Are the DNS servers provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) too slow? Are you concerned by your online security? Or maybe you want to protect your children from inappropriate websites? Whatever the reason, changing your computer’s DNS servers to something new, like OpenDNS’ or Google’s DNS servers can be helpful. Here’s how to do that in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7:
NOTE: The steps from this tutorial work the same in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. To keep it simple, we’ll use screenshots taken only in Windows 10.
Step 1. Open the Network and Sharing Center
In order to be able to change the DNS servers used by your Windows computer or device, you need to first open the Network and Sharing Center. There are many other ways in which to open it, and you will find them all explained in detail, in this tutorial : Simple questions: What is the Network and Sharing Center in Windows?.
If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to read the above article, you should know that one of the fastest methods to open Network and Sharing Center is to use the search function from Windows. In Windows 10, enter the word network in Cortana’s search field from the taskbar and then click or tap on Network and Sharing Center.
In Windows 8.1, switch to the Start screen and simply start writing “network sharing”. Click or tap on Network and Sharing Center in the search results list displayed on the right side of the screen.
In Windows 7, open the Start Menu and type network in the search box. Click on the Network and Sharing Center search result.
Step 2. Open your network adapter’s settings
Click or tap the “Change adapter settings” link from the side of the Network and Sharing Center.
The previous action will launch a window called “Network Connections”. In it, you’ll see all the network adapters installed on your Windows computer or device.
Locate the network adapter that you use for connecting to the internet. Then, right click or tap and hold on it. In the contextual menu that’s displayed, click or tap on Properties.
Windows will now open the Properties window of that network adapter. Here’s how it looks like in Windows 10:
The network adapter’s Properties window is the place where you’ll make all the settings required to change the DNS servers used by your Windows computer or device.
3. Change the DNS servers used by Windows
First of all, make sure that you are on the Networking tab of your network adapter’s Properties.
Then, click or tap to select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4)” from the list of items used by the network connection. Click or tap on the Properties button found below the list.
Towards the bottom of the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) Properties” window, you will see a setting which, by default, says that your network connection will “Obtain DNS server address automatically”.
If you want to change the DNS servers used by your network adapter, check the setting that says “Use the following DNS server addresses”. Then enter the IP addresses of the DNS servers you want your Windows computer or device to use.
All that remains for you to do now is close all the windows you opened throughout this process, and then restart the network connection so that your Windows computer or device will start using the new DNS servers you set. A computer restart also offers the same result.
As you’ve seen, changing the DNS servers used by your Windows computer or device is not complicated. Whether you do it because the DNS servers provided by your ISP are too slow, or you want to enhance your security, now you know how to make the switch. If you have questions or if you have something to add to our tutorial, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.