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Flushing Your DNS Cache

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2015 11:33AM EDT

Still can't get around blocked websites and/or pages because of your current region? It might be because your device or your browser is loading saved website location data. This is a feature that helps you load web pages quicker on subsequent visits, but in this case, it may be blocking you from viewing specific websites.

To get around this temporary block and use Tunlr to its full potentional, you will need to flush your DNS cache.


How to Flush DNS Cache on Windows

Windows XP

  • On the bottom left of your computer screen, click on Start.
  • Click Run.
  • Type in "cmd" without the quotation marks, and hit enter. This will open Command Prompt.
  • Type "ipconfig /flushdns" again, without the quotation marks, and hit enter.

Windows Vista

  • On the bottom left of your computer screen, click on Start.
  • In the search bar, type "cmd" without the quotation marks, and hit enter. This will open Command Prompt.
  • Type "ipconfig /flushdns" again, without the quotation marks, and hit enter.

Windows 7

  • On the bottom left of your computer screen, click on Start.
  • In the search bar, type "cmd" without the quotation marks, and hit enter. This will open Command Prompt.
  • Type "ipconfig /flushdns" again, without the quotation marks, and hit enter.

Windows 8

  • Move your mouse to the very bottom left of your computer screen to bring up the Windows Start Screen.
  • Type "Command Prompt" without the quotation marks, and hit enter when you see that Windows has found Command Prompt. This will open Command Prompt.
  • Type "ipconfig /flushdns" again, without the quotation marks, and hit enter.

Windows 8.1

  • On the bottom left of your computer screen, click on the Start Orb to bring up the Windows Start Screen.
  • Type "Command Prompt" without the quotation marks, and hit enter when you see that Windows has found Command Prompt. This will open Command Prompt.
  • Type "ipconfig /flushdns" again, without the quotation marks, and hit enter.

How to Flush DNS Cache on Mac OS X

Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

  • Open Terminal: Open Finder, go to Applications, scroll down to Utilities, and double click Terminal.
  • In Terminal, type "sudo dscacheutil -flushcache;sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder;say flushed" without the quotes, and hit enter.
  • If you are asked for your password, type it in, and click enter again.

Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

  • Open Terminal: Open Finder, go to Applications, scroll down to Utilities, and double click Terminal.
  • In Terminal, type "sudo discoveryutil udnsflushcaches" without the quotes, and hit enter.
  • If you are asked for your password, type it in, and click enter again.

Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

  • Open Terminal: Open Finder, go to Applications, scroll down to Utilities, and double click Terminal.
  • In Terminal, type "dscacheutil -flushcache;sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder" without the quotes, and hit enter.
  • If you are asked for your password, type it in, and click enter again.

Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

  • Open Terminal: Open Finder, go to Applications, scroll down to Utilities, and double click Terminal.
  • In Terminal, type "sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder" without the quotes, and hit enter.
  • If you are asked for your password, type it in, and click enter again.

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

  • Open Terminal: Open Finder, go to Applications, scroll down to Utilities, and double click Terminal.
  • In Terminal, type "dscacheutil -flushcache" without the quotes, and hit enter.
  • If you are asked for your password, type it in, and click enter again.

Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

  • Open Terminal: Open Finder, go to Applications, scroll down to Utilities, and double click Terminal.
  • In Terminal, type "lookupd -flushcache" without the quotes, and hit enter.
  • If you are asked for your password, type it in, and click enter again.

How to Flush DNS Cache on Linux

Because there are many different variations and distributions of the Linux operating system, you will have to try a few different commands to flush the DNS on your Linux computer.

Please try the below commands:

  • sudo /etc/init.d/nscd restart
  • sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
  • sudo /etc/init.d/dns-clean start
  • sudo service nscd restart

If you are asked for your password, type it in, and click enter again.


How to Flush DNS Cache on Your Portable Device

  • Close the application you are using.
  • Go to your device's settings, and turn off Wi-Fi.
  • Turn Wi-Fi back on.
  • Once you open the application again, the DNS cache should be cleared.

How to Flush DNS Cache on Your iPhone or iPad

To clear the DNS cache on an iOS device, you will need to do a hard restart on your iPhone or iPad.

To initiate a hard restart on your iPhone or iPad, press and hold both the Sleep/Wake/Power button and the Home button at the same time. Hold the buttons until you see the Apple logo. You can now release the buttons and wait for your iOS device to restart.


How to Flush DNS Cache on Your Smart TV, Apple TV, Roku, etc

To flush the DNS cache, you simply need to exit the app you have open, and then reopen it again.

If the above does not work, you may need to power off the device, unplug the power cord, and then plug everything in and turn the device back on again.

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