If there is something that we all have at home, it is a router, either the one provided by our operator or a different one that we have installed. It is the team that provides us connection to the Internet and local network for example, to access streaming services, play online, surf the web, make video calls, synchronize “smart” equipment at home, and more.
And when talking about routers and Internet connection, there is a very important element so that the network knows who we are: the IP address (“Internet Protocol”, or what is the same, “Internet Protocol”), a kind of “license plate” to identify you when you are connected. Keep in mind, however, that there are two types of IP addresses, Public IP and Private IP, we are going to learn how to find out any of them from an Android mobile.
What is the Public IP and how to find it
A Public IP is the address assigned by your ISP (Internet Service Provider), that is, the company or operator that provides you connection (Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange, etc.). It serves to identify you within the Internet when you connect, so that no one can surf the net without an IP.
There are fixed Public IPs, but the most common is that they are dynamic and change from time to time without you noticing
There are fixed Public IPs, but the most common is that they are dynamic and change without you noticing from time to time. In any case, the easiest way to find out which is yours is to do it through a page specialized in it. Two examples are the ‘See my IP’ or ‘WhatIsMiIP.com’ pages, which as soon as you enter them, they show you the Public IP automatically and they tell you if you browse through a proxy that hides your real IP.
What is the Private IP and how to find out
A Private IP, meanwhile, is the one used in private networks like the one you create at home connecting multiple devices via WiFi. Thus, each connected device (smartphone, printer, tablet, etc.) has its own IP.
Each device connected to the home WiFi network (smartphone, printer, tablet, etc.) has its own IP
These IP addresses are made up of four groups of numbers separated by three dots which can vary between 0 and 255. Class A private IPs are reserved for larger networks, such as those of international companies, while Class B are for medium-sized networks, such as those of a university. We are interested in Class C addresses, which are normally used for smaller and domestic networks, that is, your home router.
- On pure Android: Checking the Public IP from a mobile with pure Android (Android One or Android Stock) is very simple. Just enter ‘Settings’> ‘Network and Internet’, click on ‘WiFi’> the name of your network and we access ‘Advanced’. There you will see all the details of the network, including the ‘IP Address’.
- On a Huawei mobile: Huawei layer is probably one of the most hidden ones with our Private IP, but knowing where to look is also very simple. You have to go into ‘Settings’> ‘System’ and click on ‘About phone’> ‘Status’. There we will find all kinds of data about our terminal and the network to which it is connected.
- On a Samsung mobile: the process in Samsung’s customization layer -One UI- is very similar to that of pure Android. You just have to go into Settings> Connections, click on WiFi and the name of our WiFi network. There we will see all the information about it.
- On a Xiaomi mobile: Another of the most popular layers is that of Xiaomi, which offers us an even simpler way than Pure Android to consult the Private IP. Simply enter ‘Settings’> ‘Wi-Fi’ and click on the network to which we are connected. Right there we can see the IP address.