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How to change the IP address manually on various devices

Changing your IP address can fix networking problems and counteract online risks. In this article, we’ll provide a complete guide to changing your IP address on all major operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.

How to change the IP address manually on various devices

Why should you consider switching your IP address?

Switching your IP address offers a variety of benefits. A public IP (internet protocol) address is your network’s unique identifier online. If you didn’t have one, website and app servers wouldn’t know where to send the data you want to view. While that’s a useful function, here are a few reasons why you might want to change your public IP address:

  • Enhancing privacy: Advertisers can build up a profile of information about you and associate it with your public IP address. If you change that address, however, you can restore some of your privacy, appearing online without being linked to those specific advertising profiles. For example, if you’re considering switching your IP address, keep in mind that a Denmark IP address can offer added privacy and security benefits while browsing online.
  • Browsing abroad: When you travel abroad, you may find that it’s harder to use the internet. Web pages will automatically load in the language of the region you’re in, and news and video recommendations might be less relevant. Switching to an IP address in your home country can allow you to avoid these problems while traveling.
  • Strengthening security: Bad actors and hackers can use your IP address to target you with DDoS attacks, or even doxx you (sharing your location information online without your permission). To counteract these problems, you can switch to a new IP address, perhaps one associated with a different IP location.
  • Network troubleshooting: Some networking issues, like IP blocking, can be resolved by changing your IP address. If you have a static IP address (as opposed to a dynamic IP address) and you start to notice problems with sending and receiving data, try switching to a different IP address.

Throughout this article, you’ll see references to two types of IP addresses: static and dynamic IP addresses. To clarify, a static or dedicated IP address is one that has been set to remain the same and does not change over time. A dynamic IP address, on the other hand, changes periodically, without you manually altering it.

Before we explain how to change IP address information, it’s important to dispel a common misconception. You can’t manually change your public IP address to a new address of your choosing. You can contact your internet service provider (ISP) and ask for it to be changed, but you can’t do it yourself or select the numbers used in the new address. Likewise, if you change your IP address with a VPN, your public IP address will be that of the VPN server, not one you choose yourself. On the other hand, you can change your private IP address on your own.

How to change your IP address manually

While public IP addresses can only be changed by your ISP, you can change your private IP address whenever you want. Private IP addresses are used to identify devices on a network, rather than on the wider internet. Follow the guides below to switch to a new private IP address.

Changing the IP address on Windows 10

You can change your IP address on a computer running Windows 10 by taking the following steps:

    1. Click the “Start” button.
    2. Click “Settings” > “Network & internet.”
    3. Click “Ethernet” or “Wi-Fi,” depending on the connection your device uses.
    4. Under IP assignment, click “Edit.”
    5. Select “Manual” and toggle “IPv4” on.
    6. Input a new IP address, and click “Save.”

Changing the IP address on Windows 11

If you’re using Windows 11, the process is almost exactly the same as on Windows 10. Here’s how to do it:

    1. Click the “Start” button.
    2. Click “Settings” and “Network & internet.”
    3. Click “Ethernet” or “Wi-Fi,” depending on the connection your device uses.
    4. Click “Manage known networks” and, next to the current IP address, click “Edit.”
    5. Select “Manual” and toggle “IPv4” on.
    6. Input your new IP address, and click “Save.”

Changing the IP address on Mac

If you’re a macOS user and want to change your IP address, follow these steps:

    1. Open the Apple menu at the top-left corner of the screen.
    2. Click “System Settings” > “Network.”
    3. Select the network you’re currently connected to.
    4. Press “Details” or “Advanced” and open the “TCP/ IP” tab.
    5. In the “Configure IPv4” section, select “Manually.”
    6. Input your new IP address and click “OK.”

Changing the IP address on Android devices

For Android users, the process of changing an IP address manually is straightforward:

    1. Open “Settings” > “Connections” > “Wi-Fi.”
    2. Tap the gear icon next to your network.
    3. Tap “IP settings” > “Static.”
    4. Input your new IP address and tap “Save.”

Changing the IP address on iOS devices (iPhone and iPad)

If you’re using an iOS device and need to set up a new IP address manually, follow this three-step guide:

    1. Open “Settings” > “Wi-Fi” and select a network you’re currently connected to.
    2. In the “IPV4 ADDRESS” section, tap “Configure IP” > “Manual.”
    3. Input your new IP address.

Changing the IP address on Linux

The process of resetting your IP address on Linux will depend partly on the Linux distribution you use. In most cases, however, the following steps should be effective:

    1. Log in as a root user and start a terminal session.
    2. Input the “ifconfig” command prompt.
    3. Input “ifconfig” followed by the network interface and your new IP address.
    4. Press “Enter.”

Changing the IP address on a router

Rebooting your router can reset your public IP address. Check your current IP address, then turn the device on and off.

Once your router has restarted — you may have to wait around ten minutes — check your router IP address again. If it has changed, then the process was successful.

Additional methods for changing the IP address

We’ve covered the process of changing your private IP address, but you can also change your public IP address using the following methods.

Using a proxy server

If you route your internet traffic through a proxy server, you will appear online using the proxy server’s IP address, rather than that of your own network. That doesn’t mean your network’s IP address has actually changed, but in practical terms, you will be operating online as if it had.

One of the simplest ways to set up a proxy IP address is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. When you connect to a VPN, you’ll still be using the same IP address, but all your data will run through a VPN server, and will be identified with the server’s details. When you access a website, the data you request will be sent to the VPN server’s IP address, and then forwarded to you.

VPN users also benefit from enhanced security because all the traffic moving between your device and the proxy server will be encrypted. If a hacker accesses your network and intercepts your web traffic, it will appear as incomprehensible gibberish. Note that this is not a feature inherent to all proxy systems — encryption is specifically a feature of VPNs.

Contacting internet service provider (ISP)

You can also reach out to your ISP and ask them to change your private IP address for you. Most ISPs have customer contact numbers that you can call to make this request, and will usually be happy to oblige.

Alternatively, if you wait long enough (and assuming your routers aren’t using static IP addresses), your ISP will reset your public IP address themselves, though this usually only happens every few months.

In the short term, if you want to quickly get online with a new IP address, you can run your network connection through a VPN server, supercharging your online security and preventing websites from tracking your IP address.

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