How To Use Google Public DNS Servers?

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Google is a huge company which provides paid and free services. It mainly operates in IT and internet area. Internet uses DNS in order to solve domain names into IP addresses. Because internet infrastructure works with IP addresses. Google provides free DNS servers which can be used for fast and free domain resolution. In this tutorial we will learn Google DNS features and how to use in Linux, Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali,  Windows, Windows Server.

Google DNS Features

Google provides DNS servers over following IP addresses.

  • 8.8.8.8 is used for IPv4
  • 8.8.4.4 is alternative IPv4 to the 8.8.8.8
  • 2001:4860:4860::8888  is used for IPv6

It is fast because provided in different areas of the world.

Google Public DNS Web Page

Google also provides a web page named Google Public DNS . This web page is served via <a href="https://dns.google.com">https://dns.google.com</a> . It is looking like a Google Search where we need to put IPv4, IPv6 address or host name.

Google Public DNS Web Page
Google Public DNS Web Page

Set For Windows Operating System

Now we will set 8.8.8.8 as DNS server IP address for different operating systems like Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7,  Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016 .

Open following Network and Sharing Center screen by following Control Panel->All Control Panel Items->Network and Sharing Center .

Control Panel
Control Panel

Click Ethernet0 where we will change DNS for this interface.

Ethernet Status
Ethernet Status

Then click to the Properties which will open detailed configuration of the interface.

Ethernet Properties
Ethernet Properties

Select Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and click properties.

Internet Protocol Version 4 Properties
Internet Protocol Version 4 Properties

Select Use the following DNS server address and put 8.8.8.8 to the Preferred DNS server  and click OK.

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Set For Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali, Fedora, CentOS, RedHat

We will prefer to use GUI of XFCE. Open Network Connections screen which will look like below or similar.

Network Connection
Network Connection

And select the interface we want to set which is netplan-ens33 in this example and click Edit .

Edit Network Connection
Edit Network Connection

Select IPv4 Settings tab and choose Automatica(DHCP) addresses only for Method .

Edit Network Connection IPv4
Edit Network Connection IPv4

Enter 8.8.8.8 to the DNS servers configuration like below and click OK.

Change DNS Server
Change DNS Server

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