If you want to remote desktop into a computer or other device, you need to know the PC or device’s IP address. Here’s how to find it in Windows 10.
Your computer’s IP address (Internet Protocol) is, as the name suggests, an address that provides an identity for your device on a network. Whether it’s a local network within an intranet at a business, your home, or a massive network such as the Internet. Every website you visit on the Internet uses a unique IP address, too. But luckily for that, we can use simple names like Microsoft.com using DNS.
Why would you want to know your IP address, though? We live in a world where we are surrounded by multiple devices that need to talk to each other. Whether connecting two computers in a peer-to-peer fashion for sharing resources or accessing another device remotely, if you need to troubleshoot devices on a network, knowing your IP Address can help a lot.
Finding the IP Address of a Windows 10 PC
There are a few ways you can find your IP address. Let’s start with the easiest method to use the UI and not the command line.
Go to Settings > Network & Internet. Then select either Wi-Fi or Ethernet (depending on how the device connects). In this example, I’m connected to Ethernet.
Then select the Ethernet Connected icon. Scroll down to the Properties section, and you’ll see your IPV4 address information.
Finding your Wi-Fi IP address is a bit different. You still go to Settings > Network & Internet, but then select Advanced options. Then scroll down to the Properties section to see the IP address of the device.
Find an IP Address Using the Command Prompt
Hit the Windows key on your keyboard and type: cmd, and select the “Run as Admin” option from the menu.
Now type: ipconfig, then press the Enter key.
In this case, I am connected to both Wireless and Wired networks, so I have IP addresses displayed for both.
Also, if you have several devices on your home network, read our article on how to find the IP of all connected devices on your network the easy way.