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How to set up Cloudflare privacy-focused DNS service on your Android and iOS devices

Focused on enhancing privacy, Cloudflare's newly launched DNS does not store your data for more than 24 hours. Here's how to set up and use Cloudflare DNS on your smartphones.

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Today, online privacy has become more important than ever, especially after the fallout of FacebookCambridge Analytica scam. Cloudflare, the Content Delivery Network (CDN) provider announced the launch of its privacy-focused, Domain Name System (DNS) for consumers. The easy-to-remember IP address was previously owned by APNIC, and thanks to the new partnership, Cloudflare will use the network to host its DNS service.

“We wanted to reach a wider audience. At the same time, we’re geeks at heart. has 4 1s. So it seemed clear that 4/1 (April 1st) was the date we needed to launch it,” Cloudflare said in a blog post. Most DNS services out there not only log your queries, but also sell this data to third-party services. Keeping these concerns in mind, Cloudflare has launched service to ensure privacy, and also ensure faster connectivity through Cloudflare’s distributed network. For enhanced security, Cloudflare is using DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS. The system is also designed to erase all DNS query logs after 24 hours.

In terms of performance, Cloudflare claims its DNS is currently the fastest with a global response time of 14ms, compared to query speed of 21ms by OpenDNS, whereas Google DNS scores 35ms in the same test. For those unaware, Google also offers free DNS service and

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Cloudflare DNS uses and for IPv4 connections, and 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001 for IPv6 connections. Now, let’s go ahead and see how to set it up the new DNS on your Android and iOS devices.

How to add Cloudflare DNS on your Android device

Step One

Head over to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Wi-Fi on your smartphone. (Menu options may be different on different smartphones. For instance, on Samsung phones, you will find this under Connections).

Step Two

Select the Wi-Fi network that you are connected to, and tap on hold on it. Next, tap on “Modify Network.” (On some phones, the option may be called “Manage Network Settings”)

Step Three

Now, tap on “Show Advanced Options” and tap on “IP settings.” By default, it will be set to DHCP, and you’ll have to change it to Static.

Step Four

Here, you will see DNS 1 and DNS 2 options. Delete whatever is already existing, and put in DNS 1, and in DNS 2. Once this is done, tap on save, and you’re good to go.

How to add Cloudflare DNS on your iPhone or iPad

Step One

Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap on your Wi-Fi network.

Step Two

Tap on Configure DNS and change it from Automatic to Manual.

Step Three

Under DNS Servers, tap on the “+” icon and enter Once again tap on the “+” icon and enter, and then tap on save button on the top right. That’s it, you’re good to go.

Once this is done, you should successfully switch to Cloudflare DNS on your Android and iOS smartphone. There are a few things you need to note though. To begin with, the changes are only applicable for the specific Wi-Fi network. So, if you have configured it for your office network, you’ll have to repeat the same procedure for your home or any other Wi-Fi network that use to access internet on your smartphone. Also, DNS will only work when you connect to internet using Wi-Fi network, and not when using 3G / 4G connections.

  • Published Date: April 2, 2018 4:15 PM IST