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Google's public DNS is a free solution that can be used on Windows PCs or macOS to improve the Internet. The DNS (Domain Name System) is the bridge that is responsible for translating the IPs of the sites into friendly addresses such as, for example, the IP 186.192.90.5 on Globo. This service is provided by Internet operators, but the servers are not always good, and may fail and prevent access to websites or be slow. The solution, in this case, is to use a reliable alternative such as Google's public DNS.

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In the following tutorial, check out how to change your computer's DNS address and use Google's DNS. The walkthrough shows how to perform the procedure on PCs with Windows 10 and also on the Mac. In the latter, the images were captured on macOS Catalina, but the tips also apply to other versions of the Apple system.

  Google's DNS can help improve the Internet on Windows and macOS Photo: Divulgao / Creative Commons  Google's DNS can help improve the Internet on Windows and macOS Photo: Divulgao / Creative Commons

Google's DNS can help improve the Internet on Windows and macOS Photo: Divulgao / Creative Commons

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How to use Google DNS on Windows

Step 1. Click on the Wi-Fi icon, left of the clock, and go to "Network and Internet Settings";

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Access Windows network settings Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Step 2. In the left sidebar of the settings window, open "Ethernet". right, click "Change adapter options";

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Open the network adapter settings Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Step 3. Right-click on the network adapter you want to change the DNS for and access the properties;

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Access the adapter properties Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Step 4. Select "Protocol IP Verso 4 (TCP / IPv4)" and click "Properties";

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Registering Google's DNS server Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Step 5. Activate the option "Use the following DNS server addresses" and, below, enter the Google DNS addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. Finally, press "OK" to save.

Using Google DNS on macOS

Step 1. Access the macOS network settings. To do this, click on the Wi-Fi icon, to the left of the clock, and go to "Open Network Preferences …";

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Access macOS network settings Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Step 2. In the left column, select the network you would like to change the DNS for, and on the right, click on "Advanced …";

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Switched network settings Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Step 4. In the "DNS" tab, press "+" and enter the address of Google's DNS servers 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. To delete existing addresses, select and press "". Then click "OK";

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Registering the Google DNS Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Step 5. Returning to the previous screen to the network preferences, click "Apply".

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Apply the settings Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

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