how to access a web without censorship and faster

The DNS server is the first intermediary between our devices and the website. According to its supplier, this can cause problems. With this file, you will know more about this key element of the web, which server to choose to surf faster and how to configure your Android or iOS smartphone or PC.

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Changing DNS is an idea that comes up regularly. This makes it possible in particular to escape a form of censorship or sometimes to speed up web browsing. It is also a good reflex when you lose access to the web, especially in the case of an Orange failure.

What is a DNS server?

DNS for Domain Name System means the system put in place to make the equivalence between the URLs written in text (“www.frandroid.com” for example) and the IP addresses of the servers which are hidden under these URLs. To put it simply, the DNS server is a directory of the sites on which you surf.

Without going into details, here is a brief summary of how this system works.

Frandroid DNS Server Query

The user enters a web address in his browser (here ” www.frandroid.com “), the device will then send a request to the DNS server, by default that of its operator, which will look at its register and return the IP address of the corresponding server in response. The device can then send the HTTP request to the server in question and access the website.

Potential problems

This short explanation of how DNS works has several implications.

Your request may be intercepted

First, as you will have understood, each time you type a URL in the address bar of your browser, it is sent to the DNS server. These requests are usually made clear “, which means that an intermediary can stand between you and the server and act maliciously.

Another type of diversion is possible. If you type an incorrect URL that does not refer to any web page, the DNS provider may choose to display a page of its choice instead, for example the home page of a site that displays advertisements.

Your browsing data may be collected

Likewise, the DNS server can record requests from your devices to build a profile and possibly cross-check it with other data, if you are customers of other services of the provider of the DNS server used.

You can censor part of the web

Not all DNS servers offer the same registry. Indeed, the law of a State can for example oblige the supplier of a DNS server to remove certain addresses from the register. This is the case in France where the Paris court (at the time the tribunal de grande instance) ordered French operators to remove the address of The Pirate Bay site from their DNS servers.

Fortunately, it is possible to very simply change your DNS server and thus escape Internet censorship in France and protect yourself.

Which DNS server to choose?

Configuring an alternative DNS server to that of its operator can solve these various problems and even speed up web access thanks to better response time. But then, which DNS server should you choose? There is a huge selection and we have selected a few.

Quad9

Quad9 is a non-profit association created by IBM, PCH and Global Cyber ​​Alliance. The Quad9 DNS server puts the main emphasis on security, since the server will analyze the requested URL and prevent risks if the URL in question points to a malicious site or server. However, the association promises not to accept any form of censorship and therefore will not block anything other than malicious content (pages containing a malwarevirus, phishing attempt, etc.).

The data collected by the service is anonymized and possibly shared with security partners, but never for marketing purposes.

  • the IPv4 address of the server: 9.9.9.9
  • IPv6 address: 2620:fe::fe
  • HTTPS: https://dns.quad9.net/dns-query
  • TLS: tls://dns.quad9.net

Cloudflare

Cloudflare got their hands on the world’s easiest to remember IP address and assigned it to their DNS server: 1.1.1.1. The firm promises with this DNS server to provide access to the web without censorship and faster than the competition.

Regarding privacy, Cloudflare admits to collecting user data to improve its other services, but promises not to make any other commercial use of it, by selling it to advertisers for example.

  • the server address : 1.1.1.1
  • IPv6 address: 2606:4700:4700::1111
  • HTTPS: https://dns.cloudflare.com/dns-query
  • TLS: tls://1dot1dot1dot1.cloudflare-dns.com

AdGuard DNS

AdGuard has long been a popular app on iOS to integrate an ad blocker into the Safari browser. The company has extended its services to the creation of a DNS and a VPN service. It is AdGuard DNS that we are going to talk about here. The service still promises to block ads and trackers, but also to guarantee your privacy by not recording your browsing.

  • the IPv4 address of the server: 94.140.14.14
  • the IPv6 address: 2a10:50c0::ad1:ff
  • HTTPS: https://dns.adguard.com/dns-query
  • TLS: dns.adguard.com

How to change DNS server on Android?

Switch in one click with Cloudflare

To make it easier to access its DNS, Cloudflare has released an app on Android that allows one-click to change device settings. This application should eventually allow access to the firm’s free VPN.

