When it comes to connecting and accessing the Internet, DNS or Domain Name System is very important because it associates domain names with IP addresses. This allows you to use the name of a website, such as techcult.com, instead of an IP address to find the desired website. Long story short, it’s an Internet phone book, allowing users to access websites on the Internet by remembering names rather than a complex string of numbers. Although most users rely on the virtual server provided by their Internet Service Provider (ISP), it may not always be the best option. A slow DNS server can cause your internet connection to slow down and, at times, even cut off your internet connection. It is important to use a reliable and good speed service to ensure a stable internet connection. Today we will teach you how to change DNS server settings on Windows 11, if necessary.
- 1 How to change DNS server settings on Windows 11
How to change DNS server settings on Windows 11
Some tech giants provide a lot of free, reliable, secure and publicly available DNS servers to help users be more secure while surfing the internet. A few also provide services like parental controls to filter out inappropriate content on a device their child is using. Some of the most trusted ones are:
- Google DNS: 184.108.40.206 / 220.127.116.11
- Cloudflare DNS: 18.104.22.168 / 22.214.171.124
- Quad: 9: 126.96.36.199 / 188.8.131.52.
- OpenDNS: 184.108.40.206 / 220.127.116.11.
- CleanBrowsing: 18.104.22.168/22.214.171.124.
- Alternate DNS: 126.96.36.199 / 188.8.131.52.
- AdGuard DNS: 184.108.40.206 / 220.127.116.11
Read to the end to find out how to change DNS server on Windows 11 PC.
Method 1: Through Network and Internet Settings
You can change the DNS server on Windows 11 using the Windows settings for both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections.
Method 1a: For Wi-Fi connection
1. Press my key Windows + I together to open a window Settings.
2. Click Option Network and the Internet in the right pane.
3. Then select Wi-Fi option , As shown.
4. Click Properties Wi-Fi network.
5. Here, click on the button “Releasefor the option to set a DNS server, as shown below.
6. Next, select Manual from the Edit Network DNS Settings drop-down menu and click Save, as shown.
7. Switch IPv4 option.
8. Enter the assigned DNS server addresses in the Preferred DNS and Alternate DNS fields.
9. Finally, click on Save and Exit.
Method 1b: For an Ethernet connection
1. Go to Settings > Network and Internet , As previously.
2. Click Ethernet option.
3. Now, select the button “Releasefor the option to set a DNS server, as shown.
4. Select the option “manualUnder ‘Modify network DNS settings’, as before.
5. Then switch IPv4 option.
6. Enter the DNS server addresses assigned to the Preferred DNS and Alternate DNS fields, according to the list given at the beginning of the document.
7. Set preferred DNS encryption as preferred encrypted and non-encrypted allowed option. Refer pic given for clarity.
Method 2: Through Control Panel Network Connections
You can also change the DNS server settings on Windows 11 using the Control Panel for both connections as shown below.
Method 2A: For Wi-Fi connection
1. Click on the search icon and type view network connections. Then click Open.
2. Right-click on your Wi-Fi network connection and select Properties , As shown.
3. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the button Properties.
4. Select the given option Use the following DNS server addresses and type this:
- Preferred DNS Server: 18.104.22.168
- Alternate DNS server: 22.214.171.124
5. Finally, click on “OKTo save the changes and exit.
Method 2b: For an Ethernet connection
1. Turn on View network connections from Windows search, as above.
2. Right-click on the Ethernet network connection and select Properties, as shown.
3. Now, click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and select Properties, as shown below.
4. Follow steps 4-5 of method 2a to change the DNS server settings for Ethernet connections.
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