How to Change DNS on iPhone/iPad/iPod

Sometimes, You may need to change DNS addresses on your iOS devices like iPhone, iPad or iPod. It is effortless to do. But, Many people don’t know how to do it. Especially, Most people have no idea on how to change DNS on iPhone for cellular data. By the way, This article is for the people who want know the ways to do it.

How to Change DNS on iPhone/iPad/iPod for WiFi and Cellular (3G/4G/5G)

Average users don’t need to change any settings related to the DNS. But, Some users do. Here are the methods you can follow.

1. Change DNS for WiFi on iPhone

Changing domain name server addresses for WiFi is very easy. To do it, you will need to follow these steps.

  • First of all, Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  • Then, Go to WiFi, Turn it on and connect to a zone.
  • Now, Tap on the exclamatory sign next to the Wi-Fi zone name. It will lead you to a new setting page where you will find many options.
  • Just find Configure DNS and tap on it.
  • Set it to Manual and delete any existing server addresses. You can tap on the red minus sign and then tap on Delete button.
  • Now, Tap on Add Server and set your preferred DNS.
  • Then, Tap on Save.
setting dns sever manually for iPhone

You are done. From now, your iOS device will be using the new DNS. You can disconnect and reconnect to the WiFi to take effect.

2. Change DNS Server Address for Cellular

Changing it for WiFi is very simple. When it comes to Cellular, you have no way except third-party apps. There are apps in the app store that can override DNS on iPhone. Unfortunately, You may need to purchase to unlock this feature. I have not found any free way to change DNS for cellular on iPhone.

Anyway, You can use an app called DNS Override. You can download it from the app store. After installing, just open it. You will find the most popular DNS addresses. You also can add any domain name server addresses manually. But, When you want to use any DNS addresses, you need the override feature. To get it, you will need to pay a one-time amount of $1.99.

3. Set DNS on Router to have Benefit on iOS Devices

It is another way to change DNS. In fact, You are changing it on your Wi-Fi router. But, You will also get the benefit on all connected devices including iPhones. To change DNS on router settings, you should check the router manuals. But, Here are the conventional steps to do it.

  • At first, Go to your router login page on your browser and then login with your admin username and password.
  • Then, Go to network settings/WLAN or any similar options.
  • Now, Find the option to change DNS settings and set your preferred DNS addresses.
  • Save it and restart your router.

How to Verify that DNS Change has been Working on iPhone?

It is a common question. Well, there is an excellent way to verify that DNS change has taken effect on iPhone/iPad.

To do it, simply set OpenDNS as your preferred DNS. The address is,

open dns verify welcome confirmed

After doing everything accordingly, go to from your iOS device and see what it’s saying. If it says “Welcome to OpenDNS. Your internet is safer, faster …..”, it means your DNS change has worked. If not, you may need to verify that you have done everything correctly.

So, These are the ways to change DNS on iPhone or any other iOS devices. Hopefully, This article will help you.

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