How to Change to CloudFlare DNS to Speed Up Internet

Not an April Fools’ prank.
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Not an April Fools’ prank.

Nor am I making it seem it looks like it isn’t when it actually it is. 

It’s true that CloudFlare did release a new DNS service which is free and helps speed up your internet connection as well as keep it private.  This service is using and CloudFlare, the people behind it, is promising everything the new DNS can do as they claim it will be the “the Internet’s fastest, Privacy-first Consumer DNS service”.

Now, personally I have set it up myself for my MacBook, my iPhone and my Windows PC, as well as my router and what I can say is the speed differences might not be as significant, noticeable or blazing fast as CloudFlare makes it out to be (since we’re talking miliseconds here). But it doesn’t hurt to test out a new DNS, so it’s worth a quick try if you’re curious of how it may do for you (maybe it might make your internet faster than before?) or if you’re sold on Cloudflare’s security measures.



What the heck is a DNS?

The Domain Name System (or what like the tech guys on the 5th floor like to call it, DNS) helps your computer convert domain names into IP addresses  so that you can access the web page.

The best way to change your DNS is by adjusting the router’s settings (I’ll show you how below) because then any of your devices that connects to the Wi-Fi network will then automatically use the new DNS without you having to go fetch each of your devices and then changing it yourself. 

But then there’s the thing where usually your router doesn’t exactly make it all that easy or provide a “beautiful user experience” for you to change the settings so if you’re lazy to handle that crap then you can always choose just change some stuff in your settings right away in your device and find out how the new DNS will do for you (I’ll show you how you can do that below too).


Anyways. I’ll stop rambling. Let’s dive right in.




How to Change to CloudFlare DNS to Speed Up Internet: 3 Steps


There are two ways you can do this: 

  1. You can add the new setting right to your router (so that you won’t need to change for all your devices one by one which can be a waste of time.) 
  2. You can add it to just your device (which means for your other devices you’ll need to add it too; one by one). I personally used this method. 

I’ll show you both and you can choose which one is the one you like.



How to Change DNS for All Your Devices that Connects to Your Router. 


Have a Linksys router?

Step 1:  Then sign into your Linksys router’s admin page just by entering into your web browser (Google, Mozilla, Edge, etc.).

Step 2:  Next, click on Setup from the top menu and then Choose Basic Setup.

Step 3:  All you have to do now is just enter your new DNS which will be the new for Status DNS 1 and for Status DNS 2. 

Hit Done and you’re done!



Have a NetGear Router?

Step 1:  Then just visit or (it doesn’t matter which one that you choose) in your web browser (your Google, Mozilla, Edge, etc.).

Step 2:  Next, log in with your administrator credentials. Now click on Internet and then select Use these DNS Servers. 

Step 3:  All you have to do now is just enter the for the primary address and for the secondary address. 

Hit Apply and you’re done!



Step 1:  Then sign into your D-Link router’s admin page just by entering or into your web browser (Google, Mozilla, Edge, etc.). Log in with your password.

Step 2:  Next, choose Manual Internet Connection Setup.

Step 3:  All you have to do now is just fill in the DNS sever fields with as your primary and as the secondary DNS addresses.

Annnd you’re done!



Have Google Wifi?

Step 1:  Then just open up your Google Wifi app, jump into the Settings tab and then tap on Networking & General. 

Step 2:  Next tap on Advanced network, then DNS and then choose Custom.

Step 3:  All you have to do now is just enter as your  primary and as the secondary DNS addresses.

Annnd you’re done!



Have Eero?

Step 1:  Then just open up the Eero app on your phone and then on that hamburger menu icon you see on your top left hand corner and then choose Network Settings.

Step 2:  Next on the bottom of your screen tap on Advanced settings, choose DNS and then choose Custom DNS.

Step 3:  All you have to do now is just enter as your primary and as the secondary DNS addresses.





How to Change DNS for Your Device (Here’s to the Lazy Ones).


If You’re on Windows.

Step 1:  Open up your Control Panel and then click on Network & Security. 

Step 2:  Next, choose Network and Sharing Center.

Step 3:  Now choose Change Adapter Settings from the list on the left.

Step 4:  Next, right click on whatever WiFi you’re currently on and then choose Properties.

Step 5:  Now, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click Properties.

Step 6:  Lastly, click on Use the Following DNS Server Addresses (it’s the one below) and then all you have to do is just replace it with as your Preferred DNS server and as your Alternate DNS server.

Then hit OK. That’s it! 🙂



If You’re on MacOS.

Step 1:  Go ahead and open up your System Preferences.

Step 2:  Then just search for “DNS servers” using your search on the top right hand corner. This will take you to the right screen.

Step 3:  All you have to do now is just remove the old DNS Settings by hitting the symbol and then click on the + symbol to add and then click on + again to add

Hit OK and then Apply. That’s it! 🙂



If You’re on iOS.

Step 1:  Jump into your Settings app and then tap on your Wi-Fi (which is under Airplane Mode).

Step 2:  Now next to the Wi-Fi that you’re connected to right now, just tap on the little blue i symbol  how to change DNS routers windows mac ios .

Step 3:  Next, scroll down to under DNS and then tap on Configure DNS. 



In your Configure DNS page, at the top make sure that you set it to Manual and not Automatic. 


Step 4:  All you have to do now is under DNS Servers, just slide from right to left on the old DNS settings to Delete them and then tap on Add Server to add both and as your DNS settings.

Hit Save (to your top right hand corner). That’s it! 🙂



If you’re on Android.

Android is a little tricky because it requires a static IP address to use custom DNS addresses which I’m sure unless you’re a computer geek you won’t understand what I’ve just said. 

Let’s just say it takes a additional setup steps and it involves the router approach.

Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to your internet/Wifi router and find out what brand it is (Linksys, NetGear, D-Link, Google Wifi, Eero, etc) and then scroll up on this page to find out how you can set it up using the steps above. 

Step 2:  Once you’ve done that, jump into your Settings and then tap on Wi-Fi. 

Step 3:  Long press on your current Wi-Fi network and then tap on Modify Network. 



You might need to jump into the Advanced section depending on your Android device’s software. 


Step 4:  All you have to do now is just add as your DNS 1 and as the DNS 2.

Hit Save. That’s it! 🙂




Share this guide with anyone and see if whether this new DNS service works for them.



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