What DNS am I using? Mac, Windows, Android, iOS


As you all know, DNS (Domain Name System) server is a Computer server that maintains, manages and processes a complete database of public IP Addresses and their associated Hostnames.

Do you Know…?

DNS Servers fall into four main categories. They are as follows:

  • DNS recursive resolver.
  • DNS root nameserver.
  • TLD nameserver.
  • Authoritative nameserver.

I think many of you have a doubt as I had- What DNS am I using right…? If yes, then am pretty sure that this article will be useful for you. Before few weeks, I too had this same doubt and I was a bit confused about this. Somehow,  I had found out the DNS Server which am I using with the help of methods given below. It works well and you can also just try it out to find your DNS Server.
Listed below are the methods to know what DNS Server you are using on your device.

What DNS am I using on iOS?

Method 1: Use Wi-Fi
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  1. Launch Settings ->Wi-Fi.
  2. Now you will see the Wi-Fi Networks you are connected to.
  3. Tap (i) icon next to the Wi-Fi Network connected with your iPhone.
  4. Scroll down to see “Configure DNS” and then tap it..
  5. Finally, you will see the DNS Server that you are using.

Method 2: Use Network Analyzer Pro App
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Network Analyzer provides wide range of tools like Wi-Fi Network setup, internet connectivity, and also detects all the network devices that are connected via Wi-Fi or VPN. This App contains standard net diagnostic tools such as traceroute, ping, DNS lookup, whois, port scanner, network information, and more. Using this app you can see find out what DNS server you are using.

  1. Firstly download and install Network Analyzer App from iTunes Store.
  2. Launch the Network Analyzer.
  3. You will be able to see options like Information, LAN, Tools, Speed, About, and FAQ.
  4. Tap “Information” and then select “DNS Server IP”.
  5. Finally, you can see the DNS Server that you are using.

What DNS am I using on Mac?

Method 1: Use Network
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  1. On your Mac, go to Apple Menu -> System Preferences.
  2. Tap on the Network icon.
  3. Select the network connection you want to check for from the left-hand pane.
  4. Tap “Advanced” and the “DNS” tab.
  5. Now you can see the DNS Server that you are using.

Method 2: Use Terminal
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  1. Open Terminal (by using spotlight search/Applications/Utilities folder)
  2. Type the following commands:

                                cat  /etc/resolv.conf

                                                 (or)
Scutil –dns

  1. Press Enter and now you can see the DNS Server that you are using.

What DNS am I using on Windows/PC?

Method 1: Use Command
windows-terminal

  1. Firstly tap the Search button on the taskbar.
  2. Next, type cmd in the search box.
  3. Select “Command Prompt” on the top of the screen.
  4. Execute the below command:

 1pconfig  /all | findstr  /R “DNS\ servers”  

  1. Press Enter.

Method 2: Use Network and Sharing Center
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  1. Firstly, type net in the search box on taskbar.
  2. Open Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click Ethernet to continue and tap “Details” (Ethernet Status Window).
  4. Now you can check the DNS Server address that you are using.

What DNS am I using on Android?

Method 1: Use Network Connection
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  1. On your Phone, launch Settings.
  2. Select the Wi-Fi icon and long press the network you are connected with.
  3. Tap “Modify Network” and then mark “Show Advanced Options”.
  4. Now change the “IP settings” to “Static”.
  5. After changing into Static, a menu will appear with DNS Settings to edit.
  6. Add the DNS Server IP’s to and “DNS 2” fields.
  7. Finally, save the Settings.

Method 2: Use Network Info II
network-info-app
Network Info  II app helps in getting the detailed information of your phone, bluetooth, IPv6, cell connection, current network, Public IP & hostname and more. Using this app you can find out the DNS Server which you are using on your device.

  1. Firstly download and install Network Info II from Play Store.
  2. Launch the App and go to “Wi-Fi” tab.
  3. Under Wi-Fi tab, you can see the DNS Server you are using.

Hope this article will be useful for you. If you have any doubt regarding this article, you can share with us via comments section. Thank You…

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