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How to Change Your IP Address (Windows)

Last Updated: March 13, 2020 Tested

This article was written by Stan Kats and by wikiHow staff writer, Jack Lloyd . Stan Kats is the COO and Chief Technologist for The STG IT Consulting Group in West Hollywood, California. Stan provides comprehensive technology & cybersecurity solutions to businesses through managed IT services, and for individuals through his consumer service business, Stan's Tech Garage. Stan has over 7 years of cybersecurity experience, holding senior positions in information security at General Motors, AIG, and Aramark over his career. Stan received a BA in International Relations from The University of Southern California. The wikiHow Tech Team also followed the article's instructions and verified that they work. This article has been viewed 2,538,415 times.

This wikiHow teaches you how to change both your public IP address and your private IP address on a Windows computer. Your public IP address is the address that your computer broadcasts to other networks, while your private IP address is your computer's specific address within your own wireless network. Changing either of these may fix connection issues.

Step 1 Unplug your router and modem.

  • You may want to check your current IP address before doing this.
  • Simply unplugging the router and modem from the wall will work.

Step 2 Disable your computer's Wi-Fi.

  • Click Wi-Fi in the pop-up window.

Step 3 Wait for five minutes.

  • You may want to check your IP address again to make sure it has changed.

Step 6 Contact your ISP.

Renewing the Address

Step 1 Open Start icon.

  • If you aren't an administrator on your current computer, you won't have this option and thus won't be able to renew your computer's IP address.

Step 5 Click Yes when prompted.

Changing the Address

Step 1 Open the Settings...

  • IP address - Usually, your device's IP address will be "192.168.1.X" (or a similar set of numbers), wherein "X" is specific to your device. Change the "X" value to a number between 1 and 100. Make sure you don't use the same IP address as another device on your network (e.g., your phone).
  • Subnet prefix length - This depends on your IP address, but will usually be "255.255.255.X".
  • Gateway - This is your router's IP address.
  • Preferred DNS - Your preferred DNS address (for example: "208.67.222.222" for the OpenDNS server, or "8.8.8.8" for Google's server).
  • Alternate DNS - A secondary DNS address (for example: "208.67.220.220" for the OpenDNS server, or "8.8.4.4" for Google's server).

Step 9 Click Save.

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  • You'd change your public IP address in the event that you were kicked out of a gaming service (e.g., Steam), while you'd change your private IP address to fix website loading errors. Thanks Helpful 1 Not Helpful 0
  • Using a proxy server will not change your IP address in the traditional sense, but it will alter the IP address that others can see. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • You can also use a browser like Tor to hide your IP address, though such browsers can be dangerous and are often slower than average. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0

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  • If you choose an in-use IP address for your computer when changing its private IP address, the device that is currently using that address will get kicked off of the network. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0

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How To Change Your IP Address On Windows 10 (& Why You’d Want To)

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When you connect to a local network, the device you’re using is given an IP address, allowing other devices to find and communicate with it, as well as signifying that the device itself has correctly authenticated. The larger the network, the more IP addresses that will be in use, which can cause some allocation issues.

In most cases, IP address allocation is determined by your local router, so to change your IP address on a Windows 10 PC, you’ll need to configure your network as a whole. Alternatively, you may want to set a static IP address , or change your public IP address for all your devices. To change your IP, here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Why Change Your IP Address On Windows?

There are a couple of reasons why you might want to change your IP address.

Typically, a local network router will allocate a temporary IP address to your device when you connect using DHCP (the protocol used to assign IP addresses), giving it a temporary lease to that address. When the lease runs out, it will need to be renewed, otherwise you could be allocated a new address.

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While this usually happens automatically, problems can sometimes occur. A poorly configured or busy local network, along with misconfigured devices, might result in the same IP address being allocated twice, causing conflicts. 

If this happens, you may wish to set a static IP address, giving your device a permanent address. You’ll want to do this for devices that are regularly accessed by other devices, such as home servers or network attached storage devices .

These all apply for local networks, but you may want to change the IP address given to you by your internet service provider. This can be trickier to do, but there are a few ways to change this address if your ISP allows it.

Configuring Your Network Router DHCP Settings

One of the easiest ways to change your IP address is to configure your network router to assign a new IP address. To do this, you should configure the DHCP settings on your router to assign IP addresses differently.

You could, for instance, set a static allocation for your Windows PC. When your device connects, your router will always assign the same IP address to it by using your device’s MAC address to identify it.

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If you don’t want to do this, you could also change the IP range used by your local router. This means that your local IP address may still change from time to time, but the range of addresses will be different. Your IP address may change from 192.168.0.10 to 192.168.10.10 , for instance.

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To do this, you’ll need to access your router’s administration page. This will vary by device, but typically, many local routers can be accessed by typing http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.1.1 from your web browser. Consult your user manual for the correct username and password to use here.

The steps to change your DHCP settings will also vary, but you’ll typically find DHCP settings listed under its own section (eg. DHCP ), while fixed IP allocations can be found under address allocation or similar.

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Releasing DHCP Lease and Resetting Your Dynamic IP

Any changes you make to your router’s DHCP settings may require you to release or renew your Windows IP address using the Windows PowerShell.

  • To do this from the Windows PowerShell, right-click the Start menu and click the Windows PowerShell (Admin) option.

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  • In the PowerShell terminal window, type ipconfig /release to release your DHCP lease and disconnect. With your new settings in place, type ipconfig /renew to reconnect.

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If your router settings have been correctly changed, releasing your DHCP lease and resetting your IP will result in a new IP address being allocated to your device.

Setting a Static IP Address On Windows 10

A static IP address can be achieved through a fixed DHCP allocation, but you can also set this manually in your Windows 10 settings. You may want to do this if you’re making a direct connection to another device. 

This may also work with your local router, but as your device is already being assigned an IP using DHCP, an IP conflict may occur. In this case, it’s better to use a fixed IP allocation to do this instead.

  • To set a static IP address, open your network settings by right-clicking the Start menu and clicking the Network Connections option.

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  • In the Network Connections settings menu, press the Change connection properties option.

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  • Under the IP Settings category, press the Edit option.

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  • Change the IP allocation type to Manual . Enable either IPv4 or IPv6 , then type the static IP settings you wish to apply. An example configuration for an static IPv4 IP address would include 192.168.0.10 for IP address, 24 for subnet prefix length, and 192.168.0.1 for gateway (referring to your local router) and preferred DNS server. Click Save once you’re done.

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Once saved, your IP address settings will be applied automatically. You may need to release your existing IP using the steps above or restart your PC for the changes to take effect fully.

Change Your Public IP Address On Windows 10

Your public IP address is the address assigned by your internet service provider, giving you access to the internet. This is assigned to your modem (which is usually combined with your network router, but not always), allowing all other connected network devices to the internet, too.

Changing this address can sometimes be difficult. You’ll need to check if you’re assigned a dynamic (temporary) or static IP address by your ISP first. If you’re assigned a static public IP, your ISP will need to change this for you.

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For dynamic IP addresses, you can usually reset this by switching your network modem off for a period of time. By doing this, you’re disconnecting your device from your ISP.

As with your local network, your public IP lease will eventually run out, meaning you may be allocated a new IP address at this point. However, this isn’t guaranteed to work, and you may need to try another method.

If your public IP address won’t change, there are other methods you could try. Using a virtual private network , will hide your public IP as you browse online, for instance.

Configuring Your Network On Windows 10

Whether you’re configuring a server for your network (or for wider internet users), or you just want to free up allocations for other devices, it’s an easy process to change your IP address on Windows 10, although much of the work relies on being able to access your router to properly configure your network.

If your network configuration is causing problems, you may wish to reset your network router to wipe the slate clean and start again. IP allocation issues might be why you’re struggling with network connection issues, but thankfully, there are several ways to fix unidentified network problems on Windows 10.

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How to Change Your IP Address on Windows 10 (3 Methods)

We show you how to change your IP address in Windows 10 using the Settings app, Control Panel, and Command Prompt.

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IP addresses are one of the primary ways services identify a user. Though your IP address may change automatically from time to time, if you've been assigned the wrong IP by your router or want something more static, you need to know how to change your IP address on Windows 10 manually.

What is an IP address?

An IP address is a series of numbers that identifies your device and therefore allows information to be sent between devices. Without IP addresses, computers on the internet and your local network would not be able to differentiate between different devices, routers, websites, etc.

However, IP addresses also come with some downsides. For starters, somebody may be able to use your IP address to get a general idea of your location. Services may also utilize your IP address to track you across the web.

Unfortunately, changing your IP address will with the methods outlined below will not disguise your location. As the IP address will still be connected to your ISP, it can still be traced to their nearest networking hub. It will also not help if you have been banned by a service – you're only changing the IP address on your local network, not the one the internet sees. For that kind of protection, you should consider using Tor or a VPN.

That said, if you do want to change IP address on Windows 10, you'll need to have access to your administrator account. If you do have access, you can learn how to change IP by following the steps below:

How to Change IP Address in Windows 10 via Settings

Unsurprisingly, the simplest way to change your IP address in Windows 10 is via the in-built settings app, but there are a few things you need to look out for when it comes to choosing your new IP:

Press the Start button, then click the settings cog, above the power button. Alternatively, press Windows + I .

