Top 9 Fixes for DNS Server Not Responding

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DNS is the shortened form of Domain Name System. It is the system that enables users to access websites by matching website domain names, such as to a specific server location where a particular website is stored. IP addresses of websites contain a wide array of random periods and numbers. These number sequences are assigned to websites to make things easier and are the ones you look up on a website. The DNS connects the domain name to users of certain websites they have visited. It makes the website load faster. 

The DNS Server Not Responding relates to an error that you experience while reaching a particular website domain and the domain is not available on your web browser. Or your web browser is unable to connect to the internet. This problem lies at the users’ end. And when you face it, you need to sort out this issue to access certain websites. Here are some quick fixes for DNS Server Not Responding:

Use another device

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Step 1: Take another device such as a desktop or laptop if you are using your smartphone to access a website.

Step 2: Open a web browser on another device and type the domain name in the search bar. 

Step 3: Know there is a problem with your primary device if you access that website on another device. 

Restart your device 

Step 1: Think about starting your device again as you notice the DNS server is not responding. 

Step 2: Go to the Start button > the Power button > click on Restart on your Windows PC. 

Step 3: Press the Power button and choose the Reboot/Restart option on your Android phone.

Step 4: Touch and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons together and follow the instructions on your iPhone/iPad 

Try another browser 

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Step 1: Know what browser you are using to access a website. It could be Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox.

Step 2: Consider using another web browser to access the website. Suppose you were using Microsoft Edge to access a particular website. Now, open the website in another web browser, such as Chrome or Firefox instead of Edge. 

Step 3: Uninstall and reinstall the previous web browser if you access the website in another web browser. 

Restart your router

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Step 1: Go close to your WiFi router.

Step 2: Find the Restart button, which is usually around the Power button on the front/back side. 

Step 3: Press the Restart button and wait for a few seconds or a minute.

Step 4: Now, touch it again to turn it on. Or you can simply switch off the Power button and turn it on again after waiting for a minute. It could help you access the website if the issue relates to the internet connectivity. 

Sort out network problems 

Step 1: Launch the Control Panel and move to Network and Internet. After that, go to the Network and Sharing Center. 

Step 2: Choose the right Troubleshoot Problems under the tab of Change Your Networking Settings. 

Step 3: Now, tap on Additional Troubleshoots > Internet Connections > Run the Troubleshooter.  

For your Mac desktop/laptop, follow the steps mentioned below:  

  • Close all the open apps and connect the network you have the issue with. 
  • Choose the WiFi Status in the menu bar after holding the Option key. Now, select the Open Wireless Diagnostics option. 
  • Follow the on-screen instructions for inspecting the network connection. 
  • Tap on the Info icon in the Summary screen as the scanning process ends. It will let you know every entry on the list. 

For smartphones and tablets, 

  • Go to the Settings app and follow the respective steps on your respective mobile device. 

Temporarily deactivate the antivirus or firewall programs

For Windows PC, you can:

Step 1: Go to the Start button (Windows icon) and click on Settings. 

Step 2: Now move to Update & Security, and then, to Windows Security. After that, Choose Virus & Threat Protection. 

For Mac desktop/laptop, you can:

Step 1: Go to System Preferences and choose Security & Privacy. 

Step 2: Now, select Firewall and tick the checkbox next to Firewall Off

Disable other connections

Step 1: Go to the Control Panel and move to Network and Internet. 

Step 2: Touch Network and Sharing Center. 

Step 3: On the left column, tap on Change Adapter Settings.

Step 4: Right-click on the Local Area Connection and allied connections you are currently not using as the page of Network Connections appears. Choose Disable. 

On your Mac desktop/laptop, you can:

Step 1: Click on the Apple Menu, choose System Preferences, and then, Network. 

Step 2: Tap on the Minus (-) button after choosing every unused connection that you see on the left of your screen.  

Clear Cache and Cookies

Step 1: Go to the three-dot menu on the left of your web browser. 

Step 2: Tap on History. 

Step 3: Select a time range (All, recently closed, etc.). For a better result, choose All or Everything. 

Step 4: Click on Clear Now/Delete or allied options to remove all the stored data in your web browser history. Keep in mind you may need to take different steps to clear history based on your web browser. 

Check DNS settings 

Step 1: Type ncpa.cpl in the search bar and press the Enter button to access the Network Connections.

Step 2: Select the network connection you are using now and tap on Properties. 

Step 3: Choose Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then Properties in the Properties window.

Step 4: Check on the box next to Obtain an IP address automatically and Use the Following DNS Server Addresses options. 

Step 5: Type the DNS server addresses as per your wish in the boxes of Alternate DNS Server and Preferred DNS Server fields. 

Step 6: Choose OK after checking the Validate Settings Upon Exit option. 

Step 7: Now, restart your Windows PC. 

For a Mac desktop/laptop, you can:

Step 1: Move to the Apple menu, System Preferences, and then Network. 

Step 2: Choose Advanced and DNS after clicking on the existing network connection. 

Step 3: Touch OK and Apply as you click on the Add/Plus (+) button and enter your desired DNS Server.   

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