Smart DNS is a handy feature that provides content unblocking functionality of a VPN to devices that do not have native VPN support. Apply it to your smart TV or a gaming console and enjoy instant access to US streaming services.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to activate smart DNS for your account. It is important to remember that after activating smart DNS, you should also apply it to your device(s).
An active Surfshark VPN subscription is all you need to follow along - the smart DNS feature is included in the price. If you don't have the subscription yet, you can get it here.
- First of all, open this page on Surfshark.com.
- You may need to log in to proceed to this page. For that, enter your registered email address, then your password, and click Log In.
- Scroll down to the bottom of this page. There you will find an option to Activate smart DNS.
Click the red Activate button.
- Surfshark website will automatically detect your IP address. Make sure you are disconnected from the VPN because smart DNS must be activated for your real IP address.
Click Activate again to verify the activation of smart DNS.
- A few moments later you will see your generated smart DNS addresses.
- Smart DNS can only be activated for 1 IP address. In other words, if you activate smart DNS while being at work (office network IP address), you will not be able to use smart DNS at home (home network IP address).
If you accidentally activated smart DNS for a wrong IP address, or your IP address has changed, navigate to this page again and click the Change IP button. This way you will re-activate smart DNS for your current IP address.
- You will also receive an email notification informing that smart DNS was successfully activated. You will find your smart DNS addresses in the same email.
- Once you activate smart DNS on your account, you can set it up on your device(s). Feel free to take a look at the Smart DNS section on our Help Center where we have tutorials for the most popular Smart TVs and gaming consoles.
It’s that easy! When set up on your smart TV or gaming console, smart DNS allows you to enjoy streaming content of the US region on various streaming platforms that might not be available elsewhere.
If you have any further questions, our customer success team is here to help you 24/7 over live chat or email.
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