Change DNS Server in iOS for iPhone and iPad

DNS or Domain Name System is structured setup of servers enable easy identifying of IP address of a website address entered in a browser. When you enter a site address, the browser will a send a request to server to resolve the domain name into an IP address to retrieve requested data. Browsers by default use the DNS servers provided by local internet service provider (ISP) to retrieve the IP address faster. Hence all your internet activities will be routed through the DNS servers offered by ISP. The issue is if your local ISP block some site or data then your browser will not be able to resolve the domain name and you will see a timeout error. Since it is not possible to frequently change ISP, the simple solution is to to change your DNS servers. This article explains the step by step instructions of how to change DNS server in iOS for iPhone and iPad with Google public DNS servers.

  • Step 1 – Tap “Settings” icon on the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
Tap iOS Settings Icon
Tap iOS Settings Icon
  • Step 2 – Tap “Wi-Fi” option to see your connected network and tap on the information icon as shown in the below picture:
Change DNS in iOS
Change DNS in iOS
  • Step 3 – Enter one of the Google’s public DNS server’s IP address 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4 in the DNS box.
Entering DNS in iOS
Entering DNS in iOS

You can enter the same DNS server’s IP address under all the tabs of DHCP, BootP and Static.

Once you delete the DNS server and go back leaving it blank, iPad or iPhone will again fetch the default DNS server provided by ISP.

  • Step 4 – Open a website in your browser and check the improvement in page loading speed.
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