Do you need to find your mobile IP address? You may know how to find your IP address on your Windows or Mac computer, but what about your phone? Or you might know the process to find the IP address on your computer but don’t know how to check on the smartphone.
We’re here to sort out that for you. Let’s see how you can see your public and private IP address on your phone, what they mean and how to keep them private.
What exactly is the IP address?
Want to know what the IP address? IP means Internet Protocol and an IP address a numbered label assigned to each device that connects to a network.
Verifying the IP address of a device allows it to be identified both in the home network and on the Internet in general. In fact, it has two IP addresses to track each device.
A global IP address also known as the public IP address is the way the rest of the Internet sees any device on the network. Since this is network-specific, your global IP will be the same if you use your phone, desktop or another device at home.
A private IP address also known as a local IP address identifies a device in your network. Only one device can have a certain address in a network, but the same address can also be used in other private networks.
Also, when the IP address occurs, it is likely that you see both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. IPv4 addresses are shorter, but due to the huge number of devices connected to the Internet, we are short of them. The IPv6 address is not so easy to read, but there are enough to work long.
In most cases, IPv4 is still the main address, but IPv6 will gradually remove them as we migrate to that format.
Suppose, if your friend wants to send you a postcard, they will ask for the address of your home or office. Likewise, the PC has an “IP address”, which is your unique identifier in the device’s network. Other devices refer to the system that uses this IP address.
The PC receives a private IP address when connecting to other devices such as a router. At the same time, when the device is connected to the Internet, an additional IP address known as a public IP is assigned. This public IP is provided by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and is unique. The local IP address also known as internal IP or private IP is different from the public IP address that is also known as public IP.
In addition to allowing the connection of multiple devices, a local network is very useful for a variety of things like file sharing between two computers, displaying what other users are browsing the network, remote access to the router, etc. To do all these things, first, you need to know the IP address of the device.
Therefore, any device that connects to the Internet has two IP addresses.
- The external IP address is also known as public IP (looks something like 79.343.34.11)
- Internal IP addresses known as private IP addresses (looks something like 192.168.1.100)
The public IP is the same for all devices in your network. For example, if there are three devices, a desktop computer, a laptop and a smartphone connected to the router. The three will have a public IP address that the ISP will assign to the router. In general, you can find the public IP address by searching for “What is my IP address” in Google?
On the other hand, the private IP address is different for every device in your network. A private IP address can be between 10.0.0.0 – 10.255.255.255, 172.16.0.0 – 172.31.255.255 and 192.168.0.0 – 192.168.255.255. Normally, most routers assign 192.168.0.0 series IP addresses for devices on the local network. So, if your computer has a private IP address of 192.168.1.100, then the smartphone could be 192.168.1.101 and so on.
In this article, we will discuss some ways to find the IP address of the device, whether Ubuntu, MacOS, Windows, Android or iOS. In case you want to know the IP address of any device on the network, keep reading the article till the end to see how to find the IP address of any device.
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But before that, it is important to understand the difference between dynamic and static IP addresses that you can find right below.
Dynamic and Static IP Addresses
Most of the time the IP addresses you found earlier are not set in stone. In both cases, you might have a dynamic IP address.
This means that after a while or when restarting a device, the device or the entire network will receive a new IP. Conversely, a static IP does not change over time in this way.
Dynamic public IPs are easier to manage for your ISP (like Verizon or Comcast). You can request a static IP from your ISP, but they often cost an additional fee. They are not necessary for home users unless you are hosting a server accessible by other people.
The router dynamically distributes private IP addresses to network devices using DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). In practice, this means that when you connect a new device to your home Wi-Fi network, you don’t need to manually assign an IP address and keep track of everything yourself.
If you wish, you can assign static IP addresses using the router and configuration on multiple devices. But again, this is just something that advanced users should be concerned about. Doing it incorrectly could cause serious problems.
Check IP Address of Computer and Smartphones
1. Windows 10/8/7
To view the IP address in Windows via the GUI, you need to go to the Control Panel.
1. To do this, type “Control Panel” in the Windows Start menu and click on it.
2. Once you get to the Control Panel menu, go to “View network status and tasks“. It is present under the options of network and Internet. Click on the link to open the active networks menu.
3. On the next screen, you can see your active networks just below the “View your active networks” heading. Click on the name of your Internet connection. In this case, I’m connected to the Wi-Fi network, so my active networks should be the name of the Wi-Fi network. Click the link next to the label of Connections.
4. Once the pop-up window appears, click on the “Details” button to open the network details.
5. In this window, you can find your local IP address next to the property of “IPv4 Address“.
How to check the IP address using cmd
Alternatively, you can also do it via the command line and it’s just a simple two-step process.
