How to Enable or Disable the Use of Secure DNS in Microsoft Edge

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This article details how to enable or disable secure DNS in the Microsoft Edge browser, the default for Windows 11. Users can choose their preferred DNS provider, like NextDNS, OpenDNS, or Google Public DNS, among others. The guide also provides an alternative method via the Windows Registry to control secure DNS settings, and a mention…

This article describes the steps you can take to enable or disable secure DNS to specify how to look up the network address for websites.

The Microsoft Edge browser is the default browser in Windows 11. However, users can switch to their preferred or favorite browser anytime. Edge is based on Chromium, similar to Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers today.

By default, Microsoft Edge uses your current DNS service provider, automatically assigned to your computer. However, if you want to use trusted secure DNS providers, Edge will let you choose custom DNS providers like NextDNS, OpenDNS, Google Public DNS, Cloudflare, and others.

It is excellent to use secure DNS. However, some DNS providers may cause some sites not to be reachable.

Choose secure DNS in the Microsoft Edge browser.

As described above, the Microsoft Edge browser will automatically use the default DNS assigned to your computer from your service provider.

If you wish to use custom secure DNS providers, Edge will let you choose from a list of providers.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the Microsoft Edge browser.

Then click on Setting and more (Alt+F) 3 horizontal dots button on the top right corner and select Settings.

micrsoft edge browser more option and settings
Microsoft Edge browser has more options and settings

Next, click Privacy, search, and services on the left menu.

microsoft edge browser privacy search and services page
Microsoft Edge browser privacy search and services page

On the Settings -> Privacy, search, and services settings pane, under the Security section, toggle the button on the tile that says “Use secure DNS to specify how to lookup the network address for websites” to On or Off.

Microsoft Edge use secure DNS provider
Microsoft Edge uses a secure DNS provider.

When you enable it, you will also need to choose which DNS provider to use:

  • Use the current service provider
  • Choose a service provider:
    • NextDNS
    • OpenDNS
    • Google (Public DNS)
    • Cloudflare
    • CleanBrowsing (Family Filter)
Microsoft Edge use secure custom DNS provider
Microsoft Edge uses a secure custom DNS provider

Enable or disable the use of secure DNS in Edge via the Windows Registry Editor

Alternatively, users can use the Windows registry to turn on or off the secure DNS in Microsoft Edge.

To do that, first, open the Windows Registry and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

If you don’t see the Edge folder key, right-click on the Microsoft parent key, then create the subkey (Edge) folder.

microsoft edge show or hide sidebar via registry
Microsoft Edge shows or hide the sidebar via the registry

Right-click on the Edge folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Next, type an item named BuiltInDnsClientEnabled.

Double-click the new item name (BuiltInDnsClientEnabled) and enter the Value data of 1 to enable secure DNS with Microsoft Edge.

Value data of 0 will disable the use or secure DNS in the Microsoft Edge browser.

Windows Edge use secure DNS enable or disable registry
Windows Edge uses secure DNS to enable or disable the registry

That should do it. Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

If you enable and select the correct service provider, Edge will attempt to use secure DNS and fall back to no security if the service provider doesn’t support it.

If you enable and select a service provider from the list, your browser DNS traffic will be routed to the service provider infrastructure.

Alternatively, you can easily enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Windows 11.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable secure DNS in the Microsoft Edge browser. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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