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How To Use The Google Public DNS.

Google Public DNS is both free to use and secure. Switching your DNS (Domain Name System) server to Google’s is straightforward on your home computer; and if you don’t see any improvement, you can always change back again.

Most of us, on our home computers, will be using the DNS servers setup by our ISP (Internet Service Provider).

Whilst there isn’t anything wrong with that, you have to accept that ISP servers vary considerably in the time required to resolve any given query. Some are very good and, obviously, some aren’t.

If you’re not sure what the Domain Name System is and how it can affect your Internet click here What Is DNS?

How To Start Using Google DNS.

Changing your DNS server to use Google’s is exactly the same in both Windows 10 & 11.

Click the Start button, then type

view network connections

Click View Network Connections (Control Panel).

Windows 10 start menu is open and "view network connections" has been typed into the search box.
Opening Network Connections in Windows 10.
Windows 11 start menu is open and "view network connections" has been typed into the search box.
Opening Network Connections in Windows 11.

Network Connections Page.

To change your DNS server to Google’s, you need to alter the DNS settings for the network adapter that you’re using.

You should see all the network adapters connected to your computer on the Network Connections page.

Right-click on the adapter and then, on the menu, left-click Properties.

Right click options menu open and Properties is highlighted.
Right click on your network adapter and then left click Properties.

Wired Or Wireless.

If you’re using a wired connection, it’ll be an Ethernet adapter. And if you’re using wireless, it’ll be a WIFI adapter..

On the network adapter properties dialogue box, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) by left clicking on it once.

Then click the Properties button.

Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) has been selected and the Properties button is marked.
Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click the Properties button.
Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) is magnified.
Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) is magnified so that you can see it better.

Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties Box.

The Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) box is split into 2 sections. The top section refers to your computer’s IP address and default gateway (router). Leave this section as it is.

The lower section details the IP address of the DNS server that your computer should be using. Generally, it’ll be set to “Obtain DNS server address automatically” and both the boxes will be empty (blank).

On your computer, if the “Use the following DNS server address” option is selected and you can see IP addresses in the boxes, then make a quick note of those address numbers.

"Obtain DNS server address automatically" is selected.
Automatically obtaining DNS server address.
"Use the following DNS server addresses" is selected. Callout reads "Write these numbers down".
If your ISP has configured a DNS server for you, make a note of the IP addresses.

You Might Want To Go Back.

Switching away from your ISP-provided DNS server to Google’s servers isn’t a guarantee of better Internet performance. In fact, things could get worse. It all depends on what you’ve got right now.
By keeping a note of the current DNS server IP addresses, you can always change back if things don’t work out for the better.

Enter The Google DNS Server IP Addresses.

To switch to using Google’s Public DNS servers select “Use the following DNS server addresses”, if it’s not already selected, and then enter these addresses into the relevant boxes.

Preferred DNS server 8.8.8.8

Alternative DNS server 8.8.4.4

Click the OK button and close all the open windows.

8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 entered into DNS server address fields.
Enter the IP addresses for Google DNS server.

Test that everything is working OK by launching your web browser and trying to access several websites.

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