How Do I Change My Apple DNS Server?


Larry Thompson

How Do I Change My Apple DNS Server?

Changing the DNS (Domain Name System) server on your Apple device can help improve your internet speed, security, and overall browsing experience. By default, your device uses the DNS server provided by your internet service provider (ISP), but you can change it to a different DNS server of your choice. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to change the DNS server on your Apple device.

Step 1: Accessing Network Settings

To begin with, you need to access the network settings on your Apple device. Here’s how:

  • Open the “Settings” app on your device.
  • Scroll down and tap on “Wi-Fi”.
  • Find and tap on the Wi-Fi network that you are currently connected to.
  • You will now see various details about the Wi-Fi network. Tap on the “i” icon next to its name.
  • This will take you to the network settings page for that Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Changing DNS Settings

Once you are in the network settings for your Wi-Fi network, follow these steps to change the DNS server:

  • Scroll down and locate the “DNS” section.
  • You will see that it is set to “Automatic”. Tap on it.
  • Select “Manual” from the available options.

Add Custom DNS Servers

If you want to use a specific DNS server, follow these additional steps:

  • You will now see two empty fields labeled “DNS Server”.
  • Type the IP address of the DNS server you want to use in the first field.
  • If you have a secondary DNS server, type its IP address in the second field.
  • Tap on “Save” to apply the changes.

Use Recommended DNS Servers

If you are not sure which DNS server to use, you can use one of the recommended public DNS servers. Here are a few popular ones:

  • Google Public DNS: Primary: 8.8.8, Secondary: 8.4.4
  • Cloudflare: Primary: 1.1.1, Secondary: 1.0.1
  • OpenDNS: Primary:, Secondary: 208.220.220

Note that you can also find many other public DNS servers available for different purposes and preferences.

Step 3: Verifying Changes

Once you have changed the DNS server settings on your Apple device, it’s important to verify if the changes have taken effect:

  • Open your web browser and try accessing a website.
  • If the website loads successfully, it means that the new DNS server is working correctly.


Changing your Apple device’s DNS server can significantly impact your internet browsing experience by enhancing speed and security features offered by different DNS providers like Google Public DNS or Cloudflare.

You now know how to change your Apple DNS server by accessing the network settings, making the necessary changes, and verifying that the new DNS server is functioning correctly. Enjoy a faster and more secure browsing experience on your Apple device!

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