNS servers. Details on configuring this optional feature are in specific sections for each system.

Important: Before you start

Before you change your DNS settings to use Google Public DNS, be sure to write down the current server addresses or settings on a piece of paper. It is very important that you keep these numbers for backup purposes, in case you need to revert to them at any time.

We also recommend that you print this page, in the event that you encounter a problem and need to refer to these instructions.

Google Public DNS IP addresses

The Google Public DNS IP addresses (IPv4) are as follows:

The Google Public DNS IPv6 addresses are as follows:

Some devices require explicit values for all eight fields of IPv6 addresses and cannot accept the abbreviated :: IPv6 address syntax. For such devices enter:

Expand the 0 entries to 0000 if four hexadecimal digits are required.

You can use either address as your primary or secondary DNS server.

You can configure Google Public DNS addresses for either IPv4 or IPv6 connections, or both. For IPv6-only networks with a NAT64 gateway using the 64:ff9b::/96 prefix, you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of Google Public DNS IPv6 addresses, providing connectivity to IPv4-only services without any other configuration.

Change your DNS servers settings

Because the instructions differ between different versions/releases of each operating system, we only give one version as an example. If you need specific instructions for your operating system/version, please consult your vendor's documentation. You may also find answers on our user group page.

Many systems let you to specify multiple DNS servers, to be contacted in priority order. In the following instructions, we provide steps to specify only the Google Public DNS servers as the primary and secondary servers, to ensure that your setup correctly uses Google Public DNS in all cases.

DNS settings are specified in the TCP/IP Properties window for the selected network connection.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Windows 10

  • Go to the Control Panel .
  • Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings .

Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:

  • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click the Ethernet interface and select Properties .
  • To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click the Wi-Fi interface and select Properties .

If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items , select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and then click Properties .

Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.

Select Use the following DNS server addresses . If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server , write them down for future reference.

Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers:

  • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4 .
  • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844 .
  • For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.
  • Test that your setup is working correctly; see Test your new settings .
  • Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

DNS settings are specified in the Network window.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on macOS 10.15

  • Click Apple menu > System Preferences > Network .
  • If the lock icon in the lower left-hand corner of the window is locked, click the icon to make changes, and when prompted to authenticate, enter your password.
  • To change the settings for a Wi-Fi connection, select Wi-Fi , and click Advanced .
  • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select Built-In Ethernet , and click Advanced .
  • Select the DNS tab.
  • Click OK > Apply .

In most modern Linux distributions, DNS settings are configured through Network Manager.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Ubuntu

  • Click System > Preferences > Network Connections .
  • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select the Wired tab, then select your network interface in the list. It is usually called eth0 .
  • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select the Wireless tab, then select the appropriate wireless network.
  • Click Edit , and in the window that appears, select the IPv4 Settings or IPv6 Settings tab.
  • If the selected method is Automatic (DHCP) , open the dropdown and select Automatic (DHCP) addresses only instead. If the method is set to something else, do not change it.
  • Click Apply to save the change. If you are prompted for a password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

If your distribution doesn't use Network Manager, your DNS settings are specified in /etc/resolv.conf .

Example: Changing DNS server settings on a Debian server

Edit /etc/resolv.conf :

If any nameserver lines appear, write down the IP addresses for future reference.

Replace the nameserver lines with, or add, the following lines:

For IPv6-only, you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the above IPv6 addresses.

  • Save and exit.

Restart any Internet clients you are using.

Additionally, if you are using DHCP client software that overwrites the settings in /etc/resolv.conf , you need to configure the DHCP client by editing the client's configuration file.

Example: Configuring DHCP client software on a Debian server

Back up /etc/resolv.conf :

Edit /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf (or /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf ):

If there is a line following request with only domain-name-servers, remove that line.

If there is a line containing domain-name-servers with IP addresses, write down the IP addresses for future reference.

Replace that line with, or add, the following line:

DNS settings are specified in the Network section of the Settings menu for the selected network connection.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on ChromeOS 71

  • Open the Settings menu.
  • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, click on the Ethernet section.
  • To change the settings for a wireless connection, click on the Wi-Fi section and select the appropriate network name.
  • Changing the DNS settings for a mobile data connection established with Instant Tethering isn't possible. For mobile Wi-Fi hotspots that are manually set up, however, you can change the DNS settings using the instructions for a wireless connection.
  • Expand the Network section for the selected connection.
  • For IPv4: Select the Google name servers button (or alternatively, select the Custom name servers button and enter 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 ).
  • For IPv6: Select the Custom name servers button and enter 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844 .
  • Click outside the Network section to apply the settings.

Every router uses a different user interface for configuring DNS server settings; we provide only the generic procedure. For more information, please consult your router documentation.

To change your settings on a router:

  • In your browser, enter the IP address of your router to view the router's administration console. Most routers are manufactured to use a default address such as 192.168.0.1 , 192.168.1.1 , 192.168.2.1 , or 192.168.1.100 . If none of these work, try to find the default gateway address in the network settings panel of your system.
  • When prompted, enter the password to edit network settings.
  • Find the screen in which DNS server settings are specified.
  • If there are IP addresses specified in the fields for the primary and seconday DNS servers, write them down for future reference.
  • Restart your browser.

Some routers require explicit values for all eight fields of IPv6 addresses and cannot accept the abbreviated :: IPv6 address syntax. For such routers enter:

You can change DNS settings on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the following steps.

  • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi .
  • Tap the ⓘ icon next to the Wi-Fi network that you want to change DNS servers for. Scroll down to find the DNS section and tap Configure DNS .
  • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4
  • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844

Switching back to Automatic will restore the DNS server specified by the Wi-Fi network.

Android 9 (Pie) or higher

Android 9 supports "Private DNS" which uses DNS-over-TLS to provide security and privacy for your DNS queries. You can configure it with the following steps.

  • Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Advanced > Private DNS .
  • Select Private DNS provider hostname .
  • Enter dns.google as the hostname of the DNS provider.
  • Click Save.

For more information see the Android blog post announcing the feature. Please note that in Android P, the default mode for Private DNS is "Automatic" which means it uses the network specified DNS server and it attempts a TLS connection to port 853 before falling back to UDP on port 53.

Older Android versions

Devices running versions older than Android 9 do not support DNS-over-TLS and cannot configure private DNS for all networks. You can configure DNS for each individual Wi-Fi network you use. This requires configuring all network information manually and is only recommended for advanced users.

Mobile or other devices

DNS servers are typically specified under advanced Wi-Fi settings. However, as every mobile device uses a different user interface for configuring DNS server settings, we provide only the generic procedure. For more information, please consult your mobile provider's documentation.

To change your settings on a mobile device:

  • Go to the screen in which Wi-Fi settings are specified.
  • If there are IP addresses specified in the fields for the primary and secondary DNS servers, write them down for future reference.

Test your new settings

To test that the Google DNS resolver is working:

From your browser, enter a hostname URL (such as http://www.google.com/ ). If it resolves correctly, quit the browser, load the page again and refresh it for several times to make sure the result is not from a cached web page.

  • If you are using Google Public DNS64 on an IPv6-only system, repeat the above test with an IPv4-only hostname URL (such as http://ipv4.google.com/ ).

If all of these tests work, everything is working correctly. If not, go to the next step.

From your browser, type in a fixed IP address. You can use http://216.218.228.119/ (which points to the test-ipv6.com website) as the URL. 1

If you are using Google Public DNS64 on an IPv6-only system, use http://[64:ff9b::d8da:e477]/ as the URL instead. If this test does not work, you do not have access to a NAT64 gateway at the reserved prefix 64:ff9b::/96 and cannot use Google Public DNS64.

If you are using an IPv6-only system without Google Public DNS64, use http://[2001:470:1:18::119]/ as the URL instead.

If this works correctly, reload the page with a new opened browser to make sure the page is loaded from scratch. If these tests work (but step 1 fails), then there is a problem with your DNS configuration; check the steps above to make sure you have configured everything correctly. If these tests do not work, go to the next step.

Roll back the DNS changes you made and run the tests again. If the tests still do not work, then there is a problem with your network settings; contact your ISP or network administrator for assistance.

If you encounter any problems after setting Google Public DNS as your resolver, please run the diagnostic procedure .

1 Google thanks Jason Fesler for granting permission to use test-ipv6.com URLs for browser DNS testing purposes.

Switch back to your old DNS settings

If you had not previously configured any customized DNS servers, to switch back to your old settings, in the window in which you specified the Google IP addresses, select the option to enable obtaining DNS server addresses automatically, and/or delete the Google IP addresses. This reverts your settings to using your ISP's default servers.

