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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 2,546,322 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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Change TCP/IP settings

TCP/IP defines how your PC communicates with other PCs.

To make it easier to manage TCP/IP settings, we recommend using automated Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). DHCP automatically assigns Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to the computers on your network if your network supports it. If you use DHCP, then you don't have to change your TCP/IP settings if you move your PC to another location, and DHCP doesn't require you to manually configure TCP/IP settings, such as Domain Name System (DNS) and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS).

To enable DHCP or change other TCP/IP settings

Select  Start , then type settings . Select  Settings  >  Network & internet .

Do one of the following:

For a Wi-Fi network, select  Wi-Fi  >  Manage known networks . Choose the network for which you want to change the settings.

For an Ethernet network, select  Ethernet , then select the Ethernet network you’re connected to.

Next to  IP assignment , select  Edit .

Under  Edit network IP settings or Edit IP settings , select  Automatic (DHCP)  or  Manual .

To specify IPv4 settings manually

Under  Edit network IP settings or Edit IP settings , choose  Manual , then turn on  IPv4 .

To specify an IP address, in the  IP address, Subnet mask , and  Gateway  boxes, type the IP address settings.

To specify a DNS server address, in the  Preferred DNS  and  Alternate DNS  boxes, type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers.

To specify if you want to use an encrypted (DNS over HTTPS) or unencrypted connection to the DNS server or servers you specify, for DNS over HTTPS , choose the setting you want:

Off : All DNS queries will be sent to the DNS server unencrypted in plaintext over HTTP.

On (automatic template) : DNS queries will be encrypted and sent to the DNS server over HTTPS. DNS queries will use the default settings for the automatic template or try to discover them automatically.

On (manual template) : DNS queries will be encrypted and sent to the DNS server over HTTPS. They’ll use the settings you enter in the DNS over HTTPS template box.

If you use DNS over HTTPS (automatic or manual template), turn Fallback to plaintext on or off:

When it’s turned on, a DNS query will be sent unencrypted if it can’t be sent over HTTPS.

When it’s turned off, a DNS query won’t be sent if it can’t be sent over HTTPS.

To specify IPv6 settings manually

Under  Edit network IP settings or Edit IP settings , choose  Manual , then turn on  IPv6 .

To specify an IP address, in the  IP address , Subnet prefix length , and  Gateway  boxes, type the IP address settings.

When you select  Automatic (DHCP) , the IP address settings and DNS server address setting are set automatically by your router or other access point (recommended).

When you select  Manual , you can manually set your IP address settings and DNS server address.

When you’re done, select  Save .

Note:  To install IPv4, run Command Prompt as an administrator, type netsh interface ipv4 install , and then press Enter .

Select Start   , then select Settings   > Network & Internet   .

For a Wi-Fi network, select Wi-Fi   > Manage known networks . Choose the network you want to change the settings for, then select Properties.

For an Ethernet network, select Ethernet , then select the Ethernet network you’re connected to.

Under IP assignment , select Edit .

Under Edit IP settings , select Automatic (DHCP) or Manual .

Under Edit IP settings , choose Manual , then turn on IPv4 .

To specify an IP address, in the IP address, Subnet prefix length , and Gateway boxes, type the IP address settings.

To specify a DNS server address, in the Preferred DNS and Alternate DNS boxes, type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers.

Under Edit IP settings , choose Manual , then turn on IPv6 .

When you select Automatic (DHCP) , the IP address settings and DNS server address setting are set automatically by your router or other access point (recommended).

When you select Manual , you can manually set your IP address settings and DNS server address.

When you’re done, select Save .

In Windows 8.1, select the Start button, start typing View network connections , and then select View network connections in the list.

In Windows 7, open Network Connections by selecting the Start button, and then selecting Control Panel . In the search box, type adapter , and then, under Network and Sharing Center , select View network connections .

Right-click the connection that you want to change, and then select Properties . If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items , select either Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) , and then select Properties .

To specify IPv4 IP address settings, do one of the following:

To get IP settings automatically using DHCP, select Obtain an IP address automatically , and then select OK .

To specify an IP address, select Use the following IP address , and then, in the IP address, Subnet mask , and Default gateway boxes, type the IP address settings.

To specify IPv6 IP address settings, do one of the following:

To get IP settings automatically using DHCP, select Obtain an IPv6 address automatically , and then select OK .

To specify an IP address, select Use the following IPv6 address , and then, in the IPv6 address, Subnet prefix length , and Default gateway boxes, type the IP address settings.

To specify DNS server address settings, do one of the following:

To get a DNS server address automatically using DHCP, select Obtain DNS server address automatically , and then select OK .

To specify a DNS server address, select Use the following DNS server addresses , and then, in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server boxes, type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers.

To change advanced DNS, WINS, and IP settings, select Advanced .

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How to manually assign an IP address on Windows 8

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Here we will illustrate different ways to find control panel on Windows 8.

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2 ) Press “ Windows key + R ”, then there will be a “ run ” box, input control panel and press enter;

3) Press “ Windows key +X ”, and click on “ control panel ”;

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4) You can also input “ control panel ” in the search bar on the right-hand side of the screen.

