How to Change Your IP Address

If you need to change your IP address, there are a few ways to do it

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Every device that you connect to the internet, including your router, is assigned an IP address. However, the router has its own IP address that the connected devices use to communicate with it and also another one that the router uses to interface with the internet. There are multiple reasons to change these IP addresses and multiple types of IP addresses that can be changed.

Why Change Your IP Address?

Some people change their public, external IP address to avoid online bans or to bypass country location restrictions that some sites impose on video content.

Changing the IP address of a client computer, phone, or router is useful when:

  • An invalid address is accidentally configured, such as a static IP address in the wrong numeric range.
  • A malfunctioning router provides bad addresses, such as an address that is used by another computer on the network.
  • Installing a new router and re-configuring a home network to use its default IP address range.

How to Change Your Public IP Address

An external, public IP address is the address used to communicate with networks outside of your own, like those on the internet. You can use a VPN to mask or hide your real IP address.

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How to Change Your IP Address

Some ISPs give out static IP addresses to their subscribers. This isn't common for home users since most are configured with a dynamic IP address, but it might be the case for you, in which case you can contact your ISP to request a new, static IP address. You can't change your external internet IP address on your own.

How to Change Your Local IP Address

The local IP address assigned to your router and any device behind the router, is called the private IP address.

Screenshot of IP configuration in a typical home router

You can find the default gateway IP address of your router and your computer's IP address a number of ways.

Change a Router's IP Address

To change the router's IP address, log in to the router as an administrator. Once there, you can change the IP address to whatever you like. However, this IP address is usually changed when there's an issue with it. The default IP address should suffice for most situations.

Change a Computer's IP Address

There are a number of ways to change a client's IP address, such as the one assigned to a computer. One way is to release and renew the DHCP IP address through the ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew commands in Command Prompt.

Another way to change a static IP address is to first find out where the address is being assigned from. If the router is holding or reserving that address, make the change from the router; the steps are different for every brand and model.

However, if the Windows computer has the IP address set up as a static one, you can change the IP address as follows:

  1. Open the Control Panel and select Network and Sharing Center.

    Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel
  2. Choose Change adapter settings.

    Change adapter settings in Control Panel
  3. Double-click the connection.

  4. Select Properties.

    Properties button in Wi-Fi Status dialog
  5. Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).

    IPv4 section in Wi-Fi Properties
  6. Either alter the IP address or select Obtain an IP address automatically to have the router control the IP address.

    IP address options in Windows 10
  7. If you leave the setting to obtain an IP address automatically, the router automatically assigns an IP address to the computer. However when you enter the IP address information, the computer's IP address stays static.

Change a Phone's IP Address on iPhone

You can also change the IP address on a mobile device such as the Apple iPhone as follows:

  1. Open the Settings app and select Wi-Fi.

  2. Tap the small (i) next to the network and select Configure IP.

  3. Choose Manual. Enter the network details manually, such as your IP address and DNS information.

    Two iOS screens showing Configure IP and Manual settings button

The choice of a specific local IP address does not affect the network performance in any meaningful way.

Change a Phone's IP Address on Android

It's also possible to change an Android device's IP to a static IP on your network.

To do this:

  1. Open the Android Settings and choose Wi-Fi. Long-press your active home Wi-Fi network, then select Modify network.

  2. Tap Advanced options, then change DHCP to Static.

  3. In the IP address text box, enter the static IP settings.

    Modify network, Static, IP address field on Android