If you need to manually specify any addresses, use the procedures above to specify the old IP addresses.

Restart your system if necessary.

Except as otherwise noted, the content of this page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License , and code samples are licensed under the Apache 2.0 License . For details, see the Google Developers Site Policies . Java is a registered trademark of Oracle and/or its affiliates.

Last updated 2022-09-22 UTC.

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Google DNS Servers 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4. Benefits & How to Use

Google DNS Servers 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

What is Google DNS

Google DNS (Domain Name System) is a public DNS service provided by Google that can be used to resolve domain names to IP addresses on the internet. DNS is the system that translates human-readable domain names (such as www.google.com ) into IP addresses (such as 216.58.194.174) that computers use to communicate with each other.

Google Public DNS represents two servers with IP addresses for IPv4 – 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. 8.8.8.8 is the primary DNS, 8.8.4.4 is the secondary one.

Google DNS service is free to use and can be used by anyone who has access to the Internet. You can use Google servers IP addresses as alternate DNS instead of such provided by your ISP with the purpose to resolve Internet names faster and improve your security.

You can configure Google DNS on individual devices or on your router, which will apply the settings to all devices on your network.

Quick Navigation:

  • How to use 8.8.8.8 on Router
  • on Windows PC
  • on Cellular Data

Benefits of Using Google DNS Servers – 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

By default, your internet service provider (ISP) will provide DNS resolution services, but you can choose to use a different DNS provider, such as Google DNS, for various reasons, such as:

  • Improved reliability: Google DNS is hosted on a large, distributed network of servers, which can provide more reliable DNS resolution than your ISP’s servers.
  • Faster response times: Google DNS uses advanced caching algorithms and a global network of servers to provide faster DNS resolution than your ISP’s servers.
  • Enhanced security: Google DNS supports DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions), which provides an additional layer of security against DNS-based attacks, such as DNS cache poisoning.

How to Set Up and Use 8.8.8.8 Server on a Wi-Fi Router

Login to the web interface:

router-login

Go to Network  → WAN Setup . Check the flag Use these DNS Servers . Type 8.8.8.8 into the Primary DNS field. Press Save .

Set up 8.8.8.8 on router

How to Switch to Google DNS on a Windows PC (Laptop)

(We took Windows 10 to illustrate Google DNS Setup)

Right click on the network icon in the taskbar and click on Open Network and Sharing Center :

000-windows10-network-sharing-center

Click on your connection (or go to Change adapter settings and call for the connection properties):

8.8.8.8-pc-windows10-setup-01

Click on Properties :

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Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)  in the list and click the Properties button:

8.8.8.8-pc-windows10-setup-03

Switch the lower selector to Use the following DNS server addresses . Specify 8.8.8.8 as the Preferred DNS server . Optionally specify 8.8.4.4 as the Alternate DNS server (or just leave the field blank). Click OK to save settings:

use Google DNS 8.8.8.8 on Windows 10 PC

Then press  Close → Close in the previous Windows.

How to set up 8.8.8.8 for WiFi on Android phone (tablet)

Note! It is much more easier to set up Google DNS on a router rather then an Android device. It makes sense to set up 8.8.8.8 on Android only in case if you do not have access to the router’s admin page (for example, if the router does not belong to you).

Go to Settings :

Settings app

Press and hold on your network name (it doesn’t matter whether you are currently connecnted to it or not):

Network settings on Android

Tap on  Modify network config :

Android modify network config

Check the flag Show advanced options :

Show advances options

In IP settings select Static :

Select static IP

Specify Google’s servers 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as DNS1 and DNS2 respectively (you can fill only the DNS1 field and leave the second blank). Tap on Save to apply changes to the network interface of your Android device:

Set up Google DNS 8.8.8.8 on Android

Google DNS IPv6 Address

You may also use Google DNS IPv6 address on your PC:

Primary: 2001:4860:4860::8888 Secondary: 2001:4860:4860::8844

How to Use Google DNS Servers on Cellular Data

For the concluding part of our guide we left one more curious and rather difficult task to talk about — how to use Google DNS when your iPhone or Android is connected to the Internet via mobile data.

The thing is that you cannot manually change DNS servers for your cellular data connection the way we showed this in the previous paragraph concerning Wi-Fi. Because there is simply no field to manually enter at least the primary IP address – 8.8.8.8. 

The answer is  use a third-party app . Unfortunately, there is no such app by Google (we hope that they will release one in the future), so you are to choose between several third-party apps on Google Play Store.

apps for using 8.8.8.8 on mobile data

As a rule, they show you annoying ads until you pay money but nevertheless you can use them to actually switch your mobile data connection to Google DNS. Try some of them and choose the one you like.

Note that such apps work exactly as any VPN app. You can manually connect and disconnect VPN to start or stop using 8.8.8.8 DNS server respectively, or make it connect automatically on startup or reboot. 

use reliable DNS on mobile data

Wrapping Up

Firstly, if you found the topic interesting we encourage you to read Google’s guide for more details.

Secondly, we’d love to hear some feedback from you on the following questions:

  • on what devices do you prefer to use Google Public DNS?
  • what kind of connection do you use 8.8.8.8 with (Wi-Fi or cellular data)?
  • what are the reasons behind it (what is the purpose and what problems do you actually solve by using Google DNS)?

Thank you in advance and good luck!

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Fixed my LG SmartTV internet connection issues. Thanks.

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How to Use Google’s 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 Public DNS Servers

Have you ever had trouble connecting to the internet, issues loading a website, or difficulty getting your devices to communicate with one another? Then, you’ve likely come across changing your DNS server as a recommended solution to these technical issues.   

The reason for this is DNS servers are responsible for converting human-readable domain names into IP addresses, which computers use to communicate with one another. DNS servers are also responsible for routing traffic between networks, which is why you get slow internet speeds, connectivity problems, and network issues when your DNS server isn’t working correctly.  

If you’re a regular reader here at TroubleshootingCentral, you may have seen us recommend using the DNS servers 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as a solution on many of our internet and networking-related posts. This is why we’re taking an in-depth look at what public DNS servers are today. 

Read on to learn more about them, when you should use one, and how to connect to the most popular one of all – Google’s public DNS server. 

What is a DNS Server and What Do They Do?

A DNS (Domain Name System) server, sometimes called a nameserver , is a computer server containing a database of public IP addresses alongside their associated hostnames (Google, LinkedIn, YouTube). That sounds like a mouthful so let’s break it down a little more. 

You can think of a DNS server like the contact list on your phone . The name of the person is comparable to the website URL or hostname, while the phone number associated with that person’s name is like the website’s IP address. 

The job of the DNS server is to convert a website’s URL (hostname) into an IP address, which is a unique numerical identifier that uses the internet protocol layers to communicate over a network. It’s like a phone number for the internet. 

When you type a hostname, or URL, into your web browser, the DNS server (connected either directly to the computer, or remotely through your router) will look up the IP address associated with it and send you to the proper website, just like making a call will direct you to the specific device tied to the number dialed. 

Additionally, DNS servers also contain other record types, allowing them to route email, allow specific types of device-to-device communication like VOIP and video calls, and more. This overarching functionality makes DNS servers essential to the proper operation of the internet as a whole. 

Thus, it goes without saying that if you’re connected to a DNS server experiencing some difficulties, you’re going to get a whole host of internet-related problems. This is where public DNS servers come in.

What is a Public DNS Server and How is it Different?

A public DNS server is exactly what it sounds like: a publicly available and accessible DNS server. 

Most individuals connect to a DNS server hosted by their Internet Service Provider (ISP) as that is what is provided to them when they are first connected to the internet. The difference between them is that a public DNS server contains a lot more information on where websites are being hosted, namely, what servers are hosting them.  

So, why is this important?  

Your ISP’s DNS server will typically look through several other servers to find the information it needs. A public DNS server, on the other hand, already has the information on standby, allowing it to go directly to the server it needs and request the information. As a result, your internet browsing is sped up!

Examples of public DNS servers include Google , the largest and most widely used, as well as CloudFlare , Quad9 , and OpenDNS .

examples of public DNS servers

Why You Might Want to Change DNS Servers and Why to a Public One?

Changing DNS servers can be done at any time, and is a perfectly safe process with several purposes for doing it. You may want to change to a public DNS server for the following reasons:

  • It can resolve internet-related and networking connectivity issues.
  • They are typically faster as they are run by large organizations with vast resources.
  • They can handle much higher traffic loads, & have more uptime. 
  • They usually have beefed up security features like blocking malicious websites and privacy-protecting encryption. 

