how to change dns server on windows 10

How to Change Your DNS Server on Windows 10

You can change the name resolution address on Windows 10 via the Network and Internet Settings option.

There could be multiple reasons why you would want to walk down that path and change the DNS to a third-party address. It could be because of security concerns, privacy, or better parental control.

Well, we won’t go into the nitty-gritty of why you may want to change your DNS. So, let’s skip that and instead check out the tutorial on how to change the DNS server on Windows 10.

Change DNS Server Address on Windows 10

As mentioned earlier, you can easily change the domain name resolution address on your Windows 10 by going to the Network and Internet settings.

  1. You can access the Network settings either from the Control Panel or the Notification area at the right bottom corner of the taskbar.
  2. Now find and click the Ethernet on the left panel. Under the Related Settings on the right panel, click Change Adapter Options.
  3. Find your active network connection and right-click on it to go to Properties. On a new popup window, locate and click the Networking
  4. Now, select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties. Click Use the following DNS server addresses, which would enable the following fields: Preferred DNS Server and Alternate DNS Server.

Note: If you are using an IPv6 address, you may need to select the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) under the Networking tab, and follow the rest of the process as mentioned above.

  1. Once you enter the new DNS server address into the fields, click OK to complete the process.

Flush DNS Cache on Windows 10

Considering that not every user is tech-savvy, it should be noted that every device stores the DNS responses in its local memory.

The process is called DNS caching. It allows the device to make faster connections and show you the pages quickly, i.e., without prompting frequent DNS requests.

Since there is a high probability that your device may have older DNS responses stored in the cache, it may show the cached results unless flushed or cleared.

Consider the following steps if you believe that you need to flush the DNS cache on Windows 10 so the system can find the new DNS that you entered.

  1. Click the Start menu icon and type cmd
  2. Click and open the Command Prompt
  3. Now type ipconfig/flushdns
  4. After that, type ipconfig /release and then ipconfig /renew
  5. Your DNS cache is now reset to new

Read This If You Want an Easy Way Out Instead

Based on experience, it is safe to say that privacy is one of the common reasons behind changing a DNS, with the second being DNS server not responding error.

If you find yourself on the same boat, simply changing a DNS to a third-party address wouldn’t suffice.

After all, you have no way to check whether the third-party DNS address you are planning to use is reliable and safer.

If you want a safer option and one that doesn’t require you to go through the hectic tutorial, which is discussed above, go with PureVPN Windows’s app.

Once you connect the app, it changes your DNS server as well as the IP address to your desired location.

You can always check out the new IP address and DNS server through What is My IP and What’s My DNS Server tools, respectively.

The good thing about using PureVPN is that it comes with IPv6 leak protection as well as DNS leak protection. Therefore, at the end of the day, you get to surf the web anonymously.

An information security analyst in the making, a father of an adorable kid and a technology writer (Contributor). He can be found lurking around top network security blogs, looking for scoops on information security and privacy trends.

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