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 186.192.90.5 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”;

Network and Internet Settings

Step 2: On the left sidebar of the Settings window, open “Ethernet”. On the right, click on “Change adapter options”;

Ethernet settings

Step 3: Right-click on the network adapter you want to change the DNS and click on “properties”

Network adapter

Step 4: Select “IP Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click on “Properties”.

IP Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)

Step 5: Enable the option “Use the following DNS server addresses” and just below enter the Google DNS addresses – “8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4”. Finally, press “OK” to save.

DNS Server settings

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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”;

Network Preference

Step 2: In the left column, select the network you would like to change the DNS, and on the right click on “Advanced”;

DNS settings

Step 3: In the “DNS” tab, click on “+” and enter the address of the Google DNS servers – 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. To delete the existing addresses, select and click on “-“. Then click “OK”;

DNS Tab

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.

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