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How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice

How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice

The Web as we know it today is powered by a technology called the 'Domain Name System,' also known as DNS. It acts like a phone book for the internet, linking web servers with their corresponding website domain names. DNS is what takes you to Google when you type in google.com, so as you can imagine, DNS is a critical part of the infrastructure of the internet.

While most people simply use the default DNS servers provided by their carrier or internet service provider, alternative servers do exist. Google Public DNS has been a popular option for years, and CloudFlare's 1.1.1.1 DNS is a newer service that is quickly gaining ground.

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Android 11 makes it easier to discover DNS server problems

Android 11 makes it easier to discover DNS server problems

It can be difficult to troubleshoot why an internet connection isn't working, especially on mobile operating systems like Android. The DNS server your device is using could be the culprit, especially with many public networks blocking the ability to use custom servers. Android 11 now provides a more detailed explanation for why a network connection doesn't work, at least with DNS-related problems.

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