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Cloudflare launches 1.1.1.1 mobile app for its DNS service

Cloudflare launched its 1.1.1.1 DNS service a few months ago — on April Fool's, of all days — with a focus on privacy and speed. Cloudflare put its mobile app into beta a month ago, and now — on 11.11 — it's releasing the 1.1.1.1 mobile app on Google Play (opens in new tab) and the Apple App Store (opens in new tab), and it looks like it's just about the easiest DNS app ever.

One button app

This DNS app is one button. Yup, that's right, one button. Tap it to activate 1.1.1.1 and use its DNS resolver to keep your browsing private. Tap it again to turn it off. So, it's official, you really have no excuse not to use a DNS service when it's this easy — and free, to boot.

Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 has one of the fastest DNS resolvers out there right now, and while DNS services can often be overcomplicated and confusing enough to scare off the people who need to use it most, 1.1.1.1 has kept its service as simplified and welcoming as possible. The ease of the stable app is thanks to the bug-catching and stress-testing of its many beta users, and Cloudflare thanked them for their dedication and help in today's announcement.

A DNS is only as good as the security you're trusting it to use, and Cloudflare takes the browsing security of its users seriously, too, promising: "We will never log your IP address (the way other companies identify you). And we're not just saying that. We've retained KPMG to audit our systems annually to ensure that we're doing what we say."

Free at Google Play (opens in new tab)

1.1.1.1 is free and works on Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, Linux, Chromebooks, some internet routers, and Cloudflare also offers developers the tools to integrate 1.1.1.1 DNS security directly into apps and browsers.

Get started with 1.1.1.1 on all your devices

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

7 Comments
  • Still using the native private dns feature on pie but will try this on my ipad
  • How do you get it to work? I tried to enter the 1.1.1.1 IP, but it wouldn't allow me to save it. The Save option was greyed out. EDIT: Never mind, I found the answer. https://blog.cloudflare.com/enable-private-dns-with-1-1-1-1-on-android-9...
  • Would using this app be the equivalent of simply putting the cloudflare dns host info into the Private DNS section?
  • I'm using their dns with DNS66 and it works fine
  • The problem is the ISP logging, not the dns. 1.1.1.1 is a secure dns and your ISP never sees dns traffic.
  • Here's one reason not to use it- it appears to break Amazon Alexa calling on my phone. With it turned on, all calls immediately disconnect, with it off, everything works fine. I'm assuming that it's related to the VPN they use to connect to the DNS server.
  • I ran a speed test on Wi-Fi with 2 apps with the 1.1.1.1 app turned off and again with it turned on. For me, 1.1.1.1 is slower than 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.6.6. I also tried it on LTE, and 1.1.1.1 drastically cut my speed! I uninstalled the app, but I might try 1.1.1.1 again if DNS editing comes to Android without rooting.