How to Change Your IP Address

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

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.

These steps apply to iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows users.

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. Use a VPN to mask or hide your real IP address. You can also use a web proxy to mask your public IP.

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How to Change Your IP Address

Some ISPs assign static IP addresses to their subscribers. Home users are more commonly configured with a dynamic IP address. Either way, you may be able to contact your ISP to request a new static IP or a dynamic IP change.. 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.

Check out our tips for finding the default gateway IP address of your router and your computer's IP address.

Change a Router's IP Address

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

Screenshot of IP configuration in a typical home router

Change a Computer's IP Address

If the address is being assigned by DHCP, one way to change the IP address is to request a new one through Command Prompt. This works by releasing the current IP address and then renewing it to request one from the router.

Learn how to release and renew the IP address for all the steps you need to take.

Another way to change a static IP address is to first find out where the address is being assigned from. If the router has assigned the device a static IP, locate the reserved IP section in the router so that you can change the static IP address to something else.

The process is different between different routers, but you'd start by logging in to the router as admin. The area you're looking for might be called Local IP Network or LAN.

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

  1. Open Control Panel and select Network and Sharing Center. If you don't see that, first select Network and Internet.

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

    Change adapter settings in Control Panel
  3. Double-click the connection that you want to change the IP address on. For example, to change the wireless adapter's IP address, double-click the one that mentions Wi-Fi.

  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.

    Be sure to also leave Obtain DNS server address automatically selected, otherwise your DNS server settings will remain empty, which will cause other connection issues.

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.

Android phones can vary widely depending on the manufacturer of the device. Some manufacturers alter the Android OS to meet their specifications, which will mean the steps you need to follow differ slightly from those listed below. Generally, the steps should apply to most Android devices.

  1. Go to Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi.

  2. Tap the network that you want to change the IP address for.

  3. Select Forget.

  4. Tap the network from the list of available Wi-Fi networks.

  5. Select Advanced options.

  6. Tap DHCP.

  7. Choose Static

  8. Scroll down and fill out the IP address fields.

  9. Enter the Wi-Fi password at the top of the screen.

  10. Select Connect.