A Domain Name System (DNS) server translates the website domains (Google.com, Yahoo.com, etc.) that you enter into your browser’s URL bar into IP addresses. Without DNS servers, you wouldn’t be able to open websites in your browser using its domain name.
Your default DNS server is usually the one provided to you by your ISP (Internet Service Provider). However, your ISP’s DNS server may not be among the fastest and most reliable. If you prefer to have another one, you can change your server to many alternatives.
Here are five alternative ways to change DNS server settings
1. How to change DNS servers in settings
The Settings menu includes a wide variety of network and Internet options that you can configure. So it’s no surprise that you can change your DNS server in the settings. To do this, follow the steps below.
- Open Settings by clicking on this app in the Start menu.
- To select Network and Internet in Settings.
- Click it Wireless Where ethernet browse options.
- Then select your Wi-Fi or Ethernet network adapter in the advanced network settings.
- Then click on the See additional properties option.
- press the Edit button next to DNS server assignment.
- Select the Manual option.
- turn it on IPv4 option if it is not already done.
- Enter new servers in the Preferred DNS and Alternate DNS boxes.
- Click it To safeguard button.
2. How to change your DNS server in the control panel
Although Microsoft is phasing out the Control Panel, CP still includes many convenient settings. It includes a Network Connections applet, from which you can change adapter settings. You can change your DNS server via this applet as follows:
- hurry Win + X, which will bring up the Power User menu. To select To run on this menu.
- Type Control Panel in Run, and press the Okay button.
- To select Big Icons on the Seen by scrolling menu.
- Click on Network and sharing Center in the Control Panel.
- Then click on the Change adaptation settings option in Network and Sharing.
- Right click on your internet network adapter and select Properties.
- To select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) on the Networking tab, then click the tab Properties button.
- Click it Use the following DNS server addresses radio button.
- Enter a server’s preferred and alternate DNS addresses in the DNS Server fields.
- press the Okay buttons on IPv4 and properties windows.
3. How to Change DNS Servers with Command Prompt
If you prefer to use the command prompt, you can change your DNS server with that instead. The command prompt has a Netsch command line utility that you can use for this purpose.
Here’s how to change DNS server settings with Netsch:
- Open the search utility with the Win + S keyboard shortcut.
- To find the command prompt, type ordered in the search text box.
- Then select Execute as administrator for command prompt search result.
- To display the names of Internet sources, type this command and press Enter:
netsh interface show interface
- Note your currently connected network interface listed there.
- Then enter this command netsch and press To return to:
netsh interface ipv4 set dnsservers "Interface Name" static preferred-DNS-address primary
- To specify another DNS server address, enter this command and press To return to:
netsh interface ipv4 add dnsservers "Interface Name" alternate-DNS-address index=2
You will need to change the alternate-dns-address, preferred-DNS-address, and “Interface name” details in these commands with the actual DNS server address and interface name details. For example, netsch commands to switch to Google’s DNS server for a Wi-Fi interface would look like this:
netsh interface ipv4 set dnsservers "Wi-Fi" static 126.96.36.199 primary
netsh interface ipv4 add dnsservers "Wi-Fi" 188.8.131.52 index=2
The above commands change the DNS server to IPv4. If you are using IPv6, you will need to replace ipv4 in these commands with ipv6 as shown in the screenshot below.
4. How to change DNS servers with PowerShell
Windows PowerShell is an alternative command-line interpreter with which you can change DNS server settings. However, the PowerShell commands you will need to enter to do this are not the same as the Command Prompt method.
You can change your DNS server with the Set-DNSClientServerAddress command as follows:
- Show the Windows 11 search box.
- Type powershell in this search field.
- Click the Run as administrator option from the PowerShell search result.
- First, type the following PowerShell command and press Enter:
- Note the InterfaceAlias detail for your internet connection (Wi-Fi or Ethernet).
- To change DNS server, enter this command:
Set-DNSClientServerAddress "InterfaceAlias" –ServerAddresses ("preferred-DNS-address", "alternate-DNS-address")
- press the Enter key to execute the command.
The Set-DNSClientServerAddress command specified above will not change your DNS server unless you change the alternate-dns-address, Interface aliases, and preferred-DNS-address details in it. Replace these details with an actual alternate DNS address, InterfaceAlias, and preferred DNS address. For example, a Google DNS Wi-Fi command would look like this:
Set-DNSClientServerAddress "Wi-Fi" –ServerAddresses ("184.108.40.206", "220.127.116.11")
5. How to Change DNS Servers with DNS Jumper
There are also many third-party software packages with which you can change your DNS server settings. DNS Jumper is a free portable utility that you can use on any Windows platform. The advantage of Jumper is that it allows you to select 36 different servers. Thus, you don’t need to search for addresses to switch servers with this program.
Here’s how to change your DNS server settings with DNS Jumper:
- Open the DNS Jumper Web page.
- Click on To download at the bottom of this page.
- Open File Explorer (tap its Win + E keyboard shortcut).
- Next, open the folder containing the DNS Jumper ZIP.
- Select File Explorer Extract All option.
- To choose another extraction path, click the Browse button.
- Select the View extracted files when complete in the Extract Compressed window.
- Finally, click Extract to show the folder extracted from Jumper.
- Double click on DnsJumper to open the window in the snapshot just below.
- Click it Choose the default DNS server scrolling menu.
- Then choose a server option here.
- If the desired server is not available in the drop-down menu, click the Custom DNS Server check box. Then you can manually enter the primary and alternate addresses into the boxes.
- press the Apply DNS button.
Remember that you can also configure a desktop shortcut for DNS Jumper. To do this in Windows 11, right-click DnsJumper in its extracted folder and select Show more options. To select Send to > Office in the classic context menu.
Alternate DNS Server Addresses
If you’re not using DNS Jumper, however, you’ll need to find and enter addresses for different servers. Google, Cloudflare, Quad 9, CleanBrowsing, and OpenDNS are five popular alternatives to default DNS servers. To save you research, here are the IPv4 addresses of these DNS servers.
- google: 18.104.22.168 (main) 22.214.171.124 (alternate)
- OpenDNS: 126.96.36.199 (primary) 188.8.131.52 (alternate)
- Cloudy: 184.108.40.206 (main) 220.127.116.11 (alternate)
- CleanBrowsing: 18.104.22.168 (primary) 22.214.171.124 (alternate)
- Quad9: 126.96.36.199 (primary) 188.8.131.52 (alternate)
Try an alternate DNS server
All in all, it is relatively simple to change your DNS server in Windows 11 with the above methods. Switching servers with DNS Jumper is probably the quickest and easiest method once you download and extract its ZIP archive. Whichever way you choose to do it, you might find that Google Public DNS, OpenDNS, Cloudflare, etc. are faster and more reliable servers than your current server.
A DNS server associates a host and domain name with its server’s IP address. When a DNS server is not available, you cannot access the URL.
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