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To check the IP address of the computer, please click on “ Network and Internet à Network and Sharing Center à Change Adapter Settings (on the left)”;

Then right click on “ Ethernet ” (right click on Wi-Fi if you want to check the wireless IP address), and go to Status à Details ;

There you will see all the TCP/IP details of this computer.

Right click on “ Ethernet ”, go to “ Properties ”, and then choose “ Internet Protocol Version 4 ”, click on Properties ;

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To set manual IP address, please select “ Use the following IP address ”, and input the IP or DNS address manually;

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Note : If you need to set static DNS server, select “ Use the following DNS server address ”; If there’s no such requirement, leave it “ Obtain DNS server address automatically ”.

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How to change your IP address on Mac and Windows

Switch your ip address to one you want with just a few quick steps.

Your IP address is kind of like your computer’s networkable name-tag. It’s the numeric identifier your internet connection uses to catalogue your desktop or laptop, on top of all your mobile devices and other web-connected gear. By default, your Windows or MacOS machine will assign an IP address to your peripheral, but you also have the ability to change that identifier, along with some other networking info.

Changing your private IP address in Windows 11

Changing your ip address in macos, changing your public ip address, what you need.

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Doing so isn’t too complicated either. And to help you along the way, we’ve put together this guide for changing your IP address in Windows and MacOS. We also have a section toward the end on how changing your public IP address.

Your private IP address is the one that your local network — be it your home or office — uses to identify your system. It’s probably some variation on 192.168.0.XXX, with the latter few numbers being the main differentiator between your PC and your phone or other device connected to the network. You can find out your current IP address by searching for CMD in the Windows 11 search bar and selecting the corresponding result. Then type IPConfig and hit Enter in the Command Prompt window. The numbers next to IPv4 Address are your IP address. It’s a good idea to note this down, along with your Subnet Mask and Default Gateway, as those will be important if you want to change your IP address manually.

For more tips on finding out your IP address, we have a guide just for that .

If you don’t care about what your IP address is — just not that one — then you can reset your router . It should reassign IP addresses to all connected devices once it comes back online. If it doesn’t, or you want a specific IP address instead, follow these steps.

Step 1: Click Start , then click Settings > Network & internet .

Step 2: If you’re using a Wi-Fi network, click Wi-Fi > Manage known networks . If you’re using an Ethernet connection, choose Ethernet .

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Step 3: Click the Edit button next to IP assignment .

Step 4: You should see two options: Edit network IP settings and Edit IP settings . Choose one of these, then click Manual . Then, toggle on IPv4 .

Step 5: Type in your new address, then click Save .

We would recommend sticking to a similar numbering convention as the one you have automatically supplied by your router, but change the final number to whatever you want between 0 and 255 (some routers may specify a different range, so consider sticking to the lower end of it).

You must then put in your network’s Subnet Mask and Default Gateway, which we learned to find earlier in this guide. Finally, set your Preferred DNS server to the same as your Default Gateway, unless you have another DNS server in mind. Then press OK and OK again to confirm your settings.

Step 6: To confirm your IP address has changed, run IPConfig in a Command Prompt window again. When you’ve definitely changed your IP, try loading up a website to make sure that you’re still able to get online. If you can, congratulations, you’ve changed your IP address. If you can’t, make sure you’ve input the right information. In the worst case, set everything back to how it was, and you’ll be able to get online again.

The process for changing your IP address on MacOS is different but no more complicated than it is on Windows. You jump through similar hoops to find out what your IP address is on MacOS, so we’ll dive right into the steps.

Step 1: To gain access to your network settings on MacOS, select the Apple logo in the top left-hand corner and choose System Settings from the drop-down menu. Then, click the Network icon in the left-hand column.

Next, select your network — Wi-Fi or Ethernet depending on your connection type.

Step 2: Click the Details button, then click open the TCP/IP tab.

Step 3: Click open the dropdown menu next to the Configure IPv4 option. Then, click Manually . Now, enter your new IP address. We recommend sticking to the numbering convention that your router initially assigned you.

Step 4: When you’re happy with your selection, confirm it, and select Apply to complete the settings. Then see if you can connect to the internet. If you can, congratulations — you’ve changed your IP address. If you can’t, then go back and double-check to see if you missed a step along the way. If you’re stuck, set everything back the way it was, and once you can get back online, try again to see if you can spot the problem.

Whether you’re running a Windows or MacOS machine, changing your public IP address is a little more complicated. Internet service providers typically determine the IP addresses they distribute to their users, so it’s not something the customer has the ability to change on their own. Most will offer a Static IP service that allows you to choose your public-facing IP address, but often they charge for the privilege. If you want to permanently change your public IP address, your best bet is to contact your ISP and inquire about it.

On the plus side, if you were trying to change your IP address for privacy, you can just opt to hide it instead. Hiding your IP address will also let you access websites from different countries, like if you want to see shows from a different version of Netflix. To learn about hiding your IP address, using a Proxy, or going through the Tor network, check out our guide about how to do so .

