Custom DNS

    IVPN apps are configured to automatically apply our internal zero-logging DNS IP address every time you connect to the VPN server to mitigate DNS leaks on your system.

    We understand that in some cases, one can benefit more from using a custom DNS IP address. No matter the reason you need to use one, with IVPN, you can have it customized in just a few steps:

    Windows, macOS, and Linux

    • GUI: Access the Settings area by tapping on the “gear” icon and navigate to the DNS tab. Check the Use Custom DNS box and enter the preferred IP address.

    • Command Line: Open a Terminal window and run: ivpn dns 1.1.1.1. Type ivpn dns -off to revert back to using IVPN DNS.

    Android and iOS

    • Access the Settings area by tapping on the “gear” icon and navigate to Custom DNS. Toggle the Use Custom DNS switch on and enter the preferred IP address.

    The iOS app also supports DNS-over-HTTPS and DNS-over-TLS for queries when the VPN is connected or disconnected. These settings are available in the app’s Settings area.

    DNS requests made to public DNS servers will first pass through the VPN tunnel, so there is still a level of privacy and security in place when using a Custom DNS server.

    Custom DNS will only work with either OpenVPN or WireGuard protocol. You cannot use Custom DNS together with AntiTracker as it overrides the IP address you have specified in the Custom DNS field. At this time, only IPv4 addresses are supported.


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