How to find your IP address on Android

If you are an Android user and want to find your IP address, there are many ways you can do so. This guide will describe how you can find the IP address, (global IP address or private IP address) of your Android device.

An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a sequence of numbers (and letters in the case of IPv6), assigned to each device connected to a network using Internet Protocol or IP. This is how devices on a network know that another device exists and then they can communicate. Most users never need to know or care about IP addresses. But knowing your device’s IP address can come in handy for things like VoIP calls or software remote control. So how do you find your IP address from an Android device? Let’s find out together.

Global IP address and private IP address

Each device connected to a network has, in fact, two IP addresses. One global IP address (op public IP address ) is the address assigned to each of your devices connected to the same network. This IP address is how the Internet sees you, whether you use your computer, tablet, or phone. The global IP address remains identical across all your devices on the same network.

The other IP address assigned to your device is private IP address (or local IP address ). This IP address is used to identify devices on your network. A private IP address is unique for each device on your network, and no two devices on the same network can have the same private IP address. Two devices on two different networks can have the same private IP address, however, their global IP addresses will be different. The two IP addresses together provide a unique identity for each device.

IPv4 and IPv6

There is another classification of IP addresses that you may have heard of called IPv4 and IPv6. These are simply different versions of the Internet Protocol where IPv4 is the fourth and IPv6 is of course the sixth. IPv4 addresses are smaller and are written in decimal as four numbers separated by periods. Each number can be from 0 to 255. For example, 1.160.10.240 could be an IPv4 address. It uses a 32-bit addressing scheme allowing a total of 2^32 addresses (just over 4 billion addresses).

You can see how small that number is considering there are over 2 billion devices in the world on Android alone. With the growth of the Internet, we will soon move out of IPv4 addresses to assign to devices. This is why IPv6 exists. An IPv6 address is a 128-bit IP address written in hexadecimal and separated by a colon. A sample IPv6 address could be written like this: 3ffe: 1900: 4545: 3: 200: f8ff: fe21: 67cf. This allows room for much more unique addresses.

We haven’t run out of IPv4 addresses yet so it’s still the primary address used today in most cases.

How to find global IP address on Android

Finding your global or public IP is easy because it’s public. Any device on the internet can see your public IP. Similarly, any website you visit can see your public IP address, and some are more than happy to tell you what that is. Some of these sites are linked below.

To know your public IP, simply launch your favorite web browser on your Android device and visit any of the websites mentioned above. Some of these sites will also tell you your device’s local IP address, service provider name, and location. Don’t fret, you haven’t been hacked. Your public IP address carries all this information with it. Again, no need to worry because no one can know your exact address or name from your IP address. It only carries information about your general location (called GeoIP) only narrowing down to the city you live in.

A much faster way to know your global IP address is to simply “Google “what is my IP”. This only gives you your global IP address and no more information about location, ISP etc.

How to find private IP address on Android

In addition to the above sites, there is another way to find the private IP address of your Android device. To do this, go to Setting > Internet > WIFI . Tap the Wi-Fi network your device is connected to. On the next page that opens, you can see your MAC address, IP address, and a bunch of other information. You may have to tap the Advanced and expand it to see your IP address.

In case you are worried about revealing your IP address publicly, you can always use VPN .

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