How to change DNS settings on a Windows 10

Want to use custom DNS settings on Windows 10? In this guide, we show you how.

Usually, when you subscribe to an internet connection, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will provide the necessary networking settings, including the DNS addresses, that you can use to quickly load websites, download files and use online services. However, sometimes the DNS servers are slow responding to requests, or they just are not reliable. Changing your default settings can improve your internet browsing experience.
How to change DNS settings on a Windows 10

What is DNS?

DNS stands for "Domain Name System," and it's the service that makes it possible for you to open a web browser, type a domain name and load your favorite websites.

All computers connected to the internet have IP addresses that enable them to talk to each other. However, we're not computers, and IP addresses ( are hard to remember. DNS provides a way to translate friendly domain names ( into IP addresses that computers can understand.

While most of us get to our favorite websites by simply typing URLs, such as, your browser needs to know the IP address for the site you're trying to access. In order to do this, when you enter a new domain name, your browser sends a request to the DNS servers to translate the domain name into an IP address, and when a match is found, it's returned to the browser and the page loads.

Typically, this translation process is pretty fast, measured in milliseconds, but if the DNS servers provided by your ISP aren't reliable or for whatever reason you need to use custom settings, Windows 10 allows you to quickly change the DNS settings on your computer.

To change the DNS settings on your Windows 10 device using Control Panel, do the following:
  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center.
  4. On the left pane, click on Change adapter settings.
  5. Right-click the network interface connected to the internet, and select Properties.
  6. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list.
  7. Click the Properties button.
  8. Click the Use the following DNS server addresses option.
  9. Type your preferred and alternate DNS server addresses. Here you can enter any DNS servers you want, including from free ones such as Google Public DNS or OpenDNS.
  • Google Public DNS addresses: and
  • OpenDNS addresses: and
  • Click OK.

Click Close to apply the new DNS settings to the adapter.

Once you complete these steps, your computer will immediately start using the new DNS settings.
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