What is my IP?

What is my IP?

We all use the internet every day, but when we see terms such as ‘IP’ and ‘IP address’, we might not understand what those terms mean.

What is IP?

IP stands for Internet Protocol. An IP address is a unique number that allows two devices, such as computers and smartphones, to communicate with each other over the internet. In other words, it is like a postal address — you can’t send or receive anything without one.

How do I find my IP?

If you’re curious to know what your IP is, here are a few simple steps you can take to find it:

  • Check the settings of your operating system. Windows and Mac users can find their IP addresses by going to their operating system settings, while Android users can go to their device settings.
  • Open a command prompt. On Windows, open the ‘Run’ dialog box by pressing Windows Key+R and type ‘cmd’. On Mac, open the ‘Terminal’ app from the ‘Utilities’ folder.
  • Type ‘ipconfig’ for Windows or ‘ifconfig’ for Mac. The command prompt will display your IP address.

In addition to the above methods, you can also check your IP address on websites such as or

After you have noted down your IP address make sure you store it somewhere safe. It’s important that you can access it quickly and without any trouble, as you may need it in the future.


Mostafa Saady, Egyptian Software Engineer, supersonic self-learner and teacher, fond of learning and exploring new technologies and science. As a self-taught professional I really know the hard parts and the difficult topics when learning new or improving on already-known languages. This background and experience enables me to focus on the most relevant key concepts and topics.

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