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How to Use CloudFlare 1.1.1.1 DNS on Computer and Smartphone

Most of the web surfers and smartphone users might have heard about CloudFlare 1.1.1.1 DNS. It is said to be faster than (according to CloudFlare) the popular OpenDNS and Google Public DNS. Cloudflare is mainly focusing on the privacy, so you can ensure a more secure web surfing. Setting up CloudFlare 1.1.1.1 DNS is simple. Here is how it is for newbie.

CloudFlare DNS can be used as an alternative to your current ISP’s DNS for faster and secure web surfing. There are several reasons for slow internet connections. Sometimes slow DNS server of your ISP’s cause trouble to you. In that case, by changing the DNS server may resolve your problem.

Cloudflare DNS uses 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 for IPv4 and 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001 for IPv6 connections. If you wish to switch from your default ISP DNS to Cloudflare DNS, then here is how it is for your computer and smartphone.

The simplest way to surf through CloudFlare DNS on all platforms (computer and mobile), is changing it in your router. To do that, login your Router settings using your router’s gateway IP address (for example, 192.168.1.1). After login, click on DNS and click ‘Set DNS manually’. Change the value for Pv4 to 1.1.1.1 (DNS 1) and 1.0.0.1 (DNS 2). For IPv6, change the value to 2606:4700:4700::1111 (DNS 1) and 2606:4700:4700::1001 (DNS 2).

To use Cloudflare DNS on Android, go to Wi-Fi settings and long tap on the connected network. Select Modify network, tap on Advanced options and change IP settings to Static. Scroll down and type 1.1.1.1 in DNS 1 and 1.0.0.1 in DNS 2 tab. Tap Save.

To add Cloudflare DNS on iPhone & iPad, go Wi-Fi settings and tap on the preferred Wi-Fi network. Tap on Configure DNS and select Manual.Under DNS Servers, delete any existing entries if any by tapping the red minus button and then tap on Add Server. Type 1.1.1.1. Once again, tap on Add Server and type 1.0.0.1.


 That’s it. Now, how to find out which DNS service is fastest for you? Here is a free benchmarking tool to determine the performance of local and remote DNS nameservers.

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