Finding your IP address may be a bit tricky. If you’ve been wondering how to do it, this article explains how to find IP address in Windows 10 with some easy methods.
We all need addresses to refer and locate somebody’s house or office, but did you know that computers use addresses too? To identify your device in a network, every system uses an IP address.
An IP address (an acronym for Internet Protocol address) is a set or combination of numbers that identifies your network devices, be it a desktop computer, laptop, wireless printer, or mobile device in a network.
Now there are two types of IP addresses owned by a single computer. One is the local or private IP address, and the other is the public IP address. A local IP address is used to identify your computer in your local area connection network. It is assigned by your router to each device connected to your internal network and can be termed as a router IP address too.
On the other hand, a public IP address is used to identify your computer on the internet. As the name suggests, it is a public address and locates your computer on the internet. Your internet service provider assigns a public IP address.
There are multiple websites available on the internet that allow you to check your public IP address. A reliable and trusted online source is https://www.hidemyass.com/ip-info. Just click on this link, and it tells you your public IP address along with your location and internet service provider.
You can also Google on the internet by simply searching “what is my public IP address” on a web browser. But what if we want to check our local IP address? Is there any way? Well, definitely there is.
We’ll teach you six great methods to find local IP addresses on a Microsoft Windows 10 computer in this article. Let’s get right into it!
How to find IP address in Windows 10
Using the ipconfig command
- Type “Command prompt” in the search bar next to the Start Menu and open the Command Prompt app;
- Press the “Windows Key + R” to open the Run window and type cmd;
- Command Prompt window opens. Type “ipconfig” and press Enter;
- A list of all network adapters’ information (ethernet and wireless) will be displayed on your screen. You can check your IP address (IPv4 address & IPv6 address) under each network adapter.
Using the Settings app
- Press “Windows key + I” to open Settings;
- Type “Settings” in the search bar next to the Start Menu;
- The settings window opens. Click on “Network and Internet” tile to access network settings;
- A new window opens. If you are connected to a wireless network, select “WiFi” from the left window pane;
- If you are connected through an ethernet connection, select “Ethernet” from the left window pane;
- After selecting your network type, in the right window pane, your active and connected network name appears. Click on it;
- A new window opens, displaying all properties of your connected network. Under “Properties“, you can check both IPv4 address and IPv6 address for both ethernet and WiFi.
Using System Information
- Open the Start Menu and type “System Information” to open the application;
- System information opens. Now click on the plus icon next to “Components” in the left window pane to expand;
- Now click on the plus icon next to “Network” from expanded options;
- Network option expands. Select “Adapter“;
- The right window pane shows all installed network adapters and their information. You can check the IP address for each network card by scrolling down.
Using Task Manager
- Press “Ctrl + ALT + Delete” and open Task Manager;
- The Task Manager window opens. If it displays only open programs, click on “More details“;
- Now go to the “Performance” tab. Click on your active network adapter from the left window pane;
- The right window pane displays your network card information. You can check both IPv4 address and IPv6 address here.
- Type “Windows PowerShell” in the search bar and open Windows PowerShell;
- Powershell window opens. Type “Get-NetIPconfiguration” and press Enter;
- This command displays all network information related to your network adapter. You can check both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses using this command.
- Type “GIP” and press Enter;
- This command also displays the same set of network information, and you can get both IP addresses for your connected network card.
Using the Control Panel
- Type “Control panel” in the search bar next to Start menu to open Control Panel;
- Click on the “Network and internet” tile. A new window opens. Click on “Network and sharing center“;
- A new window opens. Click on “Change adapter settings” in the left window pane;
- Network connections window opens, displaying all network adapters installed or used by your computer. Next, click on your desired network card name;
- A status dialogue box for the clicked network card opens. To check the IP address for the selected network card, click on the “Details“;
- The network connection details box opens. You can check both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses in this box.
If you face a network and internet issue or if you are about to set a new device on your internet network, finding a local IP address can be pretty valuable.
A public IP address is helpful if you cannot connect to your network connection router or want somebody else to supervise your network.
To learn more about IP addresses and how you can even change them, check out our article on how to find and change IP addresses on Windows 10.