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Is it possible to assign a static IP address without a DNS in Android 5.1? Is there anyway to achieve it? I can do this in iOS so I'm wondering.

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First, without DNS the network connection won't be much helpful to you: you will need DNS to resolve host names to IPs – or entering something like www.google.com into the browser's address bar will just give you an error.

Which does not mean you cannot use a DNS server other than Google's.

From your homescreen:

  1. Press the Menu key, select Settings
  2. Go to your WiFi settings, where your list of known/available networks is displayed
  3. Long-Tap (tap-and-hold) the entry for your AP
  4. Select Edit
  5. Tap Advanced

Now you will see a form allowing you to override things: you can disable DHCP, then specify a fixed IP plus the related network settings – mask, default route, and – Tada! – DNS servers.

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  • Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!.....I forgot about the advanced settings.
    – HasH_BrowN
    Apr 2, 2015 at 16:46
  • @HasH_BrowN Oh! A little hidden they are, aren't they? :) Hm, winner without upvotes/acceptance currently ;)
    – Izzy
    Apr 2, 2015 at 18:16
  • Maybe you've hit the design changes #D Thanks!
    – Izzy
    Apr 2, 2015 at 18:18
  • Ok let me give you a more broad explanation to show you what I want to achieve. Thing is I'm using a Raspberry Pi to stream music wirelessly inside my car. The Pi has a wireless network without real a exit to the outside world. I want to connect to that 'internet-less' network and still be able to stream music with my mobile LTE connection. My device works perfectly with iPhones. I set a static IP on the iPhone without specifying DNS and works as intended. I cant achieve that with my Nexus 5. As soon as I connect to the Pi network LTE network is gone, no Pandora, nothing.
    – Rhyuk
    Apr 6, 2015 at 18:40
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    Anytime! That's one of our major issues. Knowing helps you avoiding it – and getting better help here that way :)
    – Izzy
    Apr 6, 2015 at 20:59
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Check this : http://androidforums.com/threads/set-up-static-ip.503213/

if doesnt work or you can't find it, for dns,

set Google dns. Example :

Dns1 : 8.8.4.4
Dns2 : 8.8.8.8

hope this helps.

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  • Thing is that Android forces me to use Googles DNS. I would like to use none.
    – Rhyuk
    Mar 23, 2015 at 16:47
  • @mohsen : The link might go down in future. Please consider posting synopsis so that the future reader becomes aware of what the link was all about in details?
    – Firelord
    Mar 23, 2015 at 16:48
  • @Rhyukmy : i think it doesnt matter, anyway, if google Want to Abuse, can do it :).@FireLord : this is about set or dont set DNS, take it easy. Mar 23, 2015 at 16:57
  • So how can I connect to a Wifi using a static IP and no DNS? iOS is perfectly capable of doing this :(
    – Rhyuk
    Mar 23, 2015 at 18:20

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