IP addresses are the key to understanding how internet requests consistently reach their intended destinations. A network or device linked to a network is assigned a string of numbers and periods called an Internet Protocol (IP) address. Consider an IP address to be a letter’s return address, and the letter to be your web requests.
Before being transferred across the network, the data packets have their IP addresses encoded. When a device, such as your Android phone, connects to the network, the network then grants the phone access to the internet. As a result, both the network and the phone require special identification or two different kinds of addresses.
Your network is given a public IP address by your internet service provider (ISP), and each connected device receives a private IP address from the network (via Google). There are two different versions of the Internet Protocol (IPv4 and IPv6), much like addresses (via IBM).
There are more than 4 billion distinct addresses that can be assigned to an IPv4 address. But as more and more devices get online, IPv4 addresses are becoming scarce. With almost infinite addresses, IPv6 eliminates this problem, although it is more difficult. Finding your IP address on an Android phone only a few simple steps, which is great because knowing it can help you diagnose and resolve some frequent connectivity difficulties. Public addresses follow an even simpler procedure.
What is an IP Address
To ensure you can use the information you discover, let’s first define an IP address. IP addresses are numbered labels given to each device that connects to a network; IP stands for Internet Protocol. Therefore, the answer to the question of whether your phone has an IP address is yes—as long as you’re online.
You can identify a device on your network and the internet at large by looking up its IP address. In actuality, every device, including your phone, has two IP addresses—public and private:
Public IP Address
Any device on your network has a public IP address, also known as a global IP address, that is visible to the rest of the internet. Your global IP will remain constant whether you’re using your phone, desktop computer, or another device at home because this is network-specific.
Private IP Address
A device on your private network is identified by its local IP address, also known as a private IP address. A certain address on a network can only be used by one device, but it can also be used on other private networks.
Finding Public and Private IP addresses on Android
Let’s first have a look at the private IP address of your Android device. Remember that your Android smartphone only has one internal IP address. Try the following procedures while keeping in mind that, depending on the manufacturer, some Android devices may have somewhat different menu layouts or languages:
1. Launch Settings.
2. Next, tap Status.
Your Android phone’s private IP address will be shown under Status.
As an alternative, you can access your Wi-Fi network’s information and discover the secret IP address that way.
1. Select the Settings app.
2. If you haven’t already, go to Wi-Fi and join your network.
3. To view the network’s details, tap the network name. The private IP address is found at the bottom.
Again, the menu heads may differ slightly amongst phone manufacturers, but the user interface should be quite consistent. Private IPv6 and IPv4 addresses will be displayed together if they are available.
Even more easily to be found in the public IP address. Your Android phone and, for example, your laptop or game console both have the same public IP address because all devices connected to the same network share this address. However, the IP address will change if you are using a friend’s network or a public hotspot.
1. On your Android phone, launch your favorite browser.
2. Go to a website that provides IP information, such as IP.me, whatismyip.com, or whatismyipaddress.com.
As soon as the page loads, the website will display information about your public IP address.