You probably know how to find your IP address on a Mac or Windows computer. But do you know how to find it on your phone?
If you don’t know how to do this, I will explain it in detail. It makes no difference whether you have an Android or an iPhone.
I will tell you how to find the public and private IP addresses on your phone. I will explain what they mean and I will tell you what you can do to keep them private.
What Is An IP Address?
IP is an acronym for Internet Protocol, and an IP address is a number that’s assigned to every device that’s connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication.
When you know the IP address for a particular device you have the ability to identify it on your home network as well as the internet.
Each device has two IP addresses which include a global IP address (public IP address) this is how other people on the internet will see any device on your network.
Whether you’re using a tablet, a desktop/laptop computer, a phone, or any other device that connects to the internet your global IP address will remain the same.
The other IP address is the private IP address (local IP address) this is used to identify a device on your network.
Only one device can have a particular IP address on a network. However, the same IP address can be used on other private networks as well.
How To Find Your Phone’s IP Address?
First I will tell you how to find your private IP address on your home network on an Android phone.
How To Find The IP Address On Your Android Phone?
To find the IP address on your Android phone, follow the directions below:
Go to Settings then navigate to About phone.
If you’re not currently connected to your Wi-Fi network, you should tap its name and sign into the network.
Then you should tap on Status.
Upon doing this you will find your private IP address along with other important network information.
I followed the steps I provided above to find the private IP address on my Samsung Galaxy S8+.
However, the steps will probably be different for you depending on the make and model of your Android phone.
How To Find The IP Address On Your iPhone?
Follow the simple steps below to find the IP address on your iPhone:
Go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
If you’re not currently connected to your home network, you should tap it to connect.
Then tap the name of the network to open its options.
Then you will see the IP Address field that’s listed under the IPv4 Address header. Then you will notice that the IPv6 Address header has the alternate address for your iPhone directly below it.
How To Find Your Global IP Address?
Now I will tell you how to find your global IP address (public IP address).
Finding your public IP address is easy because there are a number of websites that will instantly show it to you.
You will notice that some IP sites also display your ISP name and your location as well. This is due to the fact that your IP address carries this information with it.
You cannot learn someone’s name and address from their IP address. However, you can find out the name of the city that they reside in.
Most of the public IP addresses that are displayed on the sites above are dynamic IP addresses.
That means that the IP addresses will change over time or when the device has been restarted.
The device or your entire network will get a new IP address. However, if you have a static IP address it will not change over time like this.
Most people have dynamic public IP addresses because it’s easier for your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to manage.
However, if you would like a static IP address you can request it from your ISP, but in most cases, you will have to pay an additional fee for it.
A static IP address isn’t necessary unless you are hosting a server that others access.
How Are Global IP Addresses Assigned?
Global IP addresses are assigned dynamically by your router to devices on your network using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
So this means that when you connect new devices to your home Wi-Fi, you will not have to manually assign an IP address and keep track of them.
You have the ability to assign a static IP address via your router and the settings on the devices if you would like to.
However, this is something that should only be done by advanced users because if it’s done incorrectly it will cause some serious problems.
How To Hide Your IP Address:
After learning how easy it is to find your IP address and learning that it shows the location of your city.
You may have some concerns about privacy if you do and you would like to hide your public IP address you can do so by using a VPN.
When you connect to the internet through a VPN provider it gives you the ability to route all your traffic through its secure servers.
When this is done, if someone looks up your public IP address it will appear to them that your traffic is coming from a different location.
The VPN makes your IP address much more difficult to track when you’re browsing the internet.
Now You Know How To Find The IP Address Of Your Phone:
Regardless of what type of phone or device that you’re using to connect to the internet. It’s very easy to find your public or private IP address.
Even though you may not need to look this up on a regular basis, it’s useful to know how to find it.