Change Android DNS Settings With These 5 DNS Changer Apps

When you type – in your web browser, your smartphone asks the DNS server for the corresponding IP address where that site is located, and once you have that information, you can open Google in your browser. In simple words, the job of DNS servers is to match your domain name (like with your IP address (like

By default, your ISP automatically assigns a DNS server, when your router or Android connects to the Internet; but you don’t have to use them.

Android does not allow you to change DNS servers when connected to mobile data. Which means that the following app works only for Wi-Fi connections. Also, the Google Chrome browser overrides the system DNS to use Google’s own DNS servers, which means that the Adblock DNS servers will not work in the Chrome browser.

Read: Find out who is connected to your WiFi network

One reason you may want to change the DNS servers assigned by your ISP is if you suspect that there is a problem with the ones you are using now. An easy way to check if there is a problem with the DNS server is to type the IP address of a website in the browser. If you can access the website with the IP address but not the name, the DNS server is probably having problems. Another reason to change DNS servers is if you are looking for better browsing speed, or to block malware, porn, or get American Netflix out of the states.

Now that you are convinced why you need different DNS settings, let’s see how you can change the DNS settings of your Android smartphone.

How to change Android DNS settings?

There are quite a few DNS change apps available on the PlayStore, but I’ll only cover two because the process is simple and there’s not much to do once you understand the basics.

1. Android native process

We are so used to searching for apps for everything we forget, Android is a smartphone operating system and it comes with a lot of built-in features. Whether they work as intended and how feature-rich is a different matter entirely.

Let’s see how it works.

Go Settings app on your Android phone and tap Wifi.

configure dns in android step 1

Hold down the Net you are connected and click Modify network on the pop-up screen.

dns configuration in android step 2

You will notice Advanced Options there. Click on it to reveal the IP settings where it will change from DHCP to Static. Basically, it allows you to enter your own settings.

dns configuration in android step 3

Scroll down a bit more and you should now see the DNS 1 and DNS 2 options where you can enter your new entries. On my OP2, it was preconfigured for Google DNS entries.

configure dns in android step 4

And that is, you can save changes to successfully update DNS settings on your Android. However, there is a problem with the above method. Before Android Nougat, you didn’t have to worry about entering your IP address, subnet mask, and all the network details. However, after the Android N update, now you have to take care of that too, otherwise the the save button will turn gray out of which means you cannot save your DNS settings. This is where third-party DNS switch apps come in.

2. DNS Changer Beta (no root)

While there is no shortage of DNS change apps on the Play Store, most of them either don’t work or are full of ads. DNS Changer Beta, on the other hand, is not only free, it comes without annoying ads.

In addition to the usual features, such as a list of DNS servers to choose from and the option to stop or start using DNS to browse the internet, there are a few additional features that I liked. You can disable the notification in the notification center. You can remove the icon in the status bar so that no one knows better.

According to your description on Google Play, when the app stops working, you get a push notification with an explanation and a possible solution. However, I have yet to see that.

You can choose to run the application directly from startup and password protect the application. The list of free DNS servers has more options like Verizon and Norton. The latter will also help you block sites with adult content.

beta dns changer

Apart from this, the application will also allow you to configure the IPv4 and IPv6 settings, and the latter can be disabled if you wish. If there is a DNS server configuration that you want to use but it is not available in the list, you can create your own entry.

Here comes the part that I like. The app works with Tasker out of the box. If you don’t know what Tasker is, I highly recommend that you check it out. Your phone will be on autopilot and you can thank me later.

There is a whitelist option for the applications that you want to use with their default DNS servers. The application is open source and completely secure. If you want, you can also check DNS man which is available at F-Droid free and works fine.

Pro: No root required, easy and simple to use

With: Since the app is creating a VPN connection, in theory, they can monitor all your browsing data. Also, VPN can cause rapid battery drain.

check DNS Changer Beta (Free)

3. Override DNS (root)

Unlike the previous app, this one will need a rooted Android smartphone. If you don’t know how to root it, you can visit XDA Developer Forum to learn it or use the above app. The process is complicated and there is always the risk of locking your phone. Now with that out of the way, let’s take a look at Override DNS.

The general process remains the same where you can choose from a drop-down menu of pre-configured DNS settings or you can choose to enter your custom values.

override dns

Pro: The reason this app is listed is that, unlike other apps, Override DNS will not create a VPN, but instead changes the internal network settings, which means less battery consumption and better performance. It also ensures privacy, as no one sees your internet traffic. The developer is known to be very responsive, so if in doubt, just connect with him.

With: The only problem with OverRide DNS is that you will need a rooted Android device for it to work.

Download Override DNS ($ 2)

4. Netguard

Netguard is a popular name when it comes to blocking Internet access in specific applications. But in this article, I am not referring to the version of Netguard that is available on the Play Store, but the one that many of you are using to block ads. The app is free to use and available on Github, which you’ll have to download if you’re not already using it.

In addition to protecting you from unwanted ads at the application level and offering robust firewall features, you can also use Netguard to change DNS settings.

Open the application and go to Settings, Advanced options. This is where you will find options to change DNS, subnet mask, and manage all your internet traffic the way you want.

netguard dns configuration

Pro: If you are already using Netgard to block internet access to certain applications, then it makes sense to use it as a DNS changer.

With: Since DNS changer is not the advertised feature, the interface is not very intuitive like the other apps on the list.

Download Netguard (Free)

5. DNS Manager (with DNSCrypt)

This application, as its name suggests, comes with built-in DNSCrypt. Great, so what does it do and why do I care? DNSCrypt’s job is to mask your DNS queries so that no one knows what you are doing on your smartphone, as it was always supposed to be, but it doesn’t.

The application has a free version that has bugs and may or may not work depending on your model and version of the operating system, and how lucky you are! The pro version, available for $ 1.99, works fine.

dns manager pro

The UI of the app is too simple, but as long as it works as advertised it’s fine by me. The pro version is ad-free and comes with all the features we saw in previous DNS apps.

Download DNS Manager (with DNSCrypt) ($ 1.99)

How do you know if you have changed the DNS servers correctly?

Like the MAC address of your computer, DNS servers do not go beyond the router. So there is no way for you to check your DNS servers using an online website like you do with your IP address. However, there are still few things you can do.

First of all, be sure to flush your DNS cache for the effect to take place; On Android, you can do it by simply restarting the device. Then download the PingTools app from the Google Play store and look for the DNS section within it.

If you are using OpenDNS as your DNS resolver, just go to If you have done the setup correctly, you will see “Welcome to OpenDNS!” and if not, you will get an ‘Opps’ page.

Conclusion: DNS changer apps

I like DNS Changer Beta best because it offers a lot more control over my DNS settings and how I browse the web. The whitelist option is useful because I don’t want all applications to use it. I also use some regional applications.

I use Netguard because it allows me to manage my DNS settings and protects me from unwanted advertisements. I don’t have to use 2 separate apps now.

If you have a rooted Android phone, DNS Override is a good option. It offers privacy and better performance over other applications.

Even if you are happy with your ISP’s default DNS settings, I would recommend that you try this once and see how it works. You will most likely see some kind of improvement. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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