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How to change your DNS in Windows 10

A Domain Name Service (DNS) is like an internet phone book. It takes the name of the website you type in and finds the correct IP address for the website, then connects you to it. Changing your DNS can lead to many improvements like faster internet browsing, additional browser security and more parental controls. If set incorrectly, however, you could find yourself without an internet connection! If you need to change your DNS and want to know how to do it correctly, read on.

Changing your DNS in Windows 10

  1. Windows 10 DNS setup 1Firstly, open the Network and Sharing Centre by right-clicking on your network connections symbol in the bottom-right corner of the screen, then click on Open Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click on the connection type. In our example below, this is Wi-Fi.
  3. On the next page, click the Properties button to view your connection properties.
Windows 10 DNS setup 2
  1. Click once on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) to highlight it, then click on the Properties button again.
  2. To manually set a DNS server address, make sure to click the radio button next to Use the following DNS server addresses. Next, type in the DNS server address you'd like to use. This can be one you've been given by your Internet Provider, or it could be one of many 'open' DNS servers like Google Public DNS or OpenDNS.
Windows 10 DNS setup 3

That just about covers it – but if you have any trouble, let us know in the comments below. Be sure to check out our entire our entire series of helpful guides to getting the most from Windows 10.

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