How to Find Your IP Address on Windows, Mac, iPhone, & Android

While people refer to a site like Google by its name, computers use a string of numbers to represent that domain. So, when you type google[dot]com, a Domain Name Service (DNS) translates the request into the string of numbers (IP address) that correspond to where Google resides on the Internet: 8.8.8.8.

IP addresses are also used to identify individuals. Just as the postal service uses your home address to deliver packets, website servers use your IP address (often referred to simply as “IP”) to send the data you request (such as a website you want to visit) to your device.

Before we get into how to find your IP address, it’s important to determine whether you’re looking for a public (also called external) or local (also called internal or private) IP address. If you already know the difference between public and private IPs, go directly to our sections on how to find your public IP and how to find your local IP.

What is my public IP address?

Your public IP address is assigned by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to your home network. It’s how they determine which client requests which website and connect them accordingly. When you enter the address of a website you would like to visit, your IP address is sent along with that request.

What is my local IP address?

Your local IP address

is defined by your router, which assigns a unique local IP address to each device on your home network, such as your different computers, phones, tablets, and smart devices. Your local IP is more private, because it can’t be seen outside of your network.

Public vs local IP address: which is more secure?

Your local IP address is more secure than your public IP, because it is invisible to the outside world. You usually only need to know your local IP if you’re playing on your home network, such as setting up a local game server or troubleshooting printing issues. Your public IP address is not so secure: it is visible every time you visit a web page.

Your public IP address can be revealed by almost anything you do online: your browsing history, your online purchases, and all the messages you send. The ads you see are usually location-specific. Advertisers, not to mention hackers and other cybercriminals, can target you because your public IP address reveals a lot about your online activity.

Many people are not thrilled to learn that so many details of their seemingly private dealings online can be revealed so easily. In that case, they can use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to mask their public IP and stay private online.

If you want to regain your online privacy, install AVG Secure VPN. With server locations around the world and military-grade 256-bit AES encryption (the same standard used by banks), AVG Secure VPN offers an unparalleled level of online privacy. Get AVG Secure VPN and start browsing freely and privately today.

How

to find your public IP address

You can find your public IP address using a free online tool, such as the Avast IP Address Checker. This IP checker reveals your full IP address as well as your general physical location. You can also search for your IP address directly on Google, and your public IP address will be displayed at the top of the results.

AvastFind your public IP address and general location using Avast’s free IP verification tool.

How to find your local IP address in Windows

Finding your local IP address requires a little more detective work than finding your public IP. The process varies a bit depending on the system you have. In this article, we will go over the steps to find your local IP on all devices. Use the following links to go to the specific version of Windows you have

: Windows 11 Windows 10 Windows 8,

  1. 8.1 and 7 Or,

  2. go directly to find your local IP address on another type of device:

  1. Mac

  2. iOS

  3. Android

How to find your IP address in Windows 11

  1. Open the Windows Start menu and click Configuration.

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  2. Click Network & internet in the left pane and then click Properties.

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  3. view your IP address.” />

  4. Here, you can view your local IP address, or your IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

    View your IPv4 and IPv6 addresses in Windows 11 network and Internet settings.

How to find your IP address in Windows 10

There are some quick steps to find your local (or internal) IP address in Windows 10.

  1. Open the Windows Start and click Settings.

    Open Windows Settings to start finding your local IP address in Windows 10.

  2. Select Network and Internet.

    Select Network and Internet in Windows Settings to view the IP address and network details.

  3. Select Wi-Fi in the left pane, and then click Advanced settings. (For wired connections, select Ethernet, and then click Network Connection.) Your local IP will appear in the next window.

    Click Ethernet or Wi-Fi in Network and Internet Settings, then click Advanced Settings to find your local IP.

  4. View your local IP address at IPv4 address.

    You can find your local IP address in the advanced network settings in Windows 10.

Note: You will probably see your IPv4 (IP address version 4). Eventually, version 4 will run out of usable IP addresses, so IPv6 was created to accommodate all the additional IP addresses we’ll need. Check out our detailed guide to learn more about IPv4 vs IPv6.