A more permanent solution is to use a VPN service. We have a list of favorites that range from free to a few dollars per month, but they all give you the ability to change your public IP address to one found in an entirely different country of your choice, with myriad server options to help you fine-tune it. While you won’t determine the numbers yourself, you’ll get an entirely new address, which is the whole purpose.

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How To Change IP Address in Windows

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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What to Know

  • Release an IP address: Open Command Prompt , enter ipconfig /release , and press Enter .
  • Renew an IP address: Open Command Prompt , enter ipconfig /renew , and press Enter .

Releasing and renewing the IP address on a computer with the Windows operating system resets the underlying IP connection, which often eliminates common IP-related issues, at least temporarily. It works in a few steps to disengage the network connection and refresh the IP address. Instructions apply to Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Windows: Release and Renew IP Addresses 

Under normal conditions, a device can use the same IP address indefinitely. Networks usually reassign correct addresses to devices when they first join. However, technical glitches with DHCP and network hardware can lead to IP conflicts and other problems that prevent the networking system from working correctly.

When to Release and Renew the IP Address

Scenarios in which releasing the IP address and then renewing it might be beneficial include:

  • When connecting a computer to a modem.
  • When physically moving a computer from one network to another, such as from an office network to home or home to a hotspot.
  • When experiencing an unexpected network outage.

Release and Renew an IP Address With Command Prompt

Here's how to release and renew the address of any computer running the Windows operating system.

Open Command Prompt . The quickest method is to press Win + R to open the Run box dialog, enter cmd , and then press Enter .

Enter ipconfig /release and press Enter .

In the command results, the IP address line shows 0.0.0.0 as the IP address. This is normal because the command releases the IP address from the network adapter . During this time, your computer has no IP address and cannot access the internet.

Enter ipconfig /renew and press Enter to get a new address.

When the command is finished, a new line appears at the bottom of the Command Prompt screen that contains an IP address.

More Information About IP Release and Renew

Windows may receive the same IP address after renewal as it had before. This phenomenon is normal. The desired effect of deleting the old connection and starting a new one occurs independently of which address numbers are involved.

Attempts to renew the IP address may fail. One possible error message may read:

  • An error occurred while renewing interface [interface name]: unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out.

This error indicates that the DHCP server may be malfunctioning or is unreachable. Reboot the client device or the server before proceeding.

Windows also provide a troubleshooting section in Network and Sharing Center and Network Connections. These troubleshooting tools run diagnostics that include an equivalent IP renewal procedure if it detects that it's needed.

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How to assign a static ip address in windows 10 or windows 11.

When organizing your home network it's easier to assign each computer it's own IP address than using DHCP. Here we will take a look at doing it in XP,

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  • To set a static IP address in Windows 10 or 11, open Settings -> Network & Internet and click Properties for your active network.
  • Choose the "Edit" button next to IP assignment and change the type to Manual.
  • Flip the IPv4 switch to "On", fill out your static IP details, and click Save.

Sometimes, it's better to assign a PC its own IP address rather than letting your router assign one automatically. Join us as we take a look at assigning a static IP address in Windows.

A static IP address is manually set to a permanent, fixed address rather than being assigned automatically by your router using a procotol known as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). DHCP is a handy way for devices to connect to your network more easily, because you don't have to configure IP addressing for each new device yourself. The downside to automatic addressing is that it's possible for a device's IP address to change from time to time, which is why people choose static IPs for certain types of devices. For example:

  • You have a device like a home media server that you want to be able to find using the same IP address or host name each time.
  • You have certain apps that can only connect to network devices using their IP address. In particular, many older networking apps suffer this limitation.
  • You forward ports through your router to devices on your network. Some routers play nice with port forwarding and dynamic IP addresses; others do not.

Whatever your reason, assigning static IP addresses to devices is not difficult, but you do have a choice to make---whether to do it from the router or on the device itself.

Related: How to Set a Static IP Address in Ubuntu

While this article covers assigning static IP addresses to PCs within Windows itself, there is another way to go about it. Many routers allow you to assign a pool of IP addresses that are handed out to specific devices (based on the device's physical, or MAC address). This method offers a couple of significant advantages:

  • IP addresses are still managed by the router, meaning that you won't have to make (and keep up with) changes on each individual device.
  • It's easier to assign addresses within the same IP address pool your router uses.

This article is about assigning static IP addresses directly to PCs running Windows. We've already got a great guide on How to Set Static IP Addresses On Your Router , so if that's the way you want to go, be sure to give it a read.

With all that in mind, though, let's take a look at how to assign static IP addresses within any version of Windows.

Related: How to Find Your Router's IP Address on Any Computer, Smartphone, or Tablet

To set a static IP address in Windows 11, you'll want to open Settings, go to Network & Internet, and then find the Properties for your network. Inside there you'll be able to click the Edit button for IP Assignment and then fill out the manual network details.

First, open up the Settings app and then find Network & Internet on the left-hand side. You'll be presented with a panel that shows your current network connection. You can click where it says "Properties" right underneath the network, or if you have multiple network connections you can drill down into the specific network to see the IP address details for each one . In this case it's called "Ethernet", but you will most likely see "Wi-Fi" as the option to choose.

