Fix Android Wifi Tethering DNS Not Responding Issue Windows

Most of the time when we are tethering Android phones and tablets over the WI-Fi hotspot with a Windows computer, we can see following remote device DNS server not responding error. We can see the following message when we are running “Troubleshoot Problem”.

Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding. Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding Detected

Contact your network administrator or Internet service provider (ISP) Completed.

If it’s mentioned that, this is your Android device or DNS server related issue, it’s not. This is a Windows Operating system configuration related issue. In order to fix that issue, we have to ensure that networking related Windows services are running and they set up automatically start with Windows.

DNS not responding Windows

In order to follow this DNS not responding Error fixing guide, you should have administrator permission user accounts or at least your computer administrator password. If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 operating system, you can’t see the start menu. Therefore, you have to use Windows 8 desktop search box to open service and command prompt windows. Alternatively, if you installed Windows 8 start menu replacement applications, like previously introduced start menu8. You can use it build in search functionality.


How to fix Android Wifi Tethering DNS Not Responding Windows issue.


Start Windows networking services.

  • On your computer, open the Run Window. To do that, press and hold “Windows” and “X” keys together. The next context menu choose “Run”. If you are using the latest Windows 8 or 8.1, move the mouse to the bottom right of the screen and use its “Search” function.
  • Type services.msc and press OK button.
  • Now services Window will be open and it displays all the available Windows services on your computer.
  •  Find the following services from that Window. Right click on each of the following services. Next context menu choose “Properties”. Alternatively, you can open the same properties window by double click on the selected service.

Service properties

  • Next under the “Start-up type” check it’s set as “Automatic” . If it’s not, choose start up mode as “Automatic”.

Service properties Window

  • Under the “Service status” check it’s already running. If it’s not click “Start” button.
  • Computer Browser.
  • DHCP Client.
  • DNS Client.
  • Network Connections.
  • Network Location Awareness.
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC).
  • Server.
  • TCP/IP Netbios helper.
  • Workstation.



Flush computer’s DNS cache.

  • Next we need to flush your computer’s DNS cache. Go to the start menu or search menu and type “cmd“. Open the Windows command prompt as an administrator (right click on the search result display “cmd” and choose “run as administrator).
  • Type “ipconfig /flushdns” without quotes.
  • Then confirmation message will be displayed all DNS cache is cleared.
  • Then type “ipconfig /registerdns” without quotes.



Change the computer and Android device, DNS settings.


  • Go to Windows, control panel and search “Network and internet>Network and sharing center“.
  • Click on “Change adapter settings”.
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Control panel Adapter settings

  • Select your WiFi adapter and right click on it. Then choose “Properties” option.
  • In “WiFi properties window, under the “This connection uses the following items” double click on “Internet protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) .


  • Next window, select “Use the following DNS server address”.
  • Under the preferred DNS server type “”.
  • Alternative DNS server type “”.

change Windows DNS server

  • Check “Validate upon exit”.
  • Then click “OK” and next WiFi properties window OK button too.



Change the Android device, DNS settings.

If you have a rooted Android device, you can follow this optional setup.

  • Install Set DNS app from the Google play store by using the following links.
Developer: H12 Enterprises
Price: Free
  • Set the DNS server as “Google, DNS”.


Make sure that your network adapter drivers are up-to-date. Now again start the Android WI-Fi tethering and connect your computer to the internet. If you still experience WiFi DNS Server not responding issue reset the computer WiFi connection and check it’s fix your issue.

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