How to Know Your IP Address if You’re Using Windows 10

Windows 10 came with amazing features and some of them are yet to be explored. According to the manufactures, this Operating System was built using feedback from millions of users -with its most pronounced forte being robust protection against phishing, malware, and viruses. Nonetheless, smart brains have discovered that you can actually see your IP address on any machine running Windows 10.

Literary speaking, you can assume your computer’s IP address to be a virtual residential address. You can always change your home address after you relocate; that’s given, right – the same case applies to the IP address when you move to another town it changes. Nevertheless, it’s also possible to change IP address on Windows 10 to suit your needs. 

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In real terms, your IP address serves two basic purposes: location addressing and network interface identification.

Why is it important?

In most cases, you’ll need to know your IP address when faced with Internet connectivity problems (the number can be used manually to resolve connection issues) or, when you are setting up a home theater Plex app or any service that may need to identify your computer. 

Steps to finding IP address on Windows 10

Well, there are two ways you can follow to uncover your IP address on Windows. One, you can use the Settings app button or the Command Prompt. The steps in both techniques are quite simple so you’ll not strain to follow through.

Method 1: Firing up the setting app

This is the easiest option to see your locations address on Windows 10 –already your computer is powered, so:

  1. Press Start, then go to Settings.
  2. You should be able to see the Network and Internet options here –click the button to follow through.
  3. A new platform opens. Look up in the left-hand panel, where a text will ask you to select either Ethernet or Wi-Fi, depending on the kind of connection you use, so try to be precise so you’ll be able to complete the process fast time right.
  4. At this point, you’ll should see your network or connection name, click on it.
  5. On the page that opens, engage the scroll bar and move down to where you’ll see IPv4 address –viola!
  6. The number -mostly separated by dots, is your IP address.

Method 2: Using Command Prompt

Most people don’t like anything to do the command prompt thinking that it’s something complex, well, it’s not. The black screen (sometimes white or blue depending on the PC) shouldn’t intimidate you on this because indeed you’ll be able to view your IP with a few steps. The result is the same no matter the approach you take:

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. A small “Search programs and files” field will appear.
  3. Type cmd and select Command Prompt, up there.
  4. Where the cursor blinks, type ipconfig and strike the Enter key (on your keyboard.)
  5. Scan (with your eyes) to locate either IPv4 Address (for Wi-Fi connectivity) or Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address (for Ethernet)
  6. The number you see after the white dots is your IP address.

As stated earlier, your address may not be constant as it changes with geographical location.