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Setup Tutorials

How to set up Smart DNS on iPhone & iPod

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up Smart DNS on iPhone or iPod but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.

Requirements

In order to set up the Smart DNS you will need:

  1. A CactusVPN account. If you don’t have one you can try our services for free.
  2. Your DNS addresses. You can find them in Settings -> DNS Servers in Your Account on our website.

Recommendations

To skip the manual setup and for more features we recommend to use the CactusVPN App for iOS.

If you still want to set up Smart DNS manually, go step-by-step through following instructions:

  1. Part I. Validate Your IP Address

    If you have already validated your IP address go straight to the “Part II. Change your iPhone / iPod DNS addresses” of this tutorial.

    1. Sign in to your account on our website and go to Settings -> Validate Your IP Address.

    2. Click on Validate IP button (1).

      If you see the “Validated! No actions are required.” message, go straight to the “Part II. Change your Windows DNS addresses” of this tutorial.

      Windows XP Smart DNS Setup: Step 1

      We offer two other options to validate your IP address:

      Click on the “Validate a specific IP address” link (2).
      Use this option when you need to validate an IP address different to your current IP address. For example, enter your real IP when you are accessing this page while being connected to VPN or enter your home IP while you are at work.

      Click on the “Validate your IP using a web address” link (2).
      Using this method you do not have to sign in to your account each time you need to validate the IP. Add this link to your browser favorites/bookmarks and your IP address will be validated every time you load this URL into your browser.

      Important! Do not share this link! It is unique for every CactusVPN client. If you share it, other people will have access to your Smart DNS service and you will not be able to use it.

  2. Part II. Change your iPhone / iPod DNS addresses

    This has to be done only once.

    It is important to save your original DNS settings before making any changes. You might need them in case you will want to switch back to your original settings.

    Depending on the iOS version you are using, there are a few different interfaces. Choose our iOS version from the menu below and follow its steps.

    1. Go to “Settings” (3).

      iPhone Smart DNS Setup: Step 2

    2. Choose the network (4) that you use.

      iPhone Smart DNS Setup: Step 4

    3. Tap on “Configure DNS” (5).

      iPad Smart DNS Setup: Step 3
    4. Select “Manual” (6).

      Tap on “Add Server” (7) below “DNS Servers” and enter the CactusVPN DNS Server addresses (8).

      You can find them in Settings -> DNS Servers in Your Account on our website.

      Tap on “Save” (9).

      iPad Smart DNS Setup: Step 4
    1. Go to “Settings” (3).

      iPhone Smart DNS Setup: Step 2

    2. Choose the network (4) that you use.

      iPhone Smart DNS Setup: Step 4

    3. In the DNS field (5) enter the DNS Server addresses. You can find them in Settings -> DNS Servers in Your Account on our website.

      iPhone Smart DNS Setup: Step 5

    4. Go back to Wi-Fi (6), to save your change.

Now you can test if the Smart DNS is set up correctly.

That’s all!

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