How to find

your IP address in Windows 8, 8.1, and 7

If you use older versions of Windows (Windows 8, 8.1, or 7), you can learn how to check your local IP address in three quick steps through the Windows taskbar. Here’s how:

  1. Find the Network Connection icon (which shows you the network signal bars in the lower-right section of the screen) and select Open Network and Sharing Center

  2. .

  3. Double-click Wireless Network Connection. If you are wired connected, click Local Area Connection. Then select Details.

  4. Next to IPv4 address, you can find your local IP.

Can I use the command prompt (CMD) to find my IP address?

Yes, you can use the command prompt (cmd) to easily find your IP address in all versions of Windows. Note that your Command Prompt IP address is your local IP address: you can find your public IP through an IP verification tool or a Google search.

Here’s how to find your local IP address

at the command prompt:

  1. Right-click the Windows Start menu and select Run

  2. .

  3. Type cmd in the search field and click OK

  4. .

  5. At the command prompt, type ipconfig and press Enter. Scroll to IPv4 Address to view your local IP address.

    "Type How to find your local IP address on

a Mac

Next, Here’s how to check your internal IP address on a Mac:

  1. Open the Apple menu and click System Settings.

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  2. Click Network in the left pane, and then select Wi-Fi or Ethernet (for wired connections).

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  3. Click Details next to the network you’re connected to.

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  4. to find your local IP address.” />

  5. Scroll down to see your Mac’s local IP address.

    Scroll down your Wi-Fi network

How to find your IP address using Mac Terminal

Another easy way to find your local IP address on a macOS system is to use the ipconfig command-line utility on your Mac Terminal.

Open the Mac Terminal

  1. by searching Spotlight or finding it through Go > Utilities.

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  2. Enter one of the commands ipconfig Mac below to find

    your local IP.

    • For Wi-Fi, enter ipconfig getifaddr en0 and your local IP will appear.

      How to use Mac Terminal to view your local IP address on Wi-Fi.

For

    • wired connections, enter ipconfig getifaddr en1 in the Terminal and your local IP will appear.

    • To see your audience IP address in the Mac terminal, type curl ifconfig.me and your public IP will be displayed.

      Find your public IP address using Mac Terminal.

How to find your local IP address

on iPhone Find your IP address

in

an iOS device is just as fast as other devices. And iPhone IP address lookup should work the same way for most iPhone and iPad models and iOS versions.

Here’s how to check your iPhone’s IP address:

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap Wi-Fi. Then, tap the information icon (i) next to the network you are connected to.

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  2. Here

  3. , you can see your local IP address.

    On your Wi-Fi network

How to find your local IP address on Android Here’s how

to find your local IP address on

an Android phone. We’ll show you how to find an IP address on Samsung, but most Android models have similar steps. When in doubt, open Android settings and search for “IP address”.

Open Android Settings >

  1. Connections.

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  2. Tap Wi-Fi

  3. , then select Settings (the gear icon) for the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to. <img src="https://signal.avg.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Blog_Content/Avg/Signal/AVG%20Signal%20Images/how_to_find_your_ip_address_signal_refresh/img-10.png?width=225&height=258&name=img-10.png" alt="Open the settings of the Wi-Fi network

    your Android is connected to.” />

  4. Tap See more and scroll to your IP address, where you’ll see your IPv4 and/or IPv6.

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to find your local IP address.” /> Prevent

snoopers from finding

your IP

address Now that you know how to locate your IP address on any device, you may wonder how easy it is for others to find your IP. Unfortunately, it’s easy for advertisers, hackers, and your ISP to identify your public IP and use it to find your location, browsing history, and other digital breadcrumbs you leave behind while using the internet.

Masking your IP address keeps your location and personal information hidden, and you can easily do it with a VPN. AVG Secure VPN encrypts your connection, hides your IP, and ensures online trackers stay away from your digital scent. Install AVG Secure VPN today and enjoy private and secure browsing.

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