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Add Google Public DNS to Your Windows PC to Speed Up Web Browsing

To speed up web browsing the Domain Name System (DNS) provided by your ISP is probably slower than other alternatives. Here’s how to add Google’s Public DNS to your Windows 7 or Vista PC.

DNS translates IP addresses to an easy to remember name. For example, if you type: 64.90.59.127 into your browser address bar. It resolves to groovypost.com. Think of DNS as the Internet’s phone book.

IP Address Bar

Remembering a name like groovypost.com is much easier than remembering the IP address.

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Google Public DNS provides a faster way to get to websites faster.

To add Google Public DNS to your Windows 7 or Vista computer, click Start and type: networks and sharing center into the search box and hit Enter.

Start Search

Next, click Change Adapter Settings.

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In the Network Connections screen, right-click Local Area Connection then Properties.
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Local Area Connection Properties comes up. Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCT/IPv4) then click Properties.

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In the next screen, select Use the Following DNS Server Address.

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Type: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 in the Preferred and Alternate DNS Server fields. They can be in either order. Click OK.

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Close out of the other open Network Configuration windows. Then launch your web browser and test out various busy sites to see if they load faster.

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That’s it. There are other alternate DNS services like OpenDNS and DynDNS you can try too. I’ll be covering those is future articles.

So far I’ve had great luck using Google Public DNS – especially while browsing in Chrome.

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12 Responses to Add Google Public DNS to Your Windows PC to Speed Up Web Browsing

  1. azurehi November 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    will this process work with windows xp? linux?

    • LL November 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

      Yes, it will work with any device that connects to the network so long as you can change the DNS settings. Adding this to the XBOX now.

  2. Brian Burgess November 4, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    @azurehi: Yep. Works on any OS that allows you to change DNS settings. Including your router – which I will be covering in an article soon!

    • Curtis Kline December 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

      I believe programming the router with OpenDNS is recommended, especially if you want to do blanket network filtering for your whole home or office. You can exempt specific computers by hard-coding other DNS servers on individual machines for non-filtered access. Helps prevent a lot of malware and viruses, I believe.

  3. Anthony November 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    I was able to use this trick one time when Comcast’s DNS servers were down for a few days.

  4. Curtis November 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Or… use OpenDNS to get free content filtering for any network!

    Also pretty fast, and less evil than Google.

    208.67.222.222
    208.67.220.220

    • ejes November 9, 2011 at 7:26 am #

      I agree with Curtis.

      Do NOT use Google’s, use OpenDNS they even provide free malware filtering.

      208.67.222.222
      208.67.220.220

  5. VOXPOP November 10, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    i WAS going to ask if the google dns was faster than open dns..but i guess you haven’t gotten that far yet..BUT in case i’m wrong and you HAVE gotten that far….is it? lol
    thanks

    • VOXPOP November 10, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      OOPS! i guess i shooda read the previous comments re google/open dns comparisons

      • Curtis Kline December 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

        Sorry for the delay. No, personally I haven’t tried google’s DNS. I’ve just always been with OpenDNS. I hate slow loading pages, and I wouldn’t still use it, were it functionally slow. Any lag in DNS queries appears to be unnoticeable.

  6. coloradosprings July 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I have changed DNS servers many times over the years, both Google and openDNS, and others. I have not found that any of them are faster than Comcasts defaults, which are assigned in your router dynamically. It’s a good learning experience, but don’t expect any changes in speed and security, IMHO.

    • Steve Krause July 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      If anything it’s probably a bit more secure not using google for DNs. They already have your search data. Bit a bad idea not giving them your surfing data also. 🙂

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