How To Locate Your Ip Address

What Is an IP Address

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, are online numbers that are used for identifying different pieces of different network hardwares. Internet Protocol (IP) addresses allows devices do nonstop communicating with loads of other devices via an IP-powered network; the Internet mostly.

Most times, your IP addresses could look like this: "", and in other cases, your IP addresses would be longer and look like this: 2001:4860:4860::8844.

Internet Protocol(IP) addresses serve two primary functions. One; they identify the network interface of the host, and two; they pinpoint the exact location of the host in the network interface, so, they carry the capability to addressing and communicate with the host.

Types of IP Address

There are IPv4 addresses, and there are IPv6 addresses.

IPv4 addresses are built to host and provide over 4 billion unique Internet Protocol(IP) addresses, while the IPv6, is built to support at least 340 trillion Internet Protocol(IP) addresses. The IPv4 may be able to host a huge number of IP addresses, but it has its limits, and that is why the IPv6 was built. The IPv6 has since taken over, and it has been enough to host each and every user on the Internet until today.

The IPv4 displays addresses in the form of 32-bit numericals that are put out in decimal formats. Something like this: "654.791.967.05".

For the IPv6 addresses, they are all put out in hexadecimal form. Check this: "3ffe:1900:4545:3:200:f8ff:fe21:67cf".

With the IPv6, everyone who uses the Internet could very easily connect to the Internet with different devices, and there wouldn't be any jam whatsoever.

The Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), was first installed and tested in 1983, and the growing usage band started to lead to the exhaustion of the availability of the IPv4's address space for Internet providers, prompted the Internet Engineering Task Force(IETF) to start to reach for new technological boosts in a bid to grow the addressing capability in the Internet at large, and so the Internet Protocol Version 6(IPv6) was created, and has since taken over the job from the Internet Protocol version 4(IPv4).




Your Server’s IP address happens to be the same address that provides a unique identity for your chosen device or devices, on a network, be it at your personal home, at a Cafe, at a local networking center, your home, or a massive network interface such as the Internet we all use, every website you visit on the Internet works with its own unique IP address, and communicating, identification, and what have you wouldn't be possible without those Internet Protocol(IP) addresses.

To find your system's server IP address, you could either:

  1. Try using the popular "Tracert" command, which you should follow up with your business domain, so as to list all server IP addresses that are between your computer and your website.
  • You can do this by clicking on the "Start" icon, then you type in "CMD", and then you tap on the "Enter" key to open the Command-Prompt window.
  • Or you could type in the command: "ipconfig", and you tap the "Enter" key again. Once you're done with that, you look out for "Default Gateway"; under your network adapter for your router's IP address. Under the same network adapter, you should find your "IPv4 Address".
  1. Also, you might want to try entering; "Nslookup", then add your business domain name, to search its server's Internet Protocol address. In the case where a server has more than one IP address associated with it, the command you typed in would look them all up, and line them out for you.




To locate your WI-FI router's IP address on a Window's device,

  • Firstly, open your Control Panel by clicking on "Start", and then typing: “Control panel,” and then you hit "Enter".
  • In the Control panel, you would find the “Network and Internet” segment, in which you click the “View network status and tasks” link displayed there.
  • Right at the upper-right corner of the “Network and Sharing Center” window, you click on the name of your network connection.
  • You would then see the “Ethernet Status” window, in which you're to click the “Details” button. This will help you would locate the “Network Connection Details” window, and once you've located that, you would find your Wi-Fi router’s Internet Protocol(IP) address shown as “IPv4 Default Gateway”. Yeah! It's the Default Gateway.

For iOS

If you wish to find your Router’s Internet Protocol (IP) address on your Apple devices you simply head to your Settings, you enter into your Wi-Fi page, and then you touch the name of your selected Wi-Fi network.

Once you've done that, your Wi-Fi router’s Internet Protocol (IP) address would be shown to you as “Router” and that's all!

For Mac

To find your Router’s Internet Protocol (IP) Address in a Mac OS X device,

  • Click on the "Apple" menu, which is situated on the bar at the top part of your screen, and then you go on to select "System Preferences". Once you're in the "System Preferences" window, you click on the "Network" icon.
  • Select your network connection, and then click on the "Advanced" button which should be situated at the bottom of your device's screen.
  • Now, select the "TCP/IP" tab, and then you’ll be sure to find your Wi-Fi Router’s Internet Protocol (IP) address shown to you as just: “Router".

For Chromebook

You need to find your Router’s IP address in your Chromebook OS?  

  • Click the notification area which is at the right hand side of your Chrome's taskbar, and select the "Connected to *whatever the network you're using is*" option in the list that would pop up on the screen.
  • Afterwards, select the name of the wireless network you’re using, and when the network's direct information appears, click on the "Network" tab, and you’ll be sure to find your Router’s address displayed as: "Gateway".

For Linux

To find your Router’s IP Address in a Linux device, you simply click on the network icon, and click on "Connection Information". After that, look for the IP address that would be displayed next to: "Default Route" or sometimes, "Gateway".

For Android

Find Your Router’s IP Address on an Android device, you click on your "View" menu, and then you click on: "AP list". At the top part of the ensuing page, you would see a "Connected to *whatever network you're connected to*" bar. You click on it, and a tab carrying your network's information would be displayed; amongst the displayed information, you would find your Router’s address as: "Gateway".



To find the IP Address of your Android device;

  • Go to the Settings icon on the phone, click the "About phone" option and tap on "Status". You would find some information like; your IMEI, your Wi-Fi MAC address, and your IP address of your Android phone as well.


For iOS

To find your IP address on your Apple phone, you also go to your phone's settings; once you’re there, tap on Wi-Fi, pick a connected network, and then click on the Blue arrow situated next to the network's name. Once you do that, your iPhone's IP address would be displayed directly at the top of the window.

Locating your mobile phone or WI-FI router’s IP address is very easy. Just follow the laid out guidelines in this article and you will find your IP address in no time.