Windows 10 - Open Settings

If your IP address is currently set manually and you're running into issues, you can change the dropdown in “Edit network IP settings” to “Automatic (DHCP)” and press “Save” .

Windows 10 - Settings - Network & Internet - Wifi - Edit IP Assignment - Automatic

When you change your IP address, it's important to make sure the information you enter is correct. Before you start, it's useful to gather:

– Your current IP address – Your subnet mask – Your gateway (router IP)

If you don't know these details, you can run the ipconfig command in Command Prompt to obtain them.

Ideally, your new IP address should be of the same format as your old one. For example, if your current IP address is 10.0.0.1, you'll probably want to keep the 10.0.0.x format. Make sure you don't set your IP to the same as your gateway or other devices on your network.

Once you're done, press “Save” .

Windows 10 - Settings - Network & Internet - Wifi - Edit IP Assignment - Manual - Fill it

How to Change your Windows 10 IP Address in Control Panel

If you prefer the old-school way of doing things, the Control Panel may be better suited to you. In some ways, its interface is easier to navigate when it comes to IP editing. Here's how you can use it for that purpose:

Press Start and then type “Control Panel” . Click the top result.

Windows 10 - Open Control Panel

At this point, you'll likely have to authenticate yourself as an administrator.

Windows 10 - Control Panel - View Network Status and Tasks - Wi-Fi Status - Properties

If your IP address is currently manually assigned and you're running into issues, you can tick “Obtain an IP address automatically” here instead and click “Save” .

Windows 10 - Control Panel - View Network Status and Tasks - Wi-Fi Status - Properties - Check Internet Protocol Version 4 - IP Automatically

Once you're done, press “OK” . You can leave the DNS fields blank, though it's worth noting that there are advantages to changing them.

Windows 10 - Control Panel - View Network Status and Tasks - Wi-Fi Status - Properties - Check Internet Protocol Version 4 - IP Manual

How to Change IP in CMD (Command Prompt)

The command-line is often the fastest way to get things done, and this is no exception. You can change your IP in Command Prompt in under a minute if you need to. Here's how:

Press Start and type “Command Prompt” , then click “Run as administrator” on the right-hand side.

Windows 10 - Open Elevated Command Prompt

Before you change your IP, you need to know the name of your interface. This will likely be “Wi-Fi” if you're on a Wi-Fi network or “Ethernet” if you're on Ethernet.

You can check yours with netsh interface IP show config . While you're there, note down its default gateway and subnet mask.

Windows 10 - Elevated Command Prompt - Enter the Command - Identify the Network Adapter

If you set your manual IP previously, you can revert it to automatic assignment via DHCP with the following command:

Remember to replace “Wi-Fi” with whatever your interface is called.

Windows 10 - Elevated Command Prompt - Command for Dinamic IP

If you'd rather set your IP address manually, you can instead use the following command:

Windows 10 - Elevated Command Prompt - Command for Static IP

Now that you know how to change your IP address on Windows 10, you may be interested in learning more about your network. Here's how you can change your network name or disable a Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter .

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  • Windows: Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings and follow the instructions below.
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  • iOS: Open Settings > Wi-Fi , tap the circled i next to the network, select Configure IP > Manual . Set up the new IP.

This article explains how to change your IP address manually by switching from the router's assigned DHCP address to a static one on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It also covers how to change your router's public IP address, which appears as the public IP address of every device on the network unless you use a VPN.

You can also get a new IP by releasing and renewing your IP .

Change a Windows Computer's IP Address

If your Windows computer has the IP address set up as a static one, change the IP address as follows:

Open Control Panel and select Network and Sharing Center . If you don't see it, first select Network and Internet .

Choose Change adapter settings .

Double-click the connection that you want to change the IP address on. For example, to change the wireless adapter's IP address, double-click the one that mentions Wi-Fi.

Select Properties .

Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) .

Either alter the IP address or select Obtain an IP address automatically to have the router control the IP address.

If you leave the setting to obtain an IP address automatically, the router automatically assigns an IP address to the computer. However, when you enter the IP address information, the computer's IP address stays static.

Leave Obtain DNS server address automatically selected. Otherwise, your DNS server settings remain empty, which may cause other connection issues.

Change a Mac Computer's IP Address

Here's how to change the IP address on a Mac.

Open the System Preferences app on the Mac and select Network .

Select your Wi-Fi network in the left panel and click Advanced .

Select the TCP/IP tab.

Select Manually in the drop-down menu next to Configure IPv6 (or iPv4) and enter the information for the new IP.

Change a Phone's IP Address on iPhone

You can also change the IP address on a mobile device such as the Apple iPhone as follows:

Open the  Settings  app and select Wi-Fi .

Tap the small ( i ) next to the network and select Configure IP .

Choose Manual . Enter the network details manually, such as your IP address and DNS information.

The choice of a specific local IP address does not affect the network performance in any meaningful way.

Change a Phone's IP Address on Android

It's also possible to change an Android device's IP to a static IP on your network.

Android phones can vary depending on the manufacturer of the device. Some manufacturers alter the Android OS to meet their specifications, which means the steps you need to follow may differ slightly from those listed here. These steps should apply to most Android devices.

Go to Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi .

Tap the network that you want to change the IP address for.

Select Forget .

Tap the network from the list of available Wi-Fi networks.

Select Advanced options .

Choose Static .

Scroll down and fill out the IP address fields.

Enter the Wi-Fi password at the top of the screen.

Select Connect .

Change a Router's IP Address

To change the router's IP address, log in to the router as an administrator. From the control panel, change the IP address to whatever you like. However, this IP address is usually changed when there's a problem with it. The default IP address should suffice for most situations.

How to Change Your Public IP Address

An external public IP address is the address used to communicate with networks outside of your own, such as those on the internet. Use a VPN to mask or hide your real IP address. You can also use a web proxy to mask your public IP.

Why Change Your IP Address?

Some ISPs assign static IP addresses to their subscribers. Home users are commonly configured with a dynamic IP address . Either way, you may be able to contact your ISP to request a new static IP or a dynamic IP change. You can't change your external internet IP address on your own.

Some people change their public external IP address to avoid online bans or bypass country location restrictions that some sites impose on video content.

Changing the IP address of a client computer, phone, or router is useful when:

  • An invalid address is accidentally configured, such as a static IP address in the wrong numeric range.
  • A malfunctioning router provides bad addresses, such as an address used by another computer on the network.
  • Installing a new router and reconfiguring a home network to use its default IP address range.

No. There are many reasons someone may want to change their IP address. However, if you're on a work setup or have a home network running, messing with IP addresses can sometimes cause headaches, so make sure you know what you're doing.

It's possible but not probable. If you're power-cycling your router , the address likely won't change. Still, if you reset your router to factory defaults, it's more likely the device will assign new addresses.

Yes, you can. However, you need third-party software. A VPN , or virtual private network, gives you unique IP addresses in places anywhere on earth.

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How to change your IP address

Ever wondered if it’s possible to change your IP address? The good news is that you can—and I’ll show you how.

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If you're concerned about your digital privacy, well, you have every right to be—third-party snoopers, hackers, and other online nasties are all hungry for your data, after all. Luckily, changing your IP address can help shore up your security, and it's not all that difficult to do.

All of your traffic is tied back to your device's IP address—all of your gadgets have one, including your PC, laptop, mobile, and even your router. Your internet service provider (ISP) can use your IP address to keep tabs on what you get up to online and build up a profile of your habits (that is, if you're not using one of the best VPNs in the biz). Unfortunately, this can then be used to generate creepy, invasive, targeted ads. Changing your IP address ensures that nobody can watch over your shoulder.

If you change your IP address to one located in another country, however, you'll also be able to check out region-specific content—like Netflix shows that are only available in the US or exclusive sporting events. That's especially handy if you're traveling overseas and want to keep up with your favorite series, or if you just need a new digital boxset to binge.

So, let's get stuck in—here's how you can change your IP address on a computer running either Windows 11 or macOS.

The simplest way to change your IP address is to unplug your modem. Keep in mind that this may not work on the first try. It’s even possible that you’ll need to leave your router unplugged overnight.

  • Check your IP address . Our guide on how to find your IP address details the steps.
  • Unplug your router for five minutes. This may take longer depending on your ISP.
  • Plug your router back in and check to see if your IP has changed. If not, repeat the steps.

ExpressVPN currently sits at the top of my VPN rankings—and for good reason. It's wickedly quick, unblocks pretty much every streaming platform, and makes changing your IP address as simple as hitting a button. Oh, and you can get an extra 3 months free if you pick up a 12-month plan.

If you want another super-easy, super-reliable way to change your IP address, you'll want to recruit the help of a secure VPN . Because VPNs route your traffic through a secure server, and encrypt your data, they prevent your ISP (and other nosy onlookers) from monitoring your browsing sessions.

