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3 Ways to Find Your iPhone’s IP Address

Need to find your iPhone‘s IP address? Your iPhone has a few different IP addresses assigned to it which allow it to connect to networks and the internet. Finding these IP addresses can help with troubleshooting connectivity issues, securing your connection, or managing access controls. In this guide, we‘ll cover what an IP address is, the different types of iPhone IP addresses, how to find your public and private iPhone IP addresses, and steps to take to protect your IP address.

What is an IP Address?

An IP address is like a digital postal address for devices connected to computer networks and the internet. It‘s a unique string of numbers assigned to every smartphone, computer, smart home gadget – basically anything that needs to talk to other devices online.

IP stands for Internet Protocol. This is the set of rules governing how data is transmitted between internet connected devices. IP addresses provide devices with a way to identify and communicate with each other using the internet protocol.

They consist of four sets of numbers separated by dots, such as:

These number groups range from 0 to 255, allowing for over 4 billion possible IP address combinations – enough to provide every internet-connected device its own unique identifier.

When your iPhone connects to a network like your home Wi-Fi or mobile carrier, it is automatically assigned an IP address to give it a distinct identity on that network. This allows your iPhone to easily find and exchange data with other devices connected to the same network.

So in a nutshell, an IP address identifies your device and allows it to communicate with other devices over the internet. Every device – smartphones, laptops, smart speakers, even smart refrigerators – needs an IP address when connecting to a network and the web.

Public vs. Private IP Addresses

There are two main types of IP addresses your iPhone will use: public and private.

Public IP Addresses

A public IP address uniquely identifies your iPhone on the open internet. It‘s like your device‘s international postal address when communicating publicly online.

When you connect your iPhone to your cellular carrier network or to public WiFi, you are assigned a public IP address. This allows any other device on the internet to find and talk directly with your iPhone.

According to a report from Statista, there are over 18 billion internet-connected devices in the world. Public IP addresses allow all these devices to find and interact with each other from anywhere on the planet.

Public IP addresses are assigned dynamically, meaning they change frequently. Your iPhone gets a new public IP address often – like whenever it switches cell towers or connects to a new WiFi network.

This happens because public IP addresses are leased from a pool managed by your internet service provider. Once you disconnect, the IP goes back in the pool to be recycled.

Private IP Addresses

A private IP address identifies your iPhone only to devices on your immediate, local network. It‘s like your device‘s home postal address for communicating privately on your home or office network.

When you connect your iPhone to a private network like your home WiFi, your router assigns it a private IP address. This allows devices on the same private network, like your laptop or smart TV, to communicate with your iPhone.

But it does not allow direct communication over the public internet – only within the confined network.

Private IP addresses are selected from reserved ranges that are not publicly routable, like:

  • 192.168.x.x
  • 172.16.x.x
  • 10.x.x.x

So your iPhone‘s private IP is only relevant on your private local network. This differs from the public IP which allows global communication on the open internet.

Now that we understand the difference between public and private IP addresses, let‘s go over how to find each one on your iPhone.

How to Find Your iPhone‘s Public IP Address

When your iPhone is connected to cellular data or public WiFi, you can find its public IP address using a few different methods:

1. Check iPhone Settings

The easiest way is to check your iPhone‘s Wi-Fi settings:

  1. Open Settings > Wi-Fi
  2. Tap the blue “i” icon next to your connected network
  3. Look for “IP Address” – this shows your public IP

This displays the public IP assigned by your cell carrier when on mobile data, or the WiFi network when connected to public WiFi.

2. Use an IP Lookup Website

You can also use an external IP lookup site to find your public iPhone IP address:

  1. In your mobile browser, go to
  2. The site will show your current public IP address

This works the same whether on cellular or WiFi, because it‘s looking up the IP your iPhone uses to browse the public internet.

3. Check Your Router Admin Page

If you‘re connected to WiFi, check the admin page on your router:

  1. Log into your router admin page
  2. Find the list of “Connected Devices”
  3. Identify your iPhone and note the IP listed

This shows the public IP your router assigned your iPhone when you joined the WiFi network.

4. Use the Terminal App

You can use the Terminal app if you‘re comfortable with some light command line work:

  1. Open the Terminal app
  2. Type in ifconfig | grep "inet "
  3. The IP after “inet” is your public IP address

This surfaces the currently active public IP address on your iPhone.

How to Find Your iPhone‘s Private IP Address

When connected to your home or office WiFi network, you can find your iPhone‘s private IP a few ways:

1. Check iPhone Settings

Similarly to finding your public IP, you can check your Settings:

  1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi
  2. Tap the “i” icon next to your WiFi network
  3. Your IP address listed here is the private one

This will only show your private IP when connected specifically to your home/office WiFi network.

