Google Public DNS server

Help Jun 27, 2010

I've heard that I can speed up my web browsing by using a different DNS server. How do I change my DNS server for a faster internet connection?

The Domain Name System, or DNS, is the method by which human-friendly website addresses are translated into the numbers that computers prefer.

Every time an address is entered into a web browser, it consults a DNS server - typically provided by your ISP - to find the page.

However, your ISP's DNS server may not be all that fast or reliable. It may also be inaccurate or even censored (in other words, some websites will simply not be found, for whatever reason).

Google runs its own DNS server that is fast, reliable, accurate and uncensored. To use it, you need to redirect your DNS look-ups to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. Google provides full instructions on how to do this on its Using Google Public DNS page