Once you've drilled down into the network connection that you want to set a manual IP for, scroll down until you see "IP Assignment" and then click the Edit button to the right.

Once there, you'll flip the drop-down to "Manual" and switch the IPv4 switch to "On". At this point you can fill out your network details and click Save to finish.

You can also use the old-school Network Connections panel in Windows 11, so if you prefer to use that method, keep reading.

If you're interested in more advanced networking, you might need to set up a static TCP/IP route , reset the entire TCP/IP stack on Windows , check open TCP/IP ports , find your MAC address on Windows , or find your IP address from the Command Prompt . We've got you covered there too.

To set a static IP address in Windows 10, you'll need to open the Settings app and drill down to Network & Internet. From there you'll select Properties for your network, and then the Edit button next to IP Assignment where you can input a manual IP address.

First, open the Settings app and locate the Network & Internet button.

On the next screen you'll see your network status, which should show you your active network. Here you'll want to click the Properties button. If you have multiple different networks, you could select them from the left-hand menu---in our case you'll notice we have both Wi-Fi and Ethernet networks, so you'll want to pick the one that you are trying to set a manual IP address for. You'll notice this is the same method we use when we're trying to find an IP address on Windows 10 .

On the network properties screen, scroll down until you see "IP settings" and click the Edit button under "IP assignment".

In the resulting popup window, change the Edit IP settings dropdown to Manual and then flip the IPv4 switch to "On". Fill out the details, click Save, and you should be good to go.

You might need to reboot to get all of your applications to work properly, just because it's Windows.

It's worth noting that you can use the old Network Connections method to set an IP address in any version of Windows, so if you prefer that method, keep reading.

To change the computer's IP address in Windows 7, you'll need to open the "Network Connections" window. Hit Windows+R, type "ncpa.cpl" into the Run box, and then hit Enter.

In the "Network Connections" window, right-click the adapter for which you want to set a static IP address, and then select the "Properties" command.

In the properties window for the adapter, select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and then click the "Properties" button.

Select the "Use the following IP address" option, and then type in the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway that corresponds with your network setup. Next, type in your preferred and alternate DNS server addresses. Finally, select the "Validate settings upon exit" option so that Windows immediately checks your new IP address and corresponding information to ensure that it works. When you're ready, click the "OK" button.

And then close out of the network adapter's properties window.

Windows automatically runs network diagnostics to verify that the connection is good. If there are problems, Windows will give you the option of running the Network troubleshooting wizard. However, if you do run into trouble, the wizard likely won't do you too much good. It's better to check that your settings are valid and try again.

Changing your IP from DHCP to a Static address in Vista is similar to other versions of Windows, but getting to the correct location is a bit different. Open the Start Menu, right-click on Network, and select Properties.

The Network and Sharing Center opens...click on Manage network connections.

Right-click on the network adapter you want to assign an IP address and click Properties.

Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click the Properties button.

Now change the IP, Subnet mask, Default Gateway, and DNS Server Addresses. When you're finished click OK.

You'll need to close out of Local Area Connection Properties for the settings to go into effect.

Open the Command Prompt and use the

command to verify that the changes were successful.

To set a Static IP in Windows XP, right-click the "My Network Places" icon, and then select "Properties."

Right-click the adapter for which you want to set the IP, and then select "Properties" from the context menu.

Select the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" entry, and then click the "Properties" button.

Select the "Use the following IP address" option. Type in the IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS server addresses you want to use. When you're finished, click the "OK" button.

You will need to close out of the adapter's properties window before the changes go into effect.

And you can verify your new settings by using the

 command at the command prompt.

By and large, it's better to let most of your devices have their IP addresses assigned automatically by your router. Occasionally, though, you might want to set a static IP address for a particular device. While you can set static IP addresses directly on your devices (and this article has shown you how to do just that on Windows PCs), we still recommending setting up static IP addressing on your router if possible. It will just make life easier.

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How to Change IP Address in Windows Operating System

Need to manually assign or change the IP address in a Windows 10 system. Here’s how you can do it in simple steps.

When you first plug-in a network device and connect to a network in Windows, it automatically tries to get the IP address and other details required to make a proper network connection. For example, when you connect to a Wi-Fi network Windows automatically gets the IP address details from the Wi-Fi router and lets you connect to the internet. This is made possible by the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) tech built into the router.

However, under certain circumstances, you might have to manually enter the IP address or change the IP address . For instance, if the router has no DHCP functionality or if you want a specific IP address from the network device, you have to manually change the IP address. In addition to that, if you are directly plugging in your ISPs internet ethernet cable into Windows then you have to manually enter all the IP address details.

No matter what the reason is, you can easily change the IP address in Windows from the Settings app. In this quick and short guide, let me show the steps to change the IP address in Windows.

Important note: before proceeding make sure you are connected to the network in your preferred way. i.e, wired or wireless.