How to Switch To and Use Google’s 8. 8. 8. 8 and 8.8.4.4 Public DNS Servers on Different Operating Systems

If you do decide to switch to a public DNS server, we recommend using Google’s DNS server  8. 8. 8. 8 and 8. 8. 4. 4. These are two of the most popular, safe, and well-maintained public DNS servers available, and they’re very easy to use. 

To switch to Google’s DNS servers, follow the instructions below for your operating system:

Windows Computers

To find the DNS settings on your Windows computer, you’ll need to find where the TCP/IP Properties are located for the selected network.  Here is how to do this: 

  • In your computer’s search field/start menu, type in “Control Panel” .

Windows 10 or 11 control panel

  • Click Network and Internet – Network & Sharing Center – Change Adapter Settings (found in the left-hand sidebar) .

windows 10 or 11 network and sharing center

  • Now select which connection you would like to configure the settings for.  You will have two options here: Ethernet Connection or WiFi Connection. 

network connections - ethernet cable or wi-fi

  • Right-click on either of these and choose Properties from the context menu.

windows 10 or 11 IPv4 properties

  • In the properties window, select the Networking tab at the top of the window.
  • In the box window under “This connection uses the following items” text , select either the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and click the Properties button. 
  • In the Internet Protocol Version Properties window , before changing anything, click on the Advanced button and select the DNS tab . If you see any listed DNS numbers, write these down for future references and close out the window by hitting the okay button. 

windows 10 or 11 IPv4 -Advanced window

  • Back under the General tab in the Internet Protocol Version Properties window, click on the “use the following DNS server addresses”   and this will allow you to replace what is already there with a new set of preferred and alternate DNS servers. If there are some already listed, write these down for future reference before replacing them. 
  • When in the  Internet Protocol Version Properties window for IPv4, you’ll want to use Google’s DNS server 8.8.8.8 as the preferred, and 8.8.4.4 as the alternative. 

IPv4 setting for Google DNS server 8.8 8.8 and 8.8.4.4

  • When in the  Internet Protocol Version Properties window for IPv6, you’ll want to replace them with 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.

IPv6 setting Google DNS servers

  • If you are ONLY using IPv6 , then you can only use Google’s public DNS64 instead of what is listed in step 10. 

The process for changing your DNS servers on macOS is similar to that of a Windows computer, in that the DNS settings are specified in the Network window. 

  • Click on your Apple Menu Logo – System Preferences – Network . 

macOS - system preferences

  • In the Network window that pops up, see if there is a little lock icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the window. If there is, click on it to unlock the window so you can make changes. You may need to authenticate this action by typing in your password. 

macOS - network option

  • If configuring the Ethernet connection, select built-in Ethernet and then click on the Advanced button. 
  • If configuring the WiFi, just simply click on the Advanced button. 

how to change ip address 8888

  • Now in the Advanced window on either of these, choose DNS at the top.

macOS - advanced network

  • Click on the little + icon to replace the listed addresses with the Google DNS 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 server addresses if using IPv4. 

macOS plus icon

  • If using IPv6, then you’ll want to use:  2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
  • If you are ONLY using IPv6 , then you can only use Google’s public DNS64 instead of what is listed in step 8. 
  • Then hit the okay and apply buttons and test to see if the connection is working properly. 

Google DNS server addresses 8.8 8.8 and 8.8.4.4 in macOS

If you’re using a Linux-based Ubuntu computer , you can configure your DNS server settings through the Network Manager. 

  • Head to your System – Preferences – then Network Connections. 
  • Click on either of these and then select your network interface in the eth0 list.
  • Now click on the Edit button and select either your IPv4 or IPv6 Settings tab. 
  • If you have Automatic (DHCP) selected, open the drop-down menu and change it to Automatic (DHCP) Addresses Only . If it is not set to Automatic (DHCP) then leave it as it is. 
  • In the DNS servers fields, you’ll want to enter Google’s DNS server 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 for IPv4. 
  • If you’re using IPv6, then you’ll want to add in  2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
  • If you are ONLY using IPv6 , then you can only use Google’s public DNS64 instead of what is listed in step 7. 
  • Hit the apply button when done and test to make sure that the setup is working correctly. 

If you don’t have a Network Manager, you can specify your DNS server settings by using the /etc/resolv.conf . If you’re on a server, you can replace your nameserver lines with the same DNS server settings as listed above for IPv4 and IPv6.

Since every router has a different user interface, we can only provide the generic steps on configuring your DNS server settings. If the steps listed out below do not work or don’t get you to the right spot, you need to contact your ISP for router documentation. 

  • Open up a clean/blank browser window. 
  • Enter the IP address that allows you to view your router’s administration console. Examples of these include: 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1, 192.168.2.1, or 192.168.1.100. If none of these work, you’ll need the default gateway address found in the network settings panel of your computer. 
  • Enter your internet password to edit your network settings. 
  • Search for the button or link that takes you to the DNS settings section.
  • Write down any IP addresses already specified in the primary and secondary slots.
  • Replace these addresses with 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4 for IPv4 and 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844 for IPv6.
  • If you are ONLY using IPv6 , then you can only use Google’s public DNS64 instead of what is listed in step 6. 
  • Now save, exit, and restart your browser to test the connection. 

Small note: if your router doesn’t accept the IPv6 addresses, it’s because it isn’t taking the :: found in the syntax. Just simply separate these out as such: 2001:4860:4860:0:0:0:0:8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860:0:0:0:0:8844. If 4 hex digits are required , expand the singular 0 with 0000.

The steps needed to change the DNS server settings on your iPhone, iPad, or even old iPod Touch are quite simple. 

  • Find Settings on your home screen and go to WiFi.

Apple iPad Wi-Fi setting

  • Tap the little “i” icon next to your WiFi network and scroll down to the DNS section.
  • Tap on the Configure DNS option .

Apple iPad configure DNS option

  • Now tap on Manual, and add in Google’s DNS server addresses. 

Apple iPad DNS add server

  • For IPv4, type in 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4 as the alternate.

Add Google DNS servers 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 on iOS

  • For IPv6, type in 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
  • If you switch back to Automatic (instead of Manual), this will restore the DNS server that was originally specified by your WiFi network. 

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The steps needed to change the DNS server settings on your Android device that is using Android 9 (Pie) or higher are as follows: 

  • Head into Settings – Connections – More Connection Settings – Private DNS.

android settings - internet and network connections

  • Click into the Private DNS.

Set android private DNS configuration to Google DNS

  • Choose Private DNS Provider Hostname. 
  • Enter in dns.google as the hostname of the DNS server.

It is important to note here that older versions of Android do not support DNS-over-TLS and therefore don’t have the option to configure a Private DNS. Instead, you would have to manually configure the DNS for each WiFi connection you use. This is typically only recommended to advanced users of Android devices. 

Keep in mind that configuring your DNS server should be under the advanced WiFi settings, but some Android devices use a different user interface, so you might want to consult the manual/help guide for your specific phone. 

Slow Internet Connection Solved with Google DNS Server

If you’re looking for a way to speed up your internet connection or improve your online privacy, using a public DNS server like Google’s 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4 can be a great solution. Not only are these some of the most reliable DNS servers, but some of the fastest as well. 

If this post has been helpful, let us know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to check out our other troubleshooting articles – we cover everything from Windows/Linux to networking and more!

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Why should I use DNS 8.8.8.8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google's DNS service: Google public DNS

I was asked to put 8.8.8.8 as an alternative DNS server.

Through whois I found that the IP address corresponds to the host google-public-dns-a.google.com .

Why should I use it? What could be the benefit?

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  • 4 Related: superuser.com/q/387034/79358 –  Diogo May 14, 2012 at 13:35
  • 2 Also see superuser.com/q/78743/49184 for info on Google's DNS service. –  Daniel Andersson May 14, 2012 at 13:44
  • If you are curious to see which DNS service is fastest for you try namebench code.google.com/p/namebench –  qroberts May 14, 2012 at 14:00
  • 1 I like DNS Benchmark.... grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm –  Moab May 14, 2012 at 14:54
  • Who asked you this? (aside: this is why the passive voice is bad :) If it was someone at work, there could be multiple reasons. If it was a technical support agent then they went with 8.8.8.8 because it was quicker and less prone to error, than looking up your ISP's DNS server addresses. –  username Jun 9, 2012 at 12:36

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It is just another DNS server option.

Actually, it is the DNS server of Google, it means that Google provides the DNS and maintenance of this service, which means it is "more reliable" than some another DNS servers due to the fact that is maintained by one of the biggest IT companies of the world.

