How to Change DNS Server on Android
DNS server changing can help to improve security, or speed up your connection. On phones, you can change the DNS server for Wi-Fi connections. You need to root your phone to change it for mobile data. Here we are describing How to change DNS server on Android. Changing DNS server could offer some benefits to you and your devices.
People have noted to improved speed and reliability, and can also access geolocked websites and outmanoeuvre content filters.
We are going to outline how you can change the DNS Server when connecting to networks using your Android devices.
As we explained previous, the “address” of sites on the Web is essentially a series of numbers, and DNS (Domain Name System) is how your browser converts these names (such as www.google.com) into IP addresses.
By default, all your connections will use a DNS server provided by the ISP, but these might be slower or less reliable than certain third-party DNS options, such as Google DNS and Open DNS.
Using these DNS servers can also help to access blocked websites. For these reasons, you should consider changing your DNS settings.
How to change DNS server on Android:
- Open the Wi-Fi settings on your device. You could do this by launching Settings and going to Wi-Fi, or by pulling down the notification shade and long-pressing the Wi-Fi icon.
- Now, open the network options for your Wi-Fi network. The way this works will depend on your phone; you may have to long-press the name of the Wi-Fi, and the tap on Modify Network, or there might be an arrow on the side, depending on your manufacturer and version of Android.
- In the network details, scroll to the bottom, and tap on IP Settings. If you don’t see that menu, look for a button marked Advanced, and then you’ll see IP Settings.
- Change this to static.
- Change DNS1 and DNS2 to the settings you want – for example, Google DNS is 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 respectively.
Unfortunately, much like iOS, Android also does not permit users to change the DNS settings for mobile data connection.
You can do it by rooting your phone, but that’s a step more advanced users, and one we would not recommend in this guide.
Using apps from the Google Play Store:
You can also try DNSet and Dns changer to change your DNS server on your Android phone or tablet. These apps do not require root and will automatically change your server once enabled.
Using Dns Changer, run the application and select 2 servers from the available server list.
Once your two servers are selected, Dns Changer will notify you of a successful connection.
Do not though that these apps only work with selected versions of Android and do not change the default DNS server while using a 3G connection.