How to change the PS4’s DNS Server

If you plan on gaming online on your PS4 you should definitely consider choosing a good DNS server.

A DNS or Domain Name System server, helps your connection find the IP address of the server its trying to connect to. Every server has their own IP Address, based by a domain name like GearNuke for us. Trying to connect to it can be slow if your DNS isn’t up to par.

Some of the potential benefits of using a better DNS include faster downloads, faster browsing in the PSN stores, better connections and pings.

Do check the article below for the Best DNS servers for your PS4.

Best Gaming DNS Servers for your Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch

One you’ve gotten the DNS servers you plan to use, continue below.

Steps to change the PS4’s DNS Server

Follow the points below to change the DNS server on your PS4:

  • Go to “Settings”, “Network” and then “Set Up Internet Connection”
  • Select either WiFi or LAN via Ethernet, that’s up to you but we recommend a wired connection for the best experience.
  • Select “Custom” which will allow you to manually configure your connection.
  • In the IP Address Settings select “Automatic”
  • In DHCP Host Name choose “Do Not Specify”.
  • In DNS Settings choose “Manual” and enter the Primary and Secondary DNS Addresses.
  • MTU Settings choose “Automatic” or choose the one given to you by your ISP, if you do not know this choose “Automatic”
  • Proxy Server choose “Do Not Use”

Alternative Method

Alternatively you can also choose to change your home network’s DNS altogether so the settings automatically sync will all your devices. To do this simply log into your Router or Modem and change the DNS settings there.

That’s it, you’ve now successfully changed your PS4’s DNS Server. Do note that if you’re trying to gauge the connection speed using the PS4’s internal speed test then you should know that it’s not very reliable. Play some games and browse the PSN store for some real life tests to verify if changing the DNS made things faster.

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Danial Arshad Khan

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