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How to Change DNS server easily on a Windows 10 PC

Most of us know about changing the DNS settings on a Windows PC from network adapter properties, but Windows 10 has a much simpler and user friendly way of changing DNS address from the device settings itself.

To get started, open Start menu on your Windows 10 PC and click on the Settings gear icon on the left side.

Open Start menu and click the Settings gear icon

Then select Network & Internet from the Windows 10 settings main screen.

Open Network and Internet Settings on Windows 10

On the next screen, select Wi-Fi from the left panel of the Network & Internet settings screen.

Select Wi-Fi from Network & Internet settings screen

💡 Tip
If you’re connected to a wired LAN network instead of a Wi-Fi network, then select Ethernet from the left panel and then select the network name of the currently connected network.

On the Windows 10 Wi-Fi settings screen, click the name of the currently connected Wi-Fi network. It’ll be shown right below the Wi-Fi toggle switch.

Click the name of the connected Wi-Fi network

On the selected Wi-Fi network settings screen, scroll down until you see the IP settings section. Click on the Edit button to change DNS server for the selected network.

Click “Edit” button inside the IP settings section

You will see a pop-up window with a drop-down option selector. Select Manual from the available options.

Click on the drop-down menu and select “Manual” option

Then turn on the toggle switch for IPv4 to reveal IP and DNS address setting for the network.

Turn on IPv4 toggle to reveal IP address and DNS server settings

Now finally set/change the DNS server address to your liking. You could either use Google’s 8.8.8.8 DNS server or Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1. Both are very reliable.

Google DNS server:
Preferred DNS: 8.8.8.8
Alternate DNS: 8.8.4.4

Cloudflare DNS server:
Preferred DNS: 1.1.1.1
Alternate DNS: 1.0.0.1

Click on the Save button on the pop-up window after you set a custom DNS server of your preference.

Insert custom DNS server addresses in the Preferred and Alternate DNS settings and hit the “Save” button

That’s it. You’ve now successfully configured a custom DNS server on your Windows 10 PC.