Also, according to Wikipedia , Google DNS provides some security functions that other DNS haven't:

The service does not use third party DNS management software such as BIND, instead relying on a custom-built implementation, with limited IPv6 support, conforming to the DNS standards set forth by the IETF. It also only partially supports the DNSSEC protocol. Some popular DNS providers practice a form of DNS hijacking while processing queries,causing web browsers to redirect to an advertisement site run by the provider when a nonexistent domain name is entered, explicitly breaking the DNS specification. In contrast, Google's service correctly replies with an NXDOMAIN code in this situation, and as a result, many users are now using the service for this reason alone

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  • 2 Only proper answer at this moment! Well done –  Pylsa May 14, 2012 at 13:57
  • 2 @DiogoRocha +1 I think it was answered correctly, here is the question "Why should I use it? What could be the benefit?" key word being "could", its a very subjective question asking for opinions. The question should be closed not the answer. –  Moab May 14, 2012 at 14:53
  • @Moab - there's nothing subjective about using the word "could". Just because using a well-resourced IT company's DNS could result in better performance, does not mean this is subjective. It's a logical possibility based on real world facts. There seems to be a team of people at Stack Exchange who try to close as many questions as possible and have succeeded in closing some of the most useful and popular questions on the exchange. Let's try to be as helpful as possible. –  NeilG Apr 21, 2020 at 2:58
  • "does not use third party DNS management software such as BIND, instead relying on a custom-built implementation" if anything, seems like a reason not to use it. –  Alois Mahdal Feb 11 at 15:35

My guess would be that your office/office's ISP is having issues with their name server. They are advising you to have a second name server specified to prevent issues in the event the primary goes down.

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What Happens When You Change Your DNS To 8.8.8.8?

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DNS stands for Domain Name System that works like your system’s phone book. DNS helps you protect your online security and privacy. However, what happens when you change your DNS to 8.8.8.8.

By changing your 8.8.8.8 DNS, you are switching your operator from your ISP to Google Public DNS. It protects users from DDOS and malware attacks. However, by doing this, Google can see all your DNS queries and collect even more data.

How does a DNS work?

DNS helps in bridging the gap between the browser and a website. It converts the domain name of any website into an IP address that a server can understand. The DNS network stores all domain names and IP addresses to direct users to their desired website.

So when you type a website name in your browser, the browser sends a request to the DNS server. If the website domain name is registered in the database with the DNS, it’ll respond with the IP address of the website you are trying to access, something like 117.234.214.14.

8.8.8.8 Google Public DNS

In 2009, Google provided two easy-to-remember public DNS servers (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4). The company aims to make the Internet and the DNS system faster, safer, more secure, and more reliable for all Internet users. Although Google’s public DNS is relatively fast and secure from malware attacks, it allows the company to collect all your data .

Better alternative (Cloudfare)

Cloudflare is one of the biggest internet companies in cloud services and web performance. The company also has its public DNS, which is better than Google’s 8.8.8.8 DNS. It has memorable IP addresses like 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 that are secure and provide privacy protection features.

You can change your DNS by following the steps given below.

1. Press Windows+I to open Settings and go to Network & Internet.

2. Select Change adapter options.

3. Right-click on your internet connection and select Properties.

4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 and click the Properties button.

5. Select Use the following DNS server addresses

6. Enter the two addresses and click ok.

7. Do the same thing for Internet Protocol Version 6

By doing this, you can switch your DNS operator from Google to Cloudflare. You can also check our other article on the best DNS servers for fast internet speeds.

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Changing your DNS server to a more private option is easy to do and can result in better privacy, security and speeds. The process varies for different operating systems, though. Read on to learn how to change DNS settings on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and routers.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Changing your DNS settings has numerous benefits, like increased speed, security and privacy.
  • Setting up a custom DNS server is easy to do, though the process differs between devices.
  • Besides a manual setup, you can also change your DNS with a VPN. This doesn’t require any kind of setup apart from installing the VPN app.

Every time you connect to a website, there’s a DNS server in the background quietly handling all of your communication. DNS servers translate your browser input into language that’s easier for website servers to understand, so they’re crucial to how the web works.

However, the operator of the DNS server you use can also see all of your online traffic. This is why it’s crucial to know how to change DNS servers.

Using a secure DNS server, like the ones operated by VPNs, can keep your browsing data private and inaccessible to your internet service provider (ISP), the government and hackers. Stick around as we explain what a domain name system (DNS) is, how it works and how you can change your DNS server. 

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What Is a DNS?

In order to understand each other, machines communicate using languages that aren’t easy for the average person to understand and use. Every device on the internet has its own IP address that it uses to communicate with other devices, like the way you need a mailing address to send a Christmas card to your grandma.

domain name system

However, numerical IP addresses are hard to remember, which is why we use the domain name system instead. The domain name system , or DNS for short, assigns a domain name to every IP address belonging to a website. 

Thanks to the domain name system, you can access a website by simply typing its name into the browser (say, Google.com ) instead of entering a complicated IP address, like 192.168.10.254 .

Why You Need to Change Your DNS Provider

The above operation is known as a DNS request or DNS query. When you send a DNS request to a website, a DNS server translates the DNS address into its corresponding IP address. This means that your DNS traffic needs to pass through a DNS server before it can reach the target website or online server. 

HOW DNS servers work

By default, your internet service provider (ISP) handles your DNS requests via its own DNS servers. This allows your ISP to see all of your traffic data. According to the FTC , ISPs collect a lot more data than is necessary and use legal loopholes to sell it to third parties, like advertisers. If you want your data to stay private, you need to change your DNS server to a private one.

Additionally, many DNS services let you control the content you can access. For example, they might offer a family-friendly DNS that lets you set parental controls, or a malware-blocking DNS that prevents your device from communicating with malicious websites such as phishing sites. These specialty DNS servers usually have a different address than the standard one.

Finally, switching your DNS provider can increase your internet speeds. Cloudflare claims to be the fastest DNS resolver available, while Google Public DNS has all the resources of the search giant behind it — including its worldwide server network — guaranteeing fast speeds around the globe. Depending on your ISP, switching to one of these DNS services might result in a faster connection.

How to Change DNS Servers Using a VPN

The easiest way to change your DNS server is to use a VPN. Most reliable VPNs operate their own DNS servers, which means that your DNS requests are subject to the VPN’s no-logs policy. This policy promises to retain no record of your internet activity.

Setting up a modern commercial VPN is as easy as installing a VPN and switching it on. This will automatically connect you to a server (usually the fastest or nearest one) and change your DNS server to a VPN-operated one.

Changing Your DNS Manually

However, if you don’t want to purchase a VPN subscription, you can use a free third-party DNS server. Cloudflare is a popular choice. It only keeps logs for 24 hours, and it’s our recommended custom DNS server. 

OpenDNS is another popular DNS provider, though it’s operated by Cisco and doesn’t have a zero-logs option. Google Public DNS is another free DNS option, but it’s subject to Google’s own privacy issues.

DNS Server Addresses

To change your DNS server settings manually, you’ll need to input the DNS server addresses of the provider you want to use. The following DNS server addresses belong to Cloudflare, OpenDNS and Google Public DNS for internet protocol version four (IPv4) and version six (IPv6) connections.

  • Primary DNS address: 1.1.1.1
  • Secondary DNS address: 1.0.0.1
  • Primary DNS address: 2606:4700:4700::1111
  • Secondary DNS address: 2606:4700:4700::1001
  • Primary DNS address: 208.67.222.222
  • Secondary DNS address: 208.67.220.220
  • Primary DNS address: 2620:119:35::35
  • Secondary DNS address: 2620:119:53::53

Google Public DNS

  • Primary DNS address: 8.8.8.8
  • Secondary DNS address: 8.8.4.4
  • Primary DNS address: 2001:4860:4860::8888
  • Secondary DNS address: 2001:4860:4860::8844

How to Change DNS Server in Windows

Here are a few steps showing you how to change DNS settings in Windows.

Press the Windows key and open the “settings” menu , then click on “network & internet.”

how to change dns windows step 1

Choose either the “WiFi” or “Ethernet” tab , depending on your internet connection. Within that tab, select the network you’re connected to .

how to change dns windows step 2

Scroll down to “IP settings” and click on the “edit” button under “IP assignment.”

how to change dns windows step 3

Change your IP settings to “manual” and toggle on the “IPv4” option .

how to change dns windows step 4

Under “preferred DNS,” enter the IP address of your preferred DNS server . For example, 1.1.1.1 is Cloudflare’s primary DNS server address. Next, enter the secondary DNS server’s IP ( 1.0.0.1 for Cloudflare). You can find these DNS addresses on the provider’s website. Finally, click “save” and reboot your device .