Change IP Address in Windows 10 Settings

The network & internet configuration page in the Settings app allow you to change the IP address in Windows 10. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Open settings.
  • Go to “Network & Internet → Status.”
  • Click on “Change adapter options.”
  • Right-click on the adapter and select “Properties”.
  • Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).”
  • Click on the “Properties” button.
  • Select “Use the following IP address.”
  • Type the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway details.
  • Select the “Obtain DNS server address automatically” option.
  • Click “Ok” and “Ok” in both windows.

1. Open the Settings app . On a Windows 10 computer, you can do that by pressing the “Win + I” shortcut or searching for “Settings” in the Start menu.

2. Go to the “ Network & Internet → Status ” page in the Settings app.

network status

3. On the right panel, click on the “ Change adapter options ” button under the “Advanced network settings” section. This action will open the adapter settings page in the Control Panel.

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4. Right-click on the network adapter for which you want to change the IP address and select the “Properties” option .

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5. Select the “Networking” tab in this window. Next, select the “ Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) ” and click on the “ Properties ” button.

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6. Select the “ Use the following IP address ” option. Type the IP address, default gateway, and subnet mask details in the appropriate fields. Generally, you will get these details from your ISP or the router.

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7. (Optional) If you want to use the DNS provided by your ISP/router, select the “ Obtain DNS server address automatically .” If you want to use a custom DNS address , select the “Use the following DNS server address” option and type the DNS IP addresses.

8. Once you’ve done that, click on the “ Ok ” button and then “ Ok ” button on the main window.

That is it. It is that simple to change the IP address in Windows. Do keep in mind that these changes are only applicable to this specific adapter. If you have multiple adapters with multiple connections, like an ethernet plug and Wi-Fi, you have to change the IP details for those adapters individually. You can follow the same steps to do so.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out How to change network from public to private in Windows 10 .

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How to Change Your IP Address Quickly and Easily

Changing your IP address can help you bypass geo-blocks and maintain your privacy. Here's how to do it on iOS, Chrome OS, and Windows 10.

Whether you own a laptop, desktop PC, smartphone, or even a smartwatch, you'll be assigned an IP address. This is a unique line of numbers that identifies both your device and your geographical location. But should your IP always be kept the same, or is it important to change it every now and then?

Should You Change Your IP Address?

In short, yes. Changing your IP address semi-regularly is a good idea. But why exactly is this?

Firstly, changing your IP address can help in retaining your device's security and privacy levels during online browsing. Though it isn't widely common for an individual to take advantage of your IP address, this can be done to discover your geographical location.

So, if this is a concern for you, or you'd simply rather avoid the possibility in any case, changing your IP address is a great idea. Additionally, changing your IP address can be great in troubleshooting when you're experiencing internet connection issues.

Lastly, changing your IP address can help you bypass geo-blocking . This is a technology that restricts certain content depending on your location. As you may guess, your IP address is used to determine your location in the process of geo-blocking. This can be particularly helpful if you regularly use streaming services and want to watch TV shows and movies that aren't currently available in your area.

So, if you want to change your IP address, how can it be done?

How to Change Your IP Address

The process of changing your IP address will differ slightly depending on the kind of operating system you're using on your device. Because of this, we'll be providing instructions for iOS, Windows, and Chrome OS.

How to Change Your IP Address on iOS

Here's how to change your IP address on an iOS device.

On a Mac or MacBook , you can access your connection settings via the Wi-Fi logo in the top bar of the screen, or via your settings. It's typically easier to use the former method, but you can access your connection settings via your settings app by clicking on the Network option.

In this window, you'll be able to view and change your current IP address, which you should make note of for a later step. From here, click on the Advanced tab at the bottom right of the window, and then TCP/IP . Then, you'll need to use the dropdown list on the Configure IPv4 section, and select Manually .

After this, you'll see your IP address change to "0.0.0.0", meaning it has reset, and you now must manually type in the new one. Note that you cannot just type in any random set of numbers. Instead, you should take a look at the router address, shown two rows down, and copy that entirely up until the fourth set of numbers.

For example, if your router address is "123.456.78.9", your new IP address must start with "123.456.78" so that you're configured to the router. When it comes to the last set of figures, you can change it to any number between one and 55.

The process of changing your IP address on an iPhone or iPad will differ a little from the steps above. In this case, you'll need to access your settings, and head into your Wi-Fi settings. Then click the blue circular information icon next to the network you're currently connected to.

From here, the steps are similar. You need to change the Configure IPv4 setting to Manually , but you need to remember both your router and subnet mask addresses before you do this, as they will reset along with your IP address when you switch to manual configuration.

So, you'll have to re-enter your subnet mask and router addresses first, and then the process of entering a new IP is the same as that used for an iMac or MacBook.

How to Change Your IP Address on Windows 10

We'll be providing instructions for changing your IP address on Windows 10 specifically, given that it is currently the most popular OS version produced by Windows.

To change your IP on Windows 10, you'll first need to head to your settings via the Windows menu option on the bottom left of your screen. Once you're in your settings app, click the Network and Internet option, and then Network and Sharing Center .

