How To Change DNS Server In Google Chrome (Easy Guide)

DNS, which is the acronym of Domain Name System, is a term you might have heard about. It helps to map the numeric IP address of any site to a rememberable address, which is why there is Facebook.com and not some 10-odd digit IP address. So if you visit any website, your DNS queries might be exposed to the website as well. 

To counter this, you can use something called secure DNS rather than the default DNS your browser provides. Recently Google has introduced a new feature in the Chrome browser to configure the DNS and in this article, I will talk about the same. We will check out how you can easily change the DNS of Chrome browser in smartphones as well as PC. So. Let’s begin. 

The Problems With Default DNS

Before we begin, you must know why changing the default DNS can be a good option for you. The default DNS from your ISP may have a lot of limitations. Some of them are:

  • Outdated DNS will take a longer time to search for the right IP address. 
  • There might be a delay in loading a page. 
  • Time-out errors and host issues are common.
  • Your ISP can track your online activity.

How To Configure DNS In Chrome

The processes for configuring DNS on smartphones and PCs are different. We’ll be checking out both of them.

On PCs

  1. Open your Chrome browser.
  2. Go on to Settings > Privacy and security > Security. Alternatively, you can click here.
  3. Scroll down till you find the Advanced section.
  4. Below it, you will find Use Secure DNS.
  5. By default, it will be on “With your current service provider”.
  6. Click on the “With” option below it. 
  7. In the drop-down menu, you can choose the available list of DNS.
  8. If you want to choose any other, enter the custom DNS URL in the text box. 
DNS settings in chrome pc

On Smartphone

  1. Open your Chrome browser.
  2. Go to Settings > Privacy and security.
  3. Scroll down till you find Use Secure DNS.
  4. By default, it will be on “Use your current service provider”
  5. Click on the “Choose another provider” option below it. 
  6. And now, you can choose from the list in the drop-down menu. 
  7. Or, you can enter a custom DNS URL in the text box.
DNS settings in chrome android

And that’s it. Now the Google Chrome browser will use the public DNS servers you have chosen. 

Also Read: Ways to Automatically Delete History in Google Chrome

FAQs

Is it safe to use Google Public DNS?

Google Public DNS does not provide any blocking or filtering of data. So, no, it’s not a good option in terms of security. 

Is changing your DNS safe?

Yes. Changing the default DNS is safe and it will never harm your device or your data. 

Can you get hacked through DNS?

Yes. It’s possible for hackers to hack your device through DNS. It is called DNS Hijacking. 

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Satish Shah

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