2. Log Into Your Router

Check the admin console on your WiFi router:

  1. Log into your router admin page
  2. Find the “Attached Devices” list and locate your iPhone
  3. The IP address next to your iPhone is the private one assigned

This method works great if you have multiple devices you want to check at once.

3. Use IP Scanner Apps

You can use IP scanner apps available on the App Store like Fing or Angry IP to scan your local network and see all connected devices and their private IPs. Just be sure to only scan your own network.

4. Try Network Utilities

Apple includes a Network Utilities app that can display your private IP address:

  1. Open Network Utilities
  2. Select your connected WiFi on the left
  3. Choose “IP Address” from the menu
  4. The IPv4 address shown is your private IP

So those are a few ways to find both the public and private IP addresses assigned to your iPhone. But when would you actually need to look these up?

When Would You Need Your iPhone‘s IP Address?

Most average users won‘t need to look up their iPhone‘s IP address very often. But there are a few circumstances where it can come in handy:

  • If you‘re having network issues – Checking your iPhone‘s IP address can help diagnose connectivity problems and identify if it‘s an IP address issue.
  • To allow access through firewall – Some firewalls block access by default unless a device‘s IP is added to an approved list. Looking up your iPhone‘s public IP allows access.
  • To manage device access controls – Many smart home and router management tools let you restrict access to specific IP addresses for security.
  • For administering remote computer systems – Adding your iPhone‘s public IP to remote desktop admin tools allows managing systems from your phone.
  • For certain gaming systems – Some networked gaming systems authorize players by IP address. Add your iPhone‘s public IP to enable gaming remotely.
  • To monitor suspicious traffic – Checking incoming traffic to your public IP can reveal if your device is being targeted.

So while not commonly needed, there are situations where finding your iPhone‘s public or private IP can certainly be helpful.

How to Protect Your iPhone‘s IP Address

Now that you know how to find your iPhone‘s IP address, it‘s also important to understand how to keep it secure:

Use a Trusted VPN

A VPN, or virtual private network, hides your real IP address behind one provided by the VPN server. This masks your iPhone‘s public IP and makes it appear you‘re browsing from the VPN server‘s location instead.

According to GlobalWebIndex, 46% of internet users worldwide have used a VPN. They help protect your privacy and security:

NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and Surfshark all provide VPN apps to secure your iPhone traffic.

Use Encrypted WiFi

When connecting to public WiFi, always choose encrypted networks using WPA2 encryption or public networks that require authentication via VPN. Avoid open WiFi networks as those can expose your IP address to eavesdropping.

Enable Firewall

Make sure your iPhone‘s built-in firewall is enabled to monitor network traffic and block malicious access. Go to Settings > General > VPN & Device Management to turn it on.

Avoid Suspicious Links

Exercise caution when clicking links or downloading files from unknown sources. This helps prevent malware or spyware that could report your IP back to attackers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can someone hack my iPhone with just the IP address?

It‘s very unlikely. While your IP address reveals an approximate location, hackers would need additional information like active vulnerabilities to compromise your device. But it does at least identify you as a potential target. Using a VPN prevents even that basic exposure.

Can law enforcement trace my iPhone location with the IP?

Yes, law enforcement can use IP addresses to geolocate devices during criminal investigations. A warrant is required to get your carrier to release which physical address their IP addresses are assigned to. This is why using a trusted VPN helps – it masks your true IP address from being visible.

Why does my iPhone IP address keep changing?

Your iPhone gets assigned a new public IP address pretty frequently – like whenever it switches cell towers, rejoins a WiFi network, or just routinely from your ISP leasing addresses. This is expected behavior, as public IPs are not permanent and change often.

Can I have the same IP address on my iPhone and iPad?

No, two devices will never have the exact same public IP address at the same time. Every device gets assigned its own unique IP when connecting to networks. The only exception is if they join through the same VPN server, they may appear to share the VPN‘s IP.

Is it possible to have the same private IP as my neighbor?

Yes, it‘s possible when on separate private home networks. Private IP addresses only need to be unique within their own home network. Your neighbor‘s private IP range may contain some of the same numbers as yours, but devices won‘t directly see each other.


Being able to find your iPhone‘s IP address can be useful for connectivity troubleshooting, securing your connection, allowing device management, or restricting access. Checking your iPhone‘s settings is the easiest way to find both public and private IP addresses. Keep your IP address protected by using encrypted networks, firewalls, and a trusted VPN whenever on public WiFi.

Knowing how to look up your iPhone‘s unique identifying IP address gives you greater control over security, troubleshooting, and connecting seamlessly across the internet.


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