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How to change Windows DNS server settings in Windows 10 and Windows 11

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Brock Bingham|Updated April 5, 2024
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If you’re having internet issues, it might be time to change your DNS server settings. Thankfully, changing your DNS settings on Windows 10 and Windows 11 is easy enough for even the most technologically allergic individuals (I’m looking at you, Great Aunt Gertrude).

Follow along as I break down the ins and outs of DNS and how you can change your DNS server settings in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

What is DNS?

DNS, short for Domain Name System, resolves domain names into their respective Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. For example, it resolves into Network devices, such as computers and smartphones, are unable to route to a domain name directly and rely on DNS to translate the requests into a routable IP address.

To learn more about DNS, check out our ultimate guide to DNS.

Why you should consider changing your DNS server settings

DNS is a core component of the internet and networks around the world. As such, there are several reasons why you may want to learn how to change your DNS server settings.

Faster DNS resolution

Most internet-connected devices automatically use the DNS servers designated by their internet service providers (ISP). For example, if your ISP is Comcast, it automatically directs you to its DNS servers at the IP addresses and However, switching your settings to a faster DNS server could boost your web browsing performance. Consider using a free Windows utility, like DNS Benchmark, to find the best-performing DNS servers for you.

Privacy concerns

In our modern, always-connected society, our privacy is constantly at risk. And while limiting our compulsive social media habits would significantly reduce that risk, even DNS provides a means for service providers to collect our DNS queries, which can be used to establish a user profile.

If privacy is a concern, I recommend looking into the privacy policy of various DNS hosts to find one that meets your privacy expectations.


Reliability is a major concern when it comes to DNS. An unreliable DNS server can result in slow, unresponsive DNS queries and ultimately lead to a loss of internet connectivity. When deciding which DNS server to use, pick one from a reputable provider with high availability and redundancy.

How to change DNS server settings using Control Panel

Configuring your DNS server settings with Control Panel is quick, easy, and probably the oldest method on this list. Best of all, this approach works on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices. While Microsoft seems content to let the new Windows Settings app replace Control Panel, we’ll use it while we still can.

1. Enter control panel into the Windows search bar, then click on the Control Panel app.

Launch the Control Panel app.

2. Click on View network status and tasks.

Open View network status and tasks page in Control Panel.

3. Click on the name of your connection next to the Connections: field.

Click on the connection link at the Network and Sharing Center screen.

4. In the status window, click Properties.

5. In the properties window, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), then click Properties.

Select Internet Protocol Version 4 then click the Properties button.

6. Select Use the following DNS server addresses: and enter the IP addresses of the DNS servers you want to use. Here are a few popular servers that you can try.

  • OpenDNS: &

  • Cloudflare: &

  • Google: &

    Enter the preferred and alternate DNS server addresses you want to use.

7. When you’re finished, click OK, then close the Properties and Status windows.

That’s all there is to it. You’ve successfully changed your DNS server settings. However, continue reading to learn about the newer methods, especially since Control Panel may disappear in future versions of Windows.

How to configure DNS server settings in the Windows 10 Settings app

Microsoft is transitioning all the settings away from Control Panel and into the Settings app. In Windows 10, the Settings app contains many — but not all — of the configuration options found in Control Panel. As a result, this method uses a combination of both the Settings app and the Control Panel.

1. Click on the Windows button.

2. Click on the Gear (settings) icon.


3. Click Network & Internet.


4. Click Change adapter options.

5. Double-click on your adapter.


6. Repeat steps 4 through 7 of the previous method.

While this method works, transitioning from the Settings app to Control Panel feels a bit clunky.

How to change DNS settings on Windows 11

The Settings app in Windows 11 has drastically improved over the Windows 10 version. It’s easier to navigate, and you can configure most settings directly within the Settings app, including your DNS settings. Here’s how to change DNS servers using the Settings app in Windows 11.

1. Right-click on the Windows button, then click Settings.

Click on the Settings link in Windows 11.

2. Click Network & internet.

3. If you are using Wi-Fi, click Wi-Fi, click Hardware properties, then click Edit next to DNS server assignment. If you are using an ethernet connection, click Ethernet, then click Edit next to DNS server assignment.

Next to DNS server assignment, click Edit.

4. Using the drop-down menu, select Manual, then toggle IPv4 to On.

5. Enter the Preferred DNS address and the Alternate DNS address, then click Save.

Enter the DNS addresses then click Save.

While the Settings app in Windows 10 was a bit cumbersome, Microsoft significantly improved it in Windows 11, and it might be the quickest way to configure your DNS settings.

How to set your DNS settings with PowerShell

PowerShell continues to grow in functionality and popularity. With the right PowerShell commands, there’s not much you can’t accomplish, and that includes modifying your DNS settings.

If you’re new to PowerShell, don’t worry. This method uses pretty basic commands, and we’ll walk you through the entire process.

1. Right-click on the Windows button and click Windows PowerShell (Admin). If you’re using Windows 11, click Terminal (Admin).


2. Click Yes if prompted by a User Account Control dialog box.


3. At the PowerShell prompt, input the following command:


4. Make a note of your InterfaceIndex number. In the image above, my InterfaceIndex is 6.

5. Enter the following command replacing your InterfaceIndex number and the server address you wish to use:

Set-DnsClientServerAddress -InterfaceIndex 6 -ServerAddresses,

6. Ensure the settings have been changed by re-entering the command: Get-NetIPConfiguration


As you can see, our DNSServer was changed from to Google’s DNS servers, and Now that you know how to change your DNS server using PowerShell, check out The PowerShell Podcast to discover all the other awesome things you can do with PowerShell.

Don’t take DNS for granted

DNS is one of the most important and widely used systems in the world. It also enables some incredibly powerful sysadmin tools, like PDQ Deploy & Inventory, which specialize in managing and patching Windows devices. Try out Deploy & Inventory free for 14 days, or take PDQ Connect for a spin if you’ve got a growing list of remote devices to manage.

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Brock Bingham

Born in the '80s and raised by his NES, Brock quickly fell in love with everything tech. With over 15 years of IT experience, Brock now enjoys the life of luxury as a renowned tech blogger and receiver of many Dundie Awards. In his free time, Brock enjoys adventuring with his wife, kids, and dogs, while dreaming of retirement.

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