Google DNS vs openDNS – Which is Better?

DNS stands for Domain Name Server. DNS is an internet protocol which converts the domain name into the IP Addresses. DNS has a distributed database to store all the domain names, IP address and other entities of the domain. Whenever you type a domain name For Eg: If you type in the browser address and hit the search button. DNS resolver which is built in your system will send the data packet with a domain name and get the relevant IP address of the domain in the DNS server. So what is the difference between Google DNS vs openDNS?

The faster your DNS server responds  with correct IP address, faster is your web page loaded. Hence the DNS plays an important role in resolving the web page to the user.

Different types of DNS

  • Open DNS
  • Google DNS
  • ISP’s DNS

Open DNS

Open DNS was launched in July 2006 for public to speed up the Domain Name resolution. It provides the alternate DNS resolution compared to your ISP’s.OpenDNS has adopted and supports the DNSCurve secure protocol. It also provides the following recursive nameserver addresses for public use.

Name Server IP Addresses

IPv4 AddressesIPv6 Addresses
  • (
  • (
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  • 2620:0:ccc::2
  • 2620:0:ccd::2
  • (
  • (

Pros of Open DNS

  • Considering the servers all around the world it allows you to resolve the DNS faster and even if one server goes down there will be another to back you up.
  • Hight Security. It comes with Phishing protection and blocks the phishing-related sites.
  • Highly reliable and secure than your ISP.
  • It’s free for basic usage.
  • It has an application with interface to deal with dynamic IP’s
  • It comes up with Paid plans for Enterprises which provides other robust features.

Cons of Open DNS

  • Only basic features are free.
  • You need to purchase another plan if you want to get rid of Ads.
  • Website voting is highly inaccurate
  • Phishing service needs to be improved.

Google DNS

Google Public DNS is a Domain Name System offered for free by Google. It functions as a recursive nameserver solving the Domain name system for any domains on the internet. Google DNS service was launched in December 2009 for making the web faster and secure. As of 2014, Google public DNS is one of the largest used DNS in the world handling more than 400 billion requests per day.

Google Public DNS IPV4:
Google Public DNS IPV6:2001:4860:4860::8888


Pros of Google DNS:

  • It’s free.
  • It’s simple and reliable.
  • It’s much faster and secure compared to any other DNS.
  • Privacy is kept intact.
  • Comes up with Phishing protection
  • It’s from Google.

Cons of Google DNS:

  • Nothing much to specify. Need more options for business users.


Every Internet Service Provider will provide DNS by default to your System. But the Speed, Security, and Reliability depend on your Internet service provider. Compared to ISP DNS, Google and Open DNS is much faster and secure.

Which is Faster and Better ?

There are many other paid DNS service which offers much faster than Google and Open DNS. Here is the benchmark test of all the popular DNS testing.

Google DNS vs Open DNS


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