Android allows by default to configure an alternative DNS server for Wi-Fi connection, but not for a 3G/4G connection. Here’s how to do it in both situations.

Once the application is installed, just click on the central button to activate the DNS. So the app is really easy to use.

On Android 9.0 Pie or higher

Since Android 9.0 Pie, the version released in 2018, Google has offered better DNS management with private DNS mode, which also provides encryption of the connection to the server. If you have a smartphone using this version, here is the procedure to follow.

  • Go to settings, then network and Internet, then advanced preferences and finally, private DNS;
  • select Private DNS provider hostname;
  • indicate the host address according to the chosen service. For instance :
    • 1dot1dot1dot1.cloudflare-dns.com for Cloudflare
    • dns.quad9.net for Quad9.

Configure a DNS server for Wi-Fi

To customize the DNS server address on a Wi-Fi connection, you must go to the settings from his Android device. Then go to the Wi-Fi settings, then follow the steps below for each Wi-Fi network:

  • be connected to the Wi-Fi network;
  • long press on the name of the Wi-Fi network: modify the network;
  • open the advanced options at the bottom of the menu;
  • change the IP setting from DHCP to Static;
  • fill in the IP address field with the proposed IP address;
  • populate the DNS 1 and DNS 2 fields with two selected DNS servers.

Note that DNS 2 will serve as an alternative when DNS 1 does not respond.

Configure a DNS server for 3G/4G networks

Android does not provide easily accessible settings to modify the DNS settings of the mobile connection. Fortunately, this configuration is still possible with a simple application.

We chose to use DNS Changer, a free, ad-free app that manages both mobile connections and Wi-Fi connections. To work, this application configures a local VPN on the smartphone.

The use is very simple, just enter the IP addresses of the chosen servers, or use the option ” Default DNS Addresses to choose directly from a list of known DNS servers.

The app then requests permission to create the local VPN and takes care of everything else.

How to change DNS server on iPhone and iPad?

As on Android, iOS makes it very easy to configure a new DNS network on a Wi-Fi network. For a 4G network, the easiest way is once again to go through the CloudFlare solution, available for free on the App Store.

To set the DNS for your Wi-Fi network, start by opening your iPhone or iPad settings, then go to Wi-Fi settings. Then click on the “i” located to the left of your network.

At the bottom of the page you will find an option called “Configure DNS”. Click on it and pass it to Manual. You can then Add Server and enter custom DNS addresses. To finalize the operation, click on To register top right.

How to change DNS server on Windows 10?

On Windows 10, it is possible to go through different DNS depending on your connection. It is therefore necessary to change them for each of your networks, including when it is the same wired or wireless network, or if you happen to connect in both IPv4 and IPv6 . In all cases, the manipulation is the same and must be repeated for each network.

First, go to your computer’s settings (right-click on the Windows logo on your taskbar, then Settings). There you will find a sub-menu dedicated to Network and Internetand finally the Network and Sharing Center.

In the side menu of the window that then opens, select Change card settings, then right-click on the connection you are interested in and go to its properties.

In the properties of your connection, select the protocol to which you want to apply your new DNS (Internet Protocol version 4 or Internet Protocol version 6), then click on Properties. Whether ” Obtain DNS server addresses automatically is checked, select ” Use the following DNS server address and complete the Preferred DNS Server and Alternate DNS Server boxes with the IPs of your preferred DNS server.

All you have to do is click on OK to validate your changes.

How to change DNS server on Windows 11?

The instructions for changing DNS server in Windows 11 are very simple.

  • Open the app Settings Windows 11;
  • on the “Network and Internet” tab, choose either “Ethernet” or “Wi-Fi” depending on the connection mode;
  • click on “Edit” in front of “DNS server assignment”;
  • select “Manual”;
  • tick IPv4;
  • indicate the address of the selected DNS server (for example “1.1.1.1”);
  • if the specified DNS server is compatible, Windows 11 offers you to use DNS encryption;
  • click on “Save” to validate your choice.

Windows 11 change DNS Server

That’s it, you can now surf the internet faster, avoiding possible censorship.

Another way to avoid censorship is also to get a VPN. Frandroid now has a VPN comparator to choose the best provider, whether to watch the American Netflix catalog to better protect your privacy.


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