Google’s public DNS is a free solution that can be used on Windows PCs or MacOS to improve the Internet. DNS (Domain Name System) is the bridge that is responsible for translating website IPs into friendly addresses – such as IP 126.96.36.199 at Globo.com. This service is provided by Internet operators, but the servers are not always good and can fail and prevent access to websites or be slow. The solution, in this case, is to use a reliable alternative like Google’s public DNS.
In the following tutorial, check how to change your computer’s DNS address and use Google’s DNS. Step by step shows how to perform the procedure on PCs with Windows 10 and also on your Mac. In the latter, the images were captured on MacOS Catalina, but the tips also apply to other versions of Apple’s system.
How to use the Google DNS on Windows
Step 1: Click on the WiFi icon to the left of the clock and go to “Network and Internet Settings”;
Step 2: On the left sidebar of the Settings window, open “Ethernet”. On the right, click on “Change adapter options”;
Step 3: Right-click on the network adapter you want to change the DNS and click on “properties”
Step 4: Select “IP Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click on “Properties”.
Step 5: Enable the option “Use the following DNS server addresses” and just below enter the Google DNS addresses – “188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206”. Finally, press “OK” to save.
Using Google DNS on macOS
Step 1: Access the network settings of the macOS. To do this, click on the Wi-Fi icon to the left of the clock and go to “Open Network Preferences”;
Step 2: In the left column, select the network you would like to change the DNS, and on the right click on “Advanced”;
Step 3: In the “DNS” tab, click on “+” and enter the address of the Google DNS servers – 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168. To delete the existing addresses, select and click on “-“. Then click “OK”;
Step 4: Returning to the screen before the network preferences, click “Apply”.
Take advantage of the tips for using Google DNS on your computer and troubleshooting Internet slowness.