How To: Change your DNS

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to change your DNS server. This guide will show you some of the quickest and easiest ways you can do that without having to download any additional software at all. When you make changes in your computer, be sure to issue the following command in the Command Prompt for the changes to take effect: ipconfig /flushdns

1. Using your router


This is a tricky one because not all routers offer this option. For example, simplified home routers usually do not offer the option like the Virgin Media Super Hub in the UK. However, it does not hurt to search for it. You will need to login your router’s page (usually and search for the DNS options. Note that any changes you make here will affect any and every device in your whole network, including your phone and tablet.

2. Through your adapter


Press the Windows key or go to your Start menu and search for “network connections” and choose the “View Network Connections” option from the results. Right click on your currently connected adapter and choose Properties. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on Properties again. Check the respective options and insert your DNS options and a static IP if you know how to set it up.

3. Command Prompt


This is probably the easiest and quickest method of all. Not only can you do it in a matter of seconds but you can also store the commands in batch files and simply run them whenever you please. Simply use the following command and replace the values for your own DNS server:
netsh interface ip set dns name=”Local Area Connection” static

4. Android and iOS


You can also change the DNS server in your mobile devices. On Android, simply go to the Wi-Fi options and choose the Advanced Settings. On iOS, go to the Wi-Fi Settings screen, find the network you are connected to and go to the DNS field.