How to easily find your public IP address in two quick steps
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(Pocket-lint) – If you’re setting up VoIP or remote control software, you might need to know your router’s public IP address, which is assigned by your ISP. Whatever the reason, it’s handy to have your IP address. A lot of information is tied to your public IP address, such as the name of your ISP and your general location. Wondering how to find your IP address? It is very simple.
How to find your router’s public IP address?
The fastest and easiest way to find your public IP address is to search “What is my IP address?” on Google. But there are plenty of sites that will show you the exact same thing, like WhatIsMyIP.com and IPLocation. By visiting the site, your router made a request and revealed your IP address. Some of these sites also list the name and city of your ISP and even offer maps.
- Go to Google.com
- Do a search: What is my IP address?
Your public IP address should appear at the top of the results.
If your device is connected to the Internet and you can search “What is my IP address?”, you can find your public IP address. We tried it with Safari on a Mac, Edge on a Windows 11 laptop, Chrome on an iPhone, and Android, and more. It works every time.
Most phones and computers also let you see your IP address if you dive into the settings and go to the Wi-Fi menu.
Why do you need to know an IP address?
Knowing your public IP address can help you troubleshoot internet-related issues. It can help you figure out if you have a problem with a router or if it’s a specific device you’re trying to use. An IP address can also help you set up new devices and services on your network. If you want someone to administer your network remotely, you’ll probably need the IP address for that too.
Can you hide your IP address?
A virtual private network (VPN) allows you to hide your IP address. It allows you to access an intermediate network with a different IP address, essentially hiding your real IP address. For more information on VPNs, see our separate guide.
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Written by Maggie Tillman.