1. First, open the command prompt, type “cmd” in the Windows Start menu and hit Enter.
2. A black window will appear, type the following command and press the Enter key.
3. Now, you need to find an active connection. Presumably, in my case, it would be “Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi”. If it is connected via a LAN cable, it must be an Ethernet LAN adapter.
4. Inside the active connection, you will find “IPv4 Address” which will show your IP address.
2. How to check IP Address in Ubuntu
In case you use a Linux based operating system like Ubuntu, there are a number of simple ways that you can use to see your IP address. Let’s start with the GUI method. Go to the Network icon in the upper right corner and tap on it. This will open a tray showing network connections.
Click on the active connection after that click on Wired Settings in the drop-down menu.
Once the dialog box opens, you need to click the Settings icon next to the On / Off slider.
Clicking on the Settings icon will open another dialog box. Here you can see your IP address right after the link speed.
How to check the IP address in Ubuntu via Terminal
In order to see your IP address with the help of the command line, you need to execute a single command. To do this, first, open the terminal. Right-click on the desktop and select “Open terminal“.
This step will eventually open the command line for you. Enter the below-mentioned command to view network information.
You will see the IP address next to the word “inet“.
2. How to check IP Address in macOS
If you are using a Mac, the options to see the IP address are very similar to those of Unix. To view the IP via the GUI, you must first open the System Preferences. To do this, you can click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner.
Alternatively, you can press Cmd + Space to open the Spotlight search and type “System Preferences“. Once, the search results are active, click System Preferences to open the menu.
Once the System Preferences window is open, go to the Network icon and click on it.
This opens the tab of the network where you will find all your connections. You need to switch to the active connection (Wi-Fi in my case). Make sure the Wi-Fi tab is selected and click the Advanced button.
Now, once the Advanced dialog box is open, access the TCP / IP tab. Here, you can see the IP address in addition to the IPv4 address label.
How to check the IP address on Mac using Terminal
Once again, a much faster way to find the IP address on the Mac is to use the terminal. To open the terminal, press cmd + Space to open the Spotlight search. Type terminal in the search bar and click on the terminal icon when the search results are displayed.
Once the terminal is open, enter the below-mentioned command.
ifconfig | grep inet
This command works in 2 parts. First, ifconfig command will look for network information while the second part “grep inet” filters the line containing the word inet.
3. How to Check IP Address on Android
On Android, it is easy to find the IP address. You can do it natively by going to the Settings menu. Simply access your phone settings. Click “About phone” that you will see at the bottom of the page.
In the following windows, you can see the network information. At the bottom, you can find the IP in the “IP Address” section.
If a dedicated app is required for this, it is important for you to check out the app named as IP tools. After installation, simply open the app. Slide your finger to the right to open the additional menu and search for the IP detection option, there you will find your IP address written next to the internal IP. The IP address written in a big font at the top is your public IP address.
The app not only informs you of your internal/private IP address but also shows the public address. It is a useful tool in general that provides much more information on the network such as ISP, Host, Location, etc. which cannot be found natively.
4. How to check the IP address in iOS
As with Android, you can easily find the IP address of your iPad or iPhone from the setup app. Just go to the phone Settings and tap on WiFi.
This window will show the name of the connected Wi-Fi plus other Wi-Fi nearby. The Wi-Fi that is connected will be at the top of the list. Tap on the “i” button.
In the following window, you will see the network information on the Wi-Fi connection. Here you can see the IP address of your iPhone just below the Configure IP section.
Alternatively, if you want an app for this, you can check and install What is my IP / IPv6?- fast IP. The good thing about this app is its simplicity, simply open the app and it will show you the local and external IP address of the device.
How to Hide Your IP Address?
You know how you can find your IP address which will definitely help you in certain situations. As it reveals your location that might worry you about the privacy implications. If that is the case, the best solution is to use a VPN.
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Generally, connecting to a VPN lets you route all of the traffic through its secure servers. For the outside world, it seems like the traffic is coming from any other location. This will eventually mask your IP address by making it difficult to track down your browsing.
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Regardless of the device, you’re on, it’s easy to show your IP address. Although you may not have to check it frequently, it is a good skill that every user should know.
These are the ways that should know to check the IP addresses on different platforms natively and through the use of third-party apps. The public / external IP address remains the same for all devices connected to a router. You can see it simply by searching on Google “What is my IP address“.
That’s it for today. If there is any confusion feel free to mention that in the comment section. We would love to help you out.
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