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How To Set Google DNS On Android

Set Google DNS on the Android system for your device and it should take less than 5 minutes.

Just before that, let’s read a little bit about DNS.

What is DNS?

Set Google DNS On Android

DNS stands for domain name system and it is used to translate domain name (website) into IP address so computer/servers can understand.

Each website has its own IP address and it would be difficult for humans to remember them. Therefore, DNS comes in handy where you just need to remember the website name and the DNS system will convert it to an IP address so your computer can understand and land you the website you wanted to visit.

Think about having to remember all the phone numbers of your friends? it would be difficult. So you would save their numbers with their name in your phone book. The next time you want to call/text them, you’ll just need to find their name(s) and your phone will understand.

Why Set Google DNS On Android (or any other)?

Faster Internet Surfing

Some ISPs has some sort of filters running on their background which can delay DNS queries over the Internet. Switching to Google DNS often resolve this issue.

Reliable DNS service

If you’re getting a frequent intermittent connection, one of the ways to check is to change your DNS server. If it helps you, your ISP servers are not reliable or may be overloaded.

Better Protection

Some DNS services provide an extra layer of protection and are known to block phishing websites. This can keep you safe online.

Access Blocked Content

Just like a VPN service, using Google DNS allows you to access blocked websites especially in a country where the Internet connection is restricted. The only difference with a VPN, it comes with security and your connection is encrypted.

How Do I Use Google DNS On Android?

You can set up Google DNS (Or any other) on your device using an app or manually. The easiest way would be using an app. Please see both guides below:

Add Google/Custom DNS Using An App

Download DNS Changer App from Play Store or directly if you don’t have access to Play Store.

Once you’ve downloaded it, click on Install.

download dns changer app

Next, Open the app and enter the following DNS servers as per below in the app and select START

  • Primary Server:
  • Secondary Server:
Adding Google DNS using app on Android

At the DnsChanger information, select OK.

dns changer app information

When you see the Connection request message, select OK

dns changer connection request confirmation

If you see the Active status, you have configured your device. Next, just go to your home screen.

Adding Google DNS manually on Android

Note: If you no longer want to use the Google DNS service, just tap on STOP.

Add Google/Custom DNS Manually (Without App)

Note: These instructions were written based on generic Android devices and the steps should be similar for most Android devices.

Open up your Settings menu.

android settings

Go to WiFi

android wifi option

Press and hold on to your wireless (WiFi) network name and tap on Modify Network.

android modify wifi

Now, you may be getting the following options;

  1. Show Password
  2. Show advanced options

Tap on the second option: Show advanced options

Next, tap on IP settings

android wifi advanced option

In the IP settings menu, choose Static.

android ip settings

You should now see your IP address, Gateway, Network prefix information. Just leave it as is.

Scroll down the page and you should see the DNS option.

Tap on DNS 1 and enter

Tap on DNS 2 and enter

Finally, click Save to save your changes.

android enter google dns

That’s it! you’re done. Your DNS queries will now be handled by the Google DNS system.

Which Is The Fastest DNS Server?

It depends on where you’re connecting from, the latency of your connection etc!

One of the best ways to know this is to perform a test. If you have a Windows computer, download a free DNS Benchmark tool and install it.

Next, launch it, click on the Nameservers tab and click on Run Benchmark. Wait for a few minutes and you will have the fastest DNS servers based on your connection.

In this example, the fastest DNS server for my connection is from Quad9 ( and I would use that.

dns benchmark tool

Can I use other DNS servers?

Absolutely! If you know a trusted provider, simply follow the same steps above but instead of using Google’s DNS addresses, enter the other provider DNS.

Below are other known trusted DNS providers which you can use for free:



Open DNS


Comodo Secure DNS




Verisign DNS


Smart DNS service for Android

smart dns proxy channels

Do you want to access more than 600+ TV channels from anywhere in the world?

If yes, then you can use a Smart DNS service and all you need to do is just use their DNS address on your device.

As low as $4 per month, their subscription is really cheap and it’s a good bargain.

This is also a great service for those who want to cancel their expensive cable TV subscription and look for a cheaper alternative.


If your ISP DNS server performance is not good, i.e. high latency and/or you’re in a restricted connection, changing your DNS would be the best option for you.

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