On this page, you'll see an option on the left of the screen called "Change Adaptor Settings". Right-click on whichever connection you are using, be it wireless or cabled, and click the Properties option from the drop-down list. Then, select Internet Protocol Version 4 option so that it's highlighted, and then click on the Properties button on the right-hand side.

After this, you'll need to switch from the automatic to the manual IP configuration option named Use the following IP address . Now, you'll be able to enter a new IP. Make sure you know your subnet mask and router addresses before doing this so that you can re-enter them upon refresh.

This isn't the only way you can change your IP address on Windows 10. Alternatively, you can allow your device to reset your address for you automatically by going to your Windows menu and typing "command" into the search bar. Then, the Command Prompt app will show up .

After clicking on this, you'll see a black window with a few lines of code. Directly next to the last line, type in "ipconfig/release". Upon entering this, your internet connection will temporarily time out. You'll then see multiple new lines of code appear on the screen, but don't panic; this is normal.

At the bottom of this code, next to the last line, type in "ipconfig/renew". This will then prompt your device to renew your IP address without having to type it in manually.

How to Change Your IP Address on Chrome OS

Changing your IP address on Chrome OS is incredibly simple and starts with accessing your settings in your app menu.

Once in settings, you'll already be in the "Network" section. Here, you'll need to scroll down until you see the Network option. Click on this to view the drop-down list showing your IP, subnet mask, gateway, and IPv6 addresses. At the top of this list, you'll likely see that the Configure IP address automatically toggle is switched on. Switch this off to manually change your address.

Then, the process is the same as that required on an iMac or MacBook. You should take a look at the gateway address, shown under your subnet mask address, and copy that, up until the fourth set of numbers.

We'll use the same example here as shown in the iOS tutorial. If your router address is "123.456.78.9", your new IP address must start with "123.456.78" so that you're configured to the router. When it comes to the last set of figures, you can change it to any number between one and 55.

Now, your IP address should be different from what it was before.

Changing Your IP Address Can Help You Stay Safe Online

By changing your IP, you can up your internet security levels, troubleshoot connection problems, and bypass geo-blocking without having to go through a long and strenuous process. The methods by which you can change your IP address are pretty simple on any device, so you can get it done in no time regardless of how tech-savvy you are.

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How to configure Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 DNS service on Windows 11, 10, or router

Cloudflare offers a Domain Name System (DNS) service designed for security and performance, and here are the steps to start using it.

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All your web traffic runs through a DNS (Domain Name Service), usually managed by your ISP (Internet Service Provider). Several companies offer alternatives, allowing you to route your traffic through a faster or more secure medium, and the web infrastructure giant Cloudflare has its own DNS for consumers: 1.1.1.1 , which promises to be faster than the competition. However, it's also more secure and private too.

What is Cloudflare?

Cloudflare is a web infrastructure company offering content delivery network (CDN), Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation, Authoritative DNS services, and a consumer DNS resolver service. Its network serves over 6 million websites, and between all of its services, Cloudflare has a huge infrastructure spread out around the globe (the closer its CDN servers are to your computer, the faster it can serve content). The sheer size of the Cloudflare CDN also means it had the potential to serve as a consumer-level DNS system.

What is DNS and what makes Cloudflare's service unique?

DNS is essentially the web's phonebook. Every website is located at an IP address — a string of digits denoting the server's exact web location. Because remembering a bunch of IP addresses like "104.16.213.223" would be a pain. Instead, domain names like "WindowsCentral.com" are stored in a DNS database alongside the IP address. So that when you type "WindowsCentral.com" into your browser, the computer sends that domain through the network to a DNS server, which returns the page located at "104.16.213.223."

Your ISP already offers a DNS resolver, making it easy to get online quickly. But they're not always the fastest or most secure services, so third-party options have grown in popularity. Over the years, we've seen a lot of companies offering fast DNS services, including Cisco OpenDNS and Google Public DNS . While these services are known to be quick and reliable, Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 claims to be even faster and more secure.

According to Cloudflare, 1.1.1.1's average latency is around 14ms, making it the fastest DNS resolver everywhere (Google Public DNS latency average is 34ms). Alongside speed, Cloudflare is also touting greater privacy, promising that users' records will never be stored on drives and that it'll flush out logs every 24 hours.

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This how-to guide will walk you through the steps to configure your router or computer to use the super-fast and secure 1.1.1.1 DNS resolver from Cloudflare.

Cloudflare free DNS resolver IP addresses

These are the IP addresses to set up Cloudflare's consumer DNS service on a computer or router.

IP version 4

IP version 6

  • 2606:4700:4700::1111
  • 2606:4700:4700::1001

How to configure Cloudflare DNS service on router

The best way to change your current DNS settings to start using Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 is to reconfigure your router. Instead of setting up each device individually, this approach automatically configures every home device (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone, game console, and smart TV).

To configure your router to use the Cloudflare DNS addresses, do the following:

Important: The instructions to configure may be different on your router. Before proceeding, check your manufacturer support website for more specific details.

