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Activate 'set DNS' in the settings screen, enter your DNS servers and reconnect. That's it! :-)
IMPORTANT: check in advance if DNSwitch works on your device with this terminal command -- it sets your DNS to google's; to get rid of it, simply reconnect:
su -c "setprop net.dns1 188.8.131.52"
Features in a nutshell:
( ) ad-free
( ) simple, clean interface
( ) works with mobile data, WiFi/WLAN, Bluetooth/USB tethering
( ) IPv6 support (work in progress)
( ) optional notification, needs no root:
-- network type (3G, WiFi, etc.) and DNS setting at connect
-- when data net connectivity has been lost
( ) root/su permission checker
Please rate, also always happy about constructive reviews!
Just for the record :-)
ONE HALF OF ALL ACTIVE DNS SWITCH INSTALLS ARE ON 4.3 / 4.4 (the bigger share being kitkat).
See above how to check if DNSwitch works on your device!
If this fails you should post a bug report to your android ROM developer. Keeping me up to date on this and other MOD issues with DNSwitch is very welcome, but there's not much I can do about it for now. Please always name the device and ROM/MOD version when contacting me.
Without feedback I assume some reviews come from the frustration of flashing premature custom ROMs. I also got reports pointing at a buggy version of the terminal app.
More detailed description:
* Overriding your network DNS settings can be useful if your wifi box isn't properly configured or your network provider's services are slow with translating an address like www.example.com into a server address. In such configurations DNSwitch can simply save your day. :-)
* Check 'notify on state change' if you want to get infos about your current DNS and connectivity state. Receiving notification on the current DNS setting without checking 'set DNS' may help to test your device for proper configuration and/or if it receives correct settings from your network. This feature works on devices without root.
* You need to have root privileges on your device to alter your DNS settings. To do so DNSwitch internally calls the program 'su'. Upon setup in the app's settings screen and at your first network reconnect some app named 'superuser' or similar should pop up asking you to grant access to su for DNSwitch. If you don't grant this root access then DNSwitch won't work.
* Examples of publicly available and reliable DNS servers at the time of this writing are (ready for copy'n'paste into the DNSwitch settings):
Google Public DNS: 184.108.40.206,220.127.116.11
Open DNS services: 18.104.22.168,22.214.171.124
*** Please support this... and become a fan! ***
Did this app improve your life and you want to support this effort? Then come back, get DNSwitch Fan edition and help keeping this app add-free! The Fan edition is identical in function to this free version. It is there for those who ask about donating money or some way to display their appreciation.
...and finally something for terminal junkies! :-)
Anybody can use DNSwitch, just added some insights what happens in behind the screen... so here goes what happens after you put the set DNS feature of DNSwitch to action...
initially, the default settings are used in some terminal app when performing some name resolution - uses the provider's service (Server: 192.168.43.1)...
u0_a40@android:/ $ nslookup google.com
Address 1: 192.168.43.1
Address 1: 126.96.36.199 muc03s02-in-f1.1e100.net
Address 12: 2a00:1450:4016:801::100e muc03s02-in-x0e.1e100.net
...and now installed and activated DNSwitch - Server has changed to 188.8.131.52...
u0_a40@android:/ $ nslookup google.com
Address 1: 184.108.40.206 google-public-dns-a.google.com
Address 1: 220.127.116.11 muc03s08-in-f1.1e100.net
Address 12: 2a00:1450:4016:803::1006 muc03s08-in-x06.1e100.net
Most devices should update the settings automatically. For some devices you might have to wipe the app data for DNSwitch in 'settings - apps'.
v1.4: a minor feature release
( ) first shot at IPv6 (thanks Jakob Shoptaw)
( ) now supports popup notifications (toasts) on connection changes (thanks Choniy Tien)
( ) abridged notifications (Google's DNS now fits in one line on small screens)
( ) various code changes