How Do I Get My DNS Server Address Automatically?


Heather Bennett

Are you wondering how to get your DNS server address automatically? In this tutorial, we will explore the steps to configure your system to obtain the DNS server address automatically.

DNS (Domain Name System) is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses, allowing you to access websites using user-friendly URLs. Let’s get started!

Windows OS

If you are using Windows OS, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open the Control Panel by clicking on the Start menu and selecting “Control Panel”.
  2. Step 2: In the Control Panel window, click on “Network and Internet”.
  3. Step 3: Now, click on “Network and Sharing Center”.
  4. Step 4: In the Network and Sharing Center window, click on “Change adapter settings” in the left-hand menu.
  5. Step 5: Right-click on your active network connection (e.g., Ethernet or Wi-Fi) and select “Properties”.
  6. Step 6: In the Properties window, scroll down and select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”.
  7. Step 7: Click on the “Properties” button.
  8. Step 8: In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, select the option “Obtain DNS server address automatically”.
  9. Step 9: Click on “OK” to save the changes.

Congratulations! Your Windows system is now configured to obtain the DNS server address automatically.


For macOS users, here’s how you can configure your DNS server address automatically:

  1. Step 1: Click on the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”.
  2. Step 2: In the System Preferences window, click on “Network”.
  3. Step 3: Select your active network connection on the left-hand side (e., Wi-Fi or Ethernet).
  4. Step 4: Click on the “Advanced” button in the bottom-right corner.
  5. Step 5: In the Advanced window, navigate to the “DNS” tab.
  6. Step 6: Remove any existing DNS server addresses by selecting them and clicking on the “-” button.
  7. Step 7: Click on the “+” button to add a new DNS server address.
  8. Step 8: Enter your preferred DNS server address (e., provided by your internet service provider) and press Enter.

You have successfully configured macOS to obtain the DNS server address automatically!


If you are using a Linux distribution, follow these steps to configure automatic DNS server address retrieval:

  1. Step 1: Open a terminal window.
  2. Note: The following steps may vary slightly depending on your Linux distribution.
  3. Step 2: Type the following command to edit the network configuration file:
    • sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces
  4. Step 3: Find the line that begins with “dns-nameservers” and remove any existing DNS server addresses.
  5. Step 4: Add the following line to automatically obtain DNS server addresses:
    • dns-nameservers auto
  6. Step 5: Press Ctrl + X, then Y, and finally Enter to save the changes.

Your Linux system is now configured to retrieve the DNS server address automatically!

Closing Thoughts

In this tutorial, we covered how to configure your system to obtain the DNS server address automatically. Whether you are using Windows, macOS, or Linux, following these steps will ensure that your system automatically retrieves the necessary DNS information.

By setting up automatic DNS server address retrieval, you can seamlessly access websites without worrying about manual configuration. Enjoy browsing the web hassle-free!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful! If you have any questions or face any issues while configuring your DNS settings, feel free to leave a comment below.

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