  • Open web browser.
  • Enter the IP address of your router and press Enter .
  • Quick tip: You can find out this information using the "Windows key + R" keyboard shortcut, typing cmd , clicking "OK," and on Command Prompt run the ipconfig command. The router IP address will be the one that is listed in the "Default Gateway" field.
  • Log in using your router username and password as required. (Typically, you'll find this information on a sticker on your router.)
  • Open the DNS server settings page. Refer to your router manufacturer support website to locate these settings. However, most of the time, these settings can be found in the advanced settings section. Here's the location to get to the DNS settings in some of the most popular home router brands:
  • Linksys: Setup > Basic Setup.
  • ASUS: WAN > Internet Connection.
  • Google Wifi: Settings > Networking & General > Advanced Network > DNS.
  • Netgear: Internet.
  • D-Link: Manual Internet Connection Setup.
  • In the DNS settings section use these IPv4 addresses:

Router IP settings

  • Save your settings.
  • Restart your browser.

Once you complete the steps, restart your computer to start using the new settings.

Alternatively, you can open Command Prompt and run these two commands:

  • ipconfig /flushdns
  • ipconfig /renew

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These commands will purge the DNS Resolver cache on your device and request a renewal of the IPv4 settings.

You don't need to apply the IP version 6 addresses on your router if your network already uses IP version 4. However, if you must use the IPv6 addresses, you must enter them in your router's IPv6 DNS setting page.

How to configure Cloudflare DNS service on Windows 11

Alternatively, if configuring your home router is a little challenging, or you want to use the Cloudflare DNS settings on every network you connect, including public networks (for example, coffee shops and airports), with your laptop or tablet, you can configure the DNS settings on Windows 11 (or Windows 10), instead of configuring your router.

Using these instructions is not recommended if you're using a computer at work because changing these settings could cause connectivity problems and other issues. If you want to change these settings on your work computer, always consult with your IT administrator first.

To set the Cloudflare DNS settings on Windows 11, use these steps:

  • Open Settings .
  • Click on Network & internet .
  • Click the active network connection – for example, Ethernet .

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  • Under the "DNS server assignment" section, click the Edit button.

DNS server assignment

  • Select the Manual option.
  • Turn on the IPv4 toggle switch.
  • Under the “Preferred DNS” section, specify the Cloudflare DNS address: 1.1.1.1

Windows 11 Cloudflare DNS setup

  • (Optional) Select the  "On (automatic template)"  option from the "DNS over HTTPS" setting.
  • (Optional) Turn on the "Fallback to plaintext" toggle switch.
  • Under the "Alternate DNS" section, specify the secondary Cloudflare DNS address: 1.0.0.1
  • (Optional) Select the  "On (automatic template)"  option from the "DNS over HTTPS" setting.
  • (Optional) Turn on the IPv6 toggle switch.
  • Under the “Preferred DNS” section, specify the Cloudflare DNS address: 2606:4700:4700::1111

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  • Under the "Alternate DNS" section, specify the secondary Cloudflare DNS address: 2606:4700:4700::1001
  • (Optional) Select the "Encrypted only (DNS over HTTPS)" option from the "DNS over HTTPS" setting.
  • Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the computer will use the Cloudflare servers to resolve domain names.

How to configure Cloudflare DNS service on Windows 10

To configure the Cloudflare DNS settings on Windows 10, do the following:

  • Open Start .
  • Search for Control Panel , and click the top result to open the experience.
  • Click on Network and Internet .
  • Click on Network and Sharing Center .
  • Click on Change Adapter Settings .

Change adapter settings

  • Right-click the active Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter, and select the Properties option.

Network adapter properties

  • Select the "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" option.
  • Click the Properties button.

IPv4 properties

  • Select the "Use the following DNS server addresses" option.
  • In the "Preferred DNS server" field, enter this IPv4 address: 1.1.1.1
  • In the "Alternative DNS server" field, enter this IPv4 address: 1.0.0.1
  • Click the OK button.

Windows 10 set Cloudflare IPV4 DNS

  • (Optional) Select the option if the "Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)" stack is enabled in the network adapter properties.

IPV6 properties

  • Select the Use the following DNS server addresses option.
  • In the "Preferred DNS server" field, enter this IPv6 address: 2606:4700:4700::1111
  • In the "Alternative DNS server" field, enter this IPv6 address: 2606:4700:4700::1001

Windows 10 Cloudflare IPV6 DNS

  • Click the Close button.

After completing the steps, your device will contact the Cloudflare servers to resolve domain names (for example, Google.com or WindowsCentral.com).

The steps mentioned above focus on Windows 10, but the instructions will also work on Windows 8.1 and 7.

How to check if you're using the Cloudflare DNS settings

If you want to make sure that you're in fact using the Cloudflare DNS settings, you can use the nslookup tool to find out this information quickly:

  • Search for cmd , and click the top result to open Command Prompt .
  • Type the following command and press Enter : nslookup

The output of the command should include this result:

  • Default Server: one.one.one.one
  • Address: 1.1.1.1

If you're using the IPv6 addresses, then the output should look like this:

  • Address: 2606:4700:4700::1111

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If you're configuring your router instead of your computer, the nslookup tool will show the IP address of your router. This is an expected result as it's your router the one that is making the DNS requests on behalf of all the devices connected in the network.

