Google's Public DNS : Why and How to use them

When you have problems accessing your website or emails, the issues could be due to problems with your local or ISP resolvers

When you use Google Public DNS, you are changing your DNS "switchboard" operator from your ISP to Google Public DNS.

There are several tools to diagnose this problems but these take a lot of time and skill

At that point, we often suggest switching to Google's Public DNS.

Below is why you need to consider it

1. Google's Public DNS is fast
2. Using Google's Public DNS provides increased security
3. The right answer to every query


How to use Google Public DNS


Configuring your settings will vary based on the operating system you are using.

You will also need administrative control of your computer to change these settings, but you should be able to adjust the DNS settings for your system whereever you would adjust other network settings. Specifically, you should use the following addresses, or even just the IPv4 addresses, as your DNS servers.

Google's Public DNS IP addresses (IPv4) are:

8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4


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Google's Public DNS IPv6 addresses are:

2001:4860:4860::8888
2001:4860:4860::8844




Because the instructions differ between different versions/releases of each operating system, we only give one version as an example.


Windows

DNS settings are specified in the TCP/IP Properties window for the selected network connection.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Windows 7

  1. Go to the Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.
  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:

    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Connection > Properties.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection > Properties.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and then click Properties.

  5. Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server, write them down for future reference.
  8. Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers:

    • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
    • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
    • For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.
  9. Restart the connection you selected in step 3.

  10. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Test your new settings below.
  11. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

Mac OS

DNS settings are specified in the Network window.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Mac OS 10.5

  1. Click Apple > System Preferences > Network.
  2. If the lock icon in the lower left-hand corner of the window is locked, click the icon to make changes, and when prompted to authenticate, enter your password.
  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select Built-In Ethernet, and click Advanced.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select Airport, and click Advanced.
  4. Select the DNS tab.
  5. Click +to replace any listed addresses with, or add, the Google IP addresses at the top of the list:
    • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
    • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
    • For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.
  6. Click Apply > OK.
  7. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Test your new settings below.
  8. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.








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