Nearly everything on the internet begins with a Domain Name System (DNS) request. When you click a link on a website or send an email, the first thing your device does is consult a DNS to find out which server it should connect to. The DNS does the job of linking a numerical IP address (192.168.1.1, for example) to its more easily identifiable domain name, like macrumors.com. In this way, a DNS is a lot like an internet directory service.

1 1 1 1 cloudflare dns
Unfortunately, the DNS resolvers assigned by ISPs can often be sluggish and aren't always very secure. For example, your ISP and anyone else listening in on the internet can see every site you visit if the DNS doesn't use strong encryption. That's why it makes good sense to specify what DNS directory your devices use whenever a request is made.

Cloudflare offers a consumer DNS resolver called 1.1.1.1 that promises faster speeds while also being centered around privacy. 1.1.1.1 is a partnership between Cloudflare and APNIC, a non-profit organization managing IP address allocation for the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions.

The power of the Cloudflare network gives 1.1.1.1 an advantage in terms of delivering speedy DNS queries. Since it has been deployed on Cloudflare's 1000+ servers worldwide, users across the globe can get a quick response from 1.1.1.1, which should make their internet use feel snappier overall. In addition, these servers have access to the over 20 million+ internet properties on the Cloudflare platform, making queries for those domains extremely fast.

dns query speed
1.1.1.1 also offers some security features not available from many other public DNS services, such as query name minimization. Query name minimization diminishes privacy leakage by only sending minimal query names to authoritative DNS servers. The best thing about 1.1.1.1 though is that it's free to use. Simply follow the steps below to start using it on your particular device.

How to Set Up 1.1.1.1 on Mac

  1. Launch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences…).
  2. Type DNS Server into the search field at the top, then select it from the dropdown.
    sys prefs

  3. Click the plus (+) button to add a DNS Server and enter 1.1.1.1
  4. Click + again and enter 1.0.0.1 (this is for redundancy).
  5. Click + again and enter 2606:4700:4700::1111 (this is for redundancy).
  6. Click + again and enter 2606:4700:4700::1001 (this is for redundancy).
  7. Click OK.dns

  8. Click Apply.

When you apply the changes your internet connection may temporarily disconnect and reconnect again. If you want, you can restart your Mac to ensure the changes take effect across the board.

How to Set Up 1.1.1.1 on iOS

Cloudflare has developed a mobile app that does everything you need to take advantage of 1.1.1.1 on your iPhone or iPad. Simply download it from the App Store [Direct Link] and follow the app's on-screen prompts for a faster, more secure internet.

dns
Note that 1.1.1.1 with WARP is free within the app, but WARP+ is a paid feature which can be enabled at any time. WARP+ offers the same features as the free version, but also routes internet requests through Cloudflare's network using a feature called Argo Smart Routing, which ensures that connections aren't affected by network congestion. More information is available in the app.

Popular Stories

iPhone SE 4 Vertical Camera Feature

iPhone SE 4 Rumored to Use Same Rear Chassis as iPhone 16

Friday July 19, 2024 7:16 am PDT by
Apple will adopt the same rear chassis manufacturing process for the iPhone SE 4 that it is using for the upcoming standard iPhone 16, claims a new rumor coming out of China. According to the Weibo-based leaker "Fixed Focus Digital," the backplate manufacturing process for the iPhone SE 4 is "exactly the same" as the standard model in Apple's upcoming iPhone 16 lineup, which is expected to...
iPhone 17 Plus Feature

iPhone 17 Lineup Specs Detail Display Upgrade and New High-End Model

Monday July 22, 2024 4:33 am PDT by
Key details about the overall specifications of the iPhone 17 lineup have been shared by the leaker known as "Ice Universe," clarifying several important aspects of next year's devices. Reports in recent months have converged in agreement that Apple will discontinue the "Plus" iPhone model in 2025 while introducing an all-new iPhone 17 "Slim" model as an even more high-end option sitting...
iPhone 16 Pro Sizes Feature

iPhone 16 Series Is Just Two Months Away: Everything We Know

Monday July 15, 2024 4:44 am PDT by
Apple typically releases its new iPhone series around mid-September, which means we are about two months out from the launch of the iPhone 16. Like the iPhone 15 series, this year's lineup is expected to stick with four models – iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max – although there are plenty of design differences and new features to take into account. To bring ...
Apple TV Plus Feature 2 Magenta and Blue

Apple TV+ Curbs Costs After Expensive Projects Fail to Capture Viewers

Monday July 22, 2024 5:11 am PDT by
Apple is scaling back its Hollywood spending after investing over $20 billion in original programming with limited success, Bloomberg reports. This shift comes after the streaming service, which launched in 2019, struggled to capture a significant share of the market, accounting for only 0.2% of TV viewership in the U.S., compared to Netflix's 8%. Despite heavy investment, critical acclaim,...
bsod

Microsoft Blames European Commission for Major Worldwide Outage

Monday July 22, 2024 11:55 am PDT by
Last Friday, a major CrowdStrike outage impacted PCs running Microsoft Windows, causing worldwide issues affecting airlines, retailers, banks, hospitals, rail networks, and more. Computers were stuck in continuous recovery loops, rendering them unusable. The failure was caused by an update to the CrowdStrike Falcon antivirus software that auto-installed on Windows 10 PCs, but Mac and Linux...