How To Use Google To Increase Your Internet Speed

Slow Internet is always frustrating. You need to wait for waaay toooo lonnnggg to get stuff done online. So, if you are having a terribly slow internet speed then this post is for you! Here I’ll show you how you can increase your internet speed using Google’s Public DNS.

Before Making any changes to your present slow internet connection, note down its DNS address.(Just in case this new method doesn’t work out for you). To learn how to see your DNS address, Read on without making any changes first. After you have noted down your DNS Address, you can start experiment with your internet.

Google’s Public DNS IPv4 Address:

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4

The Google Public DNS IPv6 addresses are as follows:

  • 2001:4860:4860::8888
  • 2001:4860:4860::8844

You can use any of the addresses mentioned above but do not mention the same address twice as primary and secondary.

Windows:

Step 1: Go to Control Panel

Step 2: Click on Network and Internet

Step 3: Go to Network and Sharing Center

Step 4: Click on Change Adapter Settings

>> To change the DNS for Ethernet, select the connection and right-click on it and select Properties

>>To change the DNS for Wireless connection, select the connection and right-click on it and select Properties

Step 5: Now, select the Networking tab

Step 6: Under this select “Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4)” or “Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv6)” and check the box.

Step 7: Now, click on Properties and then again click on Advanced

Step 8: Click on the DNS tab

Step 9: If there is already a DNS Address, note it down somewhere and delete it.

Step 10: Now click on Ok

Step 11: Select the option Use the Following DNS Server Addresses

Step 12: If you notice any addresses filled in the Preferred DNS Server and Alternate DNS Server, note them also.

Step 13: Now replace the addresses with Google DNS servers:

>>For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.

>>For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.

Step 14: Now restart your connection

Step 15: Test your setup now

MAC OS:

Follow the steps below to change the DNS address for MAC OS.

Step 1: Click on Apple

Step 2: Then click on System Preferences

Step 3: Now click on Network

Step 4: If the lock icon on the lower left of the screen is locked then unlock it to make changes

Step 5: Choose the connection for which you want to change the DNS address.

>>For Ethernet connection, click on Built-in Ethernet and then click on Advanced

>>For wireless connection, click on Airport and then click on Advanced

Step 6: Now select the DNS Tab

Note down any pre existing Addresses for backup and then press + to replace/add Google IP Addresse

>>For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.

>>For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.

>>For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.

Step 7: Now click on Apply and then Ok

Step 8: Now Test the new settings by the method mentioned at the end of this article

Routers

Router uses can configure your DNS server settings by following the steps below.

Changing your DNS settings on a router:

Step 1: Type the IP Address of the router’s admin console in your browser

Step 2: Enter your router settings by signing in.

Step 3: Find the DNS Address in the settings and note down the previous address for backup.

Step 4: Now replace those addresses with Google IP Addresses as mentioned in the beginning.

Step 5: Do not forget to save these settings.

Step 6: Now exit and restart your browser

Step 7: Test the settings using the method mentioned below.

Step 8: Google IP addresses:

>>For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.

>>For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.

>>For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.

Mobile or other devices

DNS servers are typically specified under advanced Wi-Fi settings. However, as every mobile device uses a different user interface for configuring DNS server settings,

Changing your DNS settings on a mobile device:

Step 1: Find the DNS settings in your mobile’s settings section.

Step 2: If there is an IP address already specified, note it down for backup.

Step 3: Now replace those addresses with the Google IP Addresses as mentioned below.

>>For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.

>>For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.

>>For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.

Step 4: Do not forget to save the settings.

Step 5: Now exit the settings and test your new settings as mentioned below.

Test Your New Internet Settings

In order to test the new Google DNS address, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: In your browser, enter any Domain name like http://www.google.com or http://www.facebook.com.

Step 2: If the desired page loads, then try bookmarking it and accessing it from the bookmarks section.

Step 3: If you are using Google Public DNS64 on an IPv6-only system, then repeat the above test with an IPv4-only hostname URL (such as http://ipv4.google.com/).

Step 4: If all goes well then you have successfully changed your DNS address to GoogleDNS, else go to the next step.

Step 5: From your browser, type in a fixed IP address. You can use http://216.218.228.119/ (which points to the test-ipv6.com website) as the URL.

>>If you are using Google Public DNS64 on an IPv6-only system, use http://[64:ff9b::d8da:e477]/as the URL instead. If this test does not work, you do not have access to a NAT64 gateway at the reserved prefix 64:ff9b::/96 and cannot use Google Public DNS64.

>>If you are using an IPv6-only system without Google Public DNS64, use http://[2001:470:1:18::119]/ as the URL instead.

Step 6: If this works properly, then try bookmarking the page, and accessing the it from the bookmark. If these tests work (but step 1 fails), then there is a problem with your DNS configuration; check the steps above to make sure you have configured everything correctly. If these tests do not work, go to step 3.

Step 7: Roll back the DNS changes you made and run the tests again. If the tests still do not work, then there is a problem with your network settings; contact your ISP or network administrator for assistance.

If you encounter any problems after setting Google Public DNS as your resolver, please run the diagnostic procedure.

Switching back to your old DNS Address

In order to switch back to your old DNS address, you have to replace the google DNS address with your old DNS address and uncheck the boxes like use the “Use the following DNS server addresses”.

If you face any issues in the process, just follow the steps mentioned above for the respective OS and make the appropriate changes.
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Shubham Agarwal

Shubham Agarwal is a Tech Maniac and a Gadget Freak. He is mostly interested in coding and programming apps, computer software and teaching people tricks that they can implement in their day to day life.