How to Find Your IP Address on Your Phone
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Need to find your IP address? You might know how to do this on your Windows or Mac computer, but what about on your phone?

We’re here to help. Let’s look at how to view both your public and private IP address on your phone, what these mean, and how to keep them private

What Is an IP Address?

In case you’re not familiar, an IP address (which stands for internet Protocol address) is a numbered label assigned to every device that connects to a network.

Checking the IP address of a device helps you identify it on both your home network and the internet at large. In fact, you have two IP addresses to keep track of for each device.

A global IP address (or public IP address) is how the rest of the internet sees any device on your network. Because this is network-specific, your the global IP will be the same whether you’re using your phone, desktop, or other device at home.

A private IP address (or local IP address) identifies a device on your own network. Only one device can have a certain address on a network, but that same address can be used on other private networks too.

In addition, when you check your IP address, you’ll likely see both an IPv4 and IPv6 address. IPv4 addresses are shorter, but due to the enormous number of internet-connected devices, we’re running out of them. IPv6 address aren’t as easy to read, but there are enough of them to go around for a long time.

In most cases, IPv4 is still the primary address, but IPv6 will phase these out over time as we migrate to that format.

How to Find Your Global IP Address

Your public IP is easy to find, because any device on the internet can see it. To that end, you can visit a multitude of websites that will show your IP address instantly.

Open Chrome on your Android phone or Safari on your iPhone (or whatever other browser you use). Then navigate to any of the following public IP sites:

You’ll notice that some of these sites also display your location and ISP name. This is because your IP address carries this information with it. You can’t ascertain the name and exact address of someone from their IP address, but it does narrow it down to a city.

Similar sites allow you to trace any IP address to see its location How to Trace an IP Address to a PC & How to Find Your Own How to Trace an IP Address to a PC & How to Find Your Own Want to see the IP address of your computer? Perhaps you want to discover where another computer is situated? Various free tools are available that tell you more about a computer an its IP address. Read More . We’ll discuss more about IP privacy below.

How to Find Your Phone’s Private IP Address

As discussed above, global IP addresses are only half the story. Here’s how to find your phone’s private IP address on your home network.

How to Find Your IP Address on Android

Open Settings and browse to Network & internet > Wi-Fi. If you’re not already connected to your Wi-Fi network, tap its name and confirm that it joins.

Then tap the network’s name and expand the Advanced section. Here, you’ll find your IP address and other network information. The IPv6 addresses appear at the bottom of the page.

These steps may be slightly different depending on your version of Android.

How to Find Your IP Address on iPhone

To find your private IP address on an iPhone, head to Settings > Wi-Fi. If you’re not already connected to your home network, tap it and connect now. Then tap the network’s name to open its options.

Here, you’ll see the IP Address field listed under the IPv4 Address header. The IPv6 Address header will have that alternate address for your device below.

Dynamic and Static IP Addresses

It’s worth mentioning that most of the time, the IP addresses you found above are not set in stone. In both cases, you probably have a dynamic IP address.

This means that after some time or on a device restart, the device or your whole network will get a new IP. Conversely, a static IP does not change over time like this.

Dynamic public IPs are simpler for your ISP (like Comcast or Verizon) to manage. You can request a static IP What Is a Static IP Address, How Do I Get One & Its Advantages/Disadvantages What Is a Static IP Address, How Do I Get One & Its Advantages/Disadvantages In home networks, IP addresses aren't usually fixed, but they do fall within specific ranges. A static IP address doesn't change. What are the advantages to this, and why would you want one? Read More from your ISP, but these often cost an additional fee. They’re not necessary for home users unless you’re hosting a server that others access.

Your router hands out private IP addresses dynamically to devices on your network using DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). In practice, this means that when you connect a new device to your home Wi-Fi, you don’t have to manually assign an IP address and keep track of everything yourself.

You can assign static IP addresses using your router and settings on various devices if you want to. But again, this is only really something advanced users need to worry about. Doing it incorrectly could cause major issues.

How to Hide Your IP Address

After finding your current IP and learning that it reveals your location, you might be worried about the privacy implications of this. If so, the best solution is to start using a VPN (virtual private network).

Essentially, connecting to a VPN provider lets you route all your traffic through its secure servers. To the outside world, it looks like your traffic is coming from another location. This masks your IP and makes it harder to track your browsing.

Check out our list of the best VPN providers The Best VPN Services The Best VPN Services We've compiled a list of what we consider to be the best Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers, grouped by premium, free, and torrent-friendly. Read More to find one that works best for you. We recommend ExpressVPN, where MakeUseOf readers can get three months free.

Now You Know How to Check Your IP Address

No matter what device you’re on, it’s easy to show your IP address. While you might not need to check it often, it’s a good skill for any user to know.

You might have wanted to look up your IP address because you’re having network issues. If so, check out our simple steps to diagnose network problems 7 Simple Steps to Diagnose a Network Problem 7 Simple Steps to Diagnose a Network Problem Network issues are frustrating, especially when the problem lies with your ISP. Next time you can't get online, here's the process you should follow on your end to diagnose the network problem. Read More .

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  1. Larry Jenkins
    April 7, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Your method to find IP address for android here does not work on my LG Stylo 3. It is android based. The list that popped up did not include my IP address. Made 3 attempts. Sorry.

  2. bmk
    November 23, 2016 at 6:57 am

    how can find out source of net cal

  3. Bigg Meech
    April 7, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Quick question I gotta note 5 & I'm trying 2 connect to Xbox live I purchased this adapter that goes from my phone to ethernet cable but it says now I need a ip address

  4. Bigg Meech
    April 7, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Quick question I gotta note 5 & I'm trying 2 connect 2 Xbox live is it possible I have the adapter that goes from my phone 2 the ethernet now it says I need a ip address

  5. Anonymous
    October 22, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Excellent helped me configure another PC app with Droid companion ---my DR and Family offer you many thanks as I journey from 37.5% to 11% BF and the physique of a 25 year old @ 53 --- Needed my Droid IP etc to join my network

  6. King Abrar
    December 27, 2014 at 7:39 am

    it is a use full article. thanks for it.....

  7. Nat Jay
    August 25, 2010 at 5:40 am

    This is a timely article as I'm in the process of moving from my plain vanilla GSM phone to an iPhone. As a PC user, things and configuration settings come more naturally. On a mobile phone, that's not always the case.

  8. Beatrix
    August 25, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Nothing for Symbian?

  9. Dave Drager
    August 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    This article is useful! I use http://icanhazip.com; it has no graphics, just displays the IP address. Useful on command line systems; simply do curl icanhazip.com and you get the external facing ip.

  10. Dave Drager
    August 24, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    This article is useful! I use http://icanhazip.com; it has no graphics, just displays the IP address. Useful on command line systems; simply do curl icanhazip.com and you get the external facing ip.

    • Aibek
      August 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm

      nice tip!