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How To Change DNS Server Settings (Windows)
By ▲ Ara ▽
A step-by-step guide on how to change your DNS server settings to fix DNS errors or bypass DNS blocks on Windows.
   
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Foreword
This guide is to help users who are experiencing DNS errors, or who are facing problems with Steam due to DNS blocks.

This guide is for Windows users.

The DNS server addresses used in this guide belong to Google.
Step 1: Open Network and Sharing Center
Your first step is to open Network and Sharing Center.

Regardless of which Windows OS you have, you can right-click on your Internet connection on the bottom-right of your screen and select "Open Network and Sharing Center".

Alternatively, you can try the below method:

Go to the Control Panel.

Click "Network and Internet" and then "Network and Sharing Center".


Step 2: Change adapter settings
Your next step is to click on "Change adapter settings".

It should be on the left side of the Network and Sharing Center window.

Step 3: Choose your connection
Now you have to select the connection that you want to change the DNS servers for.

The names of the connections vary depending on which Windows OS you are running.

In general, Ethernet connections are labeled "Ethernet" or "Local Area Connection", while wireless connections are labeled "Wi-Fi" or "Wireless Network Connection".

Once you have selected the connection that you are using, right-click on it and select "Properties".

Below is an example, what you see will most likely be different:

Step 4: Changing your DNS server settings (IPv4)
Make sure you are on the Networking tab.

Under "This connection uses the following items" section, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Then click "Properties".


























Use the following DNS server addresses:
  • Preferred DNS server: 8.8.8.8
  • Alternate DNS server: 8.8.4.4

Then click OK.

Step 5: Changing your DNS server settings (IPv6)
Usually changing the IPv4 DNS settings will fix DNS errors, but if you are facing a DNS block for any reason, you will want to change your IPv6 DNS settings as well.

On the same window as earlier, select "Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)". Then click "Properties".


























Use the following DNS server addresses:
  • Preferred DNS server: 2001:4860:4860::8888
  • Alternate DNS server: 2001:4860:4860::8844

Click OK.

NOTE!

Some devices use separate fields for all eight parts of IPv6 addresses and cannot accept the :: IPv6 abbreviation syntax. For such fields enter:

2001:4860:4860:0:0:0:0:8888
2001:4860:4860:0:0:0:0:8844
Expand the 0 entries to 0000 if four hex digits are required.

Step 6: Restart your connection
Normally, just changing the DNS server settings fixes the problem for me, but you may want to restart your connection just to make sure the changes have taken hold.

This is usually done by restarting the router.
Epilogue
This should resolve any DNS errors that you had when surfing the Internet (or bypass any DNS blocks put in place for whatever reason).

As I am on Windows 10, I can guarantee that the instructions are accurate for Windows 10, but Windows 7 or 8 users may see different menus or options.

In which case, you may want to visit this site that I used as reference for my guide:

https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using

If you have many devices that you wish to change DNS server settings for, consider changing the setting at your router:

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-change-dns-servers-on-most-popular-routers-2617995

I hope this has helped some of you. Good luck!
13 Comments
vui123 May 9 @ 9:25am 
you have save hundreds of Vietnamese from being able to get good games instead of p2w shit games. I sincerely thanks you
Meoki May 8 @ 2:06pm 
mềo
Mike WiLL Made-It Jun 28, 2023 @ 1:15am 
Вроде помогло, спасибо!
Olion Mar 13, 2023 @ 7:49am 
Спасибо за помощь от всего ру-сигмента стим !:ppg_pumplin:
Summesplitter Mar 10, 2021 @ 12:09pm 
😀👍
Despair Dec 1, 2019 @ 11:41am 
i can't load pictures and market apparently. this doesn't fix the issue. VPN does.
Helen 🐾 Jul 6, 2018 @ 7:37am 
Good guide, although it didn't solve my issue. I am having troubles posting a guide on a game's community and I receive errors. :dead_pc:
jiaherng.song Sep 8, 2017 @ 9:51pm 
Just a quick tip: you can change your dns at your router if you hv multiple devices/pcs connected to it.
Private Huxley Sep 8, 2017 @ 8:06pm 
Good choice for those players who lived in countries where government censorship is rampant. VPN is illegal according to Steam's rules.
999999999 Sep 8, 2017 @ 4:11pm 
Neat! GJ!