The IP address or Internet Protocol address is a numerical label that is used in networks to identify and locate network devices, from computers to smartphones, to printers and other devices. The IP address can be a useful piece of information, especially when you want to set up your home router or when you want to connect to other devices on a network. But how do you check a PC's IP address in Windows? In this tutorial, we will show you eight methods that work in Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1:
NOTE: The information shared in this tutorial applies to all modern Windows operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. To make things simpler, we use screenshots taken mostly in Windows 10. If you want to learn more technical details about IP addresses and their role in networking, we recommend you to read these articles:
- Simple questions: What is the IP Address and how is it changed in Windows?
- 5 Ways to find the local IP address of your wireless router
1. How to find your IP address from the Command Prompt (all versions of Windows)
Open the Command Prompt, type the command ipconfig and press Enter. This command lists all the network adapters (both Ethernet and wireless) found on your Windows computer, and it shows details about each of them.
For each network adapter, you get to see both the IPv4 address and the IPv6 Address.
To learn more about the parameters accepted by the ipconfig command and what each of them does, run the command ipconfig /?.
And, if you are interested in finding more information about other networking commands that you can run using the Command Prompt, check this tutorial: Command Prompt - Advanced networking commands.
2. How to find your IP address in the Settings app (Windows 10 only)
If you are using Windows 10, open the Settings app. There, go to Network & Internet. You are shown a list of networking related settings and categories. If you are connected to a wireless network, in the column on the left, choose Wi-Fi and then, on the right, click or tap on the name of the network that you are connected to.
You are shown a long list of properties. Scroll down until you find the fields for the IPv6 and IPv4 addresses, highlighted below.
If you are connected using a network cable, in the column on the left choose Ethernet and then click or tap on the network name, on the right side of the screen.
Scroll down the list of network properties until you find the entries for the IPv6 and IPv4 addresses, highlighted below.
Now you can close the Settings app.
3. How to find your IP Address in the Control Panel (all versions of Windows)
Another geeky method that does not involve using a command is to use the Network and Sharing Center. To access it, open the Control Panel and go to "Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center." If you want to learn more about it, read this guide: Simple questions: What is the Network and Sharing Center in Windows?. Next, click or tap the "Change adapter settings" link on the left.
The Network Connections window is opened, listing the network adapters installed on your computer, including virtual ones, used by VPN services or virtualization apps. Double click (or double tap) the network adapter for which you want to see the IP address.
This action opens the Status window of that adapter. Click or tap the Details button to see a series of details about that network adapter, including its IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
Scroll through the list of details until you find the IPv4 and IPv6 address fields, highlighted below.
When done, Close the windows you just opened.
4. How to find your IP address in System Information (all versions of Windows)
Another method that works in all versions of Windows is to use the System Information desktop app. You can open it by using search and typing "System Information" in the appropriate search field and clicking on the search result with the same name. Learn more about this tool and how to open it, from this guide: System Information - How to learn your PC's complete configuration.
In the System Information desktop app, on the column on the left, expand Components followed by Networks and then Adapter. On the right side of the app window, you can see detailed information about each network adapter that is found on your computer. Scroll down the list until you find the network card that you are interested in. There you see a field named IP Address, giving you all the information you need.
Close the System Information app when done.
5. How to find the IP address in PowerShell (all versions of Windows)
PowerShell is a tool similar to the Command Prompt, but it is even more powerful and allows you to work with more elements that make up Windows. PowerShell has two commands which you can use to find the IPv4 and IPv6 address of a network adapter. The first one is gip. Type it in PowerShell and then press Enter. The command triggers the display of several details about each network adapter, including their IP addresses.
Another command which returns the same results is Get-NetIPConfiguration. Type it, press Enter and then look for the information that you want.
Close PowerShell when done.
6. How to find your IP address in Task Manager (Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 only)
If you use Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, start the Task Manager. If it starts in the compact view that only displays open apps, click or tap "More details." Next, select the Performance tab and look for your network card. If you are connected to a wireless network, click or tap Wi-Fi. On the right side, you can see the IPv6 and IPv4 addresses.
If you are connected to a wired network, choose Ethernet on the left side of the Performance tab. On the right side look for the IPv6 and IPv4 addresses.
Close Task Manager when done.
7. How to find your computer's IP address using the Network Map (Windows 7 only)
Windows 7 has a unique feature that is not available in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. It is called the Network Map, and it shares a visual map of your network. If you want to find more about it, we recommend that you read this article: The Network Map - Access your network computers in a fun way. First, open the Network and Sharing Center. On the top right of the window, there is a link called "See full map." Click on it.
This opens the Network Map. If you hover with the mouse over your computer, networking related information will be displayed, including the IPv4 and IPv6 address.
Write it down and close the Network Map.
8. How to find your IP address in the PC Settings app (Windows 8.1 only)
If you are using Windows 8.1, open the PC Settings app. There, choose Network and then go to Connections. Here you can see the network adapter that you are using the name of the network that you are connected to. Click or tap on the network name, under Ethernet (if you are on a wired connection) or Wi-Fi (if you are using a wireless network).
You are shown the properties of your connection, including the IP address.
Close PC Settings when done.
Finding the IP address of your Windows computer provides information that can be useful in many networking situations. If you know of other ways to find the IP address in Windows, or if you have questions regarding this subject, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.