Find My IP Address on Windows or Mac [2022 Full Guide]

Updated by Tracy King on Aug 16, 2022
 | Computer Instruction

An IP address is a vital element of the internet. So, how can you find it on your Mac or PC?

Every computer on the internet is given a unique identity. It allows servers and websites to analyze their usage, grant them access, and ensure a smooth and quick flow of traffic. This address of any tech device is known as an IP address.

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However, you might be wondering what IP address is, after all. On top of that, how do you even find an IP address on a Mac or PC? These are all viable questions that require thorough answering. So, let's try to find them.

Introduction

An IP address has many implications on a computer device. From allowing it to be recognized on a private or international network to discerning it for a specific location, it can be used for many purposes.

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However, knowing an IP address is different than finding it on computers and macOS-based devices.

This sort of information can help a user with many things, such as VPN, finding a mobile device on a private network, etc. In this article, we will tell you what is an IP address and how you can find it. So, let's get started.

What Is IP Address and Its Types?

An IP address is a shortened term for an internet protocol address. It's a numerical identity given to any computer on the internet or private networks. This communication identity of the device allows it to get discerned among several other or the same devices.

It's one of the critical parts of Transmission Control Protocol, which is shortened to TCP usually. It's also the communication language employed by networks to allow them to give specific computers separate identities.

However, several IP addresses can be found on a computer, mobile phone, or router device. In today's cases, most homes have router devices, so the primary IP address is given to the router. This is the address, also known as the device's international IP address.

However, to help you understand various IP address types here's a table:

IP Address Type Purpose/Nature
IPv4 IPv4 is a 32-bit number, and it usually shows as four-decimal numbers, ranging from 0-255. The IP comprises four octet numbers (three-numbered addresses). For example, a typical router/computer IP might look like 192.168.001.001.
IPv6 IPv6 is a much-advanced version, and it's a 128-bit hexadecimal-numbered address. It comprises numbers and letters, and it features eight-group of such numbers. Such as (0009:0d8b:48u9:2a9e:0000:00b2:09t9:002b)
Dynamic Dynamic IP is usually given to you by an ISP network or a router. This is assigned automatically and theoretically can be anything between 0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255.
Static Static IP is the one that you assign to your computer manually. It's also four-octet-based, and you can assign it to your private network, routers, etc.
Public A public IP is given to you by your router or ISP network. This is what shows in the Wi-Fi or computer network sections.
Private Private IP addresses are used within the router's range. So, any mobile phone, laptop, or computer device connected to such a network will be given this IP type.

While IPv4 and IPv6 are straightforward, the rest can be confusing for an everyday user. Here's a diagram to help you understand private/dynamic IP addresses:

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  1. 1. Your international IP address, which is usually only seen through third-party programs.
  2. 2. Your public IP address, is given to your router/primary networking switch by the ISP.
  3. 3. Your private/IPv4/Dynamic IP address, is given to the device by the router.

It's important to remember that some private networks manually set the private/IPv4 addresses. This is also called a static IP address.

If you want to know how to transfer files between two computers using an IP address, you can read the following articles:

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How to Transfer Files Between Two Computers Using IP Address

As long as the two computers, or perhaps multiple computers, are connected to the same LAN, you can easily put the IP address for a direct connection for data share or transfer.

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How Can I Locate My IP Address?

Now that we know what an IP address is, let's explore a few ways to find the IP address. Now, there are different ways of finding the IP address on different devices. So, we'll use different methods to locate the IP address for each one, such as PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. So, let's get started.

  1. 1. Find My IP Address PC (Windows 10)
  2. 2. Find My IP Address on Mac
  3. 3. Find My IP Address on Android
  4. 4. Find My IP Address on iOS
  5. 5. Find My Public IP Address

1. Find My IP Address PC (Windows 10)

The first step is to check for the IP address on our Windows-based computer (either 11 or 10). However, it's important to remember the methods on how to connecting PC to Wi-Fi, the steps will differ. But to check a PC connected through the LAN cable, here's what you do:

Step 1. Right-Click on the connectivity icon on the Taskbar and click "Network and Internet Settings".

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Step 2. Tap "Advanced Network Settings".

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Step 3. Find and click "More Network adapter options" under "Related Settings".

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Step 4. Right Click "Ethernet/Wi-Fi" and then click on "Status".

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Step 5. Tap on "Details".

Step 6. Check the "IPv4/IPv6 addresses".

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And that's how you check your IP address on Windows 10/11. While the same is effective for wireless connection, all you have to do is check the Wi-Fi controller instead of the LAN controller(as seen in the demonstration).

2. Find My IP Address on Mac

Finding your IP address on a Mac is even easier, considering it follows a minimalistic approach. Therefore, all you'll have to do is follow these steps:

Step 1. Find and open "System Preferences".

Step 2. Head into the "Network".

