How to get ‘Private DNS’ feature of Android P on any Android device including Oreo and Nougat

Back in the day when hackers didn’t run rampant on the mobile platforms, Google didn’t have to run a billion-dollar team just to keep the Android Security Bulletin running. As Google pushes to compete with iOS on the security front, all the small loopholes are finally being paved over.

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In an attempt to make sure that Android Phone is more secure than it’s predecessors, Google has baked the DNS over TLS security feature into the operating system in Android P. (Also see Android P device eligibility list.) This ensures that your ISP cannot snoop through your search queries, thus helping you enjoy unchecked access to the World Wide Web.

But you can get this feature in your current Android device, too. Whether you are running Android 8.0 Oreo, Android 7.0 Nougat, or even Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can get the Private DNS feature right now.

Thanks to Google’s sister company Jigsaw, you can secure your DNS with the Intra app. Fair warning, the app is still under development and although it works flawlessly on our Oreo powered device, you might face some jumps and skips every now and then.

  1. Download and install the Intra app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the app and press the “Enable Protection” button and you’re done!
  3. Additionally, you can change the secure DNS server that the app uses (Google or Cloudflare).
  4. To see the recent DNS queries being sent out of your device, enable the “Show recent queries“.

Are you going to run and get yourself some private DNS server protection with Intra, or would you rather wait for the real deal directly from Google?

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Sharing a love-hate relationship with Biotechnology in college, Husain moved on to his true calling of being a tech geek through and through. While briefly being persuaded by the iPhone, he made it back to the Android camp with the OnePlus One and has been a loyal comrade since.