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How To Switch To Google Public DNS Servers.

To access websites over the Internet, your computer will connect with what’s called a DNS (Domain Name System) server. How Does DNS Work?

Typically on your home computer you’ll be using the DNS server setup by your ISP (Internet Service Provider). But you don’t have to. You can switch DNS servers. Google Public DNS is a free service that anyone can use.

Switching to Google DNS servers you could see faster loading times for websites compared to your ISP’s DNS servers, especially if they’re congested. That’s not guaranteed but worth a try if your experiencing slower that expected connections.

How To Change To Google DNS.

To change your DNS server to Google Public DNS you need to enter Google’s DNS server IP addresses, which are 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

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.

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.

The 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, or screenshot the window How To Screenshot A Computer Screen.

"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 DNS 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 IP 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.

Summary.

Restart your computer and then test that everything is working properly. Start by trying to access a few of the bigger websites such as Facebook, Ebay, Amazon etc. These websites are almost always up and working.

After that try a few random searches. If everything is working OK you’re good to go. If you experience any problems you can always switch back to whichever DNS server you were using previously.

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