4 Ways to Find Your IP Address on a Mac
Your IP address is a unique identifier that serves as an “address” for your computer or device on your network. With it, other devices on the network can identify and communicate with your device. There may be times when you need to find your IP address on your Mac, whether for networking purposes, troubleshooting, or remote access. Here are four easy ways to find your IP address on a Mac.
1. Using System Preferences
One of the simplest methods to find your IP address on a Mac is through the System Preferences.
a. Click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen.
b. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
c. In the System Preferences window, click on “Network.”
d. Choose the network connection you are currently using (either Wi-Fi or Ethernet) from the list on the left side.
e. Your IP address will be displayed next to “IP Address” on the right side of the window.
2. Using Terminal
Another way to find your IP address is by using Terminal, which is a command-line utility.
a. Open Terminal by pressing Command + Space to open Spotlight search and type “Terminal,” then press Enter.
b. Type in “ifconfig | grep ‘inet ‘ | grep -v ‘127.0.0.1’” and press Enter.
c. Your IP address will be displayed next to “inet,” along with other associated network information.
3. Checking Router Settings
You can also find your Mac’s IP address by logging into your router’s administration settings.
a. Refer to your router’s documentation or sticker label for login information and web address.
b. Access your router’s web interface through a web browser.
c. Locate and click on “Attached Devices” or similar menu option.
d. Find your Mac’s name (or MAC address) in the list, which should display your corresponding IP address as well.
4. Using a Website
Lastly, you can use third-party websites like “WhatIsMyIP.com” to find your external (public) IP address. This is useful if you’re interested in accessing your home network from a different location.
a. Open your web browser and navigate to “WhatIsMyIP.com” or another similar website.
b. Your external IP address will be displayed prominently on the website.
These four methods provide easy ways to find your IP address on a Mac. Depending on your preference, you can opt to locate your IP through System Preferences, Terminal, router settings, or a website. By knowing your IP address, you can better understand and manage your network connectivity and troubleshoot issues whenever they arise.