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How to Change DNS Settings in macOS

If you’re a Mac user, things are even simpler. Here’s how to change your DNS settings on your macOS device.

Select “system preferences” from your dock and click “network.”

how to change dns mac step 1

Select your connection (WiFi or Ethernet) and click on “advanced.”

how to change dns mac step 2

In the “advanced” window, navigate to the DNS tab and click on the plus symbol under the “DNS servers” box. Type in the primary and secondary DNS server addresses for your preferred DNS provider. Click on “OK” to close the “advanced” window, then click on “apply” in the “network” window to apply your custom DNS settings.

how to change dns mac step3

How to Change DNS Servers on Your Android Device

You can only change your DNS manually on Android 9 Pie and above. Thankfully, it only takes a few taps to do it.

Open Android’s settings and tap on “connections.”

how to change dns android step 1

Tap on “more connection settings.”

how to change dns android step 2

Tap on “private DNS.”

how to change dns android step 3

Select “private DNS provider hostname” and add the hostname of the service you chose . Keep in mind that this is not the same as the DNS server address . For example, one.one.one.one is Cloudflare’s hostname. Finally, just tap on “save” to apply the settings.

how to change dns android step 4

How to Configure DNS Servers in iOS

Finding the DNS settings in iOS isn’t as obvious as it is for Android, but it’s still pretty straightforward if you follow the steps below.

Open the settings app and tap on “WiFi.”

how to change dns ios step 1

Tap on the “i” icon next to your active connection .

how to change dns ios step 2

In the window that opens, scroll down to “configure DNS” and tap on it .

how to change dns ios step 3

Select “manual” and then tap on “add server.” Add the IP addresses for the DNS servers you want to use . Remember to add the addresses for both the primary and secondary DNS servers. Finally, tap on “save” to finish the setup.

how to change dns ios step 4

How to Change DNS Settings on Your Router

There’s one major benefit to setting up a custom DNS on your router in that your router handles the traffic for all the devices connected to your home network. This means that all of your internet traffic will be routed through your chosen DNS server without having to set it up on each device manually. 

However, not all routers will let you set up a custom DNS server. Routers that support custom firmware like DD-WRT or Tomato will usually allow you to change DNS settings, but most ISP-provided routers will not have this feature. Here is a list of some router manufacturers that let you change DNS servers:

That said, even routers that do support DNS switching will have drastically different setup instructions, so you’ll have to look for a guide on the router manufacturer’s website. You can also switch DNS providers by installing a VPN on your router , though you’ll need to find a guide for your specific router on the VPN’s website.

How to Change DNS Server Addresses With a Smart DNS Service

Smart DNS is a way to access geoblocked content (content that is restricted to a certain geographic area). It changes your DNS server while removing geographically identifying data from your traffic, which lets you access select streaming services in certain popular locations, like the U.S. and U.K. Learn more in our comprehensive Smart DNS guide .

This type of service is usually offered by VPNs as an alternative to using a VPN to unblock content for devices that don’t support VPNs natively, like some smart TVs. 

These include Surfshark’s Smart DNS, NordVPN’s SmartDNS and ExpressVPN’s MediaStreamer. You should be able to find a guide on how to set up your VPN’s smart DNS service on your device on the VPN’s website.

Final Thoughts

Changing your DNS server to a free public DNS is an easy way to improve your online privacy, as long as you choose a trusted DNS provider. DNS providers can do more than just resolve your DNS queries; they can block malware and pornographic content, and even speed up your connection.

Have you changed your default DNS server? What DNS provider have you used? Have you tried changing your DNS using a VPN? Let us know in the comments below, and as always, thank you for reading.

Changing DNS server settings can result in better privacy and security, and faster connection speeds.

8.8.8.8 is the address of Google Public DNS, which isn’t the best choice when it comes to privacy.

Changing your DNS configuration manually usually requires that you go into your device’s settings and input the DNS server addresses of your chosen provider.

Thanks for sharing this information. I have a question for you. I have cyber ghost installed in my cell phone and personal computer. I just installed cloud flare 1.1.1.1 app and saw it installed a VPN configuration. Now I see two VPNs active in my cellphone. Does it maje sense having both connected, are they both working at the same time?

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How to change your IP address safely and easily in 2024

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In today’s interconnected world, understanding how to change IP addresses can be valuable. Whether you want to protect your online privacy, bypass geographic restrictions, or troubleshoot network issues, modifying your IP address gives you greater control over your internet experience.

Many people find the process of changing their IP address intimidating or confusing, asking questions like “What is an IP address?”, “Why would I want to change it?”, and most importantly, “How can I change it without breaking anything?”.

With our years of experience in the field, we can help demystify the concept of an IP address and provide you with clear, concise instructions on how to change them.

How to change IP address with a VPN

Changing your IP address with a VPN is simple. Just follow these instructions:

  • Subscribe to a secure VPN that is capable of changing IP addresses. We recommend NordVPN .
  • Download the VPN onto your device and install it.
  • Connect to a server in the location of your choice. This will be when your IP changes. The server location will determine your new IP, for example, connecting to a server in the USA will provide you with an American IP address .
  • Begin browsing as normal. Changing IP will allow you to access geo-restricted content on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.

All you need to do is install a secure VPN, connect to a server and your IP address will change. It’s that easy! But, we do offer more information on the process below.

What are the best VPNs to change your IP address?

  • NordVPN : The best VPN to change your IP address . Fast servers in 59 countries. Apps for all popular devices. Many advanced features. No-logging policy. Bypass content restrictions on Netflix US, iPlayer, and many more. TIP In our testing we found that the cheapest NordVPN plan (Standard) works perfectly for changing your IP.
  • Surfshark : Best budget VPN to change your IP. Allows an unlimited number of connections. Great for families. Apps for all popular devices. Built-in adblocking and malware filtering. 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • ExpressVPN : A superb all-rounder. Fast speeds thanks to its Lightway protocol. Servers in 94 countries. Works with around two-dozen Netflix regions and reliable with most other streaming platforms.
  • CyberGhost : Best way to change your IP for beginners. Over 7000 fast servers in 89+ countries. Fast Wireguard connections. Apps for all devices. Easy to use apps with fewer advanced settings.
  • IPVanish : A fast US VPN with a proprietary network. Lots of advanced security features. No logs policy. Works with Netflix US. Apps for all platforms.
  • PrivateVPN : Perfect for IP changing while torrenting. Kill-switch and obfuscation features. Robust AES encryption. Great speeds. Servers in 63+ countries.
  • AtlasVPN : Excellent option for changing your IP. Works with most streaming services, like iPlayer, Hulu, Netflix, and more. Servers in 30+ countries. Includes malware filtering.

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Why would I need to change my IP address?

Many online services are geo-restricted, which means they are not available outside of their country of origin. The only way to access those services from abroad is to connect to a VPN server in that location. This gives you a valid IP address and causes the website or online service to become available again.

If you travel abroad on vacation, services from back home, such as internet banking or streaming services, will be geo-restricted. As a result, you will need to use a VPN to get an IP address in your home country.

Finally, a VPN can help you get around government, ISP, or local network restrictions. By connecting to a VPN, you can get an IP address in a country where locally censored content is still available. Thanks to the privacy provided by the VPN, you can access those usually censored services without being tracked.

Best VPNs for changing your IP – Our hands-on review

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How to find your current IP address

When you use a VPN it changes your IP address, and you can easily use a tool like ipleak.net to check that the VPN has correctly altered your IP address. The nice thing about IP checking tools is that they not only show your IP address but also the geographical location of that IP address.

This means that if you live in France and connect to a VPN server in New York, the IP address tool will clearly show your location as New York, making it pretty obvious that the VPN is working properly to alter your IP address location.

Of course, if a VPN is working properly, you should also see no DNS leaks or WebRTC leaks in the test results. You can find out more about these types of leaks, and how to check for them, in our detailed guide. So follow the link to find out more.

If you are interested in knowing what your home IP address is (perhaps because you want to share it with a trusted third party, or simply because you want to know your home IP address for interest’s sake) you can find it by using the same tool you use to check that a VPN is working.

You can follow the steps below to find out your home IP address:

  • Make sure you aren’t connected to a VPN or any other location spoofing application (browser extension proxy, Tor, etc).
  • Head over to our IP address checking tool in your browser
  • Make a note of your IP address (it is the string of numbers that appears next to the words Your IP address: )

Now that you know your IP address, you can easily use it to double-check that a VPN is working properly when you connect to its servers. When connected to a VPN, you should not be able to see your real IP address in any of the results. Instead, you should detect an IP address for the remote location.

