14 July 2016

How to Find out the IP Address of Android Phone: 2 Ways

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Find IP Address of Android Phone

IP address stands for Internet Protocol address. It is a number assigned to each device that uses Internet Protocol for communication. For example, when you connect your computer with printer (or with other device) over internet connection, it's because of this IP address why they're connected.

Generally, It is used for location addressing and network (or host) interface identification purpose. Now let's take another living example. Tell me how Google came to know about your current location when you view Google Maps? It simply uses IP address to find your device's location. Note that, each device has its own unique IP address.

Basically, there are two versions of IP address which are IPv4 and IPv6. IPv4 is a 32-bit number which is still in use today. In 1995, a new version of IP address, IPv6 was developed. Unlike IPv4, this is a 128-bit number. Both of them are written in human readable notation such as 10.134.70.163 and 2005:fe5:0:3257:0:139:7:2 respectively.

It's pretty much easy to find out the IP address of your computer or laptop in Windows OS but what if you've an Android phone. Of course, your Android also have its own IP address. After all, it's a communicating device. So here in this tutorial, I will guide you how to find out this unique number of your Android phone in 2 different ways.


Use system in-built status tool


Android has an in-built tool using which you can find almost everything about your phone. Here's what you need to do -
  1. First of all, go to "Settings".
  2. Now scroll down and click "About phone".
  3. After this, click "Status" option.
  4. Now move to "General" tab. (If you've dual SIM mobile)

    Find Android IP Address using Status Tool

  5. Here you'll find your IP address. Either write it on paper or long press to copy it in clipboard.
Note: If it shows an unknown value, first turn on the mobile data or Wi-Fi and try again.

From the same page, you can grab other useful information about your phone such as battery status, serial number, up time, Wi-Fi MAC and Bluetooth address. Remember that, don't share your IP address with anyone for some security reasons.


Use Google to find your Android IP address


Google can also be used to find out the public IP address of your Android phone. Sound good and interesting? Yeah, it's possible. You just need an Internet connection for this. Here's a step-by-step guide -
  1. First open your favorite web browser (such as Google Chrome or UC) and make sure to turn on mobile data or Wi-Fi.
  2. Now go to Google homepage.
  3. In the search box, type "What is my IP address" (without quotes) and press OK button.

    Find Android IP Address using Google

  4. In the search result page, you'll find the IP address number of your Android phone at the top.
  5. Finally select and copy it in the clipboard.
Note that, this is your public IP address but it doesn't mean that it's publicly visible to everyone. Only you've permission to view it. Again make sure to keep it safe and secure.

Google use this IP address to find your current location which is used to improve results accuracy such as to locate you on Google Maps or to give you the live weather forecast for the town you're in.

Did you noticed that the IP address obtained from these two methods are not same. Why? Here's the reason for it -


In first method, you'll find the device's internal IP address which is assigned by router connected to your phone. While on the other hand, mobile operator and ISP (Internet Service Provider) also provide a so-called public IP address which you can find from Google.

Apart from these methods, there are a couple of third-party apps available on Google Play Store for free which can also help you find out the IP address of your Android phone but why to install them for such a little task and that too when we've other official tools. So use these methods only.

Finally if you've any doubts, feel free to drop them in the comments. I am always here to help you. Stay tuned for more interesting tutorials. Tell me where you're going to use this IP address.

2 comments:

  1. Great! I found this very helpful! Does it mean that each site logged on to can access one's public IP
    address?

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  2. nice articale, it is very useful

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