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In this tutorial we will show you how to set up Smart DNS on macOS but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.
To skip the manual setup and for more features we recommend to use the CactusVPN App for macOS.
If you still want to set up Smart DNS manually, go step-by-step through following instructions:
If you have already validated your IP address go straight to the “Part II. Change your Mac DNS addresses” of this tutorial.
You can also validate a specific IP address. To do this, 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.
Another alternative method is to validate your IP using a web address. To do this, 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.
Remember! You have to validate your IP address each time it changes. If your Smart DNS service is not working, just try to validate your IP address again.
This has to be done only once.