VPNs also make it incredibly easy to change your location. You can take your pick of servers, usually scattered across the globe, and fool the sites you visit into thinking you're really there (when you're actually still on your couch with your cat). Then, you'll have unfettered access to streaming content, be able to bypass pesky blocks, and even snag the best deals on region-specific sales.

  • Open your VPN application . If you've never used it before, you'll need to run through a quick installation process and input your login details.
  • Choose a server . If you’re after increased privacy, choose one in your home country. If you want to access content from another country, pick one in your desired location.
  • Press the connect button .
  • Wait a few seconds for the VPN to connect . You'll now be using a new IP address.
  • Press Win + R on your keyboard to open the Run box.
  • Type "cmd" in the search bar then hit Enter to open the command prompt box.
  • Type "ipconfig /release" . Be sure to include the space between "ipconfig" and "/release". Hit Enter. A wall of text will flood the screen.
  • Type "ipconfig /renew" and hit Enter. Close the command prompt window afterward.
  • Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Click System Preferences.

2. Select Network .

  • Select Network.
  • Click Advanced.
  • Click TCP/IP on the following screen then click Renew DHCP Lease.

If you already have an IP address you'd like to use, and want to take matters into your own hands, here's how you can manually set your IP address on a Windows device.

  • Press the Start icon in the taskbar. Alternatively, click on the search icon.
  • Type "settings".
  • Click Network & Internet .
  • Select your network (either Wi-Fi or Ethernet).
  • Find IP assignment and click Edit.
  • Click on the drop-down menu and select Manual.
  • Toggle IPv4 on.
  • Set your IP address on the following screen, along with Subnet mask, Gateway and Preferred DNS. You can also select Alternate DNS. Click save.

On the other hand, you have an IP address you want to use and a Mac device, this is how you can manually set it on macOS.

  • Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the desktop and select System Preferences. On the System Preferences window that appears, click Network.
  • Click your current network and select Advanced.
  • Click the TCP/IP tab. Choose Manually from Configure IPv4.
  • Type a new IP Address . Click OK and then Apply.

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How to change IP address Windows 10

Whenever you go online, you need an IP address. But you don’t have to stick with the same one. If you’re wondering what an IP address is and how to change it, you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we have covered…

  • What an IP address is
  • How to check the current IP address
  • How to change an IP address To change your public IP address To change your private IP address

Bonus Tip: Use a VPN to hide your real IP address

What is an IP address

IP address is short for Internet protocol address . It is a string of number that uniquely identifies a device on the network. Just like a pizza service that requires you to fill in your physical home address for the takeout to be delivered to your door, you’ll also need an IP address when going online so that websites and services know where you are and transmit data.

An IP address consists of two numbers, public IP address and private IP address . The public IP address is assigned to your router and it’s how devices outside your immediate internet network identify your local network. For example, if you’re connected to a WiFi network, you are probably sharing the same public IP address with everyone else connected to the same WiFi. Also, if you use your own mobile data, you may have your own public IP address.

The private IP address is used to identify each device that’s connected to the same network. For example, your printer, your computer, your phone, and your tablet share the same public IP address (assuming they’re connected to the same local network), but they have a private IP address to themselves.

There are two types of IP address, IPv4 and IPv6 . The IPv4 uses 32 bits in its number and has a total of 4.3 billion of addresses available in its form, whereas IPv6 adopts a 128-bit form and allows up to 340 trillion trillion trillion unique addresses, which is the solution for the long term growth of the Internet, with IPv4 addresses dying out.

Here are some examples of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses:

How to check your IP address

In order to know whether your IP address change is successful , you’ll need to check your device’s current IP address first.

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How to change your IP address

Here are five different methods that would help you change an IP address. Just choose the ones you like.

To change your public IP address:

  • Restart your modem/router and restart your computer
  • Switch to a different network

To change your local/private IP address:

  • R enew your local IP address
  • Specify a static IP address manually

Method 1: Restart your modem/router and restart your computer

If your computer is connected to a network through a modem, the computer is usually automatically assigned a dynamic IP address by your ISP. These IP address belong to your modem for a specific period of time before your ISP refreshes it with a new one. You can sometimes speed up the process by restarting your modem/router and your computer.

Here is how to do it:

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  • Wait 60 seconds for your modem (and your wireless router) to cool off.
  • Plug the network devices back in again and wait until the indicator lights are back to the normal state.
  • Restart your computer.
  • Check your IP address to see if it is changed.

Method 2: Switch to a different network

Another easy way to obtain a different public IP address is to connect to a different network. To do so, simply can take your computer to a friend’s place, a cafe, a library or anywhere that provides you with Internet access.

To change your private IP address

Method 1: renew your private ip address.

If you intend to change your private IP address, you can run the ipconfig /renew command. This nudges your DHCP client to negotiate a new IP address lease with the DHCP server.

Here is how to renew your private IP address:

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  • When prompted for permission, click  Yes  to run Command Prompt.

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  • Check your IP address to see if it’s a new one.

Method 2: Specify a static IP address manually

Sometimes the auto-generated IP addresses by your router may be a hassle when you want your PC to have a static, unchanging IP address. In this case, you can assign a static IP address to your device.

Here are the steps:

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  • Click OK and then close the windows that open to configure the setting.
  • Now check your IP address to see if it’s changed.

Bonus tip: Use a VPN to hide your real IP address

As you probably have learnt from the above, everyone needs a public IP address in order to go on the Internet. So every time you connect to the Internet, you’re essentially sharing that IP address with every website you go to and app/service you use. This means that your IP address reveals lots about you – your location, your identity and your browsing activity. If you want a free, private and secured Internet surfing experience, we recommend that you use a VPN.

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a service that encrypts your Internet data and routes it through a server in a location of your choosing. In doing so, your online activity is scrambled, making it virtually impossible to trace what you have done online; at the same time, websites, online services and ISPs will recognize you as you were browsing from a location where the server is based instead of where you really are.

Here are some of the perks using a VPN:

  • Hide your real IP address.
  • Avoid ISP tracking.
  • Bypass geographical censorships and unblock contents that are otherwise unavailable to your region.
  • Protect yourself from snooping on untrustworthy Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Gain some anonymity online by hiding your true location.
  • Protect yourself from being logged while torrenting.

You can set up a VPN connection manually, but this requires a lot of time, patience and computer skills. So it’s easier to use a VPN service, such as Nord VPN .

As a top-notch VPN service, NordVPN is very easy-to-use. It helps you set up a fast, stable and secure VPN connection to anywhere, all within a couple of clicks!

If you’re not sure whether NordVPN is right for you, you can try it out for 30 days free (In fact, Nord insists you do so). During the free trial, you can always choose to opt out or stick to the service.

Here is how to use NordVPN:

  • Download  and install NordVPN.

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  • Once you’ve set up a VPN connection, you will find that your IP address has been replaced by the one where the chosen server is based.

That’s it – hopefully now you have successfully changed your IP address. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, feel free to drop us a comment below. Thanks for reading!

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How to Change IP Address on Windows 10 [Step-by-Step Guide]

Sometimes, we have to change IP address out of many reasons. How to change IP address on Windows 10? If you are also searching for the answer, you can follow this Windows 10 guide provided by MiniTool to change IP address.

Before You Do

How to change your IP address? In order to change IP address Windows 10 smoothly, it’s required to log in to Windows 10 using an administrator account. Besides, you need to find the IP address of your router and computer. To do so, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Press the Win + I keys to open the Settings app and go to the Network & Internet section.

Step 2. In the Status tab, scroll down the right sidebar and click on the View your network properties  option.

Step 3. Now, scroll down the new screen to find the Default gateway and IPv4 address sections. The router’s IP address is next to the Default gateway and the IPv4 address identifies your computer. Remember the IP addresses you have found.

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Now, let’s see how to change IP address Windows 10 in the following part.

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How to Change My IP Address in Windows 10

Here we will walk you through 2 methods. Each method will be discussed in detail. Now, let’s start learning how to change IP address Windows 10.

Method 1. Change IP Address Windows 10 Using the Settings App

The first and simplest way to change IP address is to use the Settings app. Here’s a full guide for you:

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Win + I keys and then click on Network & Internet .

Step 2. In the pop-up window, select the network type based on your situation. If your device connects to the Internet through a wireless card, select the Wi-Fi section. If your device is using a wired connection, select the Ethernet section.

click on Wifi

Step 3. Scroll down the right sidebar to locate the IP settings section and click on the Edit button.

Step 4. In the pop-up dialog box, select Manual from the drop-down menu and enable the IPv4 switch.

Step 5. Enter all the required details below including IP address , Subnet prefix length , Gateway , etc.

IP address : It refers to the static IP address that you want to use.

Subnet prefix length : It refers to the prefix length that determines the size of the subnet.

Gateway : It refers to the IP address of your router.

The Preferred DNS and Alternate DNS settings are not mandatory to enter. The setting will be automatically assigned by your router if they are blank.

Step 6. After the details are entered, click on the Save button to change IP address.

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Method 2. Change IP Address Windows 10 in Control Panel

In addition to the above method, you can change IP address Windows 10 through the Control Panel. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1. Type control in the search window and select the Control Panel app from the best match.