How to change your public IP address

Here are a few ways to change your public IP address(es):

1. Connect to a VPN to change your IP address

Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN encrypts your internet connection and routes it through a server in a location of your choosing. Websites, online services, and other devices on the web will only see the VPN server’s IP address and not your real IP address.

VPNs are useful for torrenting, unblocking region-locked content like that from Netflix and BBC iPlayer, and bypassing censorship at schools, in offices, and in countries like China.

Most VPNs can easily hide your IPv4 address, but many VPNs can leak your IP address through various security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, not all VPNs hide your IPv6 address. Choose a VPN that either disables IPv6 or can prevent IPv6 leaks by default.

If you’re not sure how to set up a VPN just follow the simple steps outlined earlier in this article.

2. Use a proxy server to change your IP address

Proxies work similarly to VPNs but with far less versatility and security. Your internet connection goes through a middleman server so that websites and other online resources see the proxy server’s IP address and not your own. Unlike VPNs, proxies often lack encryption, only affect certain apps, and can leak your IP address through other means.

A few different types of proxies can be used to change your IP address:

  • HTTP/S proxies – Usually either browser extensions or special websites that work like a browser within your browser. They only change the IP address on data sent to and from your browser, but do not affect other apps or even DNS traffic. If encryption is included, these are sometimes called SSL proxies.
  • SOCKS proxies – General purpose proxy servers that can be configured for specific apps including most web browsers. SOCKS5 , the latest version, includes support for encryption.
  • SSH proxies – SSH proxies forward internet traffic from apps like your web browser through a Secure Shell ( SSH ) connection to a server, so your IP address is changed to that of the server. Although encryption is included, SSH is not a particularly fast protocol, and many websites and apps might not function properly when connected.

3. Use Tor to change your IP address for free

Tor , short for T he O nion R outer, is a volunteer-run anonymity network. The easiest way to get started with Tor is to download and install the Tor Browser, a barebones web browser that routes all web traffic through the Tor network. Tor encrypts your connection several times and then sends data through multiple nodes—servers operated by volunteer Tor supporters. Each node strips away one layer of encryption, and the sequence of nodes used changes every time you access a different website. This makes it nearly impossible to trace Tor traffic back to the source.

Websites will see the IP address of the last node in the chain, called the Exit Node.

Tor is free, but has its drawbacks. It’s relatively slow and only really suited for basic web browsing. Tor’s anonymity means it is often associated with illicit activity and the dark web, so even though it’s not illegal, using it might draw unwanted attention from your ISP and possibly even law enforcement. Those entities can’t see what you do while connected to Tor, but they can see that you are connected to Tor nodes.

4. Change IP addresses by unplugging your modem

You might be able to get a new IP address by unplugging your internet modem, waiting a few minutes, and then plugging it back in again. When this happens, you release your existing IP address so that your ISP can recycle it. When you reconnect, your ISP assigns you a new IP address.

This method isn’t guaranteed to work because your ISP might just give you the same IP address again. The longer you leave your modem unplugged, however, the higher the chance your IP address changes. If unplugging for a few minutes doesn’t get the job done, consider leaving it unplugged overnight.

Your ISP must use dynamic IP addresses in order for this to work. Most do.

5. Ask your ISP to change your IP address

Another option is to ask your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for a new IP address. Every ISP has different policies about how they handle such requests, so responses may vary. At minimum, you’ll need your account information and current IP address on hand.

Most ISPs use dynamic IP address systems, meaning IP addresses occasionally change and get recycled as devices connect and disconnect from the internet. With that in mind, note that your new IP address might not stay the same forever.

In some cases, you can request a static IP address from your ISP, though this might require paying an extra fee and/or going through an application process. Once provided with a static IP address , you can enter it into your device’s network settings. Static IP addresses never change unless you manually change them.

6. Change networks to get a different IP address

This might seem obvious, but you can get a different IP address by disconnecting from whatever network you’re currently connected to and connecting to a different one. You can switch to a different wifi network, for example, or switch from wifi to a mobile data connection if you’re on a smartphone.

Remember that public and open wifi hotspots are often prime hunting grounds for hackers. Try to stick with a wifi network that requires a password and is encrypted with WPA2.

How to change your private IP address

If you’re connected to a wifi router, then you probably share a public IP address with all the other devices connected to the same network. Each device, however, has its own private, or local IP address.

Changing your local IP address won’t really affect how your device communicates with other devices and servers over the internet, but there might be instances in which you need a different private IP address. These include troubleshooting a malfunctioning router or configuring how local devices, such as printers and IoT devices , function on your home network.

Renew your local IP address

If you’re connected to wifi or some other type of local network, you can change your private IP address from the router admin panel or from the device itself. I’ll show you how to do it on Windows and MacOS.

Here’s how to renew your IP address on Windows:

  • Search for the Command Prompt and right click it to Run as administrator
  • Enter ipconfig /release
  • Enter ipconfig /renew

You should now see a new local IP address.

Here’s how to renew your IP address on Mac:

  • Click the Apple menu and open System Preferences
  • Select Network
  • Highlight the network that you’re connected to in the left pane
  • Click Advanced…
  • Select the TCP/IP tab
  • Click Renew DHCP Lease

You Mac should now be assigned a new local IP address.

The process for changing local IP addresses on the router varies depending on your router manufacturer and firmware. You can usually access your router’s admin dashboard by opening a web browser and entering 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 in the address bar.

How do I change my IP address on my mobile device?

Changing your IP address is easy on a mobile phone or tablet device. All you need is a VPN. In this guide, we have recommended the best VPNs for changing your IP address. Our recommendations have servers located globally, to let you get an IP address wherever you need it. To change your IP address on a mobile device, follow the steps below:

  • Sign up for the VPN by following the link in this guide ( we recommend NordVPN )
  • Install the VPN app for Android or iOS onto your device. You can find it in your regular app store.
  • Launch the VPN app and login using your credentials.
  • Choose a VPN server from the list and click connect .
  • Your IP address will change as soon as the VPN connection is established.

Static vs Dynamic IPs: What’s the difference?

There are different types of IP addresses, and this can be complicated for beginners. Below, we explain the difference between a dynamic and a dedicated IP address.

Dynamic IP addresses

Each time you connect to the internet or reboot your router, a dynamic IP address changes – in other words, they’re temporary IP addresses. Dynamic IPs are common for home users due to their cost-effectiveness. However, if you perform tasks like hosting a website, it’s best to opt for a passive IP address for stability,

Static IP addresses

In contrast, Static IPs never change, regardless of how often you disconnect from the web. These are best suited to activities that require an IP address that doesn’t change, such as online gaming. Static IPs are a popular option for business users, but unlike dynamic IPs, they come at an added cost. One of the drawbacks of static IPs is their security risks, making it easier for cybercriminals to attack networks thanks to the constant IP address.

Choosing between a static IP or dynamic IP address will depend on your needs. If you’re browsing the web, scrolling socials, and streaming Netflix, a dynamic IP will do. A static IP is the way to go if you’re a hardcore gamer or host a web server.

Your ISP always knows your IP address

No matter what methods you use to change or hide an IP address, the internet service provider always knows public IP addresses. This is inevitable because in order to connect to the internet at all, your ISP must assign you an IP address, and it must know what that IP address is in order to transmit communication and data from the internet to your device.

So even if you used one of the above methods to mask your IP address from websites, services, and other devices on the internet, your ISP is an exception that can see behind the mask.

Even if your ISP can identify you by your IP address, however, you can hide your online activity through encryption. A VPN or Tor will encrypt all data before it ever leaves your device, so even though your ISP can see that you are communicating, it cannot see the contents of those communications.

If you need an easy way to change your IP address to that of a different ISP, try switching between wifi and your smartphone’s mobile data connection. Chances are, your phone carrier and home internet use different ISPs.

How to Change IP address: FAQs

Why does changing my ip address catch captcha requests.

Changing your IP address may result in you catching CAPTCHA requests. The reason for this is because the IP address in question is likely shared with many other users. From the perspective of an online service such as Google , it sees an unusually high number of requests from the same IP address. It then attempts to verify you’re human (as opposed to a bot!) by presenting you with CAPTCHAs.

Will a free VPN change my IP address?

Technically yes, you can change your IP address with a free VPN. There are, however, a few things about these services that make them less than ideal. For instance, free providers usually have very low monthly bandwidth limits and more users than their networks can support. This means that you may not be able to use the VPN as much as you like, and you’ll have to put up with slow speeds when you do get connected.

One of the main functions of a VPN is to keep you safe online. Unfortunately, free providers tend to forget this, with plenty falsely claiming to follow no-logs policies or overhyping the effectiveness of their security features. Why take a chance when your privacy is at stake? We’d recommend choosing a reputable no-logs provider instead of just using whatever is free.

