How Can I Tell What DNS Server I Am Using?


Heather Bennett

Are you curious about which DNS server your device is currently using? In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to determine the DNS server that your device is connected to. Let’s dive in!

Method 1: Check Network Connection Settings

If you are using a Windows operating system, you can easily find out the DNS server by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

  2. Type “Control Panel” and select it from the search results.

  3. In the Control Panel window, click on “Network and Internet”.

  4. Next, click on “Network and Sharing Center”.

  5. In the left-hand menu, click on “Change adapter settings”.

  6. Right-click on your active network connection and select “Properties”.

  7. A new window will open. Scroll down and double-click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”.

  8. In the “General” tab, you will see the DNS server addresses listed under the “Preferred DNS server” and “Alternate DNS server” sections.

If you are using a macOS computer, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

  3. In System Preferences, click on “Network”.

  4. Step 4: Find the DNS Server

  5. In the left-hand menu, select your active network connection (Wi-Fi or Ethernet).

  6. Click on the “Advanced” button in the bottom-right corner.

  7. In the “DNS” tab, you will find a list of DNS servers under “DNS Servers”.

Method 2: Use Command Prompt or Terminal

If you prefer using the command line interface, you can use Command Prompt (on Windows) or Terminal (on macOS) to find out your DNS server.

For Windows users:

  1. Open Command Prompt by pressing Win + R and typing “cmd”. Press Enter.

  2. In the Command Prompt window, type “ipconfig /all” and press Enter.

  3. Step 3: Locate DNS Server Address

  4. Look for the “DNS Servers” line. The IP addresses listed next to it are your DNS servers.

For macOS users:

  1. Open Terminal by clicking on Launchpad, searching for Terminal, and clicking on it.

  2. Step 2: Type Network Utility Command

  3. In the Terminal window, type “networksetup -getdnsservers Wi-Fi” (if you are connected via Wi-Fi) or “networksetup -getdnsservers Ethernet” (if you are connected via Ethernet).

  4. Step 3: View DNS Server Address

  5. The DNS server address(es) associated with your network connection will be displayed.

Now that you know how to find your DNS server using different methods, you can easily check which DNS server your device is currently using. This information can be useful for troubleshooting network issues or configuring custom DNS settings. Happy exploring!

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