Step 2. Change the View by to Category , and then click on View network status and tasks under the Network and Internet section.

click on View network status and tasks

Step 3. Navigate to the View your active networks tab and click on your Internet connection next to it.

click on your Internet connection

Step 4. In the pop-up window, click on Properties and then select the Internet Protocol Version 4 or IPv6 , which depends on the IP address that you’re ready to change. 

Step 5. Click on the  Properties button.

click on Properties

Step 6. In the Properties window, select the Use the following IP address option if you want to set a static IP address.

Step 7. Then you need to enter all the required details manually including IP address, subnet mask , and Default gateway . After that, click on OK to save the changes and exit the window.

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How To Change IP Address in Windows 10: A Visual Guide

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W hen working in a larger environment, we are often asked to change our IP address. To change IP address in Windows 10, we have come up with a visual guide with really simple and easy steps. Follow this Windows 10 guide and change IP address in Windows 10. Let’s tell you about it in detail.

The need for changing IP address, sometimes, it is needed that we change IP address in Windows 10. This mostly happens when we are a part of a large organization like a college or a company and any change in IP policy might want us to change our machine’s IP address.

So, here are the steps on how to change IP address in Windows 10:

How to change IP address in Windows 10

On the taskbar of your computer, right click on the internet icon and click on “ Open Network and Sharing Center”

Open network and sharing center

In the Network and Sharing center, click on the connections

Network and sharing center Windows 10

A new Wireless Network Connection Status window will open up. Click on the properties .

Network connection status

A network connection status pop-up window will open up. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/ IP v4 ) if you want to change the IPv4 address of your computer.

Network connection status IPv4

Now fill in the required IP address and press OK.

Change IP address in Windows 10

And this is how you change the IP address in Windows 10. Sometimes, along with the IP address, you are also given Subnet mask, Default gateway and DNS Server address by your network administrator. You can use those addresses to fill in the required details.

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How To Change IP Address in Windows

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There can be several reasons why you may like to change your IP address. Maybe you want to access a region based website that doesn’t allow your IP address or your current IP address is banned from a forum.

There are many ways you can easily change your IP address, however, for your specific situation you might need to use a particular method. In this tutorial, we are going to mention different methods to change your IP address, just choose the one which suits you best.

What is an IP Address?

When a computer connects to a network (local or Internet) it’s assigned a unique identifier called IP address. It’s like the name of the students in the class. There are two types of IP address.

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1. Public or External IP Address – It’s the IP address of your router and this IP address is assigned by your ISP. The public IP Address looks something like this – 78.22.108.24. To check your current public IP address, simply do a search on Google for “ what is my IP address ”.

Internet service providers (ISP) assign both static and dynamic IP addresses, here is an explanation of both:

1.1 Static IP Address: A static IP address can’t be changed automatically. It becomes your identity until you change the service provider. You can mask it with another IP address using VPN or a Proxy service, but you can’t change it unless the ISP agrees.

1.2 Dynamic IP Address:  Many ISPs assign an IP address from a pool of IP addresses when you connect to the network. This means your IP address is changed frequently and you won’t have a fixed identity.

2. Private or Internal IP Address – It’s the IP address assigned to all the devices connected to your router like – your computer, Android phone. This private IP address usually looks something like – 192.168.1.101 etc. To find your private IP address type in ipconfig/all on your cmd.

Again, private IP address can be either static or dynamic. We’ll come to that later.

Now, let’s see how to change IP address in all cases.

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Case 1. How to Change Public IP Address

First find out, which Public IP address you have – static or dynamic. In 99% of the cases, you’ll have a dynamic IP address. So, let’s see how to change it.

Method #1: Contact your ISP

Usually, ISP don’t assign static IP address unless you pay extra for it, but in case you have a static public IP address and want to change it permanently, then contact your ISP and request them to assign you new public IP address. If you want to temporary change you public IP, then see method #3.

Method #2: Turn Off your Modem to get a New IP Address

This is the simplest method of changing your IP address. If you have a dynamic IP address , then restarting the modem should automatically change the IP address.

To change your IP address, just turn off your modem and wait 5-10 minutes and turn it back on. You should be able to see a new IP address assigned to you, if not, then you may have to wait 5-8 hours and then turn on the modem. It depends on your ISP how fast they assign a new IP address.

Tip: To check your current public IP address, simply do a search on Google for “ what is my IP address ”.

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Method #3: Use Web proxy or VPN service

You can also use a Web proxy or a VPN service to change your IP address and access content online. This is an easy method, but comes with its own downside. These services (free) slow your connection and also load the web pages with ads. You will have to opt for a paid service if you would like to browse properly.

These services will also mask both Dynamic and Static IP addresses. So even if you have a Static IP address, you can use such services to mask your public IP.

3.1 Proxy Service

You can just enter the address in the Proxy service provider website and you will access it from a different IP address (probably, from another country). The service is quite simple to access, but will affect your browsing by slowing it a bit or displaying ads. A good proxy service provider will charge you for using their services, but most of them are free or have paid upgrades. Some Free proxy services include  Kproxy ,  Proxify  and ProxySite .

3.2 VPN Service

A VPN service will mask your current IP address at system level. This means it will not only affect your browsing, but everything else as well; such as programs and games. You can check our list of best free VPN services to pick a good VPN service. Most VPN services are ad-supported and require a premium account to get rid of ads and access additional features.

If you need VPN service only in your browser, then you can also use Opera browser . It comes with a built-in free VPN that is fast, free and without any ads.

Case 2. How to Change Private IP Address

Like Public IP address – private IP address can also be static or dynamic. Usually, most home routers have DHCP enabled which will give dynamic IP to every computer connected to it. For example,  if you connect your computer to your WiFi, it’ll be assigned 192.168.1.100 now, if you disconnect your computer and connect your smartphone to the WiFi, the router can also assign it 192.168.1.100 and if you computer reconnect later, it can assign it other available IP address like 192.168.1.101 etc.

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You can check whether you have Dynamic IP address or static right inside Windows. Press Windows+R keys and type “ cmd ” in the Run dialog to launch Command Prompt. Now type “ ipconfig /all ”, and hit enter. You will see loads of information about your connection. Here check the entry next to the option “ DHCP Enabled ”. If it’s “ Yes ” then you have a Static IP address, and if it’s “No” then you have a Dynamic IP Address.

In most cases, DHCP will be enabled.

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Now, again the steps to change your private IP address is different for both Static and dynamic (If DHCP is on). Let’s check them out one by one.

2.1 Change Private IP Address – If DHCP is enabled

Method #1 Using command prompt

You can use Command prompt to renew your IP address. It might not be as simple as above mentioned method, but it is faster.

Open up your command prompt by press Windows+R button to open “Run” window. Here type “cmd” and click on “OK”.

Command Prompt will open up, here type ipconfig /release and hit enter.

After the process completes and you are again ready to enter commands, type ipconfig /renew and hit enter. This will reset your IP Address and you will be able to see it in the command prompt.

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Method #2 Turn off your Internet

This one is same as restarting your router to change your public IP. Since you have DHCP enabled, if you disconnect your WiFi or shutdown your system and connect other devices to the WiFi, DHCP will assign your IP address to the new device. And then when you reconnect to the network, DHCP will give new private IP address. Though, this might not work all the time.

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2.2 Change Private IP Address – If DHCP is disabled

If you are using static IP address on your local network, then you can easily assign a different static IP by going to your network settings. To do that, first find your IP address by typing ipconfig in the cmd and look for the ipv4 value. Say it’s 192.168.1.104. Also, make a note of your default gateway and subnet mask. We’ll need this later on.

Now, click on Start Menu > type in Network and Sharing Center and hit enter.

A new window will open, click on Change Adapter Settings >  Right Click on your current Network Adapter (like WiFi) and choose Properties > a new window will open, here click on Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4)   then  Properties   > Use   Following IP address .

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Here you need to enter the IP address that belongs to the same subnet of your default gateway and it should not assigned to other devices on the same network. So, your old IP address was 192.168.1.104, you can enter 192.168.1.x; where x is between 0-255 and should not be used by other devices. If the other device has the same IP address as this one, there will network conflict and no device will get the internet. See this video for details.

Type in the new IP address and enter the same subnet mask and default gateway, that you have written in the previous step. and then save changes.

To confirm changes, do ipconfig in the cmd. If you see your new IP address and if your internet is working, then you have successfully change your IP address.

Wrapping Up

You can use the methods above to change your IP address and get a new identity on the internet. I believe a VPN service is the best way to change your IP address. It can mask static IP address, let you take advantage of different IPs and keep you anonymous online. However, if you already have a Dynamic IP address, then paying for a VPN or dealing with ads isn’t the best option.

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How to change your ip address from the command prompt in windows.

It's easy enough to change an IP address on your PC using Control Panel, but did you know you can also do it from the Command Prompt?

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Launch command prompt as admin to use netsh, view your network information with command prompt, change your ip address, subnet mask, and default gateway, change your dns settings in command prompt, key takeaways.

