How to Change Your DNS Settings on Mac (And Why You Might Want To)

Ben Stegner 02-11-2016

There are several protocols and systems in place that make the internet function as it does. We’ve discussed DNS (domain name system) How To Change Your DNS Servers & Improve Internet Security Imagine this - you wake up one beautiful morning, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and then sit down at your computer to get started with your work for the day. Before you actually get... Read More in the past. This component translates user-friendly website names into machine-friendly IP addresses, and makes for a seamless browsing experience.


Your computer likely obtains DNS info automatically from your internet service provider, but you can use an alternate DNS service if you’d like. This can potentially bring greater security and even unblock region-restricted content How to Bypass Blocked Sites and Internet Restrictions Need to access a blocked website? Try these tips and tricks to bypass internet restrictions and view the content you want. Read More . Here’s how to change your DNS settings on a Mac.

Click the System Preferences icon in your Dock or go to Apple > System Preferences. Select the Network icon and make sure your current connection is highlighted on the left side. Click the Advanced button, then the DNS tab. On the left side, you’ll see a current list of your DNS addresses. Go ahead and click the little plus icon below this list to add a new one.

Here, you’ll need to plug in some DNS provider information. Consult a public DNS list for any address you could imagine, or use one of these few popular ones:

Google DNS: for primary, for secondary.

VeriSign Public DNS: primary; secondary.


Click OK when you’re all set, then Apply on the resulting pop-up to apply these changes to your current network settings. That’s it! You’re now using an alternate DNS provider when browsing on your Mac.

For more on DNS, read about how a major DNS provider was attacked last week Why Your Favorite Website Was Down Today [Updated] Hackers launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Dyn this morning. The attack was responsible for taking down or interrupting traffic to a host of popular websites. Read More , bringing several major websites down.

Are you sticking with the default DNS settings for your Mac, or will you try an alternative? Let us know in the comments!

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