How to find my IP address

Updated: 11/30/2020 by Computer Hope
IP address

Knowing your IP address can be helpful for troubleshooting many network problems and well and Internet connection issues. However, there are two different types of IP address: local and external. The information contained in this page shows you how to determining your local IP address. If you want to know your external or public IP address (the one the Internet sees), use our custom system information tool.

Determining the IP in Microsoft Windows

  1. Open the command line.
  2. From the prompt, type ipconfig and press Enter.
  3. You should see information similar to what is shown below. Look for the number sequence next to IPv4 Address.
Windows  IP Configuration
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
Note

If you have more than one network adapter (e.g., a wireless adapter and a network interface card), you'll see each of them listed when using this command.

Note

If your computer uses an IPv6 address, you may see both an IPv6 and IPv4 address.

Graphical representation of network settings

Microsoft Windows 10 users can view their computer network settings through Windows network properties by following the steps below.

  1. In the search box, type network status and press Enter.
  2. In the Network status window, click the View your network properties option.
  3. In the View your network properties window, you can see the network information.

Microsoft Windows 7 users can view their network details through Windows by following the steps below.

  1. Click Start or press the Windows key.
  2. In the search box, type network and sharing and press Enter.
  3. In the Network and Sharing Center window, next to Connections:, click your connection type. For example, on a wired connection, you'd click Local Area Connection.
  4. In the Status window, click the Details button.
  5. In the Network Connection Details window, you can see all your network information.

Microsoft Windows XP users may get a GUI representation of their network by right-clicking the network icon in their windows notification area and selecting Status. In the Local Area Connection Status window, click the Support tab.

Microsoft Windows 98 users may also get a GUI representation of their network settings by clicking Start, Run, and typing ipconfig in the run line. Unfortunately, all later versions of Windows no longer have this feature.

See the IP in Linux and Unix, BSD 4.2+, and Apple OS X

For Linux or Unix users, to view their IP address or network information, users must have administrator or root privileges.

  1. Open the Linux or Unix shell if you are utilizing a GUI interface for your Linux or Unix machine.
  2. From the prompt, type "ifconfig eth0" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Once done, a list of network information similar to what is shown below should appear.
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:A0:24:72:EB:0A inet addr:10.10.10.2
Bcast:10.0.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST
MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:5569799 errors:32 dropped:32 overruns:0 frame:6 TX
packets:3548292 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:3 collisions:14 interrupt:18
base address:0xda00

As seen from the example above, you can see the network settings for all their network devices when running the "ifconfig" command. First, in the example above, we have the network settings for the "lo" (local loopback). Next is the actual network settings of your network adapter.

View the IP address on a Mac

System Preferences selector in macOS.

Viewing an IP address on an Apple Mac computer can be done by following the steps below.

  1. From the desktop, click the Apple menu icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  2. In the drop-down menu that appears, select System Preferences.
  3. On the left side, find and click Network.
  4. On the left side of the screen, click the Internet connection device you're utilizing (usually denoted by a green dot next to it).
  5. Your IP address is under IPv4 Addresses.
Note

You can see the IP address of other network controllers by selecting them from the Network section described above.

Android smartphone or tablet

As there are many different brands of Android smartphones and tablets, the instructions for your device may differ. However, the process is usually similar for most devices. This set of instructions was created using a Google Pixel.

  1. Go into your apps list and tap the Settings Settings gear on an Android device. icon.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select About phone (or something similar on a tablet).

About phone selector on Android.

  1. On the About phone screen (or something similar on a tablet), scroll to the IP address section near the bottom.

IP address on an Android device.

Note

You likely see four different IP addresses. The reason is that there is an internal and external IP address for your Wi-Fi network and mobile data connections.

Apple iPhone and iPad

  1. On the home screen, tap the Settings icon on an iPhone. icon.
  2. Ensure your Wi-Fi is turned on and that the correct network is selected.

First step in seeing your iOS device's IP address.

  1. Click the Info button on iOS. button next to your Wi-Fi connection.
  2. Your IP address is shown on the next screen.

IP address of an iOS device.