  • You must launch Command Prompt, PowerShell, or Terminal as admin to use netsh.
  • Use the "netsh interface ipv4 show config" command to find the full name of the network interface you want to change.
  • Modify your IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway using the command "netsh interface ipv4 set address". You can also change DNS settings using "netsh interface ipv4 set dns".

Changing your IP address with the Control Panel interface isn't difficult, but it does require clicking through a number of different windows and dialog boxes. If you're a fan of the Command Prompt, though, you can get it done more quickly using the netsh command, which is just one of the great network utilities built into Windows .

We're going to use the netsh command, but it requires that Command Prompt be launched as administrator to work. The netsh command allows you to configure just about any aspect of your network connections in Windows.

To launch Command Prompt (or PowerShell) as Admin, open up the Start Menu, search "cmd," hover over the result, then click "Run as Administrator."

Run Command Prompt as administrator.

In Windows 10 or Windows 11, you can also right-click the Start menu (or press Windows+X on your keyboard) to open the Power User Menu and choose "PowerShell (Admin)."

You can (and should ) use PowerShell for this instead.

Before you change your IP address and related information, you'll need to find the full name of the network for the interface you want to change. To do this, type the following command:

netsh interface ipv4 show config

The output of netsh interface ipv4 show config. The Wi-Fi adapter is highlighted in red.

Scroll down until you see the interface you're looking for. In our example, we're going to modify the Wi-Fi interface, which on our machine is just named "Wi-Fi." You'll also see other default names that Windows assigns to interfaces, such as "Local Area Connection," "Local Area Connection* 2," and "Ethernet." Just find the one you're looking for and make note of the exact name. You can also copy and paste the name to Notepad and then back into Command Prompt later to make things easier.

With the interface name in hand, you're ready to change the IP Address, subnet mask, and gateway. To do this, you'll issue a command using the following syntax:

netsh interface ipv4 set address name="YOUR INTERFACE NAME" static IP_ADDRESS SUBNET_MASK GATEWAY

So, for example, your command might look something like the following:

netsh interface ipv4 set address name="Wi-Fi" static 192.168.3.8 255.255.255.0 192.168.3.1

Where the info is replaced by whatever you want to use. In our example, the command does the following:

  • Uses the interface name "Wi-Fi"
  • Sets the IP address to 192.168.3.1
  • Sets the subnet mask to 255.255.255.0
  • Sets the default gateway to 192.168.3.1

And if you're using a static IP address but want to switch to using an IP address assigned automatically by a DHCP server — such as your router — you can use the following command instead:

netsh interface ipv4 set address name="YOUR INTERFACE NAME" source=dhcp

You can also use the netsh command to change the DNS servers used by a network interface. Third-party DNS servers — like Google Public DNS and OpenDNS —can be faster and more reliable than the DNS servers provided by your ISP. Whatever your reason for changing your DNS server , you can do it either at the router so it affects all the devices that get their information from the router or at the individual device. If you want to change the DNS servers for just one PC, it's easy to do with the netsh command.

You'll need to use the command twice: once to set your primary DNS server and once to set your secondary, or backup, DNS server. To set your primary DNS server, use the following syntax:

netsh interface ipv4 set dns name="YOUR INTERFACE NAME" static DNS_SERVER

So, for example, your command might look something like the following (in which we set it to Google's primary public DNS server, 8.8.8.8):

netsh interface ipv4 set dns name="Wi-Fi" static 8.8.8.8

To set your secondary DNS server, you'll use a very similar command:

netsh interface ipv4 set dns name="YOUR INTERFACE NAME" static DNS_SERVER index=2

So, continuing our example, you might set your secondary DNS as the Google Public DNS secondary server, which is 8.8.4.4:

netsh interface ipv4 set dns name="Wi-Fi" static 8.8.4.4 index=2

And just like with the IP address, you can also change it so that the network interface grabs its DNS settings automatically from a DHCP server instead. Just use the following command:

netsh interface ipv4 set dnsservers name"YOUR INTERFACE NAME" source=dhcp

And there you have it. Whether you like typing at the command prompt better or just want to impress your coworkers, now you know all the command line magic you need for changing your IP address settings.

How To Change IP Address in Windows 10? Try Easy Methods!

How To Change IP Address in Windows 10

If you are a constant user on Windows, you must be familiar with the demand of changing IP addresses in your Windows. It happens especially in larger working places where you are asked to change the IP address to configure the settings or due to some IP guidelines. In this section, we will share the two best methods to change the IP address in Windows 10 . So, let’s get started.

Methods to Change IP Address in Windows 10

Here, we have fetched the best two methods to change the IP address in your Windows 10. These steps are simple and effective to apply in order to set the IP address. 

1. Change IP Address in Windows 10

1. Right-click on the Internet icon from the taskbar of your computer and then click on the “Open Network and Sharing Center.”

2. Now, click on the Connections from the Network and Sharing Center.

3. You will see that a new Wireless Connection status window has opened up. You have to click on the properties now.

4. Now, you will see a network connection status pop-up window on the screen. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6), whichever IP address that you wish to change. 

Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 to Change IP Address

5. Now you have to put in the IP address that is required and then hit OK.

And this is how you change the IP address in Windows 10. Sometimes, along with the IP address, you are also given a Subnet mask, Default gateway and DNS Server address by your network administrator. You can use those addresses to fill in the required details.

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2. Change the IP Address in Windows 10 Using the Settings App

You might prefer this method for its easy steps to change the IP address in Windows 10. Using the settings app carries probably the simplest steps to help you in changing the IP address of your Windows 10 PC.

Follow these steps to change the IP address:

  • Open the Settings app. 
  • In the Settings app, go to the Network and Internet category .

Go to Internet and Network Security

  • Now, you have to select your network type from the left sidebar. If your internet is connected via a wireless card then select Wi-Fi. Click on Ethernet if you have connected the Internet using a wired connection. 

Click On Ethernet

  • Click on the name of network connection which appears on the right side of the Window.

In the next step, you have to scroll down to the page where you can find the details of your network connection. There you have to look for the section called IP settings. Once you find IP settings, click on Edit under IP assignment. 

Now you will see the Edit IP settings dialog in the Settings app. From this section, you can change the IP address of your device . To change the IP address of Windows 10 PC in order to be assigned automatically by the router, you have to select Automatic which is called dynamic IP address.

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You can select Manual and then enable the IPv4 and/or IPc6 switches (It depends on what internet protocols you wish to use.) in order to set your own IP address. Since both of them feature different IP addresses, you need to enter the details for both IPv4 and IPv6 if you want to enable both.

You are required to enter the following details in order to change your IP address to a static one. Whether it is for your IPv4 or IPv6 protocol, there are certain details that need to be entered.

  • IP address: You have to type the static IP address that you want to use.
  • Subnet prefix length: Then you are required to type the prefix length that determines the size of the subnet. 
  • Gateway:   The next is Gateway where you type the IP address of your router.

Once you have entered the details, you can now click on the Save option in order to apply the settings that you have made to Change the IP address. Before saving the settings, make sure that the details that you have entered are correct because if they are not, your Windows 10 will lose the internet connection. 

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In this article, you came across two simple methods to change IP address in your Windows 10 and also to set it from dynamic to static. Which way do you think is the simplest and best way to change the IP address in Windows 10? Share your views and suggestions with us in the comment box. 

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How to set a static IP address on Windows 11

Here are the steps to set a static IP address on Windows 11 with Command Prompt, PowerShell, Control Panel, and Settings.

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UPDATED 7/21/2023: On Windows 11, a static IP address is a network configuration that never changes, making it the preferred option to share files , a printer on a local network , or configure port forwarding.

Usually, when a computer connects to the network, it receives a dynamic IP address assigned by the local Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. The only problem is that this configuration can change at any time, as soon as you restart the computer or after the settings expire, and this can cause services like port forwarding and remote desktop to stop working. A static network configuration always maintains the same settings, making it ideal for hosting services that other users can access through the network.

This guide will teach you how to set a static IP (version 4) address on Windows 11 . (See also this video tutorial with the steps to complete this task.)

Assign static IP address on Windows 11 from Command Prompt

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To set a static IP address on Windows 11 with Command Prompt, use these steps:

Open Start on Windows 11.

Search for Command Prompt , right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

Type the following command to see your current networking configuration and press Enter :

Under the network adapter, note the name of the adapter as well as the following information in these fields:

  • Subnet mask
  • Default Gateway
  • DNS Servers

Windows 11 ipconfig all command

Type the following command to assign a static IP address on Windows 11 and press Enter :

In the above command, replace “Ethernet0” with the name of your network adapter. Change “10.1.4.119 255.255.255.0 10.1.4.1” with the device IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway address corresponding to the local area network.

Type the following command to set a DNS server address and press Enter :

In the command, make sure to change “Ethernet0” with your adapter’s name and “10.1.4.1” with the DNS server address of the network.

Type the following command to set an alternate DNS server address and press Enter :

In the command, change “Ethernet0” with the adapter’s name and “8.8.8.8” with an alternate DNS server address.

