How to Find Your IP Address on Windows 11

An IP address is a unique identifier for a device on a network. Just as your home has an address that identifies where it is located, your computer also has an address that identifies it on the network. You can also think of an IP address as a phone number for your computer – just as you need a phone number to call someone, computers need an IP address to communicate with each other.

An IP address is typically represented as four sets of numbers, each set ranging from 0-255, separated by periods. For example, 192.168.1.1

There are a few reasons why you might need to know your IP address:

  • To configure your home network
  • To troubleshoot network problems
  • To connect to a remote device, such as a computer or printer

This guide will show you how to find your IP address on Windows 11.

External vs. Internal IP Address

Before we get started, it’s important to know the difference between an external and internal IP address.

Your external IP address is the unique identifier assigned to your device by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). This is the address that other devices on the internet use to communicate with your device.

Your internal IP address is the unique identifier assigned to your device by your home network. This is the address that other devices on your local network use to communicate with your device.

How to find your IP address

Using Command Prompt

  1. Press Windows+R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “cmd” in the text box and click OK or press Enter.

    Open the Command Prompt.
    Open the Command Prompt.
  3. In the Command Prompt window, type “ipconfig” and press Enter.
    ipconfig

    Type ipconfig
    Type ipconfig.
  4. Your IP address will be the IPv4 Address entry.
The IPv4 Address entry.
The IPv4 Address entry.

Using PowerShell

  1. Press Windows key + X to open the Power Users’ menu, then click Windows Terminal (Admin).

    Click Windows Terminal (Admin).
    Click Windows Terminal (Admin).
  2. In the PowerShell window, type “Get-NetIPAddress” and press Enter.
    Get-NetIPAddress

    Type Get-NetIPAddress.
    Type Get-NetIPAddress.
  3. Look for InterfaceAlias: Wi-Fi or Ethernet, depending on how your computer is connected to the network. Above that, you should see the IPAddress option.
The IPAddress.
The IPAddress.

Using Settings

If you aren’t comfortable using the command line, you can find your IP address using the Settings app.

  1. Click the Start button, then click the Settings icon.

    Select Settings.
    Select Settings.
  2. In the Settings window, click Network & internet.

    Select Network & Internet.
    Select Network & internet.
  3. Click Properties next to your network connection.

    Click Properties.
    Click Properties.
  4. You should see your IP address next to the IPv4 address in the Properties window.
The IPv4 Address.
The IPv4 Address.

Using Control Panel

Control Panel is a legacy app that allows you to change various settings on your computer.

  1. Click the Start button, type “control panel” in the search box, and click the Control Panel icon.

    Open the Control Panel.
    Open the Control Panel.
  2. Under the Network and Internet option, click View network status and tasks.

    Select View network status and tasks.
    Select View network status and tasks.
  3. Click your current connection, labeled either Ethernet or Wi-Fi, depending on your type of connection.

    Select your current connection.
    Select your current connection.
  4. A popup window will appear. Select Details…

    Click Details...
    Click Details…
  5. Your IP address will be the IPv4 Address in the Network Connection Details window.

    The IPv4 Address.
    The IPv4 Address.

Using Task Manager

Task Manager is a performance monitoring tool that lets you see how your computer performs. However, it also allows you to see your computer’s current IP address.

  1. Press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together to open Task Manager.
  2. Click the Performance tab.

    Click the Performance tab.
    Click the Performance tab.
  3. In the left-hand pane, click the network adapter you are using. In our case, it’s Ethernet.

    Click the network adapter you are using.
    Click the network adapter you are using.
  4. You should see your IP address written next to IPv4 address.

    The IPv4 Address.
    The IPv4 Address.

Using System Information

  1. Click the Start button, type “system information” in the search box, and click the first result.

    Open the System Information app.
    Open the System Information app.
  2. Click Components > Network > Adapter in the System Information window.

    Click Components > Network > Adapter.
  3. In the right-hand pane, you will find your IP address.

    The IP Address.
    The IP Address.

Using Online Tools

Online tools are helpful if you need to find your IP address but don’t have access to a Windows 11 computer. Many websites can help you find your IP address. You can search “What’s my IP” on your preferred search engine or visit an example website:

  1. Visit ipchicken.com
  2. Your IP address will be displayed at the top of the page.

    The public IP Address.
    The public IP Address.

Note: This is a public IP address and may differ from your network’s IP address assigned to your computer.

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