Control airplane mode, private DNS & other network settings on your Pixel phone

You can control airplane mode, tethering, VPN, private DNS, and other network settings for your phone.

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

Change a network or internet setting

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet.
  3. Tap the setting you want to change.

Available network & internet settings


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

Learn how to:

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 carrier 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 phone’s data connection.

Airplane mode

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

To turn Airplane mode on or off:

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet.
  3. Turn Airplane mode on or off.

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

Tip: You can also turn airplane mode on or off by swiping down from the top of your screen. Learn how to quickly change common settings..


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

Learn how to use virtual private networks.

Private DNS

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 phone'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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