Windows 11 netsh command to set static IP address

After completing the steps, you can use the ping command (for example ping google.com ) to see if the configuration works correctly.

You can use PowerShell with the “NetTCPIP” module to manage networking settings, including changing the IP address settings to a static configuration.

To set a static IP address with PowerShell, use these steps:

Open Start .

Search for PowerShell , right-click the result, and select the Run as administrator option.

Type the following command to view your current network configuration and press Enter :

Get-NetIPConfiguration

Confirm the following network information: 

  • InterfaceIndex
  • IPv4Address
  • IPv4DefaultGateway

Type the following command to set a static IP address and press Enter :

PowerShell assign static IP address

In the command, replace the “InterfaceIndex” number (10) with the corresponding number of your adapter. Change “IPAddress” with the static IP address you want to assign to your device. Change “PrefixLength” (subnet mask) with the correct bit number if necessary. Typically, on a home network, the setting is “24.” Also, change the “DefaultGateway” option with the default gateway address of the network.

Type the following command to assign a DNS server address and press Enter :

PowerShell assign static DNS address

If you need to set a secondary DNS server address, use a comma to use the same command with another address. For example:

In the command, replace the “InterfaceIndex” number (10) with your network adapter’s corresponding number. Also, change “ServerAddresses” with the DNS IP address.

Once you complete the steps, the new network configuration will apply to the computer.

Regardless of your chosen method, always assign a TCP/IP address in the network range and outside of the DHCP server scope to allow proper connectivity and avoid configuration conflicts. The reason is that multiple computers sharing the same address will cause problems, preventing them from connecting to the internet.

On Windows 11, you can set a static IP address configuration from the Settings app for wireless and wired adapters.

Set static IP address on Wi-Fi adapter

To assign a static IP address configuration to a Wi-Fi adapter, use these steps:

Open Settings on Windows 11.

Click on Network & Internet .

Click the Wi-Fi tab.

Open Wi-Fi settings

Select the current network connection.

Open wireless properties

Under the “IP settings” section, click the Edit button.

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Select the Manual option.

Static IP enable option

Turn on the IPv4 toggle switch.

Set a static IP address for Windows 11 – for example, 10.1.4.119 .

Settings app set static IP address

Specify a Subnet mask  – for example, 255.255.255.0 .

Specify a Default Gateway address.

Specify a Preferred DNS address (required).

(Optional) Specify an “Alternate DNS” address.

Use the “DNS over HTTPS” drop-down menu and select the Off option for the preferred and alternate addresses, but you can enable DoH with these options:

  • Off: Transmits all DNS traffic without encryption.
  • On (automatic template): Sends all DNS traffic with encryption.
  • On (manual template): Allows you to specify a specific template. It is only required if the DNS service doesn’t work automatically or has a template that works as expected.

Turn off the “Fallback to plaintext” toggle switch (if you enable DoH).

Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the static network configuration will apply to the computer. You can test the new settings by opening the web browser and loading a website.

Set static IP address on Ethernet adapter

To assign a static IP address to an Ethernet (wired) adapter on Windows 11, use these steps:

Open Settings .

Click the Ethernet  tab.

Open Ethernet settings

After you complete the steps, you can test your settings using your web browser to open a website.

On Windows 11, you can still use Control Panel to change the IP settings for Ethernet or Wi-Fi adapters.

To assign a static IP configuration through the Control Panel, use these steps:

Open Control Panel .

Click on Network and Internet .

Click on  Network and Sharing Center .

Click the Change adapter settings option on the left navigation pane.

Open Change adapter settings

Right-click the network adapter and select the Properties option.

Select the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” option.

Click the Properties button.

Control Panel open TCP/IPv4 properties

Select the “Use the following IP address” option.

Assign the static IP address – for example, 10.1.4.119 .

Set static IPv4 address in Control Panel

Specify a Subnet mask . Typically, on a home network, the subnet mask is 255.255.255.0 .

Specify a Default gateway address – for example, 10.1.4.1 (Usually, your router’s address).

Under the “Use the following DNS server addresses set Preferred DNS server” section, set the “Preferred DNS server address,” which is usually your router’s IP address or server IP address providing DNS resolutions (for example, 10.1.4.1 ).

(Optional) Specify an “Alternative DNS server,” which the computer will use if it cannot reach the preferred DNS server.

Click the OK button.

Click the Close button again.

Once you complete the steps, you can open the web browser and load a website to see if the configuration works.

If you want to revert the changes, you can use these instructions to remove the static settings to configure a dynamic IP address on Windows 11.

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How to configure a static IP on Windows 10 or 11

Do you need to switch from a dynamic to a static IP address configuration on Windows 11 or 10? Here's how.

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On Windows, the router's Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server is (usually) responsible for assigning a dynamic Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) configuration to every device in the network, including to your computer running Windows 11 or Windows 10.

Although a dynamic IP address is the recommended configuration for most situations, you may need to change to a static IP address if you're thinking about setting up a printer or file sharing, or you have to configure port forwarding on the router to your computer.

The reason is that a dynamic network configuration can change at any time after the lease from the DHCP expires and if the address changes, network resources you may have configured will stop working. Setting a static IP address will always stay the same on the computer, allowing a more reliable experience sharing resources in the network or forwarding ports.

Whatever the reason, on Windows 10 and 11, you have many ways to configure a static TCP/IP address, including using the Settings app and Command Prompt.

This guide will walk you through the different ways to configure a static network configuration on Windows 11 and 10.

How to set a static TCP/IP network configuration on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can change your computer's dynamic IP configuration to static in at least two ways through the Settings app or commands.

Configure IP from Settings app

To assign a permanent TCP/IP configuration on Windows 11, use these steps:

  • Open  Settings .
  • Click on  Network & internet .
  • (Optional) Click on Advanced network settings .
  • Under the "More settings" section, click on Hardware and connection properties.
  • Note the current IPv4 ,  Subnet mask ,  Default Gateway , and  DNS server addresses to determine the new configuration, as it has to be in the same network scope.
  • Click the  Ethernet  or  Wi-Fi  page on the right side from the "Network & internet." page.
  • Quick note:  If you select the Wi-Fi page, you need to click on the connection properties to access the network settings.
  • Click on the  Edit  button for the "IP assignment" setting.
  • Select the  Manual  option from the drop-down menu.
  • Turn on the  IPv4  toggle switch.
  • Confirm the IP address for the computer – for example, 10.1.4.90.
  • Confirm the subnet mask for the configuration – for example, 255.255.255.0.
  • Confirm the default gateway address (usually your router's IP) – for example, 10.1.4.1.
  • Confirm the preferred DNS address – for example, 10.1.4.1.
  •   Quick note:  In a home network, you may also be able to use the router's IP address for the DNS configuration. You can also use third-party DNS services like Google Public DNS, Cloudflare, Cisco's OpenDNS, and others. 
  • (Optional) Select the  "On (automatic template)"  option for the "DNS over HTTPS" setting and leave the  "Fallback to plaintext"  option disabled unless you want to encrypted as well as unencrypted traffic or you're troubleshooting connectivity.
  • Quick note:  DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is a feature that encrypts the DNS queries over the HTTPS protocol to improve security and privacy on the internet. You only want to enable this feature if the DNS server supports this feature.
  • Confirm the alternate DNS address (if applicable).
  • (Optional) Select the  "On (automatic template)"  option for the "DNS over HTTPS" setting and leave the  "Fallback to plaintext"  option disabled.
  • Click the  Save  button.

Once you complete the steps, the computer will start using the static network configuration. If everything has been configured correctly, you should be able to open the web browser to access the internet.

If you entered an address (such as the DNS address) and then changed it, you probably won't be able to save the settings. If this is the case, cancel the configuration, start over, enter the correct configuration, and then try to save the settings.

Configure IP from Command Prompt

To set a static TCP/IP configuration on Windows 11, use these steps:

  • Open  Start .
  • Search for  Command Prompt , right-click the top result, and select the  Run as administrator  option.
  • Type the following command to see your current networking configuration and press  Enter : ipconfig /all
  • Confirm the name of the adapter and the networking configuration, including the IPv4 , Subnet mask , Default Gateway , and DNS Servers .
  • Type the following command to configure a static TCP/IP address and press  Enter :  netsh interface ip set address name= "ADAPTER-NAME" static IP-ADDRESS SUBNET-ADDRESS DEFAULT-GATEWAY-ADDRESS

In the above command, replace  ADAPTER-NAME  with the name of your network adapter. Change  IP-ADDRESS SUBNET-ADDRESS    DEFAULT-GATEWAY-ADDRESS  with the device IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway addresses you want. For example, this command sets the 10.1.4.90, 255.255.255.0, 10.1.4.1 configuration:  netsh interface ip set address name="Ethernet 10Gb" static 10.1.4.90 255.255.255.0 10.1.4.1

  • Type the following command to set a DNS server address and press  Enter :  netsh interface ip set dns name="ADAPTER-NAME" static DNS-ADDRESS  

In the command, change  ADAPTER-NAME  with your adapter's name and  DNS-ADDRESS  with the DNS server address of the network. For example, this command sets the local router as the DNS server:  netsh interface ip set dns name="Ethernet 10Gb" static 10.1.4.1

  • Type the following command to set an alternate DNS server address and press  Enter :  netsh interface ip add dns name="ADAPTER-NAME" DNS-ADDRESS index=2

In the command, change  ADAPTER-NAME  with the adapter's name and  DNS-ADDRESS  with an alternate DNS server address. For example, netsh interface ip add dns name="Ethernet 10Gb" 1.1.1.1 index=2

After you complete the steps, the commands will set a static network configuration on Windows 11.

