Android 12 is the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system and it comes with tons of features. Among these is the ability to use private DNS and adaptive connectivity to enhance your networking experience.
Google says this gives Android 12 devices the ability to stay connected to the internet longer while providing increased privacy. But what exactly are they doing? And why should you use private DNS servers? Let’s find out!
What is Private DNS?
Private DNS is the ability to use a custom DNS provider for a particular device. Although the ability to do this has been around for a long time on desktop devices, mobile devices have started to benefit from this feature in the last few years.
DNS or Domain Name System is a hierarchical naming system that can identify almost everything that exists on the Internet. This includes websites, search engines, devices, servers, etc. By default, your devices will use the DNS provided by your ISP. The problem is that many domain name systems used by private ISPs and many others have been infected with additional trackers, malware and adware droppers. This in turn may require you to go through additional captcha checks while blocking access in some cases.
A private DNS can help you bypass these restrictions by using your custom DNS provider. This can help improve the privacy of your services while ensuring that no one is spying on your internet traffic as well. There are many free and paid third-party services that you can currently use on Android. We discuss the same in the section below.
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How to Use Private DNS on Android
Before you begin, you will first need to choose your DNS provider and then obtain your provider’s DNS configuration for Android devices. You can then use this information on your mobile device to configure your private DNS. Let’s start.
Step 1: Choose a DNS provider
We recommend going with a reputable paid DNS provider in case you are worried about privacy. If you’re concerned about bandwidth caps, website blocking, etc., but don’t want to pay for a DNS provider, you can use Google or Cloudflare DNS servers. Here are our top recommendations for paid DNS providers.
To note: Before choosing a DNS provider, make sure it supports Android devices. Some services still need to configure their DNS servers to properly support Android 12 devices.
- Comodo Secure DNS
- Google Cloud DNS
Once you have selected the desired DNS provider source, configure your Android device from the support site. If you are looking to use free DNS providers, you can use the following for Google and Cloudflare.
- Google: dns.google
- Cloud Flare: one.one.one.one
We can now configure your private DNS on Android 12.
Step 2: Configure your private DNS on Android 12
Open the Settings app and tap Network and Internet.
Faucet Private DNS.
Press and select Private DNS provider hostname.
Enter the DNS server address you created earlier. For this example, we’ll use Cloudflare’s servers.
And that’s all! Private DNS will now be set on your device and all your network requests should now have been directed to the same.
Adaptive Connectivity: What It Is and How to Use It
Google has introduced many new features with the release of Android 12 and among them is the new Adaptive Connectivity feature. Let’s take a look at this and how you can use it to your advantage on your mobile device.
What is adaptive connectivity?
Adaptive Connectivity is a battery saving and conserving feature in Android 12. Modern mobile devices spend a significant amount of power scanning nearby networks and cellular towers and then transmitting and receiving data in result. When your device is connected to multiple networks, some models may not handle these networks effectively, resulting in high battery usage.
Adaptive Connectivity can help with the same on all devices running Android 12. This new feature intelligently manages your connections while putting other access points and connections to sleep. This helps preserve the battery and, in turn, gives your device longer battery life.
How to use adaptive connectivity
Simply enable adaptive connectivity in your settings to take advantage of this feature. Follow the steps below to help you through the process.
Open the Settings app and press Network and Internet.
Press now Adaptive connectivity.
Enable the toggle for the same at the top of your screen.
And that’s all! Adaptive Connectivity will now be enabled on your device and your device should now be able to better manage network connections to extend the battery life of your device.
Here are some frequently asked questions about private DNS and adaptive connectivity on Android that should help answer some of your burning questions.
Will adaptive connectivity affect mobile data?
No, adaptive connectivity will not affect any of your existing connections. This feature will also not impact your network performance. This feature is designed to intelligently switch between mobile data and Wi-Fi to ensure minimal battery usage. It also switches mobile network bands based on the Wi-Fi networks currently available on your device.
Is using a private DNS provider safer?
Yes, using a private DNS provider can be safer if you don’t trust your ISP. It is quite easy for ISPs to infect DNS servers and redirect traffic through trackers and ad servers if necessary. DNS tracking also allows providers to monitor your online activities, so we recommend using a private DNS in case you have any concerns about your ISP.
Can you use a VPN with private DNS and adaptive connectivity?
No, unfortunately you cannot use a VPN while a private DNS provider is active on your mobile device. You will need to turn it off to use a VPN. However, you can use a VPN when adaptive connectivity is enabled. Adaptive Connectivity does not affect your outbound or inbound traffic in any way.
We hope this article helped you easily set up Private DNS and Adaptive Connectivity on your Android 12 device. If you have any other questions, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.