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How to Enable or Turn on DNS Over HTTPS on Windows 11

A comprehensive guide on how to enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) on Windows 11

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Using DNS over HTTPS (DoH) has become a significant development in Internet security and privacy. Through the encryption of DNS requests, this protocol protects the integrity of data transferred between your device and DNS servers, hence improving user privacy and security. Users of Windows 11 who are eager to enhance their online experience can take advantage of DoH by activating it on their computers.

This thorough guide gives you the information and techniques to easily switch to DNS over HTTPS and improve your online security experience, whether you’re a privacy-conscious person or just want to strengthen your defenses against online threats. Without further ado, let us get started.

What is DNS over HTTPS (DoH) on Windows 11?

DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is a technology that uses the HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Technology Secure) protocol to encrypt DNS (Domain Name System) requests. DNS is the mechanism that converts domain names that are readable by humans, such as www.facebook.com, into IP addresses that are used by computers to identify one another on the internet.

When you enable DNS over HTTPS on Windows 11, your DNS queries are sent through a secure connection and encrypted. By stopping outside parties from intercepting and tracking your DNS activity, this can improve privacy and security. If you are concerned about online privacy and want to add a layer of security to your internet activities, we suggest enabling this feature.

How do I Enable DNS Over HTTPS on Windows 11?

1. Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Via Windows 11 Settings

You can enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) via Windows 11 settings by following the steps outlined below.

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings application.
  2. Click Network & Internet on the left-hand side, then choose your primary internet connection (either WiFi or Ethernet).
    Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Windows 11
  3. Next, select Hardware properties.
    Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Windows 11
  4. On the next menu, locate the DNS Server Assignment section and click on the Edit button close to it.
  5. Now, click the drop-down menu and select Manual, then turn on the toggle for IPv4.
    Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Windows 11
  6. In the Preferred DNS section, input 8.8.8.8, and in the Alternate DNS, input 8.8.4.4.
  7. In the same window, turn on DNS over HTTPs.
    Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Windows 11
  8. Now repeat this same process for IPv6. Turn on its toggle and enter  2001:4860:4860::8888 in the Preferred DNS section.
  9. Next, input 2001:4860:4860::8844 in the Alternate DNS section. Ensure to turn on DNS Over HTTPS, then click Save.
    Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Windows 11
  10. After doing this, your DNS servers will be displayed on the WiFi or Ethernet page.

2. Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Windows 11 Chrome

Another way to enable this feature is by using the Chrome browser. Follow the steps below to learn how to use Chrome to enable DNS over HTTPS.

  1. Open the Chrome browser and click on the three tiny dots on the right side.
  2. Scroll down and choose Settings.
  3. Click on the Privacy and security tab on the left, then select Security.
    Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Windows 11
  4. Scroll down and enable the toggle for Use secure DNS. In this section, you can enter your DNS provider / enter a DoH query URL.

3. Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Windows 11 Firefox

Enabling DNS over HTTPS in Firefox safeguards your Internet privacy by ensuring that when a website’s address is entered into the address bar, the browser initiates a secure DNS request to retrieve the website’s IP address wirelessly. Follow the steps below to learn how to do this.

  1. Open Firefox, and click the three horizontal lines at the top of the page.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click on the Privacy & Security tab on the left, then scroll down to the DNS over HTTPS section.
  4. Once you are in this section, turn the feature on by clicking on the radio button.
    Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Windows 11

How to Verify that DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Works

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings application.
  2. Click Network & Internet on the left-hand side, then choose the primary internet connection you enabled DoH for.
    Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Windows 11
  3. Navigate to the DNS server assignment section and see if it shows Encrypted. If it does, then it means it is working.

Concluding Remarks

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you should be able to easily enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) on your Windows 11 device. If you have additional questions, reach out to us via the comment section below.

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