How to change the DNS server on your iPhone and iPad


DNS, or Domain Name System, is a server that translates domain names like apple.com to IP addresses, a numerical sequence of numbers that can locate servers on the internet. Your ISP has its own DNS server that is used by default on all your iOS devices, but you can also point it to a different DNS server.

Why would you want to change the default DNS server? Most ISPs’ DNS servers aren’t fast enough, and because DNS lookups are performed very often, this could greatly impact your browsing experience. Many ISPs also redirect you to unwanted sites on some occasions for commercial benefit. If you’ve ever experienced a situation where a site opens up on other connections, but not on your connections, changing the DNS could fix the issue.

So here’s how you change your DNS settings:

  • Open the Settings app on your device, and tap on the Wi-Fi menu.
  • Find out your Wi-Fi connection from the list of available networks, and tap on the i button on the right.
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  • Scroll down until you see the DNS section, and tap on the numbers to the right.
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  • A keyboard should appear, and you can now enter the new DNS server address. Tap on Wi-Fi to go back, once you’re done.

What DNS server to use

Of course, you’ll want to know which DNS server you want to use, so here are the options:

  • Google DNS: Google operates a free DNS service that promises speed, performance and security. To use Google’s DNS, use any of these addresses in the DNS field:
    • 8.8.8.8
    • 8.8.4.4
  • OpenDNS: Open DNS is another free DNS service that promises speed, reliability, and security. You can enter either of these addresses to use OpenDNS:
    • 208.67.222.222
    • 208.67.222.220

There are of course a lot of other DNS servers available, and to find the one that’s the best for you, you can use a tool like Namebench.

Have you changed your DNS settings? If so, what improvements have you seen over your ISP’s DNS server? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Villarreal Sergio

    Thank! youuuuuu… this made my iphone way faster, the new ios 0.2 upgrade mess up eveything!

  • me person

    The password isn’t shown though.

  • Rene van Esdonk

    Just reset network setting ngs, same result

  • FreddyFender

    So far using the google dns seems to be working. Thank you. Ans for the guy with the negative comments. Im pretty computer savy but did not know to do this.

  • Paul Anderson

    Agreed – I have no idea how to do this… and followed this easy guide and my phone is working!!!

  • kanza

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  • adam

    i’ve used google dns and opendns equally, and both work amazing compared to my isp dns.

  • Joe4speed

    I didn’t know this. Thanks for posting.

  • Laur

    So far so good!!! Thanks!!!! Used Google 8888

  • Amy Marie Parsons

    I have tried pretty well all of this..The new update diabled my wifi and cant change the dns or shut off my find iphone cuz there is no internet..I dont have cell internet always just used wifi. So i guess im screwed for using it then

    • HUGaNURSE

      I’m having the same problem, have you found a way to fix it? I can’t even get my neighbor’s Wi-Fi service to show up. Just had the digitizer and screen replaced.

  • Arjun Gupta

    thank u so much. changing the DNS to 8.8.8.8 has completely fixed my wifi problem!

  • Dan Heinsohn

    Disable Wi-Fi Networking Services: This worked for me today and its a good thing (second Iphone) ,however not so good that they have yet to fix this issue . The DSN change did not work for me just not sure why it does on some but not on others ? Just shows how very buggy this last update was.