DNS (Domain Name System) sounds like a scary abbreviation for something that’s actually very simple to understand. Simple put, it's a system that converts site addresses from machine-friendly numbers, into human-friendly names. If not for DNS, website names would look something like 126.96.36.199 instead of https://gadgets360.com.
To convert these numbers into addresses, your browser relies on a DNS Server, and although this will be set up by default, you can also change the DNS Server that you're using. There are a number of reasons for doing this, and the process itself is very simple.
Why would I want to change my DNS server?
Your Internet service provider (ISP) issues a DNS server to you by default. ISP provided DNS servers aren’t always the best as they may lead to speed and reliability issues, such as some websites not opening or taking too long to load.
These DNS servers may not be equipped with security features that you’d get if you used a DNS server such as Google DNS. There can be other uses for this, such as accessing blocked websites. If you want to use Google DNS you can change the DNS server to 188.8.131.52 and alternate server to 184.108.40.206 - OpenDNS uses 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168, or you can use any other DNS server you prefer.
If you are having issues with your Internet connection, changing the DNS server could be a fix. Here’s how to change the DNS server.
Follow these steps to change DNS servers on Windows. These steps will work on Windows 7, 8, or 10.
Here’s how to change DNS servers on a Mac:
That’s how you change DNS servers on Windows machine or Mac. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.