How to set a static TCP/IP network configuration on Windows 10

On Windows 10, you can also use the Settings app and Command Prompt to set up a static IP network configuration.

To assign a permanent TCP/IP configuration on Windows 10, use these steps:

  • Click on  Ethernet  or  Wi-Fi .
  • Click on the active connection on the right side.
  • Click the  Edit  button for the "IP assignment" setting.
  • Select the  Manual  option.
  • Confirm the subnet prefix length (subnet mask) for the configuration – for example, 24 to specify the 255.255.255.0 subnet mask.
  • Quick tip:  It's important to use the number that represents the network instead of the subnet mask. Otherwise, the configuration won't save. If you don't know the subnet prefix length for your subnet mask, you can use any  online subnet calculator  to find out.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 10 will start using the static IP configuration. If you lose network connectivity, restart the computer to regain access to the local network and internet.

To change from dynamic to static IP address with commands on Windows 10, use these steps:

In the command, change  ADAPTER-NAME  with your adapter's name and  DNS-ADDRESS  with the DNS server address of the network. For example, this command sets the local router as the DNS server:  netsh interface ip set dns name=" Ethernet 10Gb" static 10.1.4.1

In the command, change  ADAPTER-NAME  with the adapter's name and  DNS-ADDRESS  with an alternate DNS server address. For example, netsh interface ip add dns name="Ethernet0" 1.1.1.1 index=2

After you complete the steps, the network configuration will switch from dynamic to static on Windows 10.

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How To Change Your IP Address

E ven though you may be in cyberspace, you’re still in a specific, virtual location defined by your IP address. But for those who want to stay private, get around government restrictions, and the like, changing your IP address is a simple first step. In this article, we’ll tell you how to change your IP address, step-by-step, along with providing you with more information about the types of IP addresses, the pros and cons of changing them, and more. Get your invisibility cloak ready because we’re about to go private or as private as you can be online.

See the exact steps to changing your IP address on an iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows computer. Also, learn why you would want to change your IP address in the first place.

» Do You Know: How to find the IP address on your iPhone

Pro Tip: Changing your IP address can help you get around website restrictions and censorship, but some apps and services use GPS location. If you’re having trouble changing your GPS location, read our Surfshark review . You’ll appreciate its GPS override feature.

What Is An IP Address?

Of course, some people may not be totally clear on what an IP address actually is; no shame here! An IP address, which standards for an internet protocol address, is a device’s identifying number associated with a specific computer or network of computers. Basically, IP addresses let computers send and receive information, but they can also be used to track the physical locations of users, 4 a nightmare for those concerned with privacy. And according to our VPN usage research , that accounts for 40 percent of VPN-users.

» How To: Get a US IP Address

Types of IP Addresses

Not all IP addresses are created equal! Rather, they can be divided into a few different categories, some of which have certain advantages over others.

  • Public : Each and every internet-connected device has a public IP address, distributed by the Internet Service Providers vis-à-vis the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. What, you haven’t heard of ICANN? Nevertheless, these public IP addresses are searchable on the web, which is why we can find our printer simply by Googling its IP address .
  • Private/ local : In contrast to public IP addresses, private IP addresses aren’t searchable on the web. Rather, they’re numbers that routers assign the devices on their networks so that they can communicate with each other.
  • Dynamic : Dynamic IP addresses, as we mentioned before, are any type of IP address that change every time you connect, usually through a VPN. This makes users hard to track online, as their literal address keeps changing.
  • Static : Static means that the IP addresses do not change. With VPNs, static IP addresses are usually shared with thousands of users in order to obscure their identities. However, some websites block these shared IP addresses, which necessitates users getting dedicated IP addresses. What a convenient transition!
  • Dedicated : Dedicated IP addresses are assigned to only one user rather than being shared by several. They usually cost a different fee on top of the regular VPN subscription.
  • IPv4 : Internet Protocol version 4 is used by 99 percent of networks, but since it can only store 4.3 billion addresses, it’s being replaced by IPv6, which we’ll get to in a second. Unlike IPv6, IPv4 addresses are four one bite numbers separated by dots like 555.555.1.1.
  • IPv6 : While they’re only used by less than 1 percent of networks, IPv6 has its advantages over IPv4, namely that it can provide an infinite number of addresses. It also allows for larger payloads and is compatible with a greater number of mobile networks. Although they’re starting small, eventually, IPv6 will replace IPv4. 5

» Further Reading: Dynamic vs Static IP Address

Where To Find Your IP Address

Feeling lost in the sauce? Finding your IP address isn’t that complicated, even if you’re not a tech expert like us.

Your private information

My ip address.

20.237.210.148

Unprotected

My IP Information

Internet provider:

MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK

Region/ State:

Hide my IP address

View IP Details

Browser name:

Browser version:

Device brand:

Device type:

Postal code:

Where to Find Your IP Address on Mac

  • Enter your Mac’s System Settings.
  • Select Network.
  • Select your Wi-Fi network.
  • Click Details…
  • You’ll see your IP internal address listed.

Where to Find Your IP Address on Windows

  • Enter your TaskBar.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Select your network.
  • Click Wi-Fi Properties.
  • Look under IPv4 Address.

Where to Find Your IP Address on Android

  • Enter your phone’s Settings.
  • Click About.
  • Click Status.
  • Look at the IP Address.

Where to Find Your IP Address on iOS

  • Click Settings.
  • Click Wi-Fi.
  • Click on the “i” button next to Network.

Pros and Cons of Changing Addresses

Of course, there’s always the debate of whether or not to change your IP address in the first place. While the angel on your shoulder tells you it’s a great way to increase your privacy and access other country’s servers, the devil tells you that it could be costly, that some websites won’t work and that your ISP will still be able to see your address. There’s truth to both of these sides, so we recommend making your decisions on a case-by-case basis. That being said, we broke down the main reasons why you should and shouldn’t change your IP address.

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Why You Should Change Your IP Address

  • Avoid tracking : If you’ve ever searched for anything related to consumerism, then you probably already notice how your searches seem to follow you around the internet like you owe them money. This sort of tracking is made possible by cookies, which some antivirus software can disable.
  • Bypass government restrictions : Governments like China greatly restrict internet usage in their country, so if you want to bypass firewalls, changing your IP address is a must.
  • Access international servers : Maybe you simply want to see what’s on Netflix Canada from your apartment in California. By changing your IP address to a Canadian one, you can trick the streaming giant into showing you a whole lot of new content.
FYI: Not all VPNs are compatible with Netflix. To find one that’s right for you, read our review of the best VPNs for Netflix .
  • Gain privacy : Maybe you’re an activist, a journalist, or anyone else handling sensitive information, or maybe you just don’t want your Internet Service Provider to track your every move. If that’s the case, changing your IP address is a step in the right direction in terms of privacy.
  • Increase security : Most people think nothing of joining public Wi-Fi networks (and depending on your settings, this may even happen automatically). However, using public Wi-Fi opens up a slew of security risks, with hacking at the forefront. But by hiding your real IP address, you greatly lower your risk of hackings .

Why You Shouldn’t Change Your IP Address

  • Some websites won’t work : Some websites, like the aforementioned Netflix, won’t work with certain VPNs or proxies. So while they may be able to bypass government restrictions, that doesn’t stop individual websites from blocking certain IP addresses.
  • Not always legal : Depending on where you are, VPNs may not be legal ; they’re banned in China, Belarus, Iran and a few other countries, so keep that in mind before you connect.
  • May slow down connection : Any added encryption will slow down your browsing speeds, although the exact slowdowns will differ from service to service. Still, if you’re performing tasks that require a lot of bandwidth like streaming video or video chatting, you might experience some frustrating lag.
  • VPN may log data : Again, depending on the service, your VPN company may be logging the very information you want to hide, like your IP address and web traffic. Our advice? Always read the VPN’s privacy policy, which we cover in our individual VPN reviews, and talk about it extensively on our best no-logging VPNs page.
  • Could cost money : Not all VPNs are free (except of course, the ones that are; check out the best free VPNs to see what we’re talking about). Still, free VPNs typically have limits on time, data, or servers, so if you want full coverage, you might have to pony up some dough.
  • ISP’s will still be able to see IP : Even with a new IP address, your Internet Service Provider will be able to see it, so you’re never truly “private” when you’re online.

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Overall, we’re of the faith that changing your IP address is a necessity at times, and we love that there’s more than one way to do it. We hope we answered all of your questions about changing your IP address, but if we didn’t, read on.