Is it illegal to change my IP address?

No, it’s not illegal to change your IP address. Indeed, you can legally use a VPN in almost any country in the world without having to worry about breaking any laws. However, some online activities are still illegal regardless of whether you’ve used a VPN to change your IP. This includes torrenting copyrighted material or, in some countries, accessing betting websites .

Will a VPN ever expose my real IP address?

The short answer is no. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides an encrypted tunnel between your device and the internet, shielding your real IP address from anyone trying to track you online. The data passing through this tunnel is highly secured with strong encryption algorithms, making it nearly impossible for someone to determine which server or network you are connected to or even know who you are. However, there are a few situations when your real IP address can still be exposed:

  • If a malicious actor takes control of the VPN server and gains access to its logs.
  • If the VPN service provider stores information that includes IP addresses (although many reputable VPNs do not store any logs at all).
  • If a website or service you connect to uses an IP address checker to detect your true identity.

In all these scenarios, it is important to remember that a VPN does provide additional security and privacy by masking your real location and the IP address from websites and services you visit. However, for the utmost security and anonymity, it is recommended that you also use other privacy tools such as browser extensions, secure browsers, and encrypted messaging apps in addition to a VPN. With this multi-layered approach to online security, you can rest assured knowing that your real identity will remain hidden no matter what situation arises.

Do I need a dedicated IP address?

You can use a shared IP address, but they tend to come with more risk. A dedicated or static IP address is recommended but there are only a handful of VPNs with dedicated IP addresses. Having a unique IP address can help to protect you from specific threats, such as a Brute Force attack , but it’s worth noting that it isn’t foolproof. You will also need to ensure you follow good online security practices, including strong passwords, two-factor authentication, and not accessing suspicious websites.

Can I get a new IP address from my ISP?

It’s possible to get a new IP address with some ISPs. However, it really depends on the ISP in question. If you find that your ISP don’t accept your request, you could try some of the other options as listed in this post (such as unplugging your router). Of course, the best way to change your IP address while enjoying additional security and privacy-related benefits is to use a VPN.

Can I choose which location my new IP address is in?

A VPN allows you to choose the location of the server to which you connect. The best VPNs offer servers in dozens of countries around the world. Once you connect to one of these servers, you’ll be assigned an IP address to match that location. For example, if you connect to a server in Australia, you’ll be given an Australian IP address . It’s that simple! So yes, you can choose the location your new IP address is in.

What should I do if my IP address isn't changing with my VPN?

When you connect to a VPN server, your IP address should change to be in the location you selected. A VPN is designed to encrypt your data and route it to the remote service location, and as long as it is working correctly, your IP address should always update to the corresponding location.

Unfortunately, some VPNs are broken. They do not properly conceal your home IP address from the websites you visit, and/or they fail to conceal your DNS requests from your ISP. These problems are called “leaks” and VPNs that suffer from leaks are completely failing to:

  • Provide you with online privacy
  • Conceal your IP address from the websites you visit

If you want to know whether your VPN is changing your IP address, we recommend that you use an online IP address-checking tool . The IP address and DNS request results should show as the location of the VPN server (not your real location).

If for any reason you see a local IP anywhere on the IP leak test’s website, then it is likely that your VPN is failing to properly hide your home IP address. That means that the VPN is either no good (you need a new one), or you need to update your VPN software to make sure it is up to date and working correctly.

Remember that it is important to use a reliable VPN like the ones recommended on this page, and to periodically check for IP leaks using an online IP address-checking tool to ensure your VPN is working correctly on your device.

Will resetting my router change my IP address?

When you restart your router your ISP assigns you a new dynamic IP address. However, if your IP address is static, rebooting your router will retain that IP address.

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  • Type Device Manager and select it from the list of results.
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  • Type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter .

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How to Change Your IP Address

If you need to spoof your IP address, there are a few ways to do it

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  • Windows: Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings and follow the instructions below.
  • Mac: System Preferences > Network . Select a network > Advanced . Go to the TCP/IP tab and select Manually . Enter info.
  • iOS: Open Settings > Wi-Fi , tap the circled i next to the network, select Configure IP > Manual . Set up the new IP.

This article explains how to change your IP address manually by switching from the router's assigned DHCP address to a static one on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It also covers how to change your router's public IP address, which appears as the public IP address of every device on the network unless you use a VPN.

You can also get a new IP by releasing and renewing your IP .

Change a Windows Computer's IP Address

If your Windows computer has the IP address set up as a static one, change the IP address as follows:

Open Control Panel and select Network and Sharing Center . If you don't see it, first select Network and Internet .

Choose Change adapter settings .

Double-click the connection that you want to change the IP address on. For example, to change the wireless adapter's IP address, double-click the one that mentions Wi-Fi.

Select Properties .

Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) .

Either alter the IP address or select Obtain an IP address automatically to have the router control the IP address.

If you leave the setting to obtain an IP address automatically, the router automatically assigns an IP address to the computer. However, when you enter the IP address information, the computer's IP address stays static.

Leave Obtain DNS server address automatically selected. Otherwise, your DNS server settings remain empty, which may cause other connection issues.

Change a Mac Computer's IP Address

Here's how to change the IP address on a Mac.

Open the System Preferences app on the Mac and select Network .

Select your Wi-Fi network in the left panel and click Advanced .

Select the TCP/IP tab.

Select Manually in the drop-down menu next to Configure IPv6 (or iPv4) and enter the information for the new IP.

Change a Phone's IP Address on iPhone

You can also change the IP address on a mobile device such as the Apple iPhone as follows:

Open the  Settings  app and select Wi-Fi .

Tap the small ( i ) next to the network and select Configure IP .

Choose Manual . Enter the network details manually, such as your IP address and DNS information.

The choice of a specific local IP address does not affect the network performance in any meaningful way.

Change a Phone's IP Address on Android

It's also possible to change an Android device's IP to a static IP on your network.

Android phones can vary depending on the manufacturer of the device. Some manufacturers alter the Android OS to meet their specifications, which means the steps you need to follow may differ slightly from those listed here. These steps should apply to most Android devices.

Go to Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi .

Tap the network that you want to change the IP address for.

Select Forget .

Tap the network from the list of available Wi-Fi networks.

Select Advanced options .

Choose Static .

Scroll down and fill out the IP address fields.

Enter the Wi-Fi password at the top of the screen.

Select Connect .

Change a Router's IP Address

To change the router's IP address, log in to the router as an administrator. From the control panel, change the IP address to whatever you like. However, this IP address is usually changed when there's a problem with it. The default IP address should suffice for most situations.

How to Change Your Public IP Address

An external public IP address is the address used to communicate with networks outside of your own, such as those on the internet. Use a VPN to mask or hide your real IP address. You can also use a web proxy to mask your public IP.

Why Change Your IP Address?

Some ISPs assign static IP addresses to their subscribers. Home users are commonly configured with a dynamic IP address . Either way, you may be able to contact your ISP to request a new static IP or a dynamic IP change. You can't change your external internet IP address on your own.

Some people change their public external IP address to avoid online bans or bypass country location restrictions that some sites impose on video content.

Changing the IP address of a client computer, phone, or router is useful when:

  • An invalid address is accidentally configured, such as a static IP address in the wrong numeric range.
  • A malfunctioning router provides bad addresses, such as an address used by another computer on the network.
  • Installing a new router and reconfiguring a home network to use its default IP address range.

No. There are many reasons someone may want to change their IP address. However, if you're on a work setup or have a home network running, messing with IP addresses can sometimes cause headaches, so make sure you know what you're doing.

It's possible but not probable. If you're power-cycling your router , the address likely won't change. Still, if you reset your router to factory defaults, it's more likely the device will assign new addresses.

Yes, you can. However, you need third-party software. A VPN , or virtual private network, gives you unique IP addresses in places anywhere on earth.

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At times users may want to restrict access from external connections to some server resources. This article will show you how to allow access to the FASTPANEL ® from you home IP-address only.

How to setup Firewall ​

FASTPANEL ® uses port 8888 by default and you may want to allow access to it for only one IP address and restrict access to any other IP address. Go to " Settings " → " Firewall "

Firewall management menu in FASTPANEL

Click " New rule "

Add a new firewall rule in FASTPANEL

In the opened modal window do the following:

  • Enter the name of the rule in the " Name " field
  • In the " Port " field enter 8888, select " TCP " type as we are blocking TCP connections
  • In the " Policy " drop-down menu select " PARTIAL ACCEPT "
  • In the additional " IP addres " field appeared to simply click " My IP ". The system automatically will detect your IP and paste it in the filed.

