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How to change DNS servers in Windows 11

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If you want to use servers DNS alternative with your Windows 11 machine, perhaps to speed up browsing with a free DNS service, improve privacy or just use something better than what your ISP offers, it’s pretty easy to do in Settings. That’s how.

First, open Settings by pressing Windows + i on your keyboard. You can also right-click the Start button and select “Settings” from the menu that appears.

In Windows 11, right-click the Start button and select

In Settings, select “Network and Internet” in the sidebar.

In Windows 11 Settings, click

In Network and Internet settings, find the name of the Internet connection for which you want to change DNS servers in the list (such as “Wi-Fi” or “Ethernet”) and click on it.

Under Network and Internet Settings, click the name of your primary network connection in the list.

On the properties page for that network connection, select “Hardware Properties”.

Please select

Then find “DNS Server Mapping” and click the “Edit” button next to it.

Click on

An “Edit DNS Settings” window will appear. Select “Manual” from the drop-down menu. Then turn on IPv4 or IPv6 depending on the type of IP connection you want to modify. Most connections still use IPv4 by default, but some ISPs also require IPv6 .

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Below the IPv4 or IPv6 headers, enter the address of the primary DNS server in the “Preferred DNS” box (such as “8.8.8.8” and “8.8.4.4” for Google’s free DNS service). Below that, enter the secondary DNS server address in the “Alternate DNS” box.

Enter your DNS server addresses.

If you want to use DNS over HTTPS , which encrypts your DNS requests to improve privacy and security, set “Preferred DNS encryption” and “Alternative DNS encryption” to “Encryption only (DNS over HTTPS)” using the drop-down boxes below DNS addresses that entered in the last step. Repeat this for IPv4 or IPv6 if necessary.

Note: As of November 2021, DNS over HTTPS only works with a limited number of DNS services on Windows 11. Make sure the DNS servers you are using support it before enabling DNS encryption.

Configure DNS servers in

If you don’t know if your new DNS servers support encryption, you can leave DNS encryption set to “Unencrypted only”. When you are done, click “Save” and the pop-up window will close.

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On the Wi-Fi or Ethernet hardware properties page, you will see the DNS servers you just entered with their encryption status next to them.

You will see

Close the Settings app and you’re done. From now on, all Internet traffic going through the network adapter that you modified will use the new DNS servers. If necessary, you can repeat these steps with an alternate network adapter (such as Ethernet if you have already configured the DNS address for Wi-Fi).

Note: If you have network problems after changing DNS settings, verify that you have entered the addresses correctly. A misspelled DNS address would result in the DNS servers being inaccessible and the appearance of a broken Internet connection. If the addresses are spelled correctly but you are still having problems, try disabling the “IPv6” switch in the DNS server list. If you configure IPv6 DNS servers on a computer without IPv6 connectivity, this could cause connection problems. Good luck!

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