Control airplane mode, private DNS & other network settings on Android

You can control aeroplane mode, tethering, VPN, private DNS and other network settings for your Android device.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Find out how to check your Android version.

Change a network or Internet setting

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet.
  3. Tap the setting that you want to change.

Available network & Internet settings

Wi-Fi

To use Wi-Fi the way that you want, you can change how and when your phone connects.

Learn how to connect to Wi-Fi networks.

Mobile network

You can change how your phone uses mobile data. For example: data, data roaming and preferred networks. We recommend checking with your mobile operator about fees and other details.

Learn how to connect to mobile networks.

Data usage

Data usage is how much data your phone uploads or downloads using mobile data. To manage your mobile data, you can check and change your data usage.

Learn how to reduce and manage mobile data usage.

Hotspot & tethering

You can share your phone's mobile data connection with other computers, phones or tablets. You can share via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB tethering and hotspots.

Learn how to share your device’s data connection.

Aeroplane mode

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

You can turn off Wi-Fi, mobile networks and Bluetooth with Aeroplane mode.

To turn Aeroplane mode on or off:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet.
  3. Turn Aeroplane mode on or off.

You can connect to Wi-Fi while in Aeroplane mode. Learn how to connect to Wi-Fi networks.

Tip: You can also turn aeroplane mode on or off by swiping down from the top of your screen. Learn how.

VPN

When you're travelling, you can connect to more secure networks with a VPN (virtual private network).

Learn how to use virtual private networks.

Private DNS

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

To get info from a website, your phone first asks where the website is. Private DNS is a way to help secure these questions and answers.

By default, your phone uses Private DNS with all networks that can use Private DNS. We recommend keeping Private DNS turned on.

To turn Private DNS on or off, or change its settings:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet and then Advanced and then Private DNS.
  3. Pick your option:
    • Off
    • Automatic
    • Private DNS provider hostname

Note: Private DNS helps secure only DNS questions and answers. It can't protect anything else.

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