Don’t forget to click " Add "

After clicking " Save " the panel will automatically create the following rules on the server:

The rules above mean that only selected IP address has been granted access to port 8888.

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This wikiHow teaches you how to change both your public IP address and your private IP address on a Windows computer. Your public IP address is the address that your computer broadcasts to other networks, while your private IP address is your computer's specific address within your own wireless network. Changing either of these may fix connection issues.

Step 1 Unplug your router and modem.

  • You may want to check your current IP address before doing this.
  • Simply unplugging the router and modem from the wall will work.

Step 2 Disable your computer's Wi-Fi.

  • Click Wi-Fi in the pop-up window.

Step 3 Wait for five minutes.

  • You may want to check your IP address again to make sure it has changed.

Step 6 Contact your ISP.

Renewing the Address

Step 1 Open Start icon.

  • If you aren't an administrator on your current computer, you won't have this option and thus won't be able to renew your computer's IP address.

Step 5 Click Yes when prompted.

Changing the Address

Step 1 Open the Settings...

  • IP address - Usually, your device's IP address will be "192.168.1.X" (or a similar set of numbers), wherein "X" is specific to your device. Change the "X" value to a number between 1 and 100. Make sure you don't use the same IP address as another device on your network (e.g., your phone).
  • Subnet prefix length - This depends on your IP address, but will usually be "255.255.255.X".
  • Gateway - This is your router's IP address.
  • Preferred DNS - Your preferred DNS address (for example: "208.67.222.222" for the OpenDNS server, or "8.8.8.8" for Google's server).
  • Alternate DNS - A secondary DNS address (for example: "208.67.220.220" for the OpenDNS server, or "8.8.4.4" for Google's server).

Step 9 Click Save.

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E ven though you may be in cyberspace, you’re still in a specific, virtual location defined by your IP address. But for those who want to stay private, get around government restrictions, and the like, changing your IP address is a simple first step. In this article, we’ll tell you how to change your IP address, step-by-step, along with providing you with more information about the types of IP addresses, the pros and cons of changing them, and more. Get your invisibility cloak ready because we’re about to go private or as private as you can be online.

See the exact steps to changing your IP address on an iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows computer. Also, learn why you would want to change your IP address in the first place.

» Do You Know: How to find the IP address on your iPhone

Pro Tip: Changing your IP address can help you get around website restrictions and censorship, but some apps and services use GPS location. If you’re having trouble changing your GPS location, read our Surfshark review . You’ll appreciate its GPS override feature.

What Is An IP Address?

Of course, some people may not be totally clear on what an IP address actually is; no shame here! An IP address, which standards for an internet protocol address, is a device’s identifying number associated with a specific computer or network of computers. Basically, IP addresses let computers send and receive information, but they can also be used to track the physical locations of users, 4 a nightmare for those concerned with privacy. And according to our VPN usage research , that accounts for 40 percent of VPN-users.

» How To: Get a US IP Address

Types of IP Addresses

Not all IP addresses are created equal! Rather, they can be divided into a few different categories, some of which have certain advantages over others.

  • Public : Each and every internet-connected device has a public IP address, distributed by the Internet Service Providers vis-à-vis the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. What, you haven’t heard of ICANN? Nevertheless, these public IP addresses are searchable on the web, which is why we can find our printer simply by Googling its IP address .
  • Private/ local : In contrast to public IP addresses, private IP addresses aren’t searchable on the web. Rather, they’re numbers that routers assign the devices on their networks so that they can communicate with each other.
  • Dynamic : Dynamic IP addresses, as we mentioned before, are any type of IP address that change every time you connect, usually through a VPN. This makes users hard to track online, as their literal address keeps changing.
  • Static : Static means that the IP addresses do not change. With VPNs, static IP addresses are usually shared with thousands of users in order to obscure their identities. However, some websites block these shared IP addresses, which necessitates users getting dedicated IP addresses. What a convenient transition!
  • Dedicated : Dedicated IP addresses are assigned to only one user rather than being shared by several. They usually cost a different fee on top of the regular VPN subscription.
  • IPv4 : Internet Protocol version 4 is used by 99 percent of networks, but since it can only store 4.3 billion addresses, it’s being replaced by IPv6, which we’ll get to in a second. Unlike IPv6, IPv4 addresses are four one bite numbers separated by dots like 555.555.1.1.
  • IPv6 : While they’re only used by less than 1 percent of networks, IPv6 has its advantages over IPv4, namely that it can provide an infinite number of addresses. It also allows for larger payloads and is compatible with a greater number of mobile networks. Although they’re starting small, eventually, IPv6 will replace IPv4. 5

» Further Reading: Dynamic vs Static IP Address

Where To Find Your IP Address

Feeling lost in the sauce? Finding your IP address isn’t that complicated, even if you’re not a tech expert like us.

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Internet provider:

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Where to Find Your IP Address on Mac

  • Enter your Mac’s System Settings.
  • Select Network.
  • Select your Wi-Fi network.
  • Click Details…
  • You’ll see your IP internal address listed.

Where to Find Your IP Address on Windows

  • Enter your TaskBar.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Select your network.
  • Click Wi-Fi Properties.
  • Look under IPv4 Address.

Where to Find Your IP Address on Android

  • Enter your phone’s Settings.
  • Click About.
  • Click Status.
  • Look at the IP Address.

Where to Find Your IP Address on iOS

  • Click Settings.
  • Click Wi-Fi.
  • Click on the “i” button next to Network.

Pros and Cons of Changing Addresses

Of course, there’s always the debate of whether or not to change your IP address in the first place. While the angel on your shoulder tells you it’s a great way to increase your privacy and access other country’s servers, the devil tells you that it could be costly, that some websites won’t work and that your ISP will still be able to see your address. There’s truth to both of these sides, so we recommend making your decisions on a case-by-case basis. That being said, we broke down the main reasons why you should and shouldn’t change your IP address.

» How To: Get a UK IP Address

Why You Should Change Your IP Address

  • Avoid tracking : If you’ve ever searched for anything related to consumerism, then you probably already notice how your searches seem to follow you around the internet like you owe them money. This sort of tracking is made possible by cookies, which some antivirus software can disable.
  • Bypass government restrictions : Governments like China greatly restrict internet usage in their country, so if you want to bypass firewalls, changing your IP address is a must.
  • Access international servers : Maybe you simply want to see what’s on Netflix Canada from your apartment in California. By changing your IP address to a Canadian one, you can trick the streaming giant into showing you a whole lot of new content.
FYI: Not all VPNs are compatible with Netflix. To find one that’s right for you, read our review of the best VPNs for Netflix .
  • Gain privacy : Maybe you’re an activist, a journalist, or anyone else handling sensitive information, or maybe you just don’t want your Internet Service Provider to track your every move. If that’s the case, changing your IP address is a step in the right direction in terms of privacy.
  • Increase security : Most people think nothing of joining public Wi-Fi networks (and depending on your settings, this may even happen automatically). However, using public Wi-Fi opens up a slew of security risks, with hacking at the forefront. But by hiding your real IP address, you greatly lower your risk of hackings .

Why You Shouldn’t Change Your IP Address

  • Some websites won’t work : Some websites, like the aforementioned Netflix, won’t work with certain VPNs or proxies. So while they may be able to bypass government restrictions, that doesn’t stop individual websites from blocking certain IP addresses.
  • Not always legal : Depending on where you are, VPNs may not be legal ; they’re banned in China, Belarus, Iran and a few other countries, so keep that in mind before you connect.
  • May slow down connection : Any added encryption will slow down your browsing speeds, although the exact slowdowns will differ from service to service. Still, if you’re performing tasks that require a lot of bandwidth like streaming video or video chatting, you might experience some frustrating lag.
  • VPN may log data : Again, depending on the service, your VPN company may be logging the very information you want to hide, like your IP address and web traffic. Our advice? Always read the VPN’s privacy policy, which we cover in our individual VPN reviews, and talk about it extensively on our best no-logging VPNs page.
  • Could cost money : Not all VPNs are free (except of course, the ones that are; check out the best free VPNs to see what we’re talking about). Still, free VPNs typically have limits on time, data, or servers, so if you want full coverage, you might have to pony up some dough.
  • ISP’s will still be able to see IP : Even with a new IP address, your Internet Service Provider will be able to see it, so you’re never truly “private” when you’re online.

» Learn more: All about ISP Throttling

Overall, we’re of the faith that changing your IP address is a necessity at times, and we love that there’s more than one way to do it. We hope we answered all of your questions about changing your IP address, but if we didn’t, read on.

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