How to change the DNS server on your iPhone and iPad
DNS, or Domain Name System, is a server that translates domain names like apple.com to IP addresses, a numerical sequence of numbers that can locate servers on the internet. Your ISP has its own DNS server that is used by default on all your iOS devices, but you can also point it to a different DNS server.
Why would you want to change the default DNS server? Most ISPs’ DNS servers aren’t fast enough, and because DNS lookups are performed very often, this could greatly impact your browsing experience. Many ISPs also redirect you to unwanted sites on some occasions for commercial benefit. If you’ve ever experienced a situation where a site opens up on other connections, but not on your connections, changing the DNS could fix the issue.
So here’s how you change your DNS settings:
Open the Settings app on your device, and tap on the Wi-Fi menu.
Find out your Wi-Fi connection from the list of available networks, and tap on the “i” button on the right.
Scroll down until you see the DNS section, and tap on the numbers to the right.
A keyboard should appear, and you can now enter the new DNS server address. Tap on Wi-Fi to go back, once you’re done.
What DNS server to use
Of course, you’ll want to know which DNS server you want to use, so here are the options:
Google DNS: Google operates a free DNS service that promises speed, performance and security. To use Google’s DNS, use any of these addresses in the DNS field:
OpenDNS: Open DNS is another free DNS service that promises speed, reliability, and security. You can enter either of these addresses to use OpenDNS:
There are of course a lot of other DNS servers available, and to find the one that’s the best for you, you can use a tool like Namebench.
If you’re not using Apple Music or listening to the subscription service, with no plans to pay for it after the free trial period, you can choose to hide Apple Music from iTunes on a Mac and from the Music app on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Hiding Apple Music is perhaps most useful on the iOS side, where doing so will return the Music app tabs to what existed prior to the release of Apple Music, making it a bit easier for some users to browse existing song libraries.
Obviously by hiding Apple Music you won’t have access to the streaming service at all, so if you are paying for the subscription plan or plan on subscribing after the trial period is over, doing this would not be recommended.
Disabling Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, IPod Touch
Open the Settings app in iOS and go to “Music”
Unde the ‘Apple Music’ section, flip the switch for “Show Apple Music” to OFF
Exit out of Settings and return to Music app to see the change
With Apple Music disabled in iOS, the “New”, “For You”, “Connect”, and “My Music” tabs will be gone in favor of the prior tabs in Music app, including the simple Playlist tab.
Hiding Apple Music in iTunes on Desktop
Open iTunes if you haven’t done so already, and go to the ‘iTunes’ menu to choose “Preferences”
Under the “General” tab, look directly under the library name and uncheck the box for “Show Apple Music”
Exit out of Preferences in iTunes to see the change take effect immediately throughout iTunes
Disabling Apple Music in iTunes basically makes iTunes behave much like it did before the release of the subscription service.
Do note that if you hide Apple Music in iTunes or iOS you can continue to listen to the Beats1 Radio channel by using the iTunes Radio feature to do so.