One simple thing you can do to improve your online privacy and security is to use a custom DNS server. Like changing the DNS server on other platforms, this is possible on your Android device. We’ll show you how it works.
DNS stands for “Domain Name System” and connects web servers to their respective domain names. Your Internet service provider provides its own DNS server, but you can change the one used by your devices. Using a custom DNS server has many advantages.
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To note: Changing the DNS server on your Android phone is slightly different than on other devices. You can’t just enter the string of numbers – Cloudflare is 188.8.131.52, for example. Instead, you’ll need the full TLS hostname. For Cloudflare, it’s 1dot1dot1dot1.cloudflare-dns.com. You can find it for any DNS server you want to use.
First, swipe down once or twice (depending on your phone) from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon to open Settings.
Then select “Network and Internet” or “Connections”.
Scroll down and select “Private DNS”. On Samsung phones, you’ll need to go to “More Connection Settings” before you can see Private DNS.
Go to “Private DNS Provider Hostname” and enter the hostname. Press “Save” when finished.
Here is! You’re now browsing the web with a little more security on your Android device, and that’s never a bad thing. If you’re unsure which DNS to use, OpenDNS, Google DNS, and Cloudflare DNS are popular choices.
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