How to set up Surfshark Smart DNS on Apple TV

In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up Smart DNS on your Apple TV box. It’s a handy method that allows you to use some of the VPN functions on devices if you can’t install a VPN in the usual way. 

You will need an Apple TV box and an active Surfshark VPN subscription, which you can purchase on our pricing page (Smart DNS is included in the price).

Here are the steps to set up SmartDNS on your Apple TV

  1. Find your Smart DNS
  2. Set up Smart DNS on your Apple TV
  3. Apply changes

 Find your Smart DNS


  1. Go to Surfshark Smart DNS page.

  2. You may need to log in to proceed to this page. In this case, enter the email address you used to create your account, then your password, and click Log In.

  3. If you do not see your Smart DNS addresses there, you most likely have not activated it yet. Click the Activate Smart DNS button, and activate Smart DNS. Or just follow our guide on activating Surfshark Smart DNS.


Set up Smart DNS on your Apple TV

  1.  Go to Settings of your Apple TV.

  2.  Choose Network.

  3.  If your Apple TV is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, then click on Wi-Fi.

    You may notice that the IP address shown on your TV screen is different from the one that you have activated Smart DNS for. That is because you have activated Smart DNS for your external (public) IP address, but your TV only shows its internal (private) IP.

    An Internal IP usually looks like this — 192.168.x.x and is only used for internal communication between different devices on your network. It is not visible publicly and does not affect the usage of Smart DNS, so you can ignore it and proceed with Smart DNS setup.

  4. If your Apple TV is connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable, choose the Ethernet tab.

  5. Click on the name of your network.

  6. Click Configure DNS.

  7. On the following page, and select Manual.

  8. Enter your Smart DNS server address.

    You should have received 2 Smart DNS addresses, but here, you only need to enter one of them (it does not matter which one).

    NOTE: If the DNS address is too short after you entered it, add a 0 in front at the second and third segments.

  9. Click Done

Apply changes

  1. Go to Settings.

  2.  Click System.

  3. Click Restart.


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