Internet Protocol Address or also known as IP address is the numerical label used by networks to locate and determine network devices. It is present in computers, smartphones, printers, and other devices.
Furthermore, it is essential information that you can use especially in configuring your home router, or if you want to connect other devices to your network.
However, do you have any idea on how to find the IP address of your computer in Windows? If you don’t, then you must continue reading this article that I have prepared for you. I will teach you six possible ways of determining your computer’s IP address.
These methods work on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows 10.
1. Find IP address using the Command Prompt
This method can be used on all Windows versions that I have mentioned above.
Open your laptop’s Command Prompt, enter the command ‘ipconfig’ then click ‘Enter.’ After entering this command, it will show you a list of all the network adapters (wireless and Ethernet) that can be found on your Windows laptop. Aside from that, it will show you the information of each as well.
Each network adapter will display their IPv4 address and IPv6 address.
If you wish to learn more about the parameters that can be accepted by the ipconfig command and know the function of each, you can enter the command ‘ipconfig /?’
If you are an inquisitive person and wants to find additional information regarding your laptop’s network commands that you can enter on Command Prompt, you can always check the internet for tutorials. Find tutorials that teach advanced networking commands.
2. Find the IP address in the Settings app
This method works on laptops using the Windows 10 version.
Open your computer’s Settings app and select Network & Internet. It will show you a list of settings and categories related to networking. If your laptop is connected to a wireless connection, you can see on your screen’s left column the ‘Wi-Fi’ option. Click on ‘Wi-Fi,’ then choose the name of the network you are currently connected to on the right column of your screen.
Your laptop will then display a long list of properties. Find the fields of IPv6 address and IPv4 address by scrolling down.
If your laptop is connected to the internet through a network cable, find the ‘Ethernet’ option on the left column and click on it. It will then display the name of your network on the right column. Select the network name.
Find the entries of IPv6 address and IPv4 address by scrolling down on the long list of your laptop’s network properties. If you are done, you can close or exit the Settings App.
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3. Find the IP address in the Control Panel
This method works on all Windows versions that I have mentioned in the first part of this article. Using the Control Panel to find the IP address is perfect for people who do not want anything to do with the Command Prompt.
Open your laptop’s Control Panel, select Network, and Internet, then click on the Network and Sharing Center. If you are in the Network and Sharing Center page, click on the Change adapter settings which is on the left side of your screen.
It will then open the Network Connections window and will show the list of the network adapters that are installed in your laptop or computer. Network adapters can include the virtual ones that you have used, like the ones in your VPN services and virtualization apps. Tap or click twice on the network adapter that you want to know the IP address.
After doing that, your laptop will display that adapter’s Status window. Select the Details button to reveal all the network adapter’s details. Those details can include its IPv4 address and IPv6 address.
Scroll down until you find in the list the fields with the IPv4 address and IPv6 address.
Once done, click on the Close button.
4. Find IP address in System Information
This method can be used in all versions of Windows.
Go to the search tray and enter System Information to locate the app. Once the results are up, click on the app with the same name that you have registered.
If you have successfully opened the app, click the following in the same order as it is written in this article:
Components – Network – Adapter
After clicking on the adapter, it will display on the right side of the window the network adapters that are connected to your laptop with detailed information of each. Scroll down until you find the name of the network adapter that you are interested in knowing the IP address. If you see it, look below its name to see the IP address field that will give you all the necessary information.
Once done, click on the Close Find button to exit from the window.
4. Find IP address in PowerShell
Powershell is a tool just like the Command Prompt. However, it is only more powerful and can allow you to work with more Windows elements. It has two commands that you can use in finding the IPv4 address and IPv6 address of your network adapter. The first command is ‘gip.’ Enter it in PowerShell then press the Enter button. It will then display each of your network adapter’s details, including their Internet Protocol addresses.
You can also get the same result in PowerShell by entering the command ‘Get-NetIPConfiguration. After entering the command, look for the information that you need, and you are done.
Click on the ‘X’ button if you are done using PowerShell.
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5. Find IP address in Task Manager
This method only works with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.
Open the task manager. If it opens in the compact view which only displays apps that are open, click on the More Details button. Choose the Performance tab and find the network card that you want. If your laptop is connected to a wireless network, click on Wi-Fi, then it will display the IPv6 and IPv4 address on the right side.
The process is the same if you are connected to a wired network. Select Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi. Close the window once you’re done.
Knowing how to find a laptop’s IP address can be very beneficial in several networking situations. It may look like a random set of numbers, but they are significant.