How to Enable Encrypted DNS (DNS over HTTPS) on Windows 11

Step 1: Open Settings

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on the Settings (gear) icon in the left-hand menu to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Access Network & Internet Settings

  1. In the Settings window, click on Network & Internet.

Step 3: Open Advanced Network Settings

  1. Scroll down and click on Advanced network settings under the “Related settings” section.

Step 4: Change Adapter Options

  1. Click on Change adapter options. This will open a window displaying your network connections.

Step 5: Open Connection Properties

  1. Right-click on the network connection you are currently using (e.g., Ethernet or Wi-Fi) and select Properties from the context menu.
Step 6: Configure DNS Settings
  1. In the Properties window, scroll down and find the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) entry, depending on your network configuration.
  2. Select it and click on the Properties button.

Step 7: Enable Encrypted DNS (DNS over HTTPS)

  1. In the next window, click on the Use the following DNS server addresses option.
  2. In the “Preferred DNS server” field, enter the address of a DNS resolver that supports DNS over HTTPS (e.g., 1.1.1.1 for Cloudflare or 8.8.8.8 for Google). You can check the DNS provider’s website for their specific DNS over HTTPS server addresses.
  3. Click OK to save your settings.

Step 8: Verify Configuration

  1. To confirm that encrypted DNS is working, you can visit the website https://1.1.1.1/help if you’re using Cloudflare DNS, or https://dns.google/resolve?name=example.com if you’re using Google DNS over HTTPS. These pages will show you if your DNS queries are encrypted.

By following these steps, you can enable encrypted DNS on both Windows 10 and Windows 11, helping to protect your online privacy and security.

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