Microsoft will one day enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) for all Windows applications, but you can enable it in the new version of Microsoft Edge today with a hidden flag. DoH will improve your security and privacy online, but it isn’t yet enabled by default in Microsoft Edge 80.
Like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge won’t actually use DoH unless you’re using a DNS server that supports DoH. There are many options: Google Public DNS, Cloudflare, and even Comcast’s DNS all support this feature.
How to Enable DNS Over HTTPS in Edge
To enable DoH in Edge when using a DNS server that supports DoH, type ”
edge://flags#dns-over-https ” into the address bar and press Enter.
To the right of the “Secure DNS Lookups” selection, click the arrow to open the drop-down menu. Select “Enabled.”
You’ll need to relaunch the browser to put these changes into effect. Click the “Restart” button farther down the page.
How to Switch to a DoH-Compatible DNS Server
DNS over HTTPS (DoH) will work only if your configured DNS server has DoH support. You might need to change your DNS server to take advantage of DoH.
We recommend using Google’s own Google Public DNS or Cloudflare, which is the default DNS server when DoH is enabled for Firefox. Google has a list of DNS providers that Chromium-based browsers like Edge can use DoH with, including Cleanbrowsing, Comcast, DNS.SB, OpenDNS, and Quad9.
You can check to see if DNS over HTTPS is working with Edge by visiting Cloudflare’s Browsing Experience Security Check. Run the test by clicking the button and see whether “Secure DNS” is enabled or not.
Fortunately, DoH is quickly becoming the standard for security, privacy, and speed. Chrome will soon have DoH enabled by default, so we’ll likely see Chromium-based browsers like Edge and Brave continue to follow Google’s lead.