How to enable DNS over HTTPS in Microsoft Edge

Are you looking for ways to enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Microsoft Edge? Well, in this post, we cover all the essential information related to DoH and how-to turn On this feature in Chromium Edge.

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Several applications on Android have already started providing encryption while conversing or transferring data. Microsoft too adopts a new protocol titled “DNS over HTTPS”, so as to protect users from malicious files snooping their activities. 

HTTPS is there for quite a while securing data while communicating or when we transact money over the Internet. With DNS enabled over HTTPS, DNS queries to resolve domain names to IP addresses won’t send any information in plain text.

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How to Enable DNS Over HTTPS in Microsoft Edge

To start using DNS over HTTPS in Chromium Edge, use the below steps –

  • Launch the Microsoft Edge web browser.
  • Type “edge://flags#dns-over-https” at the address bar and hit Enter.
  • The “Secure DNS Lookups” get highlighted automatically.
  • Use the drop-down menu next to this and select “Enabled“.
  • Next, click the “Restart” button available at the bottom of this page.

DNS over HTTPS in Microsoft Edge

  • That’s it, Close Edge and Reboot Windows to put these changes into effect.

Once you complete the above steps successfully, the browser sending DNS traffic will automatically get encrypted. This helps Windows 10 users improve their online privacy.

How to Enable a DoH-Compatible DNS Server in Windows 10

DoH in short for “DNS over HTTPS” works effectively only if the configured DNS server receives DoH support. If you haven’t configured the DNS server yet, you need to make a few changes.

The default DNS servers are Google’s own Google Public DNS or Cloudflare. In fact, Google even provides a list of well-supporting browsers like Chrome and Edge where one can start using the DoH featuring Comcast, DNS.SB, Cleanbrowsing, OpenDNS, and Quad9. 

To confirm whether the DNS over HTTPS is working fine or not, visit Cloudflare’s Browsing Experience Security Check. DoH is constantly increasing its presence by providing good security, privacy, and speed. So, it’s a matter of time when other web-browsers start adopting DoH in the near future.