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Step 3. Head into your "Wi-Fi network".

Step 4. Tap on "Advanced".

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Step 5. Click on "TCP/IP".

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Step 6. Look for IP under IPv4 Address.

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That's how you check your IP address on Mac. As mentioned before, it's easier than checking it on Windows since it follows a minimalistic approach.

3. Find My IP Address on Android

Checking the IP address on your Android is even easier. Since Android phones follow a basic Linux layout, exploring the settings to find such information is easy. So, here's how you can check for your IP address:

Step 1. Head into "Settings".

Step 2. Tap your phone/tablet's "About".

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Step 3. Tap on "Status".

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Step 4. Find and check "IP Address".

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This will help you find the IP address in most android phones. However, some of the latest Android phones might have a different layout according to their manufacturer.

4. Find My IP Address on iOS

Finding the IP address on iOS devices like an iPad or iPhone is the same. Here's what you need to do:

Step 1. Head to "Settings" from your home screen.

Step 2. Find and tap the (i) beside Wi-Fi.

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Step 3. Check IP address.

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There you have it, the way for you to check the IP address on your iOS devices.

5. Find My Public IP Address

Finding your Public IP address requires the assistance of Google. That's right, it's just that simple. So, here's what you do:

Step 1. Head to Google.

Step 2. Type "What's my IP?".

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This is also your international IP address.

Who Can Use My IP Address?

IPS getting hacked or being used for malicious intent is a common fear among internet users—and for good reasons. If you're wondering if anyone else can track your IP or use it, we'll try to answer it in this section. So, let's begin.

1. How Someone Might Get My IP Address?

While a lot of people think getting IP addresses is difficult, it's not. Anyone with little understanding of computers and networking can fish out another computer's IP addresses. A lot of companies and businesses do it for advertisement purposes. And, yes, it's legal.

So, how can someone get your IP address without your consent? Here are a few ways:

  1. 1. When they are using your device, they can simply go to Google or use WhatIsMyIPAddress.Com.
  2. 2. If your WIFI network isn't encrypted with a password, then anyone can use it. And, as we saw throughout this article, it's straightforward to find the IP address of a Wi-Fi network you're connected to through your phone or computer.
  3. 3. From your website, visits are yet another way businesses can churn out your IP address. It allows them to provide more location-centric advertisements, offers, and products.
  4. 4. Internet forums know your IP the moment you sign-up. That's why some of these forums have an "IP Ban" as a punishment in their terms and conditions.
  5. 5. Another way is through social media networks. Now, you can relax because only the site administrators and companies know your IP.

These are some of the most common ways anyone can have your IP address. That's why many people suggest using a VPN to mask your actual IP and prevent local networks, websites, and social media networks from getting your IP.

2. What Can People Know From My IP Address?

There is not much that an IP address can tell unless the person with it is an advanced technician or networking expert. However, with the right tools and understanding, some people can find out your country, regional code, city, zip code, and a loosely-accurate location.

Once again, that's why many people suggest that you should use VPNs to avoid this from happening and ensure that your computer, phones, and routers are secure from such problems.

FAQs about Finding IP Address

All this talk about IP addresses must have left some questions in your mind. So, let's see our FAQ sections to answer any additional questions for you:

1. What Is IP, and How Does It work?

An IP address is an exclusive identity given to you by your local internet provider, router, ISP, or international network. Shortened for internet protocol, your device can discern itself from others on the internet and local networks.

2. What Are the Four Types of IP Addresses?

The four main types of IP addresses are IPv4, IPv6, Dynamic/Static, and Public/International IP addresses.

3. How Do I Find My IP Address?

You can use Network and Settings to find the IP address on Windows, as shown above. Or, you can use the Network option on macOS to find an IP address on a Mac. On the other hand, you can go through settings to find the IP address of your Wi-Fi on your Android or iOS device.

4. How Do I Protect My IP Address?

There are three ways that people protect their IP addresses, which include:

  • Through a VPN service, which is considered the fastest and most secure out of any other option.
  • Through an IP-protector browser like Tor or Brave.
  • With the help of a Proxy server, which might be a little bit risky considering it uses another user's network to mask your IP.

Therefore, the best way is to find a reliable VPN service provider and use it on your devices like Router, PC, Laptop, Phones, Smart TVs, etc.

5. How Do I Find A Device by IP Address?

Finding a device by IP address isn't that difficult. However, you do need to know how to use Command Prompt (CMD on Windows) or Terminal (macOS Console). Therefore, here's what you should do:

  • Launch Command or Terminal on either macOS or Windows.
  • Type "ipconfig".
  • Check the IP/related information.

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The Bottom Line

There you have it, folks, the ways you can check your IP address on various devices. On top of that, we also discussed the safest way for you to tread on the internet—which is through a reliable VPN provider. Therefore, ensure you keep your private network secure by following the advice presented to you in this article.

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