“My IP location on Google Maps is not visible and I can’t find it anywhere? Can someone tell me how to find my Android phone’s IP address?”
As I read this query posted by a user on Quora, I realized that a lot of people don’t know how to find IP address on Android phones. Ideally, any device that is connected to a network gets a unique IP address. An Internet Protocol address consists of two parts – a network identifier and a local address that can be used to locate your device. That is why, it is important to know the IP address of your device. In this post, I’m going to tell you how to find your phone’s IP address and even change IP location to a different country on Android.
You might already know that an Internet Protocol address is a unique identifier that depicts details about the network your phone is connected to and the device itself. In most of the cases, an IP address is used to identify the present location of the device. While IPv4 depicts a unique 32-bit number, the protocol soon became obsolete due to the increase in smart devices. Presently, the IPv6 protocol is used that defines a 128-bit of unique address.
If your Android device is already connected to a network, then you can easily find its IP address. Otherwise, you need to first connect it to an active network to get its IP address allocated. To learn how to find the IP address of an Android phone via its settings, follow these steps:
Step 1. Firstly, unlock your Android phone and go to its Settings by tapping on the gear icon from its home or the control center.
Step 2. Afterward, browse to its Settings > Network & Internet > WiFi settings. In some Android models, it is just listed as Settings > Network > WiFi settings as well.
Step 3. Now, connect to an active WiFi connection from the list of the available networks. If you are already connected to a network, then just tap on its name to get its details.
Step 4. From here, you can view the IP address and even the IPv6 address of your device. In some models, you would have to browse to the “Advanced” section to view its IP address.
If you are not able to find the IP address of your Android phone via its settings, then don’t worry – there are plenty of other solutions. For instance, there are several readily available IP tracker apps on the Play Store that you can use. Most of these apps are available for free and would let you know all the vital details about your network and device. A while back, I did the same to find my Android phone’s IP address and you can too.
Step 1. To begin with, just go to the Play Store on your Android phone and install a reliable IP tracker. For instance, you can download IP Tools: WiFi Analyzer that is pretty secure and is available for free.
Step 2. Once the app is installed, just launch it on your Android, and make sure that your device is connected to a stable WiFi connection.
Step 3. Now, as you would launch the application, you will get various options on its home. From here, just select the option for IP Information.
Step 4. Simply wait for a few seconds as the application would extract and display all the vital details related to the network. Here, you can view the present IP address of Android along with other details.
Lastly, if you don’t want to download any app or take drastic measures to find IP address of Android phone, then this would be an ideal solution. There are various websites out there that you can visit to know the IP address of your device.
The easiest solution would be doing a Google search. That is, you can just to the Google search page and type “What is my IP address”. As you would search this query, Google will automatically display your device’s IP address.
Besides that, there are also several freely available web tools that can display your IP address. Some of these popular options are ipinfo.com, whatismyip.com, ipvoid.com, and more.
Needless to say, an IP address can give away a lot of details regarding your network and location. That is why users often would like to mask it to protect their privacy while browsing the web. Sometimes, a change in IP address can also help you overcome certain geo-based restrictions as well. To change IP location to a different country in Android, you can use a VPN app. A Virtual Private Network would mask the present IP address to something else, which would automatically disguise your location.
Step 1. If you don’t have a VPN app installed on your Android, then just visit the Play Store and download a reliable VPN. Some popular free and paid VPN apps are from Hola, Nord, Express, Turbo, Snap, etc.
Step 2. Let’s suppose that you have installed the Nord VPN app on your device. You can use it for free or get a premium version if you want to. Once you log-in to the app, you will be given an option to change your IP address automatically.
Step 3. If you want to change the address to a specific location, then you can go to its Settings and select a preferred country from the list of the available servers.
Step 4. That’s it! Once you have changed your location on the VPN app, you can browse the internet safely without giving away your IP address.
There you go! After reading this guide, you would be able to find the IP address of your Android phone pretty easily. As you can see, I have listed three different ways to find the IP address and other network details of any Android phone. Besides that, I have also included a smart solution to change the IP location to a different country on Android. Go ahead and give these methods a try and feel free to share your experience (or queries) in the comments below.