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How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows

This tutorial will show you how to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Part I. Install SmartyDNS app for Windows.

    1. Download the SmartyDNS App.

      Important! Don’t be alarmed if your anti-virus software identifies our application as a virus. This is a false positive result – just approve it if this happens. This happens because our application is new and some anti-viruses recognize the specific software only after a certain amount of installs.

    2. Run SmartyDNS App installation file.

    3. Click “Next” (1).

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 1

    4. Read “License Agreement” then click “I Agree” (2).

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 2

    5. Click “Next” (3).

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 3

    6. Click “Install” (4).

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 4

    7. If the following window will appear, click “Install” (5).

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 5

    8. Once the installation is completed, click “Next” (6).

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 6

    9. Click “Finish” (7) to launch the SmartyDNS app.

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 7

  2. Part II. Connect to VPN

    If you want to connect to Smart DNS please skip Part II and go straight to “Part III. Connect to Smart DNS”.

    1. To connect to VPN services, make sure the “VPN” tab is selected, type your VPN username (8) and password (9).

      Assure you use your VPN username and password from your package, NOT the client area credentials. To find your VPN username and password, sign in to the client area on our website, go to “Packages”, click on your package, there you will see your “VPN Login Details” box. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

      Then click “Sign in” (10).

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 8

    2. Once you are signed in choose the VPN server location (11) you want to connect to, the VPN protocol (12) then click on “Connect” (13) button.

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 9

      You are now connected, your IP is changed and your connection is encrypted.

      With “Sort by speed” (14) button you will be able to find the fastest servers – once you click on this button the servers will be arranged by the lowest ping to your computer.

    3. The “Settings” tab will allow you to make the following configurations:

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 10

      “Run at start-up” – run the application automatically when Windows starts.

      “Sign in at app. start” – sign in when software starts.

      “Start minimized” – start the SmartyDNS software minimized.

      “Connect VPN on Sign in” – automatically connect to VPN with your last used city and protocol.

      “Minimize on connect” – minimize to tray after connecting to VPN.

      “Reconnect if conn. dropped” – automatically connect if connection drops.

      “OpenVPN protocol” – select your OpenVPN protocol: TCP or UDP.

      “OpenVPN port” – select your OpenVPN port.

      “DNS Leak protection” – turn on/off the DNS leak protection.

      “Group servers by country when sorting by speed” – when you sort VPN servers by speed, they will be grouped by country.

    4. The “Apps. Killer” tab will allow you to set up which application to be closed automatically if your VPN connection drops. We recommend to applications such as P2P/BitTorrent.

      Click on “Add app.” button (16), then go to the folder where the application is installed, usually it should be C:\Program Files, then select the software (.exe file) you want to add.

      Check the “Restart on reconnect” checkbox (17) to automatically restart the application after VPN reconnects.

      Click the “Remove” button (18) to remove the application from the Application Killer.

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 11

    5. In the “Support” tab you can:

      Save logs. In case of problems, you can save logs and send them to us. To do that, click the “Save logs” button (19).

      Submit a support ticket. To do that, click the “Submit ticket” button (20).

      Find out useful information about your package and our services.

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 12

  3. Part III. Connect to Smart DNS

    1. Open SmartyDNS app, click on the “Smart DNS” tab (21), enter your SmartyDNS key (22) and click “Sign in” (23).

      To find your SmartyDNS key, sign in to the Client Area on our website, go to Packages, enter your Package and click on “Smart DNS” tab. Go to the “Using SmartyDNS software?” box and copy the key. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 13

    2. Click on the “Enable Smart DNS” button (24) to enable Smart DNS.

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 14

      Here you can also choose:

      “Websites region” – the region that will be used for multi-regional websites.

      “DNS server” – the server that’s closer to you as it may give you better performance. You will be able to access all the officially unblocked websites no matter which server is chosen.

    3. The “Settings” tab will allow you to make the following configurations:

      How to set up SmartyDNS App for Windows: Step 15

      Start-up settings:

      “Run at start-up” – run the application automatically when Windows starts.

      “Sign in at app. start” – sign in when software starts.

      “Start minimized” – start the SmartyDNS software minimized.

      Connection settings:

      “Enable Smart DNS on Sign in” – automatically enable Smart DNS when you sign in.

      “Minimize on Smart DNS enable” – minimize to tray after enabling Smart DNS.

      “Update IP every” – if you ISP changes you IP often, you can set up how often our software will automatically update your IP.

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