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? Well, we live in a world where we are surrounded by multiple devices that need to talk to each other. Whether it is connecting two computers together in a peer to peer fashion for sharing resources or for accessing another device remotely. Also, 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 that allows you 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
Right-click the Start button or hit Windows Key+X to bring up the hidden quick access menu and select Command Prompt (Admin) or — select Windows PowerShell (Admin) depending on your version of Windows 10.
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.