Need to change your IP?
Here are some common reasons you may want to change your IP address:
- Security reasons. Hackers can determine your real geographic location and identity by your local IP address. It can be used by third parties to track back your online activities, and hackers then can associate those activities with you. With these small bits of data taken from your IP address over time, a hacker can build your entire digital signature and offline persona and use it to commit ID fraud. When your IP address, you help protect against this.
- Overcome a site-based IP ban. If a certain website banned you based on your IP address, you can get around the ban by changing it.
- Change your identity following an attack. If you’ve already been attacked by a hacker, your original IP address is vulnerable and needs to be changed.
- Get around IP-based restrictions. Can’t access something based on your IP address? This can happen because of location restrictions, typically if you’re in a foreign country. By changing your IP address, you may be able to gain access.
- Register more than one account on a site. Want more than one account? By changing your IP address, you can have multiple.
- The network connection isn’t working properly. Changing your IP address may help with this situation.
- Gaming. Some servers do not allow more than X connections per IP.
Figure out: Is Your IP Address Static or Dynamic?
Now, before you go any further with this process, you need to know if your IP address is static or dynamic. Generally, it’s easy to change your IP address when it’s dynamic:
Just unplug the modem and router for 10 seconds and voila, you’ll have a new IP.
However, static IP addresses can’t be changed unless you contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) – and even then, you still likely won’t be able to change it.
Luckily most IP addresses assigned today are dynamic – these types of addresses are more cost effective for both you and the ISP.
To figure out what type of IP address you have, go to TheBestVPN.com/my-ip/.
Want to Change Your Public or Private IP Address?
You can have both a public and private IP address.
The public IP address is the one that is assigned to your router. So when you change this IP address, it will also change the IP address for all devices connected to your Internet network.
The private IP address is assigned to your device and connected to a private local area network (LAN Network).
A different process is required to change each kind of IP address. We’ll go over both processes…
#1. How to Change Your Public IP Address
1. Unplug the Modem
This one is quite simple. All you have to do is unplug the modem and wait for a few minutes.
When you plug it back in and turn the router on, you’re likely to have a new IP address assigned.
If you wait five minutes and it still doesn’t work, try unplugging it overnight for 8 hours or so.
To check if your IP changed, just follow the instructions we listed before at whatismyIPaddress.com.
2. Adjust the Router Settings
This is a bit more of an in-depth process, but it’s a good option if the unplugging the modem doesn’t do the trick.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Open your browser and enter your router’s web address into the web address bar (the router’s web address is usually 192.168.1.1). If that doesn’t work, then your router may have a different web address. Check the router’s manual or visit the router manufacturer’s website to discover the router’s default IP address.
- From here, you’ll be redirected to a web page and asked to enter a username and password. Both of these are usually “admin” unless you or your network administrator changed them.
- Release your IP address (the steps here will depend on your router’s manufacturer).
- Follow the “unplug the modem” process again and leave it unplugged for at least 8 hours. When you reconnect and check, you should have a different IP address.
3. Use a Proxy or VPN Server
If the following two strategies don’t work, you can also opt for a proxy or VPN. These mask your IP address and give you an IP address from a different part of the world. They also allow you to browse the Internet without being traced.
4. Contact Your ISP Provider
If all else fails and you don’t want to go with a proxy or VPN, you can also contact your ISP provider.
Simply give them a call and ask them to change your IP address for you.
#2. How to Change Your Private IP Address
The process is different with Windows compared to a Mac. We’ll explain how to change your private IP address on each one…
1. Changing Your Private IP Address on Windows
- Click the “Start” button, then right-click “Network”.
- Select “Manage/View network connections” on the left side.
- Right click on the private connection you want to change, and then click “Properties”.
- Under the “Networking” tab, click “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and then click the “Properties” button.
- To create your new private IP address, select the “Use the following IP address” option.
- Enter the IP address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway. A typical IP Address on a private network is 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.12 (for multiple computers). A typical subnet mask looks like: 255.255.255.0. The default gateway is the address for your router
- Once you’ve entered in all these numbers, click “Ok”.
2. Changing Your Private IP Address on a MacBook (OS X)
- Go to the Apple menu on the top left-hand corner of your screen and select “System Preferences”.
- Click the “Network” icon.
- Select the active network connection (it will have a green dot next to it).
- Click on the TCP/IP tab. Your IP address is composed of the numbers labeled “IPv4 Address”.
- Select the drop-down menu labeled “Configure IPv4:” and then select “Manually”.
- Input your desired values for the IP address next to the “IPv4 Address:” label.
- Click on the “Apply” button to save your configuration with the new IP address change.
There are several advantages to changing your IP address. It can make your online identity more secure, give you access to websites you previously couldn’t access, protect you after an attack, fix your network connection, and even allow you to register more than one account on a site.
Keep in mind – it’s much tougher to change your IP address if it’s static. But if it’s dynamic (which it likely will be), the process is easy. Follow the strategies listed here and you can change your IP address quickly.