If this is the case, you can verify that the Cloudflare DNS settings are configured correctly using your router's network tools (if applicable), and using the nslookup method to test the settings.

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Whether you use a Google Pixel phone , Chromebook, desktop, or another device to connect to the internet, you'll encounter something that requires your IP address. Any networking activity requires knowing your IP address. It makes troubleshooting easier with internet service providers (ISPs) and tech support for software or hardware that requires an internet connection. Also, you'll need it to remotely access your devices or share your network with other devices, such as a printer. Here's how to find your IP address on a Mac, Windows, Android, or iOS device.

What is the IP address?

Your device's unique position on the internet is marked by an IP (Internet Protocol) address, a numerical code allocated by your internet service provider (ISP). This code functions similarly to a residential address but for your online presence, distinguishing your device from billions of others.

Devices within your local network have private (local) IP addresses but share a common public IP address the internet service provider (ISP) allocates to your router. IPv4 and IPv6 are the two common versions of IP addresses.

IPv4 uses a 32-bit format that offers around 4.3 billion unique addresses. However, due to the internet's growth, IPv4 addresses are running out . In response to this shortage, IPv6 was introduced, using a 128-bit format to provide a virtually limitless number of addresses.

IPv6 addresses are in hexadecimal, shown as 2001:0db8:85a3::8a2e:0370:7334. The transition to IPv6 is ongoing, with IPv4 and IPv6 addresses currently being used on the internet. Dual-stack technology allows devices to run IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously.

IP address explained in practice

When you type example.com into your browser, your device first needs to find the IP address of the server hosting example.com. This is done through a Domain Name System (DNS) lookup.

Your device queries a DNS server, which translates the domain name into a public IP address of the website's server. Your device sends the request to access the website to your router. This request includes the destination server's public IP address (obtained from the DNS lookup) and is sent from your local network to the internet.

The request carries your network's public IP address as the current source IP. This is because the internet does not recognize private IP addresses for routing. The server hosting example.com receives the request and sends the requested data back to the source IP address specified in the request, which is your router's public IP address.

The router uses your device's private IP to deliver the data to the correct device on your local network and loads the data for you on your screen.

How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice

How to find your ip address on windows 11.

To view your local IP address with Windows 11, follow these instructions:

1. Open the Windows Start menu , type Settings , and open it.

2. Navigate to Network & internet on the left panel, then click Properties .

3. Your local IP address (including IPv4 and IPv6 addresses) displays here.

How to find your IP address on Windows 10

For Windows 10, find your local IP address by following these steps:

1. Open the Windows Start menu and select Settings .

2. Choose Network & Internet .

3. For Wi-Fi connections, select Wi-Fi on the left, then Advanced Settings . For wired connections, select Ethernet and your network connection.

4. Your IPv4 address is listed here.

How to find your IP address on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1

Here's how to find your local IP address in Windows 8, 8.1, or 7:

1. Locate and select the Network Connection icon on the taskbar, then open the Network and Sharing Center .

2. Depending on your connection type, double-click Wireless Network Connection for Wi-Fi or Local Area Connection for wired connections. Then click Details .

3. Your local IPv4 or IPv6 addresses are shown here.

Find your IP address using Command Prompt (CMD)

The following steps help you locate your local IP address via Command Prompt, regardless of the Windows version:

1. Open the Windows Start menu , type CMD , and open Command Prompt .

2. In Command Prompt , type ipconfig and press Enter to view your local IP addresses.

How to find your IP address on macOS

If you use a Mac computer, follow these steps to find your IP address:

1. Open the Apple menu , then click System Settings .

2. Click Network in the left panel, then select Wi-Fi or Ethernet .

3. Click Details next to the connected network, then choose TCP/IP to view your IP addresses.

How to find your IP address using Mac Terminal

Find your Mac's local IP address by following these steps:

1. Press Command + Spacebar to launch Spotlight and open the Terminal. Or open Finder , go to Applications > Utilities , and double-click Terminal .

2. For Wi-Fi, type ipconfig getifaddr en1 . For Ethernet connections, type ipconfig getifaddr en0 and press Enter.

3. To view your public IP, type curl ifconfig.me and press Enter .

How to find your IP address on iPhone and iPad

iPhone and iPad users can check their local IP address with these instructions:

1. Open Settings and tap Wi-Fi .

2. Tap the information icon (i) next to the network you're on.

3. Your IPv6 and IPv4 addresses are listed here.

How to find your IP address on Android

We used a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra for this guide, but the process is similar for Android devices:

1. Go to Settings , then tap Connections .

2. Select Wi-Fi , then tap the settings gear icon next to your network.

3. Tap View more and scroll to find your IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

Mask your online footprint

Online anonymity depends on protecting your IP address. IP addresses can be traced to reveal your location, making it easy to track you down on the internet. Combining this information with metadata and cookies could lead to identity theft. One way to hide your IP is to use a virtual private network (VPN) , which masks your IP address. We ranked the best VPNs to help you choose the right one for your online privacy.

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