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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.

Important: 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 change how and when your phone connects to Wi-Fi, learn how to: 

Mobile network

You can change how your phone uses mobile data, data roaming, and preferred networks. Learn how to connect to mobile networks.

Tip: Check with your mobile carrier about fees and other details.

Hotspot & tethering

You can share your phone's mobile data connection with other devices via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB tethering and hotspots. Learn how to share your phone’s data connection.


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


Data usage

Data usage is how much data your phone uploads or downloads using mobile data. Learn how to reduce and manage mobile data usage.

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. When Airplane mode is on, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and Bluetooth are all turned off.


Private DNS

Important: 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 Private DNS.
  3. Pick your option:
    • Off
    • Automatic
    • Private DNS provider hostname
Tip: Private DNS helps secure only DNS questions and answers. It can't protect anything else.
Adaptive connectivity (Pixel 4a (5G) & later)

Important: In the United States, some carriers may limit Adaptive connectivity. Contact your carrier for details.

Adaptive connectivity turns on 5G only when your app needs increased speed, like when you stream or download videos.

To turn Adaptive connectivity on or off:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet and then Adaptive connectivity.
  3. Turn Adaptive connectivity on or off.

Tip: To save battery power, turn on Adaptive connectivity.

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