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
- Press Windows+R to open the Run dialog box.
- Type “cmd” in the text box and click OK or press Enter.
- In the Command Prompt window, type “ipconfig” and press Enter.
- Your IP address will be the IPv4 Address entry.
- Press Windows key + X to open the Power Users’ menu, then click Windows Terminal (Admin).
- In the PowerShell window, type “Get-NetIPAddress” and press Enter.
- 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.
If you aren’t comfortable using the command line, you can find your IP address using the Settings app.
- Click the Start button, then click the Settings icon.
- In the Settings window, click Network & internet.
- Click Properties next to your network connection.
- You should see your IP address next to the IPv4 address in the Properties window.
Using Control Panel
Control Panel is a legacy app that allows you to change various settings on your computer.
- Click the Start button, type “control panel” in the search box, and click the Control Panel icon.
- Under the Network and Internet option, click View network status and tasks.
- Click your current connection, labeled either Ethernet or Wi-Fi, depending on your type of connection.
- A popup window will appear. Select Details…
- Your IP address will be the IPv4 Address in the Network Connection Details window.
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.
- Press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together to open Task Manager.
- Click the Performance tab.
- In the left-hand pane, click the network adapter you are using. In our case, it’s Ethernet.
- You should see your IP address written next to IPv4 address.
Using System Information
- Click the Start button, type “system information” in the search box, and click the first result.
- Click Components > Network > Adapter in the System Information window.
- In the right-hand pane, you will find your 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:
- Visit ipchicken.com
- Your IP address will be displayed at the top of the page.
Note: This is a public IP address and may differ from your network’s IP address assigned to your computer.