How to Change Your iPad's DNS Servers

  Matt Cone       January 19, 2021      Tutorials iPad


Just like in macOS, you can change the DNS servers on your iPad. This can significantly speed up Safari and other iPad apps that use the internet. For a general introduction to DNS, and to learn why you would want to change the DNS servers on your iPad, see How to Change Your Mac’s DNS Servers.

Before we start, you should know a couple things about how your iPad handles DNS. First, these instructions only work for Wi-Fi connections - your iPad doesn’t allow you to change the DNS servers when connected to cellular networks. Also, the changes are network specific, so you’ll need to change the DNS servers every time you connect to a new wireless network. The good news is that your iPad remembers the settings, so you won’t have to do anything the second time you connect to a network.

Here’s how to change your iPad’s DNS servers:

  1. From the iPad’s home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Wi-Fi on the sidebar. The screen shown below appears.

    iPad network settings

  3. Tap the connected Wi-Fi network. The window shown below appears.

    iPad network settings

  4. Tap Configure DNS. The window shown below appears.

    iPad network settings

  5. Tap Manual.

  6. Delete the current DNS servers and enter the new DNS servers.

    • To use Cloudflare DNS, use the following DNS servers:
      • 1.1.1.1
      • 1.0.0.1
      • 2606:4700:4700::1111
      • 2606:4700:4700::1001
    • To use Google DNS, use the following DNS servers:
      • 8.8.8.8
      • 8.8.4.4
      • 2001:4860:4860::8888
      • 2001:4860:4860::8844
  7. Tap Save.

That’s it! You’ve updated your iPad’s DNS servers!

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