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How to find your IP address in Windows 10

You can easily find your computers local and public IP address under Windows 10 - it's just a few steps.
How Can I Find My IP Address Windows 10?

Internet problems are quite common these days, and if you are a Windows user, you most definitely have wondered "How can I find my IP address in Windows 10?" You can't get away with knowing nothing about networks - at least, you'll need to know where to go to find help! In the hyper-connected world that we have today, especially with the internet of things, you do need to know something about networks. It's easiest to start by learning where your laptop's or PC's place in the network is, that is, finding what IP your computer has. In this article, you are going to learn about the following:

  • How to find your local IP address using four different methods.
  • How to find your public IP address.
  • What the difference is between these two IP addresses.

How to find your local IP address

Determining your local IP address is a very straightforward process. Also, it is important to mention that there are different ways in which you can find this out. Knowing different options will allow you to double-check the information the system is serving you, just in case Windows gets confused.

    1. In the bottom right section of the screen, right-click on your connection. This works for both LAN and WiFi connectivity.
    2. Left-click on Open Network & Internet settings.
      Open Network & Internet settings in Windows 10
      Right click on the connection icon and open the Network & Internet settings.
    3. Under Change your network settings, click on the View your network properties button.
      Network Properties in Windows 10
      Click on View your network properties to see your computer's local IP address.
    4. Find IPv4 address value, that is your computer's local IP address.
      IP address in Windows 10
      Look at IPv4 to see what your computer's IP address.

A shortcut to find your local IP address

This is potentially a faster way to find your Windows 10 computer's network information.

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager.
  2. Click on the Performance tab.
  3. Click on the Ethernet or WiFi device below on the left hand side.
  4. You will see the IPv4 address below the graph.
    Find IP address in the Task Manager
    Navigate to the Performance tab in Task Manager

Use the command prompt to find your local IP address

You can also use the Windows command prompt to determine what your local IP address is.

  1. Enter cmd in the Windows 10 search field next to the Start button.
  2. Right-click on the top result.
  3. Left-click on the Run as administrator option.
    Run cmd as an administrator
    Run cmd as an administrator
  4. In the Command Prompt, type in ipconfig and press Enter.
  5. You will see your local IP address listed.
    Finding IP address in cmd
    Enter ipconfig to list your IP address.

Use the System Information to find your local IP address

The final method you can use to find out your computer's IP is via the Windows System Information.

  1. Enter System Information in the Windows 10 search field next to the Start button.
  2. Left-click on the top result.
    Accessing System Information
    Enter System Information in the Windows 10 search box.
  3. Expand Components, then Network and click on Adapter.
    Navigating in Windows 10 System Information
    Expand Components, Network and click on Adapter
  4. In the right-hand section, scroll down until you find the IP address.
    How to find IP address in System Information
    In the right side of the System Information, search for IPv4 to discover your IP address.

These are some of the ways in which you can find your computer's local IP address in Windows 10. There are even more methods, however, these will be more than enough.

How to find your public IP address on Windows 10

While the steps above serve to help you find your local IP address, this is not what other computers on the internet use to contact your computer. Learn more about the difference between local and public IP addresses below. Your public IP address is set by your internet service provider (ISP) and is easy to find using your web browser You can go to IP2location, lookup your IP and view detailed information about the geographical location of your IP address, your ISP's name and more details.

Quick IP lookup on Google
  1. Enter google.com in your browser's address bar, and type what is my IP address in the search field.
  2. Google will return your computer's public IP address.

What is the difference between a local and public address?

A local IP address is assigned to each device in your home by the router you are using. It is the address in your local home network. Each computer, mobile device, smart light globe, hub, smart watch, and any other Internet of Things device will be assigned a local IP address by your router. Your modem or router needs to be accessible from the internet so that web pages and other internet applications can be reached by your devices. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) assigns your modem/router with a public IP address, and the traffic destined for devices on your home network is routed appropriately. Your public IR address is used by the ISP to connect you to the web. You may be assigned a static public IP address, or one that changes each time you connect to your ISP (for instance, if the power goes out). Now that know how to find out what your local and public IP addresses are, you can use this to set up Remote Desktop on Windows 10 - this will let you use your home PC when you are away from home. You can also use these IP addresses to set up a local media server.

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