What is my DNS? 5 ways to find out, in Windows 10
Do you know how to find the IP addresses of your DNS servers? Would you like to learn how to do that? If you are a Windows 10 user, there are many methods in which you can find the addresses of the DNS servers that your computer or device is using. You can find this information in the Settings app, after running a command in PowerShell, and by other means. For more details on this subject, read this tutorial:
NOTE: If you don't know what DNS servers are, you might want to read this article first: What is DNS? How is it useful? If you got here while looking for ways to change your DNS servers, you can find instructions here: 3 ways to change the DNS settings in Windows 10.
1. Find your DNS using the Settings app
In Windows 10, one of the easiest and most straightforward ways to find out what's your DNS is to check your network adapter information in the Settings app. Start by opening Settings: a fast way to do it is to click or tap on its button from the Start Menu.
In the Settings app, open the Network & Internet category.
On the left side of the window, select the network connection for which you want to find the DNS that you're using. If you're using a wired network connection, you should select Ethernet. Otherwise, if you're using a wireless network connection, go to Wi-Fi.
Now, on the right side of the window, click or tap on your network connection.
This opens a page that shows the details of your network connection. Scroll down until you reach the bottom of the page.
In the Properties area, look through the information displayed, and you should find the details of your DNS: both the IPv4 DNS server address and the IPv6 DNS server address.
2. Find your DNS from the Network Connections window
The Network Connections window offers you another way to find the details of your DNS in Windows 10. First, open the Settings app and go to Network & Internet.
On the Status page, which is selected by default, click or tap on Change adapter options.
This opens the Network Connections window. Inside it, double-click or double-tap on the network adapter for which you want to find the DNS settings.
In our case, that would be the Wi-Fi network adapter, highlighted below.
The previous action opens another window that shows you the Status of the selected network adapter. On it, click or tap on the Details button from the Connection area.
In the Network Connection Details window, you can find which DNS servers your Windows 10 computer or device is using. They are listed next to IPv4 DNS Server and IPv6 DNS Server.
3. Find your DNS using the Network and Sharing Center
Another way to find IP addresses of your DNS servers is via the Network and Sharing Center. Open it and then click or tap on the network adapter you use for connecting to the internet. In our case, for example, that would be the Wi-Fi adapter.
This opens the same Status window that we've shown you in the previous section of this article. Click or tap on the Details button.
Among other details, the Network Connection Details window shows you the DNS servers used by your Windows 10 computer or device in the text lines called IPv4 DNS Server and IPv6 DNS Server.
4. Find your DNS by running the ipconfig command in PowerShell or Command Prompt
We have a slightly faster way of finding out which DNS servers you use on your Windows 10 computer or device. Open the Command Prompt or PowerShell. In the command line environment that you prefer, type ipconfig /all and press Enter on your keyboard.
Then, look through the information displayed, and you should find both the IPv4 and IPv6 DNS servers used by all your network adapters.
5. Find your DNS by running Get-DnsClientServerAddress in PowerShell
In the end, probably the fastest way to find your DNS servers in Windows 10 is offered by PowerShell. Open it, type in Get-DnsClientServerAddress, and press Enter on your keyboard. This command instantly shows you all the DNS servers used by all your network adapters (both IPv4 and IPv6 DNS servers).
What's your favorite way of finding your DNS servers?
Now you know not one or two, but five different methods of finding out the IP addresses of your primary DNS servers. Which is your preferred one? Do you know others that we might have missed? Don't hesitate to leave a comment below and let us know.