Changing your DNS Settings on Windows

In this tutorial, we will show you how to change your device’s DNS settings to Google’s Public DNS servers. These servers are known for being both fast and safe, and despite the service being Google, routing your DNS queries to these servers do not really have an appreciable impact on your browsing privacy.

Here’s how to change your device DNS settings on Windows.

STEP 1. FInd the Network or WiFi icon in your device’s System Tray. Right-click it, and click Network & Internet Settings.

STEP 2.  In the settings window, select Change Adapter Options.

STEP 3.  In the next screen, you will see a list of all your adapters. Only one of it is currently being used to connect to the Internet — the one without a red X. Right-click on that adapter, then click Properties.

Note that you may have to enter your administrator password here, if you’re not logged in as the device admin.

STEP 4. The Properties tab of your adapter will show. Look for the option that says Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Click it (just the name, not the check box!) and click the Properties button below the box that contains the list.

STEP 5. A new dialog box will appear. The window contains two sets of options, one for the IP address and one for DNS. Leave the options for IP address as is, and towards the bottom click the radio button for Use the following DNS server addresses.

STEP 6. You will notice that the formerly inaccessible DNS fields will now turn white. Type 8.8.8.8 in the Preferred DNS Server field and 8.8.4.4 in the Alternative DNS Server field. These are Google’s Public DNS servers. In case you want to try other DNS servers, you can check out this list here.

STEP 7. If you don’t have issues with IPv6 (i.e., you didn’t have to turn it off due to a VPN leak), you can also back up to the Network Properties window, then do all the succeeding steps but this time for Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6). This will ensure that your IPv6 requests will also be routed to the public DNS server, hence preventing any leaks.

STEP 8. Once you’re done, do the leak test again to ensure your issue is fixed.

Note that while this is better than letting your DNS queries go through your ISP, it’s still not the best solution.The ideal is still to get a VPN service that has its own logs-free DNS server. The top VPN providers all offer this feature and a lot more, so take time to browse around our site for VPN reviews!