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The most basic function of a virtual private network (VPN) is to hide your real IP address from websites you visit (and anyone else on the internet). If a VPN fails to do this, it’s simply not working. 

A VPN that hides just your IPv4 address can technically be connected, but it’s still not doing its job properly if it’s not preventing websites from seeing your real IP address. If a VPN connection is technically working, but there are ways in which websites can see your IP address anyway, this is called a leak.

In this article, we look at how to tell if your VPN is working (at all) and how to make sure it’s not leaking your IP address in any way. 

  • How to check that your IPv4 address has changed

How to check for IPv6 leaks

How to check for dns leaks, how to check for webrtc leaks, how to check that your ip address has changed.

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical label that uniquely identifies every device that connects (directly) to the internet. Websites you visit can usually see your IP address and therefore know who you are (and can use this information to track you across multiple websites). 

Learn more about IP addresses

When you use a VPN, you connect to the internet via a VPN server that acts as an intermediary between your device and the internet. All that websites you visit can see is the IP address of the VPN server (not your real IP address or who your ISP is).

How VPNs work

Learn more about how a VPN works

How to test if your VPN is working

1. Disconnect the VPN, visit ip.me , and make a note of your public IP address. 

Find out year real IP address on ip.me

Until fairly recently, all websites (and anything else connected to the internet) used the IPv4 standard, which uses 32-bit internet addresses, creating about 4.29 billion total available addresses (we’ll get to why this is important in a minute).

If you have a short IP address that looks something like 185.159.159.142, then your ISP supports only IPv4 connections. This is by far the most used version of the Internet Protocol and is the only IP version available to 55% – 61% of people globally . 

If your IP address is a hexadecimal number that looks something like 2001:db8:8a2e:370:7334, then you have IPv6 connectivity. This means your ISP supports the new Internet Protocol version, designed to address the fact that IPv4 addresses have all but run out (there are around 340 undecillion available IPv6 addresses, so it’s unlikely we’ll ever run out of them). If IPv6 is available, most operating systems will use it by default. 

2. Connect to a VPN server, visit ip.me again (or just refresh the page), and compare your public IP address with the address you noted earlier. If they’re different, then the VPN is working. 

(Proton tip: Connect to a server in a different country to make the change in IP address more obvious).  

Run the test again and compare the results

If your IPv4 address without a VPN matches your IP address when you’re (supposedly) connected to a VPN server, the VPN isn’t working. Contact your VPN service for assistance or change your VPN provider. 

If your IPv6 address without a VPN matches your IP address when connected to a VPN, then the VPN may not be working, or you may have an IPv6 leak . 

What is an IPv6 leak?

Most servers still don’t support IPv6, so most ISPs that support IPv6 have adopted a dual-tiered approach. They broadcast both an IPv6 and an IPv4 address. An IPv6-capable server will look for an IPv6 connection first, then fall back to accepting an IPv4 connection if it can’t find one. This is why you’ll only see your IPv6 address when you visit ip.me from an IPv6 address.

An IPv6 leak occurs when a VPN app successfully intercepts your IPv4 connection and routes it through the VPN server but doesn’t account for potential IPv6 connections. It therefore allows connections over IPv6, exposing the real IPv6 addresses of anyone using an ISP that supports IPv6 to IPv6-capable websites. 

If you’re connected to a VPN, have an IPv6 connection, and see your real IPv6 address on ip.me, there are two potential explanations:

  • The VPN isn’t working
  • The VPN is blocking IPv4 connections, but you have an IPv6 leak.

How to find out if you have an IPv6 leak

Open the Command Prompt (Windows), Terminal (macOS), or a terminal window (Linux). Terminal emulator apps are also available for Android and iOS. To find your real IPv4 address. disconnect the VPN, enter the following text, and hit enter. 

Run curl -4 at a command line

Now reconnect the VPN and run the command again. If the displayed IPv4 address is your real IP address, the VPN simply isn’t working. If it has changed to that of the VPN server, you have an IPv6 leak. 

To test your public IPv6 address from the command line, enter: curl -6 icanhazip.com . 

How to fix an IPv6 leak

The best way to fix an IPv6 leak is to use a VPN app with effective built-in IPv6 protection. This includes all Proton VPN apps . It’s also possible to manually disable IPv6 at the system level on Windows , macOS , and Linux .

Until the world has reached the point where a significant number of web servers support only IPv6 connections, there is no downside to disabling IPv6. 

What is a DNS leak?

The Domain Name System (DNS) maps human-friendly domain names to their corresponding computer-friendly numerical IP addresses.

For example, the Proton VPN website uses the domain name protonvpn.com, which corresponds to the IP address 185.159.159.140. When you type www.protonvpn.com into your browser’s URL bar, the domain name must be converted to its corresponding IP address for computers to understand it.

This conversion process is usually performed by special DNS servers run by your ISP. Most ISPs log their customers’ DNS requests (and, in many places, are required to do this by law), as this is the easiest way for them to track what you do online. 

Learn more about DNS

To prevent customers from being tracked by their DNS queries, a good VPN service will route them through the VPN tunnel to be resolved by DNS servers run by the VPN service. A DNS leak occurs when you use a VPN that fails to route your DNS requests within the VPN tunnel, allowing them to be resolved by your ISP. 

It’s possible to manually change your DNS provider, which means the third-party DNS provider will resolve your DNS queries instead of your ISP. Manually configuring your DNS in this way makes DNS leaks more likely to happen, so it’s not recommended if you use a VPN. 

How to find out if you have an DNS leak

Connect the VPN, visit DNS leak test.com , and run either the Basic or Extended test. 

Run either the Basic or Extended test

The returned results should show IP addresses belonging to your VPN service. If they belong to your ISP or a third-party DNS service that you’ve configured, you have a DNS leak. 

DNS leak test resultss

How to fix an DNS leak

The only real way to fix a DNS leak is to use a VPN app that offers reliable DNS leak protection. Proton VPN offers robust DNS leak protection in all our apps . 

An imperfect workaround is to manually configure your operating system to use a trusted third-party DNS service. This doesn’t prevent the DNS leak, but at least it means someone you trust more than your ISP is resolving your DNS queries. 

Learn how to manually configure your DNS settings

When choosing a privacy-focused third-party DNS service, choose one that supports encrypted DNS queries (DoT or DoH). Do remember, though, that using a third-party DNS service makes DNS leaks more likely to happen, so only do this with a VPN if you have no other option.  

What is a WebRTC leak?

WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is an open standard that allows voice and video chat inside your browser without installing any plugins or downloading any apps. It’s therefore very useful and fully supported by all major browsers.

However, the way WebRTC works can expose your real IP address to bad actors. WebRTC is a peer-to-peer protocol (similar to BitTorrent ). To achieve seamless browser-to-browser communication through obstacles such as firewalls, your browser broadcasts your real IP address to special ( STUN ) servers that keep a list of both your public IP addresses and your real IP addresses.

If someone wishes to initiate a WebRTC conversation with you, the STUN server will provide them with your real IP address, even when you’re hiding your public IP address with a VPN. 

Strictly speaking, the WebRTC “problem” is a browser issue that is unrelated to how a VPN works. However, there is little point in using a VPN if your browser just hands over your real IP address to anyone who asks for it. 

How to find out if you have a WebRTC leak

Connect the VPN, visit the Browserleaks WebRTC Leak Test page, and wait for the test to complete (it can take a few minutes). You should only see IP addresses belonging to the VPN server. If you see your real IP address(es), you have a WebRTC leak. 

WebRTC leak test results

How to fix a WebRTC leak

A good VPN app will use firewall rules and other platform-specific techniques to ensure your real IP address can’t be exposed by WebRTC. 

It’s also possible to manually disable WebRTC on your browser. 

Type about:config in the address bar, hit Enter, and click Accept the Risk and Continue . Search for media.peerconnection.enabled and double-click the result to set its value to false .

Turn off WebRTC in Firefox

Chrome and all Chromium-based browsers (such as Brave and Edge)

Install the WebRTC Network Limiter browser extension from the Chrome web store. This official extension from Google allows you to manage how WebRTC connections work in your browser.

Manage how WebRTC connections work in Chrome using the offical Google WebRTC Network Limiter browser extension

Final thoughts

A good VPN app must ensure that your IP address is always hidden from websites you visit. If it doesn’t, you have a leak. Although we suggest ways to address IPv6, DNS, and WebRTC leaks in the article, the real solution is to use a VPN service that offers apps that work properly.

All Proton VPN apps are built from the ground up to include comprehensive IPv6, DNS, and WebRTC leak protection, ensuring your real IP address is always hidden.

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Douglas Crawford

Starting with ProPrivacy and now Proton, Douglas has worked for many years as a technology writer. During this time, he has established himself as a thought leader specializing in online privacy. He has been quoted by the BBC News, national newspapers such as The Independent, The Telegraph, and The Daily Mail, and by international technology publications such as Ars Technica, CNET, and LinuxInsider. Douglas was invited by the EFF to help host a livestream session in support of net neutrality. At Proton, Douglas continues to explore his passion for privacy and all things VPN.

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