How to Find Your Computer’s IP Address

Your IP address reveals your location, but where does it reside in your computer?

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Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Aug 25, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Aug 25, 2021

Every device connected to the internet has its own IP address, which reveals its general location. But if you’re on a computer, be it a Mac, Windows PC, or Chromebook, you may not know exactly where to find your IP address in the first place.

We’ve created a tool that lets you find your IP address in 10 seconds or less, but we’ve also provided step-by-step instructions for those who prefer to find it manually. Either way, you’ll get the information you’re looking for.

Laptop Computer with Windows

How to Find Your Computer’s IP Address

Finding your IP address is a very straightforward process, especially if you use the IP lookup tool on our site.

To find your Mac’s IP address:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select Network.
  3. Choose your Wi-Fi Network.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Click TCP/IP.
  6. You’ll see your IP address under IPv4 Address.

Now, if you change your IP address with a Mac VPN, you’ll be able to see if you’ve really changed your location on your Mac. Learn how to use a Mac VPN.

IP Address Lookup

Find your IP address in seconds. This prevents you from having to follow our step-by-step instructions, but if that’s your preference, we’ve got it covered below.

Windows

Using a Windows VPN and want to see if your IP address has changed? Here’s how to find it.

With a Wi-Fi connection on Windows 10:

  1. Open your Taskbar.
  2. Click Wi-Fi Network.
  3. Select your Wi-Fi Network.
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Your IP address will be under IPv4 Address.

With an Ethernet connection on Windows 10:

  1. Open your Taskbar.
  2. Choose the Ethernet Network icon.
  3. Select your Ethernet Network Connection under Ethernet.
  4. Under Properties, your IP address will be next to where it says IPv4 Address.1

On Windows 8 and 8.1 with a Wi-Fi connection:

  1. Choose the Network Connection icon.
  2. Click Open Network And Sharing System.
  3. Double-click on Wireless Network Connection.
  4. Click Details and your IP address will be visible.

On Windows XP with a Wi-Fi connection:

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Right-click on Network.
  3. Choose Properties. The Network Connections screen will open.
  4. Click Wireless Network Connection.
  5. Click Support.
  6. Click Details to see your IP address.

On Windows Vista with a Wi-Fi connection:

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Right-click on Network.
  3. Choose Properties. The Network And Sharing Center will open.
  4. Under Wireless Network Connection, choose View Status.
  5. Click Details.
  6. Your IP address will show up in a new window.

On Windows 7 with a Wi-Fi connection:

  1. Click on the network Connection icon.
  2. Choose Open Network And Sharing Center.
  3. Double-click on Wireless Network Connection.
  4. Choose Details.
  5. Look next to IPv4 Address.2

Read more about how to change your PC location.

Chromebook

Finally, if you’ve used a Chrome VPN, find your IP address in under a minute:

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Select Time at the bottom right-hand corner.
  3. Choose Wi-Fi Network.
  4. Choose Information. You will see your IP address.3

What Is an IP Address?

IP stands for internet protocol, and it’s a device’s identifying number. Think of it like a Social Security number, but for your computer. As we’ll explain more below, your computer gets its IP address from either the router it’s connected to, i.e., its network, or from your internet service provider. IP addresses let devices communicate with each other, but inside and outside of networks.

How Do I Get an IP Address?

If you’re just opening your Macbook Pro for the first time, you may be wondering how you get an IP address. Is there a special club you have to join?

As much fun as that sounds, the answer is no. Your device comes with its own IP address, and the router it’s connected to will assign it an IP address automatically. Without IP addresses, your computer wouldn’t be able to have an internet connection, so that’s why they’re always part of the mix. Basically, if it’s a device on the internet, it has a local IP address.

Are IP Addresses Permanent?

Much like life itself, IP addresses are not permanent. Rather, you can change your IP address using a VPN, proxy server, or the Tor browser. You can also change your IP address manually in your computer’s settings. But why would someone want to change or hide their IP address in the first place?

TIP: If you’re using a public Wi-Fi network, change your IP address to make your computer less susceptible to hacking.

Can Someone Track Me With My IP Address?

IP addresses reveal the location of your computer, which includes your country, region/city, and postal code. While this isn’t enough information to track you on its own, some people compare IP address data with metadata and cookies to paint a clearer picture of your identity. So combined with other data, in the wrong hands, IP addresses can lead to identity theft.

FYI: Someone can’t steal your identity with just your IP address. However, they can use it to verify your location and, if they have more of your personally identifiable information, impersonate you online or off.

Public vs. Private IP Addresses

You’ve probably heard some chatter about external IPs; internal IPs; and local, private, and public IPs, but what’s the difference?

Well, all IP addresses are indicative of your network location, but while private (internal) IP addresses are used within networks, public (external) IP addresses are used outside of networks. While routers assign private IPs, internet service providers assign public IPs. When you use the internet, your public IP address is visible, while your private IP address remains hidden.

Still, many people use VPNs or proxy servers to hide their public IP addresses. Learn more about the differences between VPNs and proxies.

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Recap

That’s all we have on how to find your computer’s IP address, but be sure to read about how to find your iPhone’s IP address. Digital security starts with your devices, and finding your IP address is the first step to online anonymity. Now, all you have to do is change your IP address to hide your real location.

FAQs

Our readers had more questions about finding IP addresses on your computer, and about IP addresses in general. Of course, we’ve covered them below.

  • Where can I find the IP address on my computer?

    Finding your IP address depends on what kind of computer you have:

    • Mac: In your System Preferences app, click Network, then choose the Wi-Fi Network your device is connected to. Click Advanced and TCP/IP, then you’ll find your IP address under IPv4 Address.
    • Windows 10: In your Taskbar, under Wi-Fi Network, click on the network you’re on, then click Properties. You’ll see your IP address under IPv4 Address.
    • Chromebook: Once you select Time, click Choose Wi-Fi Network, then Information. This will show your IP address.
  • How can I find my IP address on Windows 10?

    To find your IP address on a computer with Windows 10, assuming you’re using a Wi-Fi connection:

    1. Open your Taskbar.
    2. Select Wi-Fi Network.
    3. Click on the Wi-Fi Network your Windows 10 is connected to.
    4. Click Properties and you’ll see your IP address under IPv4 Address.
  • What is an example of an IP address?

    An example of an IP address is 0.0.0.0.

  • What are the different types of IP addresses?

    The types of IP addresses are:

    • IPv4 and IPv6: IPv4 addresses are much more common than IPv6 addresses. While IPv4 addresses are based on 32 binary bits, IPv6 addresses are eight blocks of numbers.
    • Dynamic and static: Dynamic IP addresses change, while static IP addresses remain the same.
    • Public and private: Public IP addresses are assigned by your internet service provider, allowing you to communicate outside of a network. Private IP addresses are visible only within a network, assigned by the router you’re connected to.
Citations
  1. Microsoft. (2021). Find your IP address.
    support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/find-your-ip-address-f21a9bbc-c582-55cd-35e0-73431160a1b9

  2. AVG. (2021). Find Your IP Address on Windows or Mac.
    https://www.avg.com/en/signal/find-ip-address

  3. Google. (2021). Connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi.
    https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/1047420?hl=en