How Do I Find Out What DNS Server I Am Using Windows 10?
When it comes to troubleshooting network issues or making changes to your internet connection, knowing what DNS server you are using on your Windows 10 computer can be helpful. The DNS (Domain Name System) server is responsible for translating human-readable domain names into IP addresses that computers can understand. In this article, we will guide you through different methods to find out what DNS server you are currently using in Windows 10.
Method 1: Using Command Prompt
If you prefer using the command line interface, follow these steps:
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click on the Start menu.
- Type “cmd” in the search bar.
- Click on “Command Prompt” or “Run as administrator” if you want elevated privileges.
- In the Command Prompt window, type “ipconfig /all” and press Enter.
- A list of information will appear. Look for the line that says “DNS Servers“. The IP address listed next to it is your current DNS server.
Method 2: Using Network and Sharing Center
If you prefer a more graphical approach, follow these steps:
- Right-click on the network icon in your system tray (bottom-right corner of the screen).
- Select “Open Network & Internet settings“.
- In the Network & Internet settings window, click on “Change adapter options“.
- A new window will open showing your network connections. Right-click on the network you are currently connected to and select “Status“.
- In the Status window, click on “Details“.
- A new window will open displaying various network details, including the “IPv4 DNS Server“.
Method 3: Using PowerShell
If you prefer using PowerShell, follow these steps:
- Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard.
- Select “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” or “Command Prompt (Admin)“.
- In the PowerShell window, type “Get-DnsClientServerAddress” and press Enter.
- Your current DNS server information will be displayed under the “ServerAddresses” field.
If you have manually configured a custom DNS server on your computer, any of these methods may display that custom DNS server instead of your ISP’s default DNS server. In such cases, the displayed DNS server is the one currently in use by your computer.
Finding out what DNS server you are using in Windows 10 is essential for troubleshooting network issues or making changes to your internet connection. Whether you prefer using Command Prompt, Network and Sharing Center, or PowerShell, all these methods provide a way to quickly obtain this information. By knowing your current DNS server, you can better understand your network configuration and take appropriate actions when needed.