How to Find Your Local and External IP Address


How to Find Your Local and External IP Address

At many times while fixing things related to your computers Network and Internet, IP address is the top notch information you might need. There are two types of IP address, Internal and External. It’s possible to find External IP address (or Internal) on a computer, Operating system is not a limitation here. So let me take you through the process. But first here is a brief information about both IP addresses, The Internal (or Local) IP address is how Local internet identifies your device. And External IP address is something the rest of Internet sees.

At many instances the local IP and the External IP are same for your device, and An IP address is assigned by the Internet service Provider and mostly are subject to keep changing unless you’ve got a Static IP address. An Local IP is mostly the ipv4 address and External IP address in most cases unless you’re using a VPN or similar services.

The Basic Google Search Method.

The number one and the easiest way to find your Local IP address is to Google it, when you ask google “What is my IP” a box will show you that. Via Google support check more google tricks here.

Google consistently working to help people directly from the search page. For example if you search “My Home” it will show the place you earlier marked as your home. It has nothing to do with this post, considering google’s usefulness It was necessary to mention.

Find IP on Windows Computer

The other workaround is to use the “Command Prompt” or the “Powershell” and type “ipconfig” command and look for the IPv4 Address, you’ll find the External IP address there.

Click on the start menu and search “cmd or command prompt/ powershell” or do a quick Ctrl+R > cmd/powershell.

No matter which version of Windows you’re running, there always will be Command prompt.

Take Help of Websites

There are many websites out there can help you finding your devices internal or external IP address. One such website is “What’s my IP Address” that you can visit to instantly find your computer’s IP address, and most of the time the ipv4 address is your likely to be your internal and external IP address.

Most of the site help you resulting your IP address along with Location (hopefully not accurate) and ISP name, etc.

But suppose if you’re running on Linux, or any other operating system, using google to determine your IP address is easy with just a Web browser. Most of the operating system comes with a pre-installed Web browser (without it computer would be like an Iphone without Apple). So use a Browser and either visit a site or simply search Google. However, only IP address will be shown in the google result box, to know other information use a site like “What’s my IP address” that’s all you need to know.